$399 PlayStation 4: ‘No restrictions’ on used games, no always-on connectivity
At a pre-E3 press briefing Sony’s Chief Executive Jack Tretton revealed that PlayStation 4 will have “no restrictions” on used games and that users will not be required to keep their gaming consoles connected to the internet as long as they are playing single player games.
Tretton explained Sony’s policies on used games and internet connectivity and also confirmed that Sony will not be imposing any restrictions on re-sale of game discs and that they can be borrowed or traded with friends, families for the life of the disc. Tretton said, “Yes, that’s a good thing,” as the fans applauded the announcement. The console has been priced, as claimed by an analyst, at $399, €399 and £349 depending upon the region.
Back in May Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Worldwide Studios, had already revealed that the company wasn’t looking at or considering making a console that would require an always-on connection. Yoshida said, “Did we consider it? No, we didn’t consider it.”
“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”, he added.
In related news, as our sister site ParityNews.com reported earlier, PlayStation will be equipped with 500GB hard drive bringing the console at par with Microsoft’s Xbox One when it comes to storage.
Microsoft on the other hand, which has priced its Xbox One at $499, is not too keen on allowing users to play single player games in an offline mode for more than 24 hours at a stretch because of which it has enforced a requirement of authentication, at least every 24 hours. Beyond this Xbox One will also impose some level of restrictions on trading games to stores as well as lending them to friends.