The lights are on
With the rumors of the new PlayStation 4 (or Orbis as all the cool kids are calling it) swirling around, one piece of information in particular struck me: Initial reports are that you'll have to be connected online to play any game on it. This got me to thinking, is Sony hurting its market share by forcing people to constantly stay online? Or are they actually helping push the spread of Internet accessibility by linking it to a popular gaming platform?
As someone fortunate enough to live in the developed parts of the United States, as well as having a well paying job, Internet access is not a problem for me personally. But the world is not just me (sadly). What about all those people who live in parts of the U.S. (or other countries) that simply don't have access to quality Internet providers? What about those that can't afford the monthly charge their ISP might gouge them with if there are no other options in the area? Should they be disallowed from playing games on a system if their only crime is not being online? What happens if your service cuts out? Now you have an expensive hunk of electronics that might as well be a brick for all the good it's doing you.
Another thing I think Sony may have missed is that sometimes I don't want to be online. Sometimes I don't want to see how many millions of Gamerscore points Andrew Reiner just achieved; it makes me feel inadequate and sad, and slightly hungry. Sometimes I don't want to have a friend message or request pop up right in the middle of a moving cutscene. Sometimes I just want to play games by myself with no outside interaction, like I did as a child. Sometimes I want to be antisocial and sit in my corner with no cares about anyone else, and that's tough to do with required online access.
There's always the other side of the coin, however. If true, one of the main reasons Sony is pushing the "always connected" mode is no doubt to combat the used game market, but perhaps Sony is also trying to push progress. Internet is not available everywhere yet, but it's definitely a worthy goal to work towards; easily accessible information generally makes societies more open, intelligent, and productive in the long run, and perhaps the desire to actually play games on a system will lead people to push for cheaper, more available Internet. It wouldn't be a terrible stance for Sony to take.
So what do you think? Are you okay with always having to be online? Or do you just want the freedom to be left alone at times?
Chris "Warcraft" Kluwe is the Minnesota Vikings' punter, Tripping Icarus' bass player, and Andrew Reiner's yoga teacher.
Hey it's there loss if they want to loose money doing this. I mean I can't always be online, partly because my school blocks online, and because I don't have the money or the means. Heck, I don't like playstation that much anyway so it wont' affect me. I just think if gaming companies decide we should all be online constantly, I'm done with gaming. Honestly, Penny arcade nailed it on the head. If any of this happens, Used games going down the drain, and constant intnernet connection I think the gaming world should just hang up their controllers until companies realize that they are selling to consumers no themselves. WE should be deciding, that's how it used to be, but now the companies decide for us on what they think we want. As a consumer, I decide not the other way around.
Ugh. I finally have internet out here in the boonies, but its expensive as hell and charged by the minute. Can't game online much. If this actually did come to pass, Sony would be a losing countless amount of money from people who can't or don't want to always be connected, and people in countries where that isn't even possible.
The idea of this just infuriates me. I know developers are trying everything they can to cut down on used game sales, but this just isn't the way.
I don't feel like that's a good idea at all. Exactly like Chris said, there is always going to be a time when you just want to sit by yourself and slay dragons. And when that happens you don't want to be interrupted by your lame friends, who are more like acquaintances, that want you to join their party and play CoD until the wee hours of the night.
Online all the time? What about when the Internet cuts out? Happens all the time where I am. I used to have awful problems staying online for extended periods of time because of some particular problem with my router. I would pass time by playing games! Does this mean I'll have to maintain two machines just to use the one?
I want my freedom. Don't force me to be online at all times.
So the Sony "Orbis" will become a useless pile of scraps in about 20 years when they no longer support the necessary online for their older system? That's some messed up stuff there.
They want every dime they can squeeze out customers. They want to combat piracy, slang ads, make sure you don't share games and sell you additional content. My PS3 was listed on ebay the same hour it told me the movie I was trying to watch was "protected" by cinevera. Loaded up on the Xbox just fine and by the time the pirated movie I watched was over the PS3 was sold.
first the xbox 720 can't play used games and now this? what is our world coming to?
You're right Chris, we do need to push this all forward and get internet connection rates up across the board. It'll help everyone in the long run. Even if it's accessible everywhere in the world, no ones forcing you to pay for a connection, so people who don't want it, don't have to get it.
I don't think PS4 will be the deciding factor on this push, though, and I don't think it would be an intelligent decision for them to do such a thing. Even if it did initiate a push, it wouldn't happen fast enough for the PS4 to be successful, and I don't see Sony taking the route of a martyr. It's also just an all-around terrible idea to force online into a game console, which many people use to relax offline.
We get annoyed when Ubisoft makes you be online to play a singleplayer game, so the idea of an entire console that makes you have to be online sucks. I have a monthly cap. What if my internet goes out? The concerns I have are in this article and I really hope this potential plan doesn't come into fruition because of them.
stupid. If that's the case, I'm not buying.
I would love for any console to go totally digital.
It would instantly squash any debate as to which console I'd buy. Easy choice; any console but that one.
That said, it isn't going to happen any time soon, so everyone can just calm down.
I know these are just rumors but man are they taking us for quite a long ride...