Not too long ago, Sony confirmed that its PlayStation 4 would be launching without some rather rudimentary media functions; most notably the ability to play audio CD’s and MP3’s, along with DLNA networking support. Sony shortly thereafter said they’d be adding in those features with a post-release patch. They’ve said it again, this time explaining those features’ absence.
Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida actually says Sony was caught off-guard buy the outcry about the missing features.
“The biggest surprise for us all internally at Sony was; there were so many people who passionately reacted to our announcement that there’s no MP3 support and DLNA support on day one,” said Yoshida in an interview with Giant Bomb (via CVG).
Some of the more tinfoil-hatted folk cried conspiracy, like it was a ploy by Sony to get people to use their streaming audio and video services, but Yoshida says “it’s not like that.”
“Like we’ve been saying, the focus has been always on the game features, and some of the features we wanted but we could get in on day one – game features – we were very disappointed,” he said.
“We didn’t really think about MP3 or DLNA. We always thought that we’re going to do that eventually – we’ve been doing it with all the [PlayStation] products. So it caught us off guard. People don’t really talk about these features but when we say we don’t have it some people get really mad and [say], ‘I cancelled the pre-order’.”
So Sony is working on bringing those features to the PS4 with post-launch support. I want to be really angry about it, and moan about missing features, but when Yoshida says stuff like “the focus has been always on the game features” it’s hard to stay mad.
I used DLNA on my PS3 quite a bit, streaming my own media through to the device coupled with things like PLEX and PS3 Media Server – and it’s functionality I would hate to lose with a new console. Admittedly it’s not as big a feature for me anymore for two reasons; I use Netflix and Hulu, along with Spotify and Pandora for everything now, and just about every other bit of tech in my house supports DLNA to some degree.
Last Updated: November 13, 2013