The PS4 was never a candidate for always online requirements.
With all the talk about whether the Microsoft Xbox 720 would have an always online requirement or not, Sony wants to make it very clear that potential console purchasers know their story.
It seems that rumors that the next Xbox will need to have a constant Internet connection have been largely debunked. Rumors have been persistent enough that its likely to scare some gamers away from the next gen console.
Rumors did start to crop up that the Playstation 4 might also need Internet connection for gaming purposes. The company has come out with a statement meant to put that talk to rest before it really gets rolling.
Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios said that his company never took that option into account. The main reason that the company didn’t look at this isn’t because they thought gamers would hate it.
The PS4 didn’t get the feature because Sony understands that there are people who love to play video games who live in areas where web access is spotty at best.
“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… We didn’t even consider that.” Yoshida said in a recent interview with Game Informer.
The Playstation 4 looks to have the best of both worlds because of this decision. There are plenty of features that encourage online social interaction.
But if you want to be completely offline then you can do that as well. Microsoft should take a page from their competitor in how it should have handled the always online talk.
Instead, the Xbox maker has been rather shifty about what it offers and what it doesn’t. That has only fueled the fire.
Are you more likely to buy the PS4 because it does not have always online requirements?