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Sony Said It Never Considered 'Always On' for PlayStation 4

While Microsoft faces the heat from gamers over rumors of a possible "always on" requirement for the Xbox Infinity, Sony president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida stepped out and told Game Informer magazine that the option was never a consideration for the PlayStation 4 due to the differences in web services across the globe.

"Did we consider it? No, we didn’t consider it," said Yoshida. "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 [that] do not really have robust Internet."

He makes a good point, and one that we've undoubtedly made in the past. Having an "always on" Internet connection could kill business in markets where customers don't have unlimited access to the Internet. Sure, it's a great way to combat piracy, but it's also a great way to shun customers in rural areas, and those who are not allowed to access the Internet, period.

Up until recently, it was rumored that Microsoft's next console would require an Internet connection at all times. If a consumer was playing a single-player game or watching a movie when the Internet connection went out, the console supposedly went into troubleshooting mode. Without an Internet connection, software could not load.

But an internal Microsoft email cleared some of the air, revealing that many services will work without it, including single-player games.

"Durango is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today's Internet," the email states. "There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection, and those should 'just work' regardless of their current connection status. Those include, but are not limited to playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV, and yes playing a single player game."

Was this always the case, or did Microsoft feel the heat from agitated gamers and make adjustments? If the console is going to serve as a set-top box, then it will remain online anyway whether it's in use or not. But at least it sounds as if gamers will be able to play their games if the connection goes down due to weather, maintenance reasons, or utility worker blunders.

  • everlast66
    Good for Sony, Xbox is dead if there is an always online requirement!
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  • jk_ventolero
    Never really got too much into console gaming but this "always on" thingy is just pure evil.
    And.. I'm still confused. What are they gonna call the next-gen XBox? So many codenames..
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  • necudo
    its a 1 week old article..nice tom's
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  • getochkn
    10797739 said:
    Good for Sony, Xbox is dead if there is an always online requirement!

    10797753 said:
    Never really got too much into console gaming but this "always on" thingy is just pure evil.
    And.. I'm still confused. What are they gonna call the next-gen XBox? So many codenames..

    There is no always on, so what are you guys rambling about? It was never confirmed that it was anyways, just a bunch of rumors and internet babble giving news sites that need ad revenue something new to post. Code names are rumor too.
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  • Priox
    "many countries don’t have robust Internet connections"
    Many areas in the US don't have robust internet connections.
    I live in a rural area where the only internet service available is cellular (3G or Verizon 4G).
    I'm constantly frustrated when companies design software or hardware to be "always on."
    On good days it eats through data limits, on bad days it doesn't work at all.
    Good for Sony.
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  • jdwii
    Some people can't seem to read right. This pretty much means half the single player games wont work online and probably every single COD game on single player not only does this ruin gaming as a whole more since we will have more multiplayer games with maps vs actual story lines, i already said it before the xbox has close to any 1st party or 2nd party games Sony is going to wipe the floor with them.
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  • My good guess is 99.9% of people who buy these consoles also have a "robust" internet connection at home where it will be used. Whats the big deal. For those .1 % that don't have internet give them the option to use them in offline mode simple as that!
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  • HallusH
    Well that's a smart PR move by Sony.
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  • nevilence
    As said above, the need for always on is the devils work, anyone who claims otherwise is likely to be the devil. Plus piracy will get its way around an always on connection just as it gets around all other problems thrown at it. Where there is a smart person who is too frugal to pay for a game, hacks will be found.
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  • hoofhearted
    It is completely a control thing. I want to know that when I want to play my game, I am in control. No thunderstorm causing sporadic network access, no cable went out so I can't play. I'm on the road and out of a cell coverage area. Or the company whose server I connect to may have their own outage or maybe even going out of business or involved in some sort of legal dispute and service has to be shut down for some reason. I don't even want the console continuously spamming as to why I need be connected. I expect to stick the game in and just be able to play without logging on, authenticating or any such nonsense. Anyway, they have my money now and I have absolutely no control over it anymore, so why should I not expect the same from my game?
    This decision and press by Sony definitely wins my favor. Even though MS is backpedaling, it goes to show what direction they will eventually go in.
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