If there’s one thing that can be said about Sony heading into the launch of the PS4, it’s that they’ve been paying attention. Not only has the company responded to fan concern regarding their new console not playing used games, but they’ve also cut potential fan backlash off at the pass.
Specifically, we are talking about the new trend whereby games require an always-on Internet connection in order to play games. Most recently, Diablo 3 — a game that is ironically headed to the PS3 and PS4 with 4-player co-op — included the feature, and unfortunately it led to some serious headache.
Thankfully, Sony will not be requiring the PS4 has a constant Internet connection in order to play games. Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida confirmed the news to Eurogamer, saying that “you can play offline, but you may want to keep it connected.”
Yoshida doesn’t say that gamesr might want to keep the PS4 connected to the Internet because of DRM, though; he is referring to the console’s new background downloading capabilities. Using a dedicated processor, the PS4 will be able to download games, update software, or stream to the PS Vita. The processor will also keep active while the console is in low power mode, downloading updates while the PS4 is actually “asleep.”
And even though Sony is placing a heavy emphasis on the PS4’s social features, the publisher realizes there are gamers out there who could care less about interacting with friends or sharing/streaming video. And for them, the PS4 perfectly caters to an offline atmosphere.
Now, we can’t make any promises in regards to specific games, but the PS4 itself won’t need to be online to play games. It is therefore reasonable to assume games like Killzone: Shadow Fall and inFAMOUS: Second Son (two Sony exclusives announced during the PS4 event) will also not require an always-on connection.
Are you happy that the PS4 will not require a constant Internet connection? Do you think that individual publishers will abide by Sony’s philosophy?
The PS4 is slated for a holiday 2013 release.