PlayStation 4 conceptart Sony reveals it did not consider always on for PlayStation 4

Sony has revealed that it never considered requiring an internet connection to use its next-generation gaming console.

Sony has revealed that it never considered requiring an internet connection to use its next-generation gaming console.

 
Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios at Sony, said that not enough countries have sufficient internet access to prompt a move to “always-on” for the PlayStation 4.
 
Rumours have circulated that rival console giant Microsoft is planning to require an internet connection in the next Xbox. Some reports have disputed this claim, however, citing a leaked memo that states that Xbox 720 users will not need to be online.
 
PlayStation 4 conceptart Sony reveals it did not consider always on for PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4 concept design
 
It seems Sony is in the same boat. “Did we consider it?” said Yoshida. “No, we didn't consider it.” He cited poor internet availability in certain parts of the world as a reason for the decision.
 
Recent mishaps with the launch of always-on games like Diablo III and SimCity may also have opened the console makers' eyes to the potential problems of such a move. EA recently said the next Sims game will be offline, effectively acknowledging the flaws of forcing players online unnecessarily.
 
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