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PS4 Doesn't Support DLNA, MP3, But It Might In The Future

It's good to speak out, because then you might get what you want. Well, ideally.

Yesterday, Sony unleashed the "ultimate" PS4 FAQ on us, and it included a bunch of new information. Not all of those details were positives, though, as we learned that the new console won't support DLNA or MP3 playback at launch.

Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida addressed this issue on Twitter, saying he appreciates the feedback and that he would share the information with the PS4 development team "for future consideration." And so he did, as he later Tweeted:

"Had a very good discussion w the PS4 Dev team today. We're happy & appreciative to learn so many people use and like PS3's media features."

We have also found out that the PS4 won't support external hard drives, but you can always swap out the default 500GB HDD with something bigger. The PlayStation 4 will launch in North America on November 15 and in Europe on November 29.

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, ps4 features, ps4 dlna, ps4 mp3

10/31/2013 11:35:35 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (51 posts)

Karosso
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 12:04:56 PM
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One more reason for me to keep my PS3 around for a longer period.
Won't touch the PS3.9 until it's mature enough and has the features I'm used to on my PS3, might even wait for the PS4 slim...

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Cesar_ser_4
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 3:58:34 PM

Has this gen not taught you anything? Sony will most likely take away a bunch of features on their revision.

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Akuma07
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 8:41:01 PM

This kind of comment really annoys me.

You guys expect the console to include every single possible feature you would like, but also want it to be cheap, and also want it to release in a time frame you would like.

Sony will most likely include this in a later patch, if you look back at the PS3 it launched with less than half the features that it has today, and most of the features they included post launch were things requested by consumers.

And at the end of the day, you don't buy a launch console to play music on it. You buy a launch console to play games, and if you ARE buying it for all the other multimedia things you would like, then you more than likely wouldn't have purchased a console until a later time in which the console probably WOULD have included that feature by then any way. Arrrgh!

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Crabba
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 5:18:17 AM

Well sadly going by the PS3 they may add some new software features, and remove other more important hardware or software features..

For example, my launch PS3 had full PS2 BC and 4 usb ports, now you're stuck with no BC and 2 usb ports regardless which version you buy...

I also recall the original PS3 had SACD support, not that I ever used it, but that was later removed as well... then there was this thing called other OS... ;)

Now what have they added since then exactly? Can't really put my finger on anything specific feature other than trophies, and a new crappy PS Store?

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Gabriel013
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 8:01:07 AM

Crabba, they added Singstar to my XMB.

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 12:09:25 PM
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As I said in the other article, this is so strange... The PS3 was a compatibility power house! You could put in a CD and convert it into multiple formats and transfer music from PC to PS3 via USB with ease.

If this is a ploy to get us to sign up to Music Unlimited... it's not going to happen, not at all.

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frylock25
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 12:13:48 PM

the only way that i am going to keep my music unlimited is if i get the same deal again this year that i did last year. plus members got it for $1 a month. $12 for a year of the service was a very good price. $10 a month is not.

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Simcoe
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 1:00:18 PM

Yeah, really hoping they offer that deal again. They had offered a similar (but not as good) deal a few months ago, but current, year-long, subscribers were not able to tack on that deal to their existing subscription. :(

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 12:24:39 PM
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I assume this means Sony is chucking the idea of being the living room "media hub".

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SayWord
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 1:38:07 PM

First people complain that consoles are having too many features and not focusing enough on games. And now when the ps4 is more akin to consoles of the past the same people complain. All I care about is that the ps4 functions as a gaming console. I personally do not care about any feature that both the ps3 and 4 do besides games.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 2:09:58 PM

Sayword,

Times have changed, there wasn't digital media during the PS1 days. Technology changes and you're being incredibly narrow minded to suggest otherwise.

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Akuma07
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 8:42:17 PM

I don't really remember Sony ever marketing the PS4 as anything but a gaming console.

I may be wrong, but that's just what I have seen.

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Gabriel013
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 3:48:23 AM

PS3 "It Does Everything" campaign.

