The consumer tech giant debated whether to scrap the use of optical disc drives in the PS4, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Sources "familiar with the matter" said that Sony ditched the plan due to inconsistencies with web connections across the globe.
The sources also claim that Sony's follow-up to the PS3 will launch sometime next year.
The news follows yesterday's report that Sony is close to finalising a takeover of a cloud gaming company, thought to be either Gaikai or OnLive.
The deal, which is "close to being signed", would enable Sony to stream gaming content through its range of consumer tech products, potentially eliminating the need to own a console.
If a takeover deal does go through, Sony is likely to use the technology in the PS4 in some capacity, opening up the possibility for gaming on the move.
Watch the announcement trailer for Sony cloud gaming target OnLive below: