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PS4 Will Not Require Always-Online Connection

Matt Gardner
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PS4 Will Not Require Always-Online Connection

Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has revealed that you won't need an internet connection to play games on your PS4.

Speaking to Eurogamer after the Playstation 4 reveal, Yoshida said that keeping the console connected would afford players certain benefits, but that you'll be able to "go offline totally":

"You can play offline, but you may want to keep it connected," he said. "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.

Are all of those things optional, though? For people who have broadband data limits, for example? They can customise everything?"

When EG pressed for clarification, Yoshida laid things out more simply.

"Oh yes, yes, you can go offline totally. 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."

Your move, Microsoft.

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