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No online requirement for PS4

Yoshida confirms "if you don't want to connect to anyone else, you can do that"

In good news for the broadband challenged, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has stated that the PlayStation 4 does not require a constant internet connection.

"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," he told Eurogamer.

"You can play offline, but you may want to keep it connected. 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."

So while the console seems heavy on the internet features, none of them are compulsory.

Lately rumours have circulated that the next Xbox will require a permanent online connection, a move that could cause problems for anyone who wants to share or buy old games.

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 8 years ago
In the words of C-3PO, "Thank the maker!" I'm an "antisocial" bastard who prefers solo play (it helps me see more of the games and the work that goes into them more than running around with others shooting up the scenery). I'm predicting the "social" aspects so popular now will dip a bit, as privacy issues and more people wanting actual personal time to enjoy games at their own pace will make a return next generation of consoles, but we'll see (as always)
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Kamil Sappich , EA8 years ago
I'm in the same boat really, Greg. On occasion I even prefer to play a random game of TDM with strangers instead of bunching up friends or a friend even.

On the other hand, pushing the social aspect more and making it more easily accessible might prove more successful than I can imagine atm, but as you say, we'll see.
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Paul Gheran Scrum Master 8 years ago
The console experience makes a resurgence!
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Wow I found a bug with comment:
What I was trying to say was (wow what a bug)...

That consoles are best solitary and amusement is best social - trying to hook too many up to a home game is just begging for problems - go to a LAN site if you want to play in a team!

Edited 5 times. Last edit by kevin williams on 23rd February 2013 12:13am

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