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Sony PS4 bombshell: No MP3, external hard drive or DLNA support

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The PS4 will not allow gamers to play MP3 files through the console, cannot connect to external hard-drives and will not let users stream media content from a PC, Sony has revealed, much to the anger of prospective buyers.

In an in-depth Q&A published on the PlayStation Europe blog, the company revealed the bad news, raising serious questions about the device’s merits as a versatile living room media device.

Earlier this year Sony admitted the PS4 won't support audio CDs, so the lack of MP3 support means users will not be able to play their personal collections on the console, unless they’re subscribed to Sony’s own Music Unlimited subscription service. Strangely, there’s no music visualiser built into the console either.

Streaming media content from other devices is a no-go too. Unlike the current PS3, the console also lacks DLNA and media server support, so users won’t be able to share content from their home PC.

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In an even larger bombshell, the PS4 will not support external hard drives either, so users will not be able to expand the built-in 500GB storage or plug in a second drive in order to play content. “No this feature is not supported by PS4,” wrote Sony several times in the Q&A blog.

The revelations put the PS4 at a major disadvantage against the Xbox One for those users seeking to make their games console the centre of their living room media experience. Sony fans are already reacting angrily to the news, with some calling the news a ‘step backwards’ from the PS3, while others have vowed to cancel pre-orders, calling the news ‘unbelievable’.

One user on the blog, posting LBS123 wrote: “You must be reading these comments and you must have expected this kind of backlash to the omission of basic features. I’m on Reddit right now and there are people seriously considering opting for the Xbox just so they can listen to their god damn music. Let alone the streaming of content from a media server. It’s madness.”

In somewhat better news, Sony revealed PS3 and PS4 gamers will be able to battle or join forces with each other online for cross platform multiplayer action.

The company said cross platform online play is ‘technically possible,’ in Wednesday’s blog post. However, it will be down to individual developers to device whether to build the functionality into their PS3 and PS4 games.

“The functionality is technically possible and some developers may choose to support it for their titles,” Sony wrote.

The feature would, it seems, benefit both developers and gamers who want to play together despite not owning the latest console. A quick game of FIFA or a Call of Duty deathmatch over PS4 and PS3 would certainly be an opportunity fans would welcome.

However, that snippet is a bright spark in an otherwise black hole of bad news for some prospective PS4 buyers. It seems that Microsoft got all of its unpopular features out of the way early, giving it time to repair the damage. What will Sony do if the backlash continues? Could we see another next-gen reversal from one of the big two?

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October 30, 2013, 8:15 pm

This is depressing

Jayson Boyd

October 30, 2013, 8:42 pm

I'm sorry but this isn't a game changer for me. Would I like the option to play my music through my PS4, sure I guess but that's not why I'm buying one. I am a gamer, I want the best game system. Xbox One can worry about Kinect and playing music.

Robert McClelland

October 30, 2013, 8:58 pm

You can turn your mp3 to acc then it work lol Who cares I'm still keeping my preorder anyway I don't used DLNA anyway.

JoeKidd

October 30, 2013, 9:04 pm

No USB support at all. Yes there is USB support for external mice, keyboards etc but no USB support for jumpdrives and external storage. I currently use my PS3 to play videos off my jump drive and home network... Sony come on, what's up with not allowing us to play audio cds but forcing us to purchase your music service $60. Won't even let us listen to custom music during gameplay like the PS3. Have to spend $60 a year for that functionality. Low blow Sony low blow.

Peter

October 30, 2013, 9:24 pm

Really?
I've listened to MP3 on PS3 ....4 times in 5 years?

Noel Grundy

October 30, 2013, 9:35 pm

I'd be more worried about no external drives than no MP3's . 500 gig could soon get full with next gen games. At least you won't have to worry about saving space for your music collection :-)
Looks like PS4 will have more basic grunt than the Xbox one. But they are doing their best to make that the only advantage.

Vulcanproject

October 30, 2013, 10:01 pm

I'd like to not insult the people that actually want and use these features but meeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhhh they must be a tiny minority streaming from their PC or using external drives a lot or playing MP3s on PS3.

I don't ever want or need to stream to a games console- my laptop/desktop/Sky box etc does anything I want on my HDTV. I will never, ever use it to play my own music or video on (I thought that feature was a novelty on the original Xbox a decade ago, a novelty I used maybe twice and PS3's video support was a bit pish anyway it never liked the video formats I tried a few times very much) and while the external drive thing is the more commonly used aspect, the fact you can very easily swap out the internal drive means in the real world, I couldn't care less.

Everybody I knew with an early PS3s and even later ones swapped their HDDs out for bigger ones, and nobody made a fuss about it because it was fairly cost effective, straight forward and smart.

First thing I would do with a PS4 would probably be ditch the 500gb drive and dump a 2tb one in there. They are only like £60 now and will only get cheaper.

