PlayStation 4 Will Not Require Always-on Internet Connection
You won't need to be connected to the internet all the time to enjoy playing games on your PlayStation 4.
Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida, who was rather busy answering lots of questions following the unveiling of the PlayStation 4, talked with Eurogamer about internet connections, and why it's okay to be anti-social.
When asked if the PS4 would always need an internet connection, Yoshida replied, "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."
But just because you can have the PS4 hooked up to the internet doesn't mean you have to be jacked in. "You can go offline totally," Yoshida stated. "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."
That's another of the big concerns about next-gen consoles (the other being no used games), wiped away by Sony. Whether or not its competitors at Microsoft will follow suit remains to be seen.