Sony never considered always online for PS4

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In an interview with Game Informer, Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony's Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, revealed that an always-online console was never an option for the next-gen PlayStation.

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There has been a lot of rumour and speculation about the next generation of Xbox and PlayStation consoles, with the main point of contention being on whether they will require a constant internet connection in order to run games. This is problematic for several reasons, not least of which that it would effectively kill the used games market.

Earlier this week, Ars Technica reported that the next Xbox may not need the connection, after all.

Now, Yoshida has followed suit in an interview that appears in the latest issue of gaming magazine Game Informer.

"Did we consider it [always online]? No, we didn't consider it," he told the magazine. "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."

Just a couple of months ago, Yoshida debunked a rumour that the PS4 would not be able to play used games, telling Eurogamer straight up, "Used games can play on PS4."

However, whether purchasable activation codes will be required for used games on either console is a matter that has yet to be discussed.



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