Not everyone loves the idea of games that demand an internet connection.
If you can’t outweigh the pain of potential inconvenience to whatever proportion of your audience, then you simply aren’t going to win that battle.
Sony Computer Entertainment seems to have reached this conclusion at a system level for the PlayStation 4. As a result, the new console will do pretty much whatever you want it to do when it comes to the internet.
Sony’s super-slick PS4 conference talked about a lot of functionality that will clearly benefit from an internet connection more than ever before.
Does the PlayStation 4 always need to be connected to the internet?
“You can play offline, but you may want to keep it connected,” Shuhei Yoshida suggested. “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? For people who have broadband data limits, for example? They can customize everything?
“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 clearly isn’t afraid of technical nuance. This is a company that announced its next-generation console by declaring it has an x86 architecture, advanced PC GPU, 8GB of GDDR5 memory and a massive hard disk. You may like some of its networking ideas, but Sony obviously has other priorities.