PS4 "It Does Games. Which is less than the PS2 did" Campaign.

As for people complaining consoles had too many features... I am not one of those, and by the looks of it nor are many others on this site.

We aren't asking them to reinvent the wheel here. Playing MP3's, CD's, DVD's.... it's all stuff we already had on previous consoles.

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JohnnyKey
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 1:13:01 PM
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Why would they take those features away? that doesn't make any sense at all. I wonder about mp4 files. Also, if i have a movie on a usb stick does this mean I can't watch it on the ps4?

What a silly move... :(

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JohnnyKey
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 1:57:16 PM

m4a*

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Cesar_ser_4
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 4:05:59 PM

Johnny,
he's not wrong. The extensions in the mp4 format (.mp4, .m4a, .m4v etc) do not have anything to do with the media that it carries, whether its video or audio. m4a is more commonly used in the Apple ecosystem to differentiate the video from the audio files. Everything else pretty much uses mp4

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JohnnyKey
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 12:41:15 AM

@Cesar, I was actually correcting myself lol. I dont know much about the different types of audio files. Thanks for the info

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daus26
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 1:26:20 PM
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I don't understand the inability for mp3s. I've heard that we'd able to play songs from our harddrive with any game this time with the PS4. I'm not sure where I've heard it, but it definitely would contradict with this bit of news. Even so, wouldn't this restrict us from implementing in-game music for games that supports it?

On top of that, I still don't see any explanation for the limited compatibility with blutooth devices. I was hoping for feedback on that. I think with controllers, it has to do with the adaptation to "digital" buttons. Still, devices like blutooth keyboard works, as well as the PS Move, which is confusing unless that too has digital buttons/triggers or whatever. The headset part is the most confusing.

I appreciate the quick response tho Shuhei. I need my mp3 support.

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Gabriel013
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 2:43:25 PM

It may be that the intention is you buy your music through Sony's service, then you use that in your games. If you, ya know, feel like re-buying your music collection.

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Cesar_ser_4
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 4:08:55 PM

Hehe, yeah just like what they did with the PS3 "oh yeah you can listen to your own music while you play, as long as developers implement it" and in the end not even first party games supported it.

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Clamedeus
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 1:32:52 PM
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Shu got a lot of messages about this. He talked to the PS4 dev team and they are considering it. So hopefully they do add it in an update or some thing.

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Solid Fantasy
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 1:56:59 PM
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I don't know how difficult it is to have the formats, but who cares? I'm not buying a PS4 to listen to music! I like to think they pooled there resources (time and research) into the gaming side of the PS4. Afterall it's for the gamers isn't it?

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 2:11:32 PM

I do. I stream media/external HD media just as much as play videogames on my PS3. That very reason led me to own more than one PS3. This bit of information will reduce the amount of PS4s I intend on buying. I don't see how these features would have taken away from the gaming side of the PS4.

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Solid Fantasy
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 2:38:21 PM

I guess that's one way to listen to you music. Or in this case not. I just use my computer, or PSP, or phone, or about a dozen other cheaper and portable options if I so choose.

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Akuma07
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 8:43:42 PM

Exactly!!!!!!

Do you guys want them to perfect their MP3 player? Or their freaking gaming features?!

Seriously.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 2:08:32 PM
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This is ridiculous. Talk about a step in the wrong direction. Sony continues to shoot itself in the foot with decisions like this. There is no valid reason to not include these features. I'm genuinely pissed.

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coverton341
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 4:08:46 PM

If you have the option to stream all your media on your PC to your PS4 then where is the incentive to rent or buy films from the PSN store? If you can put all the mp3 formatted music on your PS4 HDD and listen to it when you play, then where is the incentive to buy a subscription to Music Unlimited?

Nowhere.

And you know what, it is a stupid and arrogant misstep on their part. If I am locked in to only being able to listen to Music Unlimited music then I am not more likely to buy a sub, I'm more likely to not own multiple consoles for different rooms in my house. I am more likely to continue using my PS3 for streaming films in my family room and den and bedroom, and only having the PS4 in the family room for playing games.

