Media playback coming to the PlayStation 4 soon?

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The PlayStation 4 is a wonderful console with a huge focus on games. More than six months after release though, and it’s still incapable of doing some rather rudimentary things that people expect of a fancy new bit of hardware. To be more specific, The PlayStation 4 lacks basic media playback functionality that precludes it from being a worthwhile whole replacement to its older kin; the PlayStation 3. That could be changing quite soon.

According to a couple of “insider” sources and some information from Sony’s blog, we may be seeing that fabled media playback update coming in the rather near future.

First up, we have tweets from industry insider “Tidux” who reckons the PS4 will soon be catching up to the PS3 in terms of features.

Asked what kind of features, he specifically mentioned media playback.


Questioned by users on a new firmware update, SCEE’s community representative Fred Dutton said we can expect news of an update soon.


Right now the PS4 is missing the most basic playback functions. It can’t play 3D Blu-rays, is unable to process a single video file in any format, has no DLNA streaming and can’t even be used to playback mp3s. Hopefully that’s changing.

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Microsoft’s Xbox One might not be able to keep up in the resolution and frame rate, but it’s certainly besting the Ps4 when it comes to regular, feature-packed firmware updates. The August Xbox One update adds 3D Blu-ray playback, along with a host of other oft-requested features.

Last Updated: July 22, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Hammersteyn

    I know right? I’m so pissed my R6000 mp3 player can’t play music!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Have you tried switching it off & on again?

    • FoxOneZA

      Try pushing a pin into the reset thingy 😛

      • Hammersteyn

        I only see I the wide slot the discs goes in, damn it I dropped the pin inside. Now what? Is that smoke?

        • Sageville

          Clearly you didn’t turn it off and on again!

          We can only help those willing to help themselves!

  • Consumer of Little Rabbits

    Praise Jebus!

  • Morne Nell

    I can understand hat people, especially those that had a ps3 want this, but honestly I only play games on the Ps4. That is the reason I bought the thing. The same principle apply I buy a camera to take photos not a cell phone.

    • Hammersteyn

      Exactly, why would I for one second stop playing Watchdogs or Wolfenstein to listen to music???

      • CAE9872

        *Destiny I think you mean…bloody hell every one of my friends was playing Destiny all weekend…sheesh!

        • Hammersteyn

          Hahaha, Ive seen what I wanted to see. Will wait for the release with much anticipation. time to play something else like Valiant Hearts,Pixel junk Shooter or even Trine for example. Thanks again PS+

          • CAE9872

            I see you started those – how is Valiant Hearts? Reviews good but apparently quite different?

          • Hammersteyn

            It’s a lot like an adventure game, find the round peg for the round hole type. The driving stages are hilarious I recommend you watch one on Youtube. The story is pretty compelling and there a lots of historical facts like how the used urine soaked rags as gas masks back then O_o

          • CAE9872

            Oh maybe you will grace Warframe with your presence. I am slightly addicted to the thing now that I am understanding how it all works, mods, and mod fusion!

          • Hammersteyn

            Will do 🙂

      • Kensei Seraph

        Because it’s the music from Destiny.
        I nearly didn’t go to bed last night because I was looking through my PS3 to find Ni no Kuni (it freaking vanished on me!) when the music from Destiny started playing.

      • matt

        These features make the PS4 the center hub of my living room, which is what the PS2 and PS3 were. So far, I enjoy playing the games quite a bit, but it’s a real bummer to not be able to stream media, which is a huge part of my evenings. Also, adding your own audio to games like “MLB the Show” was awesome and sorely missed on PS4.

  • Francois Knoetze

    oh praise the heavens!! (drops on to both knees)

    My 80gb PS3(now 250gb) is close to YLOD. My 60gb has gone through the same motions and was stolen before I got the 80GB in 2008. still using it as a media player at home but hell that flashing red light and the 3 beeps are getting on my nerves.My ps4 could use the extra functions. plus if it breaks I am not forking another 3G’s for a new PS3 console just to play my old classics. but dammit I don’t want to sell my ps3 games either o.O

  • Lardus-Resident Perve

    Well, I can still do the playback on my Xbox 360, so not a big deal yet. When I give the 360 to my sister however, it might become an issue. But still too much fun to be had on the games I already have to just give it away now

  • Mabenito

    I miss my PS Media Server for sure, and Plex.

  • Sageville

    I just want a “Pause download” option…

    • Hammersteyn

      pull out the Lan cable or disconnect WiFi? 😛

      • Sageville

        Get up out of my chair????

        ur frikken crazy!

        • Hammersteyn


  • John V.

    “Microsoft’s Xbox One might not be able to keep up in the resolution and frame rate” – – You sure about that chief?

  • Derrick

    3D playback is coming next week with the 1.75 patch.

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