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    PlayStation 4 does not require an internet connection

    If Diablo 3 taught us anything, it's that not everyone loves the idea of games that demand an internet connection.

    In fact, it was hard to find anyone who loved games that demand an internet connection, which was sort of the problem: 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. Click click click loot loot loot.

    Good news, then, because Sony Computer Entertainment seems to have reached the same conclusion at a system level for PlayStation 4, and as the result the new console will do pretty much whatever you customise 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 - a processing module that handles downloads in the console's suspend state, for one thing - but when I talked to Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida after the PS4 conference he was adamant it was all customisable.

    Does the PlayStation 4 always need to be connected to the internet, I asked?

    "You can play offline, but you may want to keep it connected," he 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, though? For people who have broadband data limits, for example? They can customise 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. You may not like some of them. I got the impression speaking to Yoshida that Sony has other priorities.

    Speaking from experience, it's always been good at allowing people to change what they want up to a logical point - far beyond any of its competitors - and I see no reason to suspect any change this generation.
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    Well that's a big sigh of relief for a lot of people out there. I'll always be connected but some people aren't able to so that's good news for them.

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    Awesome news. I was wondering about that. Thanks for posting this Blacksite. +rep

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanGT View Post
    Well that's a big sigh of relief for a lot of people out there. I'll always be connected but some people aren't able to so that's good news for them.
    I don't mind being online but I mostly play offline so this is good news.

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    PlayStation 4 does not require an internet connection

    This will shut some people up. That's good news, though. :]
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    "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."
    lol

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    it would be a very dumb move to make an online only console, very very stupid move. It's good Sony didn't do that because it would hit their sales figures or they just wouldn't sell as many as they could have.
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    I hope they have a appear offline option
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    Quote Originally Posted by manutdfan View Post
    I hope they have a appear offline option
    You have to give them your address, your social, a copy of your birth certificate, and a list of your fears to unlock that option.
    "The biggest adversary in our life is ourselves. We are what we are, in a sense, because of the dominating thoughts we allow to gather in our head. All concepts of self-improvement, all actions and paths we take, relate solely to our abstract image of ourselves. Life is limited only by how we really see ourselves and feel about our being. A great deal of pure self-knowledge and inner understanding allows us to lay an all-important foundation for the structure of our life from which we can perceive and take the right avenues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Boy From School View Post
    lol
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    Well i am really happy to hear this and it takes me back the old days were consoles never had the internet


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    Quote Originally Posted by PeanutButterMunky View Post
    You have to give them your address, your social, a copy of your birth certificate, and a list of your fears to unlock that option.
    Could tart it up and call it stealth mode
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    Service providers take down their services far too much for consoles to require internet connection. Can you imagine wanting to play your favourite game at 1am (like a lot of teens do) and you can't because your service is down? The internet has to improve a hell of a lot for this to become a possibility.
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    Day 1 buy. Done. PS4 is the bomb!
    Who would have thought building a solid product that serves your customer's needs would beat out money, marketing, hype, and greed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ash91 View Post
    Service providers take down their services far too much for consoles to require internet connection. Can you imagine wanting to play your favourite game at 1am (like a lot of teens do) and you can't because your service is down? The internet has to improve a hell of a lot for this to become a possibility.
    Thats very true. If I'm having an internet outage I want to still be able to play my SP games.

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    Good to hear. I didn't expect it to force online to play - that entire concept just sounds ridiculous to me - but I read numerous comments yesterday from people assuming and then bashing Sony for it. I mean sure we live in the digital age but there are still people who can't constantly be connected. There are also those times where you find yourself at a place without internet, while traveling (like maybe you're in a hotel that would charge $5.99 a day for it).

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    All the info is great! Most of our worst fears for the PS4 have been calmed now. No always online and used games saved. So glad those rumors never amounted to anything.




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    Between this and the used game news....there are alot of people out there that can sleep well tonight.

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    Got all the info i wanted to hear for PS4.
    Now just announce more games at E3 Sony and i may just buy it day one.


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    Great news, very pleased with this. PS4 might just be my main system next gen

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    PS4 Does Not Require Internet Connection

    With the X-bone needing an online connection at least once every 24 hours, there has been some confusion recently over whether Sony might use the same approach, since that technically isn't 'Always-Online' and Sony might have tried to hide behind semantics.

    I just stumbled upon this article when browsing GAF and it seems Michael Denny from Sony already confirmed that you can play PS4 100% offline...

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Denny
    PlayStation 4 can still be enjoyed old school without an Internet connection at all
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    So I figured I would just post this to clear up confusion. We also know that the EYE doesn't need to be plugged in for the PS4 to function.

    With that said, Sony hasn't been clear on their used games policy.
    Last edited by Ixion; 05-24-2013 at 20:49.

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    Well I'll wait until the console is released but that's good if it doesn't need to be connected at all. I don't so much mind needing a connection anyway but if 20 years down the line the servers get shut down it'll just be a paperweight.
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