Sony’s next generation console will function best when you’re connected to the Internet, allowing you to track your friends and share gameplay footage. However, the manufacturer won’t force you to stay online – in fact, according to Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida, it’s something that never even crossed the company’s mind.

“Did we consider it? No, we didn’t consider it,” the executive told Game Informer magazine. “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.”

Microsoft has been slated by fans and the media for supposedly planning to produce an online only console, though these rumours were debunked by an internal memo earlier in the week. Where do you stand on the always-online debate? Do you think that the backlash to the next Xbox has been somewhat overblown? Let us know in the comments section below.

[via gameinformer.com, gamingeverything.com]