Sony: We Never Considered ‘Always-Online’ for PS4

While Microsoft has earned some good will from the game community this week after a memo revealing that the next Xbox will not require an online connection all the time in order to work, Sony is elbowing its way into the debate by saying that they never considered such an option because most of the world doesn't have perfect internet.

"Did we consider it? No, we didn’t consider it," said Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuei Yoshida in a recent interview with Game Informer Magazine. "The main reason being that many countries don’t have robust Internet connections. It makes sense for people to have internet connections to play online games, but for offline games there are many countries that we saw do not really have robust Internet."

This should assuage the fears of consumers who were worried that they would be forced to have a constant connection in order to play PS4 or Xbox 720 games. With all of the next-generation consoles not requiring a constant internet connection, consumers can now officially breath a collective sigh of relief. Always Online gaming has not had the best track record so far – the launch windows for Diablo III and SimCity are two prime examples of how requiring a constant connection to play a game (that is not an MMO or online-only game) is a major hassle. Prior to those disastrous launches, Ubisoft showed us that tying your digital rights management scheme to a server (even when playing a single player game) can make consumers very angry.

Source: Develop

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    Conster says:

    Either you're being way too cynical, or you're reading the wrong meaning of "consider", because they're clearly saying they knew from the start having always-online for the PS4 would be a bad idea, and therefore decided not to do it. This is just their way of getting in a jab at Microsoft and the bad PR Microsoft got due to Adam Orth.

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    Mr.Tastix says:

    Blizzard apparently didn't "consider" it either and Diablo 3 still came with it. Neither did EA/Maxis with SimCity but hey presto, we got it!

    Who the hell do these companies hire for PR? Because they're not working, at least not on me.

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    MechaCrash says:

    Why does Microsoft deserve good will for deciding to not sell a defective product? That should be te bare minimum. And yes, a product that requires an internet connection for no good reason is defective.

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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    The problem with Sony they are gloating about this but they are openly upsetting their customers who have bought digital content and expect them to buy it again with their new streaming service that not to mention will eat up DATA that is limited her in the U.S and elsewhere by ISP's.

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