Sony has announced that gamers will not be required to have an “always on” internet connection when they pick up the PS4 this holiday season.
Although rumors suggested that the PS4 and Xbox 720 would require owners to have a dedicated internet connection, this is apparently not the case. According to Digital Spy UK, the company has stated gamers won’t need to leave their internet connection on all of the time.
Sony Worldwide Studios’ Shuhei Yoshida said new games will work even if the internet connection is disconnected. However, he added that gamers might “want to keep it connected.”
He explained to Eurogamer:
“The system has the low-power mode – I don’t know the official term – that the main system is shut down but the subsystem is awake. Downloading or updating or you can wake it up using either the tablet, smartphone or PS Vita.”
Although the PS4 will be big on the social front — gamers can reportedly share video and screenshots with the push of a few buttons — Yoshida understands that not everyone will want to use this feature.
“Social is big for us, but we understand there are some people who are anti-social! So if you don’t want to connect to anyone else, you can do that.”
The Inquisitr previously reported that the Xbox 720 may require gamers to have a dedicated internet connection. Since some people have data caps and restrictions, this could ultimately prove to be a problem for would-be buyers.
If this rumor turns out to be true, then some people could find themselves gravitating towards Sony’s new machine. The Playstation 4 and its many bells and whistles were recently unveiled during a news conference in New York City on Wednesday (February 20).
Are you looking forward to the PS4? Are you glad the console won’t require an “always on” internet connection?