I use the media features a whole lot, and with them being cut out of the PS4, it is a huge deal for me.

I really hope they decide to patch them back in, because at this point, it's like a step forward for graphics, and a huge step back for just about everything else.

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Akuma07
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 8:44:13 PM

No, there are legitimate reasons for this not to be included at launch. But all the butthurt people just aren't willing to consider them atm.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 11:51:49 PM

What legitimate reason? It's software playing codecs. It doesn't cost money.

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PC_Max
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 2:21:57 PM
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I posted before about the possibility that you could use an external drive to say play avi/mpegs.. which I guess now the answer is no... for now.

BUT I think I get it why they approached it this way. Is it possible they are doing this... for now... due to someone using external devices to hack the PS4? I'm no hacker and never tried to educate myself to hack or crack devices/software, BUT even if they removed this access point, could not one just crack open the PS4 and try an entry point through the hardware be it the internal harddrive or whatever?

Keep playing! (love my PS3) :)

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coverton341
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 4:54:05 PM

Yes, and that's normally how hardware systems get hacked in the first place, i.e. someone opens up the box, finds schematics on the bus traces, and gets into the logic controls before security measures are injected, or by capturing information and cracking the security keys. External hard drives come in after the hacking has already taken place. It's the same as how we test hardware on the development side in a way.

Instead of this sounding like a preventative measure against hardware hacking, it sounds like a way to guide people into utilising services like the movie store and the Music Unlimited service instead of streaming their own.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 3:11:58 PM
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That's one issue potentially resolved.

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xnonsuchx
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 3:45:44 PM
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This FAQ almost seems like a "Oh, and here's the BAD news!" 2 weeks before launch.

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Beamboom
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 4:03:53 PM

Ineed. That's how it comes across.

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Simcoe
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 4:09:31 PM
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Shuhei hear's all concerns, example:
https://twitter.com/yosp/status/395665269441318912

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Banky A
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 4:36:11 PM
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Wow what the hell Sony. This used to be such a simple matter. Now they're rolling out the negatives in spades. I guess Xbox One did it right.

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Akuma07
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 8:44:56 PM

Xbox One did it right.

Said no one, ever.

Also, where are the rest of these spades?

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Beamboom
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 4:45:52 AM

They should have pumped out the bad news a lot earlier. Of that I agree.

There's been too much negative info lately. Akuma. No support of bluetooth headsets, very limited support of other headsets (even Sony's own), no mp3, no media server (dlna) support, monthly fee for online gaming, no audio CDs, man it's been a steady flow.

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Crabba
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 5:28:43 AM

Yeah I wouldn't go that far to say Xbox did it right, Microsoft did very little, if anything, right with the xbox one from the announcement and forward...

Sony did however mess up with some of these FAQ answers, many of which could & should have been easily avoided.

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tes37
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 5:32:04 PM
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I hope they didn't forget anything. Is there a number you can call if there are more features you want removed as well?

I don't understand not being able to hook up an external drive. Without an external hard drive you can't backup your system. I should probably go ahead and get a bigger hdd now ... I guess. I'm really not sure, now, if I need to.

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Gabriel013
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 3:53:21 AM

Because that's what every gamer wants to do when they've just forked out for a new console and a few games. Buy an immediate replacement hard drive.

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kraygen
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 8:26:29 PM
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So with no external HD support, how do we back up our system?

Hope it doesn't crash and need to be reformatted.

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Shepherd Book
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 9:01:44 PM
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I have no problem with this as I rather enjoy the music from the developers for the most part. I will miss the Media server status but I believe that it will be taken care of.
In Sony I Trust.

