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Will PS4 Get MP3 Playback, Media Server Features Soon?

Sometimes, a company underestimates how the passionate gaming populace will respond to certain news.

After it was revealed that the PlayStation 4 won't offer MP3 playback or media server features at launch, a great many gamers immediately made their disappointment plain. Now, during a Giant Bomb interview, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida says the design teams in Japan and the US "are discussing how and when" they can deliver those features.

Yoshida added that Sony was surprised at the angry feedback:

"It’s not like we actively decided ‘Let’s not do this feature so that people will subscribe to Music Unlimited.' Like we have been saying, the focus has been always on the game features. And some of the features we wanted but we couldn’t get in on day one we are very disappointed and worried about not having on day one, and that have been the higher priorities."

Yes, the Sony followers definitely want the focus to remain squarely on video games. That's the whole point of a new gaming system, regardless of all the other features. Still, it's always nice to present the public with a system that seems to do it all...and the PS4 might do exactly that in the years to come. Just don't ever forget the games!

Thanks, Eddie!

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, ps4 mp3 playback, ps4 media server

11/13/2013 11:08:44 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (20 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 12:00:27 PM
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As usual, Sony is surprised that people get upset when they fail to explain why things are missing.

I could do a better PR job with my rectum than these guys. Just assume everything needs to be explained. Nature abhors a vacuum.

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Crabba
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 5:05:28 PM

Exactly, as far as I could see, the problem isn't that it's not available on launch, the problem is they said "No", and not "not available on launch, but will be added in a future update", I'm sure the second option would have been much better received...

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Akuma07
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 7:04:21 PM

Actually, they didn't say anything, they never said no. It was picked up from their FAQ.

Their focus was on gaming features, and they did not expect that so many people would be stupid enough to realise that NO is never a NO when it comes to things like that. So now that they know people care about it, they are reassuring us that it is coming.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 12:13:17 PM
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"It’s not like we actively decided ‘Let’s not do this feature so that people will subscribe to Music Unlimited.'"
I'm not so sure about that, Sony. You don't exactly have a good track record in *not* forcing your products onto your consumers whenever the opportunity arise.

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Killa Tequilla
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 12:29:21 PM

I mean, they're still a business company right? It's not like they get the question before hand and rehearse their answers in the mirror.

So, maybe that is their intentions.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 1:44:54 PM

I didn't quite understand your comment, Killa, but we don't have to go further back than to Vitas memory cards to find an example of Sonys eagerness to force their consumers to their own products.

They did the same with their camcorders a while ago, all of a sudden they went from the standard microphone connectors to some Sony proprietary sh*t that essentially narrowed down the selections of external mics to for the cameras to two over-priced Sony models for all consumers who were fools enough - or rather didn't pay attention - and bought a Sony camcorder.

It really is an old ugly habit of electronics companies that's slowly starting to change - finally.

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Akuma07
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 7:05:34 PM

In Sony's defence, if they hadn't 'forced' people into using Bluray discs, then we would be using multiple DVD's, or even HD DVD's for our next-gen gaming.

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Beamboom
Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 4:31:19 AM

That's different Akuma - cause it's an open format. Anyone can make bluray discs (as long as they pay the licence fee). That's just fighting to establish a standard (where of course Sony has stakes).

If on the other hand now the PS4 changed to only support some weird sh*t triangled discs where Sony were the *only* manufacturer and nobody else were allowed to make those triangled discs - now that'd be something similar.


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monkeypunch
Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 7:16:11 PM

@Killa Yeah, I'm sick and tired of companies excusing their sh*tty behavior because they are a "business". Yeah, you (not you killa) are a business but have some ethics. Some bad business advice is out there that excuses exploitation and other practices in the name of business. Let me add my own, "An ethical company that considers it's customers equals loyalty. Loyalty equals repeat business, free marketing, happy customers, customers offering assisting with problem solving solutions (feedback) and in the end more business to that same company." When you screw the customers, they find the next replacement, screw you back, marketing that your company is crap and in the end less business. OK I'm done ranting. :)

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reryan
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 12:28:53 PM
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I care more about DLNA streaming than CDs or mp3 playback. I have an ipod if I want to listen to my record collection.

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Clamedeus
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 12:46:46 PM
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Meh, Its coming in an update so i am not worried.

