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Sony PS4 MP3 and CD support being worked on

Sony PS4 MP3 and CD support being worked on

An extensive FAQ surprised system fans by revealing that MP3, CD and streaming media was not supported by the console.

Sony is looking to work MP3 and CD support into the Playstation 4 following the criticism it received when announcing that the next generation console had ditched these features.

Talking to Giant Bomb, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida said that he was surprised that so many people 'passionately reacted' to the news that there would not be MP3 or CD support at launch.

According to Yoshida, the move was not made to force people into subscribing to the company's streaming music service, Music Unlimited.

'The focus has been more on the game features. Some of the features we wanted but we couldn't get in on day one' said Yoshida. A revised timeline of when Sony can include these features is currently being discussed at present.

Unlike the Playstation 3, the Playstation 4 will also not be able to stream video files and work as a media server. Although it looks like the dropped MP3 and CD support is on the drawing board, media server capability has not been discussed.

The details on the system's limitations were set out in a frank FAQ released on the Playstation Blog. As well as streaming and music issues, the console will also not support Blu-rays or DVDs without the download of a day-one update. The post also mentioned that although it will support Ustream and Twitch for uploading recorded game footage, Youtube integration will not be supported at launch.

The Playstation 4 is due to release on November 29 in the UK, a week behind the Xbox One. At launch, the system will have approximately 23 games available including Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack as system exclusives and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts which will also feature on Microsoft's consoles.

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Niftyrat 13th November 2013, 13:28 Quote
A backtrack just like Microsoft did when they announced things people don't like. Microsoft got slated for PR gaffs, will Sony feel the same pain or will they get a free pass.

Buying either console at launch seems a risky prospect at this stage.
Skiddywinks 13th November 2013, 14:23 Quote
Free pass. It has already been decided that the PS4 is the white knight. I don't expect people to start using logic any time soon.
sandys 13th November 2013, 15:10 Quote
Free pass from me, but then I work on hardware to tight schedules for entry into consumer products and know the score, it's launch firmware, it seems pretty clear that these machines firmwares aren't finished, like most complex hardware it's never finished, doesn't seem unreasonable that some features have to take a back seat to the core experience, out of the box the PS4 can't do bugger all, even after its first update it still lacks things that Sony pushed hard in the past like 3d Bluray playback for example, do you think that will be left out for ever?
Narishma 13th November 2013, 15:28 Quote
Free pass from me too. These are minor features that can easily be added through firmware updates later on.
Blademrk 13th November 2013, 15:30 Quote
I think not being able to play BR and DVD's out of the box is a bit of a gaff, but I can understand that there will be features that should be included but won't until their patched in - it's the cost of rushing to beat the XBOne to market (in the case of the US as I think the PS4 beats the XB-1 to the shops by a week, while here in the UK it comes out the week after the XB-1).

As for myself while I want both systems I think I'll put off getting either until they've been out a while and I can see what pitfalls arise.

In the meantime I finally bit the bullet and ordered a 32gb Wii U for £200 with Super Mario Wii U and the Luigi update, which should keep me busy over Christmas (there's also a few Wii games I wouldn't mind picking up if I can find them cheap enough).
Cei 13th November 2013, 15:33 Quote
I always said that the lack of CD/MP3/DLNA was something that would be rectified, and hence wasn't worth cancelling a pre-order over. Sony obviously had to prioritise other software features to hit the November launch date, which is understandable with the competition they were facing.

I mean, the PS3 was a terrible media player at launch as well. Microsoft seem to have launched a decent media machine with the XBone, but a poor console, which is too far the other direction.
fix-the-spade 13th November 2013, 16:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Niftyrat
A backtrack just like Microsoft did when they announced things people don't like. Microsoft got slated for PR gaffs, will Sony feel the same pain or will they get a free pass..
Free pass, compared to the epic storm of fail that was the Xbone unveiling event this is pretty minor. Sony still seem to be listening to the audience more with the PS4 than they did with the PS3, this is a pretty rapid about turn for something that a lot of users will probably never use, or use rarely.
Glix 14th November 2013, 22:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by fix-the-spade
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Originally Posted by Niftyrat
A backtrack just like Microsoft did when they announced things people don't like. Microsoft got slated for PR gaffs, will Sony feel the same pain or will they get a free pass..
Free pass, compared to the epic storm of fail that was the Xbone unveiling event this is pretty minor. Sony still seem to be listening to the audience more with the PS4 than they did with the PS3, this is a pretty rapid about turn for something that a lot of users will probably never use, or use rarely.

Because they need to sell their new console? They will just pull the same nonsense with their *updates*.
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