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Submitted by Raen 556d ago | opinion piece

Could You Own A PS3 Without Ever Going Online With It?

TheSixthAxis.com propose a simple thought experiment: Imagine owning a PS3 and never going online from launch. Would it ruin the console, or would it still be enjoyable? (PS3, Sony)

yewles1  +   556d ago
Another issue to think about, playability through firmware. Not all games come with the required FW in order to play them, so playability of certain games may not be possible, and cause some real problems...
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wolokowoh  +   556d ago
You could still download the latest firmware(nearly 200 mb) on PC(doesn't require a good connection at all) and set it up to transfer on a flash drive/ your phone/ PSP/ 3DS/ nearly anything whatever you have. I have friends who have never went online with their PS3, not out of choice, but because of where they live. No decent internet service providers=not good enough internet to even sign in to PSN.
thorstein  +   556d ago
You stole my reply! All updates are available on the internet and can be dloaded from your local library onto a flashdrive. You don't even have to have internet.
Enigma_2099  +   555d ago
@thorstein

But if you don't have internet, how do you download the updates on your PC... without internets? Eh... EH?
wolokowoh  +   555d ago
@Enigma_2099 Friend's house maybe? I used to download my PSN games at my friend's house before I got HughesNet(2008), now Gen 4. Even now the with much larger data limit, it is still very limiting. You could also bum off your neighbor's unsecure line.
thorstein  +   555d ago
@ Enigma... "from your local library" You then place them "onto a flashdrive."

Did my reply not fully appear? I know that n4g had gone through some updates so maybe it didn't appear correctly for you.
Enigma_2099  +   555d ago
For the love of... CALM DOWN, GUYS!
It was a JOKE. Turn off your "uppity" settings.
thorstein  +   554d ago
Oh... lulz
Enigma_2099  +   553d ago
I thought the eh... EH and misspelling of internetz was the clue.
fsfsxii  +   556d ago
I think i can, when i bought my ps3, i didn't know that it had online functionality, until 2010 xD
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fsfsxii  +   556d ago
I always wondered what the friends section was for
but at least, i started online gaming with MGO, i think that makes up for it
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Donnieboi  +   556d ago
I miss mgo-_-. I hope Kojima mentions it at GDC next week when he shows more of mgs ground zeroes. Also, MGO was my 2nd ever online console game, and it is the best experience I ever had online...
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ziggurcat  +   556d ago
"I think i can, when i bought my ps3, i didn't know that it had online functionality, until 2010 xD"

that's one hell of a fail.
fsfsxii  +   556d ago
@Donnieboi
Same here, i wish Kojima reveals MGO3 and reveal the true identity of Moby Dick studio
MGO is my first online experience and yet my favorite, starhawk is my second favorite
Y_5150  +   556d ago
It WILL be enjoyable. As A person who own a PS3 and never had online for around 1 1/2 years. I had LittleBigPlanet, GTA4, inFAMOUS, Naruto Storm. All those games I could have never had online and still to this day have fun with it. But online is the way to go, online functionality pretty much define this generation.
Soldierone  +   556d ago
Personally I think it would have been fine. I never played PS2 or Xbox online, only really ever played PC online. America's Army was my thing.

With PS3 I wasn't really "interested" in jumping online until I got involved with RFOM. I was always more single player oriented, and if it didn't have online I bet that focus from developers would still exist. Instead of tacked on multiplayer.

However with how broken games release these days, I don't think it'd be as "enjoyable." Imagine being stuck with Skyrim's buggy mess, or other broken games. There would be no day one patches to fix them. And we would never get trophies or other updates. Plus some games get single player DLC that I enjoy.
optimus  +   556d ago
I agree, i'm an old school gamer and i feel some of the best games i've played were not online going back to the nintendo, snes, genesis, turbografx16, to the 1st playstation... Now it seems people will refuse to buy a game unless it has multiplayer in it...damn, shame.

...also i might add that my internet has been down for the past 15 hrs... I would have been very disgruntled if i couldn't play tomb raider because i HAD to be online for it.
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UnHoly_One  +   556d ago
Don't they put the firmware updates on newer games?

I know nintendo did that with the Wii. You would try to play a new game and it would force an update on you first.

And Microsoft did it with the 360 with at least one of their updates, when they modified the disc format a little to make more space on the disc usable.
kma2k  +   556d ago
If you mean starting today cut off the internet then hell no. If i had never played a ps3 or a 360 & didnt know the difference i could for maybe a month or two then my curisoity would get the better of me!
Number-Nine  +   556d ago
yes
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   556d ago
Yea cause I dont go online with it already.
delboy  +   556d ago
No online but free games, I see no problem whatsoever.
oasdada  +   556d ago
in a matter of face ive got a 360 and a ps3 and i havnt gone online... once or twice in pc but true gaming experience lies in single player campaign... online just has a fun factor
yokokoroma  +   556d ago
The answer is no, games (it seems like) are constantly receiving updates, which can only be accessed via an online connection. Even if a gamer didn't need to (or wasn't prompted to) update a game, imagine if said gamer had a game (Skyrim) that was filled with glitches. The only way to "correct" (I use the term losely) them would be via a game patch, which can only be accessed online. These two scenarios are at the forefront of not being online with a PS3, the second of which, is as serious as it gets from not being online with a PS3. There is of course, other "conveniences" (more along the lines of entertainment than necessity) a gamer may find themselves wanting, such as playing demos of games, (long gone are the days of PS Jampacks/Underground disc) which I'd say is an efficient way to gauge said games. It's possible to play/use the PS3, without being online, but a gamer will be deprived of the full experience of using the PS3, an experience that also includes online connectivity.
killagram  +   556d ago
From a security standpoint it's not only possible, but presently existent. Sometimes when you purchase a new game it includes mandatory OS updates that won't let you play the game until you agree to install them.

From a game play perspective it may not be as easy since games require constant updates. Then again this sort of trend wouldn't exist if publishers/developers didn't put so much pressure on their employees to push a game out before it's ready to ship. F*ck profit, make a reliable product and get accolades for it instead in order to drive sales.
ceedubya9  +   556d ago
I notice that a lot of the games that I have purchased for my PS3 have been primarily for the single player experiences. RPG and action games are usually at the top of my list, so i think I WOULD have been fine. But, times have changed and while I don't play online much, I'm used to a lot of the features that have been brought about this generation due to connecting the console online. Not sure I could completely go back now.
cleverusername  +   556d ago
I had mine for around 2 years without internet, got demos firmware etc from Official PS Magazine and new games.
Xer0_SiN  +   556d ago
yes. a dude I know, does it. has no desire to go online.
Yodagamer  +   556d ago
I only really use online for littlebigplanet, modnation racers levels, and updates. otherwise i just use my ps3 for single player games. I tend to get bored of online games.
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kingPoS  +   556d ago
I use the internet on my ps3 quite heavily. Whether it's online multiplayer, downloading from the browser, or streaming from a from a service.

I'm in too deep to go cold turkey.

lol
Dcadjust  +   556d ago
I have had my PS3 since launch day and it has never been on the internet. I hope PS4 games can also be played solo. I won't be connecting that to the internet either.
Hicken  +   556d ago
Yup. I buy mostly games that are heavy on the singleplayer anyway. Multiplayer, online play is fun, but I could live without it. I did all last gen, after all. And the gen before that. And the one before that, too.

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