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PS4 update will add MP3 and CD support, just not in time for launch

Luke Johnson


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Sony PS4

Sony has announced that it is working on a PS4 update which will bring MP3 and CD support to the next-gen console.

Following a public outcry to the recent revelations that the upcoming console would not offer support for audio CDs or MP3 files, Sony has announced that it is working on plans for a downloadable fix, although the update will not be available in time for the imminent PS4 release date.

While the lack of PS4 support for audio CDs and MP3 files has angered many as a potential ploy to force users to sign up to the company’s Music Unlimited services, Sony has suggested that it has been left “surprised” by the reactions to a feature it did not see as a day-one priority.

"The biggest surprise for us all internally at Sony was there are so many people who passionately reacted to our announcement that there's no MP3 support or CD support on day one,” Shuhei Yoshida, Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios stated in a recent interview.

He added: “It's not like we actively decided 'let's not do this feature so people will have to subscribe to 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."

Revealing the company is currently working on a fix, Yoshida added: “We didn't really think about MP3 or CD. We thought 'we're going to do that eventually.'... It caught us off-guard. People don't really talk about these features, right? Some people get really mad and [say] 'I'll cancel my pre-order!' So as we speak, people in Japan - the system guys - are discussing when we can put these features in."

With the PS4 set to hit US retailers this Friday, November 15, a UK based PS4 release date has been pencilled in for two weeks’ time on November 29. Ahead of the console’s arrival, early PS4 pre-orders have seen the gamer sell out across a number of retailers.

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Via: GiantBomb


November 13, 2013, 2:46 pm

LOL. These guys roll me up.

Mp3 and CD-A are older than dirt, and were already supported by the PS3 (CD-A by PS1). It hardly needs special development. Contrary to the spin, I'm sure it was exactly intended to nudge people towards their music store, they just had to backtrack when they couldn't get away with it. As with MS and Xbox DRM.

And I don't believe for a second that Sony would not have barred second hand games etc. had MS not received so much stick over it. It's bizarre they could have forgotten this lesson so soon, though there was doubtless pressure from the music arm of the corporation.

bjørn erik fjeld

February 4, 2014, 2:17 am

Its funny. I dont belive sony with this One! Sony also has alot off tv stunts. Like futures on video cammeranex vg 20 and many moore, that has functions and futures on show off the tv, but not in the video camera it self. Do they do lie often....
I would not sell my ps3 if i know about the cd and that its a really picky on reading bluray to. Just a small finger fat and it fail to read, oposite from ps3 that takes all cd, dvd, bluray that no other player can read.

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