TX51

October 30, 2013, 10:20 pm

i hear you can only have a max of 1tb but i get your point

Justdontcare

October 30, 2013, 10:26 pm

Now does the Xbox One support MP3? Thought I read somewhere that it wont support them either. Not like it matters though. I have owned both a PS3 and 360 since launch and never once used them to play MP3s.

fred

October 30, 2013, 11:18 pm

So so minor!!! Rather them forcez on the important bits of ps4 n then add mp#fetures

GameMan2

October 30, 2013, 11:27 pm

My PS4 wont play MP3, but at least I am happy in the news that I can play COD Ghosts at full 1080p, while the XBOX one COD is at 720p... Full HD is certertainly a hgher priority for me!

Si1entRaider

October 30, 2013, 11:37 pm

Who the fuck plays music through a video games console anyway?

klindg

October 30, 2013, 11:43 pm

And with one move, Sony snatches defeat from the jaws of victory. I have a collection of PS3 games Im still working on, and I use my PS3 as my main hub for media in my living room. With the push back on launch titles, and now this, I have no justifiable reason to purchase a PS4... Preorder cancelled already. Maybe Ill get one next year some time when the actual games come out, and I am finished with PS3 games... Way to really screw up a great launch SONY.

Box Office Buz

October 30, 2013, 11:54 pm

I think the DLNA will be a big issue. I know a lot of people that stream all their downloads from their Mac / PC's to their PS3's.

Box Office Buz

October 31, 2013, 12:03 am

Doesn't swapping out the HD nullify your warranty ? If I remember correctly.

SwappingFrom360toPS4

October 31, 2013, 12:31 am

Will Xbox One work as a Windows Media Center Extender? For those that use a PC with TV tuner to record and watch TV, we use the 360 as an extender to stream this content to TVs. Will this continue with Xbox One?

WHITTEN: Xbox One isn’t a native Media Center Extender. We’ll continue to work to enable more ways for everyone to get the television they want over the life of the program.

Source: bit(dot)ly/1dE9hpI

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"The Xbox One will ship with the 500 GB hard drive, all of them have that. The future plan is definitely to support external storage much like we do on the Xbox 360. My understanding is that feature will not be there at launch, because the team is working on some other things, but it is definitely on the list. I don't know when it will come in though."

Source: bit(dot)ly/1afmk0k

SwappingFrom360toPS4

October 31, 2013, 12:31 am

"Xbox One isn’t a native Media Center Extender. We’ll continue to work to enable more ways for everyone to get the television they want over the life of the program."

Source: bit(dot)ly/1dE9hpI

"The Xbox One will ship with the 500 GB hard drive, all of them have that. The future plan is definitely to support external storage much like we do on the Xbox 360. My understanding is that feature will not be there at launch, because the team is working on some other things, but it is definitely on the list. I don't know when it will come in though."

Source: bit(dot)ly/1afmk0k

bronco22

October 31, 2013, 12:39 am

I guess I don't see how this is such a big deal. Yeah, I have a flash drive plugged into my Xbox 360, but that's really only because I have no desire to go upgrade my HDD (considering I'm getting a PS4 in the next few months). As far as music: eh. I had MP3s on my HDD for a while and almost never listened to them, ultimately deleting them to save space. But really, this is stuff at the console's launch. Who's to say there won't be a Firmware update down the road to change these things?

cmdrdredd

October 31, 2013, 12:47 am

No, they made it user replaceable.

cmdrdredd

October 31, 2013, 12:48 am

This is something they could easily add in later. They don't want to be caught with people loading pirate games on an external HDD somehow.

Commander Jim

October 31, 2013, 12:50 am

WTF Sony? Seriously? Grrr. I have an Apple TV and a PS3 so I can already do these things but I was hoping the PS4 would eliminate my need for the rest and become the only media player I need.

cmdrdredd

October 31, 2013, 12:51 am

With all sony has done since the initial PS4 announcement earlier this year to explain their focus with the system on being about gamers and developers and catering to the needs of both groups, I am kind of shocked at people's reaction to this. With the focus on games first it's no surprise that they don't have media functionality in the OS right away. It's a game console and Sony wants it viewed as such. They could always add this support in later. Especially when Sony really didn't mention much of anything in the way of how the PS4 will handle media functions except a quick bit about their music and movie service. I believe that Microsoft will largely do the same thing. They already announced that the XB1 won't be a media extender for WMC.

cmdrdredd

October 31, 2013, 12:52 am

2TB drives don't fit in the bay. It only supports drives up to 12.5mm in height.

Vulcanproject

October 31, 2013, 1:20 am

Don't fit yet.

Yet.

If we are being pedantic, go the whole hog. 1.5Tb drives potentially fit, and 2Tb drives WILL fit when platter densities increase a little again. Its only a matter of time, not very much time either most likely.

Give it 12 months, absolute tops. Most likely much less. Whether PS4 will support that size for its file format we'll see, but it probably will eventually simply because if the console is going to last half a decade there will likely be models later with much bigger drives than just 500Gb.

Alternatively just run a sata cable out of the bay. But yeah, the drives will fit sooner rather than later

MICHAEL PAYNE

October 31, 2013, 1:22 am

Not an issue for me as I'm only going to be playing games on it! It is a games console isn't it?

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