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PlatformGamerNZ
Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 9:17:07 PM
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well i'm a lil disappointed that mp3 play bk won't be there i was hoping to play some campain and listen to music in the back ground well that'll have to wait by the sounds if it.

happy gamin =)

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___________
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 3:56:14 AM
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wait, so the ps4 wont have another feature that pretty much EVERY 2013 device offers?
and a feature the 7 year old ps3 offered?
sigh, its the vita all over again!
as i said yesterday, the more and more time goes buy, the more and more glad i am i canceled my preorder!

when is $ony going to understand you need to spend money to make money?
they use to, they use to offer the best device possible and that is what made them one of the biggest most successful companies out there!
but as soon as the ps3 released and they started hemorrhaging money they turned cheap.
their top class TVs which made every other model look cheap and frankly crap turned exactly that.
XBR use to be a synonym for best TV in the world, now just about everyone makes a better TV than $ony!
hell they even dropped the XBR name and replaced it with the LX series, like that helped.
same with their home theater systems, they use to put out some amazing kit but now its a cheap piece of sh*t!
a friend of mine bought a 7.2 muteki system about the same time i bought my yamaha series, he spent 2K MORE than me and my system not only has a higher RMS output, not only has more features, not only has a higher quality finish wood not plastic, not only has much better sound quality, but also has been bulletproof!
hes had so many problems with his system where mines been going strong since the day i got it!

its so funny how much of a discrepancy there is between $ony divisions.
$ony mobile is such a premium high quality experience, i mean the Z1 is THE best phone on the market full stop!
there so customer oriented as well, i mean they even have a support line and guide on how to root your phone to play unlicensed apps.
would playstation, vio, $ony pictures be caught ever doing that?
F*CK NO!
i really wish $ony would go back to the way they use to be, putting quality and reliability, efficiency, at the forefront of their devices and let NOTHING compromise that.
if that means being more expensive than the competition than so be it.
instead of how they have become, cutting costs and corners wherever they can and to hell with how that hurts the product.

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Sir Dan
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 8:02:03 AM
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I use my PS3 as a media server so this is not welcome news to me. All my music, pics and video pumps through that thing. I especially like the slide show feature for vacation pics with a nice sound track running through my 7.1 surround setup. People are always blown away by this. I'm sure it will be added though. Sony always does the right thing. The comment above regarding buying a launch console for games is very true.

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PS3addict
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 10:09:12 AM
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I have an external 2tb hard drive full of music and three PC's loaded with ripped movies that I stream to the PS3. I will not buy a PS4 until I can do this with it or they quit making ps3 games.

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Mr_Sterg
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 10:15:27 PM
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Major step backwards if they wanna target being the ultimate entertainment system in the living room. Guess i'll be hanging unto my PS3 for the near future.

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Mr_Sterg
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 10:16:09 PM
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I bet main reason is to prevent another potential PS3 jailbreak again as evidenced by those usb sticks.

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Brighat
Saturday, November 02, 2013 @ 3:23:39 PM
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I owned a PS3 from September 2007 to October 2013 (with a year away in 2011-12) and all I ever did with it was play video games and buy a few movies from the PS Store. Maybe watched 3-5 movies on a disc period. It's going to be the same for the PS4 in my case, except it will be all games. My laptop PC can handle everything else.

I expect all these missing features will slowly be allowed over time. These consoles have to evolve. If people are unhappy that they can't play a music CD in the PS4, they will patch that up...eventually.

I know people love to complain and be grumpy in our current society but I expect Sony to listen to the feedback and bring back these missing features as they come. I just find it droll that people refuse to use their PC as their entertainment center like I do. I play video games, watch movies, listen to music, take pictures and I've probably haven't used half of the features yet in the 2+ years I've owned it. The PS4 is a gaming system for me period. I'm sure in 2-3 years it will be more than that but I'll still be using it exclusively for video games.

You can never please anybody these days. I might be one that can pleased quite easily.

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VampDeLeon
Sunday, November 03, 2013 @ 1:37:02 AM
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It is weird, considering that their other consoles had the option to be used to play music (from audio cds, and everything).

However, compared to the loss of backward compatibility of PS1, 2, and 3 game discs, this reaaally isn't worth throwing bricks at.

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