PlayStation 4 Will Be Playable Offline
Thank god, Sony has confirmed the PS4 is not going to be an “always on” console. I’m not one that will adopt this offline only stance, but it’s a big deal that Sony isn’t alienating part of their demographic by making their system “always on”. Sometimes our first world problems like “Which games should I get with my new PS4 the day it comes out?” mask the reality of others’ lives in different countries, or even the “dark spots” throughout the U.S. where reliable internet still isn’t available.
Maybe you want a PS4/Xbox 720 for your cabin out in the middle of the sticks. Who’s Sony and Microsoft to say that can’t be a reality by forcing you to always be online to use their system?
Thankfully we know that at least the PS4 won’t have to be tied to an internet connection. When I first adopted the PS3 I bought one used, from a friend, for $40! (may have needed money for unsavory purchases) The problem with that console was spotty internet connectivity via the wireless card. Had it needed to be online to play games I wouldn’t have been a happy camper.
Online should be a component of gaming that’s open to use, not forced upon us. As consumers there should be a certain amount of liberty we can take with our purchased goods, and “always on” gaming consoles tends to deplete that freedom.
It seems like many of the big questions we we’re left with after Sony’s ‘See the Future’ conference are at least starting to be addressed. I still have one big question….
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