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PS4 'will not demand always-online connection'

Yoshida: "Social is big for us, but if you don't want to connect, you can do that"

PlayStation 4 owners will be able to play the system offline, a Sony executive has confirmed.

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Following speculation that the next generation PlayStation would require an always-on internet connection - as an increasing number of PC games do - a senior PlayStation executive said this wouldn't be the general rule for PS4 games.

"You can play offline, but you may want to keep it connected," said Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida.

In an interview with Eurogamer, he added: "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."

But Yoshida added that, if customers are comfortable with keeping their consoles permanently connected, a wealth of services will be available to them.

Sony revealed the PlayStation 4 at a New York press conference on Wednesday.
The PS4 release date is set for "holiday 2013", likely across Japan, Europe and the US.

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