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.
well guess im not getting it cause the *** apartment buildings i live in have the worst internet possible. Even if i plugged mine into the wall it wouldnt be fast enough.
I'm against. No if,ands or buts.
It's money grubbing at it's finest and anybody who tries to defend this if it's is a moron and the kind of person they are targeting. I'll stop playing next gen games all together because to be honest my back log is freaking ridiculous,I can entertain myself for years with old school classics.
If this rumour proves to be true then Sony has lost one of their biggest fans.
I hope this is not true...
I don't believe this rumor to be true for a single second.
That's actually one of the big reasons I don't play new games on PC. I think it would be a terrible move giving that I play my PS3 when the internet is out, it's hard to get good service where I'm at. I really hope this isn't the way Sony goes on this one.
Sounds too crazy to be true.
This is just as credible as the "the new Xbox won't support used games" rumor.
(Read: Not at all)
Rumors are rumors. Neither console is coming anytime soon. Relax, everyone.
My internet provider is the most unreliable excuse for a company I've ever dealt with. There are other providers in the area, some of them cheaper, but none of them that offer this speed. Sometimes, during bad weather (I live in Iowa, we see a lot of it) the internet would go down for days at a time, during which time I would relax and play games. If any console takes away that ability (what is the point, really?), then how do they plan to convince me to spend several hundred dollars on a piece of hardware?
WOW.Talk about alienating 3\4 of your customers.You know what,I hope they do this.I hope Sony and MS do this,and lock out used games.I would love to see both of them out of the console business,and have 2 new consoles with new companies with new ideas.
No, no, no. This is ridiculous. I want to say that no company would be this bull-headed, but I didn't think they would lock out half their game content if you weren't online, either. And to those of you who say, "It's their system, they can do what they want", tell me this; If you invested $10,000 to help someone start a company, and they said "you get no say in any aspect of the company, even though you paid for it", how would you feel? Console makers don't do this *** for free. They get money from us, or from investors, who also get their money from us. We have a right to demand a say in how this all goes down.
If that does happen i'll stick with my PS3.
That's a horrible idea. Not even joking, that's extremely horrible. I have all consoles and I seem to enjoy Sony more this generation, but if this is true then I'm out of the console field and sticking with my PC (no WiiU for me, the Wii felt awful to me. Didn't like the first party games that was released for it and that was main reason why I bought it).
But of course, rumors are rumors. I think any rumor that's exasperated should be shot down immediately, as it causes false opinions to formulate and overall make people mad at something, at the end, may not be true.
It is an absolutely terrible idea. You effectively punish anyone who like to only really play single player campaigns and who may have shoddy internet connection despite having a major carrier. There are times when my network goes out for hours at a time for no apparent reason and I wouldn't be able to play games just because playstation is ridiculous. I hate this idea. It is bad on so many levels. It ruins the ability to trade games you no longer play and the ability to buy used games at a slightly cheaper price. And despite what they think, It will not combat piracy, it will increase it because you will have angry fan's without the money, internet connection, etc. who will turn to the "dark side" to get their gaming fix because no matter the measures they take to prevent it, history has proven that someone is always smart enough to figure a way around their safeguards. Truly a sad bit of news when the thought of new consoles should be something to be excited about.
I don't like it, sometimes you just don't want to go online like most other people are saying.
I don't like this idea...I've got friends who constantly send me requests to whatever game they happen to be obsessed with at the time if they see that I'm online. I just want to be left alone in my own little corner of the world when I'm shooting bees out of my arms or something.
I don't have a problem with always be online, but that's because I have internet. The real problem is NEEDING to be online just to play a game. Not many people can afford that luxury.