Speaking to Game Informer, Sony president Shuhei Yoshida went on record stating the PS4 will not feature always-on functionality.
Yoshida says the company never even considered incorporating always-on, pointing out how many countries “do not really have robust Internet” to support such a feature.
“Did we consider it? No, we didn’t consider it,” Yoshida told Game Informer. “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.”
In other words, Sony actually acknowledges that alienating your install base is not really a wise business decision, and that there’s simply no reason for single-player games that don’t possess Internet-required functionally to have always-on functionality shoehorned into them.
The PlayStation 4 is due to release this fall—presumably before Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs drops on November 19.