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PS4 Always Online questions answered by Mark Cerny

by William Schwartz on June 1, 2013


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It seems like it’s been months since we’ve first heard rumblings about the PS4 and Xbox One requiring players to be “always online”.  The first indications came from rumors, which were later given credence by a Microsoft employee via Twitter.  After the Xbox One reveal it became a certainty when Microsoft explained that there would be some form of “check-in” for their new system.  Popular consensus thought that Sony would probably be heading in that direction with the PS4 as well, they just hadn’t spilled the beans just yet.

The PS4 is not a permanent connection system but the experience is richer if you are

As it turns out, this might not be the case at all.  Mark Cerny, the architect behind the PS4, recently sat down with a Spanish publication to clarify the alleged always online requirements for the PS4.  In the interview, Cerny says that the PS4 will not require a permanent connection to the internet.

“PlayStation 4 is not a permanent connection system in that sense, but the experience is much richer if you are connected.  You will have access to digital content and updates for your games, along with a wide range of social functions: upload videos and screenshots, see your friends play and interact with them in various ways within the games.”

Microsoft’s Xbox One on the other hand has already been announced to require a check-in for the console to operate, the frequency of which has yet to be determined.  We’ll have to wait and see if the restrictions are so limiting as to put people off of buying the new console, but it’s certainly a check in Sony’s box as to the PS4 being more friendly towards its purchasers.  We’ll have to wait for more details as they come in out of E3 2013.

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  • Mark Danger Hopps

    Looks like sony are listening to their customers, lets just hope they take note on the used game issue as well

  • Alex Dahl

    The knife, it cuts so deep!

  • Lacerz

    Google the following: “At a roundtable this morning, Sony’s game studios chief, Shuhei Yoshida, told reporters that any requirement for users to register a game online in order to play it would be left to game publishers. Sony won’t require that.” Now breathe and relax. :)

    • MHMorilla

      Breathe and relax? Your leaving it up to the publishers! They are going to add it, they are the ones pushing this!

      • Dale Walford

        You might find the backlash from gamers will soon put that fire out. Once a game has been boycotted, publishers will have little choice other than to remove any restrictions such as DRM etc.

      • RoadShow

        Sony isn’t doing it, they said they are leaving it up to the publishers. Sony publishes their own exclusives so at the bare minimum the exclusives would have no type of DRM.

      • Mark Danger Hopps

        As roadshow said Sony exclusives will be ok and EA have publicly stated they are scrapping online pass as well.

        I’m sure some publishers might still add an online pass of sorts but i think they will see a dip in sales on the games that do

  • Sniper@

    Its confirmed I’m Buyn a PS4, difference – XBOX 1 great if you are an American / PS4 is great if you are a gamer anywhere in the world

  • Grim Reafer

    Well PS3 was somewhat always connected. Even if you weren’t signed in you’d see the messages at the top about what was new on PS Store and all. Always on isn’t bad, but we need to be able to play and enjoy our games with out being forced to connect to some sever or whatever. Like Super Nintendo!!

    • RoadShow

      Always on is actually okay. Now your console being a brick if you don’t log in every 24 hours that’s a different story.

      • djmagnumb

        Yeah well always on for me would suck donkey balls. My net is yttihs as lleh, slow as tihs, and my isp sucks as well. I’d be getting screwed constantly.

  • Sashamorning

    This isn’t exactly saying that it doesn’t require a regular connection, just that it isn’t required to be online persistently. There’s a fine distinction there. The X1 doesn’t require a “permanent connection” either, but it requires a check-in. Here’s hoping Sony doesn’t go down that road, but this article doesn’t make it clear that they won’t. (Yes, we’re in a world of minced words.)

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