The Vita’s getting DLNA support…and the PS4 isn’t

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PlayStation 4’s firmware 2.0 is coming soon, with Sony hinting that it’s “just around the corner.” According to Sony, it’ll add things like share play and the ability to upload videos directly to YouTube. What it won’t add, is the oft-requested ability to stream media from a network, or even more rudimentary things like play MP3’s. Instead, it looks like that functionality is being added to the Vita and its sibling, the PlayStation TV.

In a rather large  FAQ-styled infoburst on the impending PlayStation TV, Sony revealed that the Vita and the PSTV would be on the receiving end of s networked media playing-app.

Will PS TV support media servers or DLNA support in order to stream videos or movies from a home PC?

The Network Media Player (coming soon to PS TV and PS Vita) can be used to access media servers over a network. The Network Media Player can be used to view photos and stream music and videos from a media server located on your home network. You can also copy photos, music and video files from the media server to your system.

This is one of the most requested features since the systems release, and it’s astounding that there’s nothing of its ilk yet has been announced for the PS4. It does, however, make the PlayStation TV a little more desirable. A network-streaming, PlayStation 4 remote play extender that can play Vita, PSP and PS1 downloadable games? Sold. It’s out in Euro regions on November 14. We have no idea what the thing may cost here.

Interestingly, just yesterday the makers of Plex – one of the more robust network streaming software suites – announced it was releasing versions of its client software for the Xbox One and even Xbox 360.

[Thanks to Androgynous Spiky Blue Hair for the tip]

Last Updated: October 8, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

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