PS4 won't require online connection

Sony's PlayStation 4 will not require an internet connection in order to work

Sony's PS4 console will not require a permanently connected internet connection in order to work, says Sony's Shuhei Yoshida

The aftermath of Sony's PlayStation press event continues to throw up details about the gaming giant's next gen console, the PS4. The lastes news comes courtesy of Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida, who has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will not be required to be connected to the internet in order to work.

In an interview with gaming website Eurogamer Yoshida said that the PS4 won't force players to connect online.

"You can play offline, but you may want to keep it connected," said Yoshida. "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."

When pressed about online customisation options for consumers who have online data limits, Yoshida was unequivocal.

"Oh yes, yes, you can can go offline totally. Social is big for us, but we understand there are some people who are anti-social!" he said. "So if you don't want to connect to anyone else, you can do that."

Score two in Sony's win column. Not only will the PS4 not block second hand games, it'll allow players to go offline completely. Over to you, Microsoft...