Sony to add audio CD, MP3 and DLNA support to PS4 after launch

Many people were not happy when Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 console would not support playing audio CDs in its disc player, nor would it support playing MP3 files or DLNA streaming media features. Today, a top Sony PlayStation executive said that support for all those features would be added in a future PS4 software update.

In a chat on the Giant Bomb podcast, Sony PlayStation Worldwide Studios leader Shuhei Yoshida stated that the company did not expect such an online backlash due to the lack of those features, saying, "We didn't really think about MP3 or DLNA. We always thought that we're going to do that eventually - we've been doing it with all the [PlayStation] products. So it caught us off guard."

While Yoshida said that the PS4 team is "discussing when we can put these features in" he did not give a specific timetable for when the software update will be released. Microsoft has already announced that the Xbox One will support audio CDs and DLNA out of the box, while MP3 support is currently limited to streaming those files from a Windows 8/8.1 PC.

In related news, CNET has confirmed with Sony that the PS4 won't support infrared (IR) remote control commands, which means many universal remote controllers won't work on the console. The current PS3 also lacks IR support.

Source: Giant Bomb via VG247.com | Image via Sony

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Great news!
Just a little odd that some of it isn't there by default, such as playing CDs (which are outdated anyways) and MP3.
One more reason to get the PS4, as if there wasn't enough already.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Great news!
Just a little odd that some of it isn't there by default, such as playing CDs (which are outdated anyways) and MP3.
One more reason to get the PS4, as if there wasn't enough already.

Yep many people canceled due to lack of mp3, cd, and dlna support.. now they can wait for them to become available again.. and likely the patch will happen before then.

I think this gen sucks hard on both consoles (dont like consoles and never getting one so its unbiased). They both seem rushed with feature incomplete software - you got to hope to hell the hardware isnt rushed and doesnt develop problems later down the line, apprently the x1 was supposed be out in 2014 so that definately rushed to hell, if the PS4 was due to be released this month as always why isnt stuff completed properly so i think they rushed it out for xmas. The games like BF4 and CoD are rushed to hell arent as good as previous versions (except BF4 multi which adds alot more) the games are buggy, needs constant updates, drivers are crap, crashes, netcode needs to be way more refined but hopefully will get optimised more in patches maybe. You got hope other games that are released at launch arent rushed to hell as well. Sounds like BF4 for PC was released before consoles so we can sort the bugs out for DICE apparently tons of people have done bug fixes for CoD that "escaped" the devs. Its just one big mess, its a good job theyve got last 8-10 years cus if it was a yearly or 2 year release cycle youd prolly want to skip it.

No point banging on about PC master race cus the game sucks on my £280 r9 280x beta 9.2 is more stable with crashing on bf4 but i still get it and always when im doing really well. its getting on my tits, saying that though my card does run it at ultra setings 1080p may have to take my card back cus not sure if its the game/drivers that are causing artifacts or if its cus the memory is knackered.

It is to topic cus i was stating this stuff should of bin in here in the first place, and the state of missing features at launch and the state of launch games cus everything is rushed so it is on topic albeit with a bit of extra flare

With how rushed both next gen consoles appear to be i'm glad that its only something like DLNA support which hasn't made the cut for launch if it means they can work on getting other more important things ready, and then put this in afterwards.

I would agree. If they both play their respective games at launch, with or without the day one update, the consumers win. The can take care of media stuff later, it's not like people that are buying game consoles don't already have something to play their media with while waiting for an update.

What the heck, why make gaming work out of the box on a gaming console but not DLNA? *cancels pre-order on Amazon*

Sure. They completely blew this one up.
How could they really think people would not want to listen to music and send media through DLNA?
Catch up. Nothing more than catching up.

I'm sorry, but when I buy a gaming console, I want it to play games, first and foremost. Apps for music and Netflix and such are great. I can't see how playing music is such a huge deal. Basically, it sounds like a lot of people want a rather expensive CD player and streaming box.

mattw891 said,
I'm sorry, but when I buy a gaming console, I want it to play games, first and foremost. Apps for music and Netflix and such are great. I can't see how playing music is such a huge deal. Basically, it sounds like a lot of people want a rather expensive CD player and streaming box.

Come on Matt, that is nothing more than a defense mechanism, you and everyone else wants those features as well, including myself. You primarily bought your car to get from place to place, but you would have been ****ed if it had no place to install a radio. After all you wouldn't want your car to be an overpriced radio right?

Let's not downplay it.

