Always-online is a sticky subject for many gamers, but at least Sony followers don't have to worry about such a feature in the new PlayStation 4.
According to a recent Game Informer interview with Sony President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida (as cited by GameSpot ), Sony has dismissed the possibility of an "always-on" console.
Yoshida said the company didn't even consider it, primarily due to the wide differences in Internet services available around the world. Not everyone has what we have, ya know.
"Did we consider it? No, we didn’t consider it. 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 [that] do not really have robust Internet."
Yeah, realistically, the world isn't in a place yet where an always-connected console would make sense from a business standpoint. There had been rumors that Microsoft's new Xbox would be an always-on system, but those rumors have recently started to fade. Still, there is some talk that the Xbox 720 will require that users be online to watch live TV and movies. If it actually requires you to be online to play single-player games, I'm drawing the line, damnit. That's just stupid beyond stupid.