PS4 Will Not Require An Always-Online Connection

PS4 Will Not Require An Always-Online Connection

Stemming fears of the always-online requirement still rumoured strongly for the next Xbox, a Sony PR rep confirmed to Kotaku that: “PS4 games will be playable without an Internet connection.”

I’m still hearing from at least one very good source who hasn’t failed me yet that the next Xbox, codenamed Durango, will require an online connection, though that source isn’t sure whether the console would tolerate spotty, dropped connections.

In an interview with Eurogamer at yesterday’s big PS4 unveiling in New York, Sony’s head of worldwide game studios, Shuhei Yoshida said, of PS4 gaming, “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.”

Sony is hoping that you would keep your machine online, though, so they can keep quietly patching games, updating games, sending games to you and all sorts of other stuff. This is a company, mind you, that painted a vision yesterday of a “psychic” online store that would learn your tastes and have the next game you might want to buy already downloaded to your machine before you even knew it existed — just waiting for you to click to pay.


  • I don’t care if they push the social angle, but to make it essentially mandatory by having “always on” would be a huge turn-off for me.

  • Presumably you’ll be able to stop it automatically downloading games etc that it thinks you might be interested in, too, or people with smaller download quotas may get pretty pissed off.

    • Exactly what I was thinking. I don’t have my 360 always connected to the internet because I don’t want it downloading patches all the time. I certainly wouldn’t want it downloading games I might not even want.

    • Yeah, I would be pretty angry if I woke up one morning and found that my internet speed had been shaped because my stupid PS4 downloaded some massive game that it thought I would like.

    • Agree.
      Although the rest of the world doesn’t have internet caps (and thinks that the idea of measuring your internet access is crazy) and so maybe its something they wont think about?

  • “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.”


  • @negativezero

    Fucking awesome news! Now I just need information on how the accounts/regions work as the PS3 does it the best in recent times (multiple accounts, relatively easy to access content from other regions, region free).

    And anything with anti-social support is a plus ;D (@dc @mythamphetamine)

    • Not just the accounts, we need to know if there’s a physical region lock on the discs or not. I really hope not.

        • They had a patent or something just recently where each controller on the system is tied to a different PSN account and gains trophies and stuff. I think multiple accounts are probably a given.

          My worry would be if they lock it down to one region for all accounts or something.

      • I also want to know if we can continue to use off-the-shelf 2.5″ PC hard drives like we can with PS3 rather than having to buy exorbitantly priced branded ones.

  • The ability to learn what you like and make preemptive downloads sounds like a more advanced version of what TiVo can do, record TV programs you like to watch automatically.
    I’m sure PS4 will have these settings manually adjustable and you will be able to tell it to download a genre of game. eg. all playable RPG demos etc.

  • I wont buy a console with an “always on” requirement (and I dont mean power ;p ).
    The PS4 just got more attractive then the neXtBOX.

  • So what’s the deal with Diablo?
    Is it a matter of semantics – Sony don’t require you to be online, but Actiblizzard will?

  • I have a question for PS3 owners, do you have to dither around with port forwarding the way we have to in the 360 in order to get things to work? Because if the Next Box wants you online all the time then they really need to clean that part of it up.

      • just to explain… i did have to for both consoles at first with my old router but didnt have to on either with the new one.

    • I have both and never had to do port forwarding.

      What do you need it for? Just let the devices connect via a cable or wirelessly to your router and you will be fine.

      And I’ve done all sorts of things with mine: direct cable, direct wireless, and when the signal was weak I used to set up an Apple Airport set to bridged or infrastructure mode to allow the consoles to have a steady connection.

  • This is good to know, along with the knowledge that it will also play 2nd hand games. Looks like I won’t have a reason to switch camps to the next x-box after all. Relief!

  • Good to know. Pity about the lack of backwards compatibility, but it’s nice to know publishers have enough common sense to realise that not everybody is or wants to have their console connected to the Internet.

  • The great news about Sony not doing always on makes it less likely for Microsoft to do it. There are people who don’t connect their consoles to the internet, why would you decide they can’t have a console.

  • This fellow suffers from ‘Everyone is like me’ syndrome / delusion. He might have great internet but not everyone does. Guess I’ll be getting a PS4 next generation.

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