PS4: Sony 'didn't consider' always-online requirement

"Many countries don't have robust internet connections," says Worldwide Studios boss

Sony "didn't consider" introducing an always-online requirement for PS4.


That's according to Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios, who told the latest issue of Game Informer.

"Did we consider it [always-online]? 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 do not really have robust internet... We didn't even consider that."

Yoshida's latest comments follow those he made about always-online systems in February, when he said of PS4: "You can play offline, but you may want to keep it connected.

"You can go offline totally," he added. "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."

An always-online requirement for Microsoft's Xbox 360 successor has been heavily rumoured ahead of the next-gen Xbox reveal event on May 21, with multiple sources saying the console will require one and more recent reports claiming it won't.