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Sony On "Always-Connected" PS4: "We Didn't Consider It"

Always-online is a sticky subject for many gamers, but at least Sony followers don't have to worry about such a feature in the new PlayStation 4.

According to a recent Game Informer interview with Sony President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida (as cited by GameSpot), Sony has dismissed the possibility of an "always-on" console.

Yoshida said the company didn't even consider it, primarily due to the wide differences in Internet services available around the world. Not everyone has what we have, ya know.

"Did we consider it? No, we didn’t consider it. 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."

Yeah, realistically, the world isn't in a place yet where an always-connected console would make sense from a business standpoint. There had been rumors that Microsoft's new Xbox would be an always-on system, but those rumors have recently started to fade. Still, there is some talk that the Xbox 720 will require that users be online to watch live TV and movies. If it actually requires you to be online to play single-player games, I'm drawing the line, damnit. That's just stupid beyond stupid.

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, always online ps4, sony

5/8/2013 11:35:58 AM Ben Dutka

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 12:19:55 PM

If MS does do that they are in trouble, the US is their big market and the internet here sucks chocolate donkey balls.

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 12:43:27 PM

There is no way Microsoft will do it now. Thought they were originally going to.

Now the plan is to eventually release always online games that are multiplayer only and slowly but surely move in that direction.

But alteast for a while we'll be good.

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 3:44:39 PM

From a "leaked" MS internal email:
"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."

Just making sure all their employees are still on board with what their policy was the whole time...right?

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 4:15:09 PM

The whole time indeed.

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 9:08:02 PM

You think the internet in the US sucks?


My friend, you know nothing of crappy internet!

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Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 8:41:55 AM

Net in the US? Wow... :)

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 12:40:40 PM

I love Sony so much, I can't wait to preorder this badboy

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 12:51:53 PM

I have the feeling that Sony has learned a lesson or two from the PS3.

In home design/building we follow the 90/10 rule, meaning that whatever you design and build, you do it for 90% of the people out there and don't worry to much about the remaining 10%.

Sony seems as if they are doing this very concept as 90% of fans and developers seemed pleased over the PS4.

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 1:01:38 PM

Like I mentioned before, the reason why Sony can't afford to pull off a stunt like this is due to their global market.

Microsoft never did well in places outside of Europe and North America, and unfortunately due to their more business orientated scheme, they have abandoned and dismissed said areas. They'd rather seep the most of what they see, and of course that means they're only willing to solve temporary solutions towards their gains. Sony are different, they really do invest for the future, and as a result they pay attention to a broader scale.

And this is why in the long run, Microsoft will die in the succession of console wars.

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 4:18:26 PM

Oh look - someone who sees a world OUTSIDE the U.S.

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 5:22:30 PM

We're all prone to be too inward looking, but for this site and for the purposes of being a gaming website, Ben does pretty well. I can't say I've ever felt excluded for not being American. That's a testament to the community first mentality you get here.

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 7:54:54 PM

I'd like to see Sony take a page out of Microsoft's book next gen and limit the size of updates that developers can attach to a game. I've seen as high as 3 gigs for DLC I had no intention of downloading. It's annoying as hell to wait a half of an hourfor that, just so I can play single player campaign and be logged into PSN.Though with recent interviews with developers lauding Sony's 'do anything you want' policy, I don't see it happening.

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Banky A
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 12:32:48 AM

my exact thoughts when this topic was brought up. horray

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Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 7:14:54 AM

now only if every company thought like that!
from a manufactures standpoint it would solve so many problems, especially piracy and non licensed software.
but internet is a long, long way off being reliable enough before we get to that stage.
hell i cant get 1 freaking drop of rain without the internet dropping out for the whole day!

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Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 9:18:21 AM

Microsoft has always been about 'the cloud'.

I am surprised Sony is the one going for the game streaming thing, totally expected it from MS. Maybe they still will?

MS have been, for years now, trying to move the entire Windows OS over to a cloud streaming platform. Just look at Office 365.

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Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 5:46:45 PM

Considering the freak out over XBOX's always on, and one defender getting fired for being such a jerk about it, Microfot would be stupid beyond stupid to require it. I'm sure one day it will be the norm, but it'll require a major change world wide to have stable always on connections everyplace.

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