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 PS4 Does Not Require Always-On Internet Connection - console
(hx) 12:58 AM EST - Feb,22 2013
The chaps over at Eurogamer have posted an interview with Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida as he talks about the Playstation 4. Here's a taster:
Eurogamer: Does the console always need to be connected to the internet?

Shuhei Yoshida: 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.

Eurogamer: Are all of those things optional? For people who have broadband data limits, for example? They can customise everything?

Shuhei Yoshida: 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.

Eurogamer: One of the questions my readers really want an answer to is whether you're going to block the use of second-hand or 'used' games, because it's a huge concern for them.

Shuhei Yoshida: Do you want us to do that?

Eurogamer: No. I think if you buy something on a disc you have a kind of moral contract with the person you've bought it from that you retain some of that value and you can pass it on. Do you agree?

Shuhei Yoshida: Yes. That's the general expectation by consumers. They purchase physical form, they want to use it everywhere, right? So that's my expectation.

Eurogamer: So if someone buys a PlayStation 4 game, you're not going to stop them reselling it?

Shuhei Yoshida Aaaah. [Asks PR adviser.] So what was our official answer to our internal question? [Consults adviser.] So, used games can play on PS4. How is that?

last 10 comments:
Stumpus(06:23 AM EST - Feb,22 2013 )
Still too cryptic to commit to. I'll wait until the early adopters throw their wad at it and confirm that second hand games can be played.
No point asking if you can play second hand PS4 games and he says, do you want to? Put it this way, it and any console is dead if you can't sell/buy second hand PS4 titles. The amount of games I have rented and bought via LoveFilm is huge, likewise the amount I have not is bigger! If gamers are forced to buy and get a turkey, they will not buy again until they are certain it's a AAA.
With PC it's easier as shit tiles hit the bin rapido.
Not interested in social crap, its a games machine first and foremost. Don't use my pc for anything other than games too.
I would also like to know how digital content can be played without a net connection?
HDD size?
The leaving the PS in energy mode, standby, is only if you subscribed to the PSN for auto downloads. Which again makes me want to know more about the limitations of this.
STEAM is a perfect example of draconian DRM, great if your up to date and have a net connection, but totally chocolate fire guard moment if your net is down. Fortunately we can still play other games offline, but if this is the future trend then its going to be a sad day, indeed...

Csimbi(09:33 AM EST - Feb,22 2013 )
Actually, I would not mind it for PS4s.
These are not mobile devices like laptops; it is unlikely that you'd play PS4 on a plane or a train, is it not?
Hence, it is likely that the cable will always be plugged in and that the connection will be operational 99% of the time.

Stumpus(09:53 AM EST - Feb,22 2013 )
Csimbi> Actually, I would not mind it for PS4s.
These are not mobile devices like laptops; it is unlikely that you'd play PS4 on a plane or a train, is it not?
Hence, it is likely that the cable will always be plugged in and that the connection will be operational 99% of the time.

You've got it already with PS3, but I want to know if you can play offline and buy second hand games for the PS4. All of this is just conjecture until we physically own one.

Csimbi(11:53 AM EST - Feb,22 2013 )
Yeah, that's where it gets fishy.

Majnun(05:34 AM EST - Feb,23 2013 )
Any console that can only play new games is a corpse.

I don't think Sony is that stupid.

It is D E A D if it can't play used/rented games.

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