Trim the fat

Consoles are more than just gaming devices these days. For better or for worse, they’ve also become entertainment hubs, allowing consumers to Netflix in some films, boot up some MP3s and chuck in some chunkier storage options. The Playstation 4 however, won’t include at least two of those options.

Sony published a list yesterday, called the PS4: The Ultimate FAQ. 160 questions, 160 answers. And not all of them positive. Here’s some of the more relevant information that was shared.

Will users be able to connect an external hard drive to expand storage on PS4?

No, this feature is not supported on PS4.

What entertainment services will be offered at the launch of PS4?

Sony Network Entertainment’s Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited will be available at launch in North America. We will announce other entertainment services that will be available on Day 1 before launch. Check PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation social channels for further news and updates.

Will PS4 be able to automatically download game patches?

Yes, all PS4 users will be able to automatically download and install game patches to their PS4. In addition, PlayStation Plus members will enjoy the ability to have those automatic downloads happen while the system is in standby mode.

Will PS4 support any 3D content, including stereoscopic 3D games?

Technically, PS4 supports 3D gameplay at launch in North America, though no launch titles are currently 3D compatible.

Well bugger. Part of the charm of the Playstation 3 is that I can add some jams and films whenever I want, and having a Sony laptop has further expanded that option for me.

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But if you’re desperate to have some One Direction or Taylor Swift singing about their boyfriends (That’s what kids listen to, right?), then you’re going to need to sign up for that online store that Sony is clearly steering consumers towards for your music and movies needs.

Not that it matters locally even, because that content will not be available here anyway, thanks to licensing issues. But at least Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida is aware of the complaints, as he tweeted:

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And yes, he’s aware of that other problem as well.

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As for the storage problem, I can see that becoming problematic in the future, when the PS4 expands on that launch library it happen to has. It’s going to be a tight squeeze for next-gen games, even if the hard drive does boast 500GB of space.

Last Updated: October 31, 2013

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