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PS4 Will Not Support MP3 Playback, Audio CDs Or PC Media Streaming

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Jonathan Lester
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PS4, Sony

PS4 Will Not Support MP3 Playback, Audio CDs Or PC Media Streaming

Sony has confirmed that the PS4 will feature somewhat limited media functionality compared to its predecessors. The new console won't support audio CDs, won't allow you to play MP3 files and can't be used to stream media from a PC.

But you can listen to a custom soundtrack if you subscribe to Sony's Music Unlimited service. How very convenient.

The news comes by way of a recently-released FAQ, which buries the info deep within the details. Here are the relevant questions and answers, unedited, for your perusal.

Can I listen to audio CDs using the PS4 system?
No, the PS4 system does not support audio CDs.

Does PS4 include a music visualizer feature?
No.

Will I be able to play MP3s on the PS4 system?
No.

Will the PS4 system support media servers or DLNA support in order to stream videos or movies from a home PC?
The PS4 system does not support client functionality for media servers.

Hmm. Though the PS4 is definitely designed primarily to appeal to gamers first and foremost, the lack of this basic media functionality is a little odd for an expensive piece of living room tech that will take pride of place under your telly. However, it all starts to make sense once you read this question...

Will I be able to play background music while I play PS4 games?
Yes, the Music Unlimited streaming service will allow you to listen to music while you play PS4 games. A subscription to Music Unlimited is required.

Well great. However, at least Shuhei Yoshida is looking into potential future options. "Thanks for the feedback to the lack of MP3 and DLNA support at the launch of PS4," he tweeted. "I'll share with the PS4 Dev team for future consideration."

I daresay that many of you already have devices for media streaming (and accounts with third-party entertainment services), so this won't be an issue whatsoever, but it's worth bearing in mind. What do you make of it?

We intend to plug the PS4 into the Xbox One's HDMI-in port and see what happens.

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Anarchist  Nov. 1, 2013 at 15:08

Lol :\

So basically, if you want to play any form of music on your PS4, you have to pay an additional £X per month for Sony's music unlimited service.

Awesome.

tapi  Nov. 1, 2013 at 15:17

Yup, I made a post somewhere here about why I don't trust Sony to look after the customer, and one of the reasons was artificially limiting perfectly capable systems to ensure the purchase of other devices/services.

this could well be to do with licensing, saving some costs per device for functionality they believe is little used, or has an alternative (at least in CD playbacks case) as MS did with DVD codec in win8. There may well be 'media playback pack' available for download for a small fee soon after release.

We intend to plug the PS4 into the Xbox One's HDMI-in port and see what happens.


Don't cross the streams!!!

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oL4bjGx4uyA/Te_L2vPya6I/AAAAAAAABEc/h-Sr9RS3hHk/s1600/ghostbusters-cross-the-streams.jpg

worto03  Nov. 1, 2013 at 15:41

just need someone to ask MS the same questions now - especially this one

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

I want the console to replace my media centre if possible.

Breadster  Nov. 1, 2013 at 15:44

It sucks a bit, I stream movies from my PC to my 360 quite often, but I'm not massively bothered because I'm keeping my 360. I tend to listen to music through my stereo from my phone so they can shove their music service.

JonLester  Nov. 1, 2013 at 15:55

@worto03: It's still unconfirmed AFAIK, but this might be worth a read. Maybe. However, PlayTo is still *far* from an ideal streaming solution, and Xbox One won't work as a Windows Media Extender IIRC.

Last edited by JonLester, Nov. 1, 2013 at 15:59
tapi  Nov. 1, 2013 at 16:08

Worto - that seems to be the idea. MS has said, we've got games covered now let's deliver everything from the same package.

it's ironic - the various playstation gens were widely praised for bringing media consumption in one place and many people bought them simply as DVD players and then BluRay players. Sony seem to have forgotten that (and also strange the cries of 'we just want games' from the PS lot) and MS have all those bases covered and have been pushing the 'next format' - streaming and downloads for years (their explanation for leaving out HD media from the 360 as it was seen as a short lived stop-gap)

worto03  Nov. 1, 2013 at 16:26

Thanks for the replies and the link - having a look now - a bit messy and no mkv by the looks of it but promising

gunnx  Nov. 1, 2013 at 16:46

I was surprised at first but then I won't actually miss those features. Since smart tvs now do this I've been streaming direct from tv, saves having to turn on ps3. Same goes for netflix and the other streaming services

DivideByZero  Nov. 1, 2013 at 16:46

I already read about the lack of a CD player from the FAQ, but it's a shame.

Not that I use it at all I as I have 2 PCs already hooked in to my TV... but it would still be nice to have.

However, they do have the hardware to make streaming work, so this could appear as a firmware update down the line, IF Sony wanted to. If they lose customers to the XO due to media streaming then I expect it will be something they look in to.

Shadowmancer88  Nov. 1, 2013 at 22:07

I think they clarified earlier today that a post launch update would add in MP3 support.

Anarchist  Nov. 1, 2013 at 22:33

I think they clarified earlier today that a post launch update would add in MP3 support.


I call first on PS180

Anarchist  Nov. 1, 2013 at 22:45

I think they clarified earlier today that a post launch update would add in MP3 support.


And no, they have not clarified any such thing. They only said 'uh, yeah, we know you're not happy about no mp3.' And that's it.

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