Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed that the PS4 will not be a always-online system. The company’s main reasoning is that “many countries don’t have robust Internet connections.”
Shuhei 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 do not really have robust Internet."