I won't lie, I had to look up what DLNA is. I would be a lil upset if Netflix wasn't available, but I would be livid if it didn't play games. That's what it's made to do. The car analogy makes a good point, but compares apples to oranges. This a game console that should play games. Cars are for transportation and the radio is there to help make sure you don't fall asleep at the wheel. I think I've only played a handful of CD's on my PS3, it's nothing I would miss terribly. I'm more upset about the lack of backwards compatibility with ps3 games.

You too. I like a good, open-minded debate. Now, what all can I stream using this DLNA stuff? Just stuff from a pc on the same network?

Yeah, say for instance you had a DLNA compatible NAS drive (network connectable hard drive) with photos, movies, and music on it. You can use other DLNA compatible devices to access that data from anywhere within your network. It's great for storing your photograph archives, I like being able to show off photos to family members from any TV in the house just by accessing my NAS drive.

Pretty cool stuff.

Amazing the different headlines:

Sony: sony will add support for xyz feature after launch.
Xbox: xbox will not support feature xyz at launch.

Both say the same thing, but the way authors write the Sony headline makes it sound better, whereas the MSFT headline sounds bad.

Guys seriously? Get over it.

minster11 said,
What's so difficult adding audio CD and MP3? iPod got it right the first time.

It is an odd omission. But considering DVD playback didn't make the cut and instead is coming in the Day One Update (You know, the one that they weren't going to have), I'd say that this is the least of our worries... With them scrambling like they are, and clearly shipping product that isn't NEAR ready, we should be thankful if they work at all...

I'm glad to see such fairness being displayed for both companies. Microsoft is on the ball and everything is already perfect on the Xbox One...oh wait, no, both are having day one updates. The hardware has been ready for awhile for both consoles, but it's in the consumers best interests that they continue to improve the software up until launch. More bugs fixed equals a better customer experience.

uxo22 said,
So, is this flip flopping or back tracking? Just curious.

I would consider it neither because they essentially said that it will do this, one day, but they can't say when, and in fact, are "discussing it"...

Now, I don't think anyone expects this to take a while to get out there in an update, but it's really strange that they can't say SOMETHING...

They could make any claim similarly. Nothing is off limits when you don't give a time frame... LOL

I'd say back tracking. This was Sony's version of the "Always On," fiasco. Instead of adding things they thought people wanted, they removed things that people wanted. Playstation 180 comments are rightfully just.

I blame the XBox fanboys for this. /s

M_Lyons10 said,
Well of course they will... What's surprising is that they still can't say when... LOL

Much of the same can be said for things Microsoft will be adding to the XBone after launch.

With the Music app in Windows 8.1 it's actually quite nice now. Of course, it only became usable when Windows became usable with .1 update a month ago. Or if you prefer, it became usable a month before the 360 became obsolete :\

greenwizard88 said,
With the Music app in Windows 8.1 it's actually quite nice now. Of course, it only became usable when Windows became usable with .1 update a month ago. Or if you prefer, it became usable a month before the 360 became obsolete :\

Really? I'll have to check that out. Thanks.

Rushing to get it shipped rather than making sure it was finished first. Of course, everything with Sony this gen has been criticize everyone else for what they do, and then do it themselves later and try to take credit for it. So this is not much of a surprise.

WhatTheSchmidt said,
Rushing to get it shipped rather than making sure it was finished first. Of course, everything with Sony this gen has been criticize everyone else for what they do, and then do it themselves later and try to take credit for it. So this is not much of a surprise.

Nah, playing mp3's and audio cd's is easy. I believe they are telling the truth about not realising they would be that important. mp3 licences costs $0.75 to decode. They saved a few dollars not including these things originally.

torrentthief said,

Nah, playing mp3's and audio cd's is easy. I believe they are telling the truth about not realising they would be that important. mp3 licences costs $0.75 to decode. They saved a few dollars not including these things originally.

Just another reason I wish mp3 would die off. We've had far superior formats for years now that are open source and royalty free. It reminds me of IE6 or XP, people keep clinging to old outdated stuff and refuse to let go.

Thrackerzod said,

Just another reason I wish mp3 would die off. We've had far superior formats for years now that are open source and royalty free. It reminds me of IE6 or XP, people keep clinging to old outdated stuff and refuse to let go.

It's not about "clinging" to anything. For better or worse, whether we like it or not, MP3 is standard & for the most part people wouldn't notice a difference with a superior format. it would just end up being nothing but a chore for people to update their libraries.

Geezy said,
You can use an external hard drive for media, just not for game installs.

Has this been confirmed by Sony?

Also anyone know what media formats the PS4 will read? Hopefully at least all the same ones the PS3 can. Wish they would add MKV support