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Simcoe
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 1:16:43 PM
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I think the mp3 issue has more to do with mounting usb drives than anything else. I can understand that the SCE engineering teams have been more concerned with getting the new OS, UI, API and other game related features worked out first before and getting the core software. I really don't think that it is the SCI programmers making the Netflix, Hulu, Amazon apps for the console they have their own people for that (they just need the API). Similarly, I think with respect to Music Unlimited, I'm sure that SEN has their own people to write that application, just like Sony Pictures has their own people to write the Crackle app.

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Brighat
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 1:24:35 PM
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I, for one, don't care. Never used the PS3 for that stuff and wasn't intending to do the same on PS4. As long as the update doesn't brick my console...

I use my very capable laptop as a media hub period. PS4 is for gaming 97% of the time and emergency use as a PC for the rest.

Last week I saw the angry responses and most of them sounded like they were from angry Xbots trolling. I love how these kids type up their diatribes with theatrics. Go to the FAQ and see for yourself. Kids refuse to hide the fact that they are kids with their spelling errors, poor use of punctuation, their love of capital letters and their whining and crying and proclaims of innocence. At least that's what I saw on the Xbox ban board when it was in its prime.

At least rules are in place for language. Never get a Belieber on Twitter angry as they will blast you with gay slurs, which is very ironic in my opinion.

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coverton341
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 3:38:48 PM
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For me personally this was a huge issue when I saw the FAQ on the blog. I have multiple PS3 systems in my house for my kids and myself and they also serve as media clients because I have an extensive collection of music and video on my PC. I could reliably say that the media features are used at least the same amount as the gaming features if not more, because we also have a Hulu Plus and Netflix subscription so that we don't have to deal with cable or satellite companies in the house.

I am getting a PS4 on launch, but I will not buy multiple systems if these features don't make their way back to the system. I work in technology and have returned to school for medicine and that affords me very little free time and having an interconnected house where I can fire up the PS3 and watch or listen to anything downstairs in the living room with the kids is much more appealing than having to go upstairs and watch a film or listen to music on my PC.

I know for some the media features aren't that big of a deal or not used at all, but there are those of us who enjoy and use them extensively. I just hope Sony follows through with it and gets them back in place ASAP.

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PlatformGamerNZ
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 6:52:26 PM
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well as long as it comes with mp3 play back some time where as to not doing it at all i'll be happy and yes we want those great games thats wat the playstation is for as always

happy gaming =)

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kraygen
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 11:19:06 PM
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Yeah because putting mp3's onto an electrical device has proven most difficult over the years, just look at how few devices can play mp3's.

OH...Wait.

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Draguss
Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 12:42:55 AM
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Anyone else have the words 'suspiciously specific denial' pop into their heads?

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VictorDeLeon
Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 12:15:54 PM
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I won't stop my preorder because of that, but I had 2.5 Gb of music on the PS3 used for internet or picture browsing. They should allow us to play MP3 in ANY game, as we bought the music in the first place (at least I did)

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RobN
Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 3:03:41 PM
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The PS3's media server implementation was crXXXy, and despite having the ability to use it I found I rarely did (much like the PS3's web browser, frankly). I was hoping that with the PS4 they could take a step forward here, with all these years experience.

I honestly don't see how you could take much away from the game side of things by throwing a couple experienced developers at this to add it into the core system, or even as a downloadable add-on (which might make more sense anyway, so those who want it can have it, while those who don't want it don't get the bloat from it).

What I'd like to see from Sony is either better built-in functionality than the PS3 has, or nothing from them at all. In either case, I'd love to see the ability for third-party utilities to be added - let someone who really excels at writing MP3 code and media player code write an app we can download. We've got Netflix - why not something like WinAmp, or some other third-party media player for MP3's and videos, that can run as a DLNA client?

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Nerull
Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 7:57:14 PM
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Sure games come first and foremost, but that just sounds like an excuse to me.
Since my stereo isn't compatible with my new 3d tv I switched to a sony receiver with a few good speakers, meaning my ps3 is now my main media server.

Not having mp3 playback in this day and age is inexcusable.
With that being said, as long as it eventually comes along via an update (like 3d support is supposed to be) I won't have a problem.

If it is, on the other hand, scrapped and forgotten about THEN I'll be pissed.

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