Microsoft has gained an advantage over its next-gen console rival, confirming the Xbox One features list will see audio CD and DLNA support included.
With Sony having announced earlier this week that the PS4 will not be able to play audio CDs or offer DLNA connectivity and transfer options, Microsoft has been keen to gain some lost ground on its next-gen challenger, revealing that both features will be available on the Xbox One.
Calling into question the PS4’s credentials as a living room multimedia provider, Sony representatives speaking in a blog-based Q&A this week dropped a number of bombshells, with a lack of MP3 playback support and no compatibility with external hard drives also missing from the PS3 follow-on.
Although the Xbox One had a rocky introduction life, with consumer uproar greeting Microsoft’s original plans to charge for second-hand or borrowed games, the Kinect packing console is now gaining lost ground, coming to the fore as the more multimedia friendly next-gen offering.
In a statement to Penny Arcade, Microsoft reportedly confirmed that the Xbox One will act as a Play To receiver, allowing gamers to stream content to the console using any Windows powered Play To supported devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones.
Causing something of a consumer backlash, Sony has been inundated with angered would be PS4 owners following its revelation of the console’s lack of MP3, audio CD, hard drive and DLNA support.
One disgruntled pre-order customer took to Sony’s comments sections to state: “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.”
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