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Sony Was "Caught off Guard" by Reaction to PS4 MP3/DLNA Exclusion, Was Focusing on Gaming Features

Many were surprised by the fact that Sony decided not to include MP3 and DLNA support in the PS4, but apparently Sony was even more surprised, caught off guard by an unexpectedly strong reaction from the customer base, as SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida explained today.

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majiebeast3905d ago (Edited 3905d ago )

Loved how Yosp said "They all think its our evil plan to make people get a Music Unlimited subscription"

Well this gives me hope that the feature returns in an early update. They probably really just focused on the gaming aspect of the system while media became distant second.

5eriously3905d ago

Exactly what everyone should be doing! Games first and then later in updates, all the extra functionality can be added, just like was the case with the PS3!

Mikelarry3905d ago (Edited 3905d ago )

Spot on, imagine if the ps4 did streaming mp3/ movies better than GAMING what the console primary use should be can you imagine the memes that would have exploded on the internet. i do understand some users use this functionality daily and now we have some proof that sony are working on a solution to add this.

ThunderSpark3905d ago

Like someone mentioned below: 1080p > mp3

AngelicIceDiamond3905d ago

I don't understand why people are so vocal about every little thing about these consoles.

I'm sure most people who by the PS4 won't even notice the small lacking features anyway.

I_am_Batman3905d ago

It's not like the inclusion of an mp3 codec takes so much time though. I agree that it's not a big deal if it comes with an early update but it's still a misstep even though it's not a dealbreaker. I'm more disappointed that I won't be able to play my CDs with the PS4 personally. Unfortunately they didn't say if it's even possible to patch that function in.

UltimateMaster3905d ago

Normally, you add functions, you don't remove them.

bonafide7323905d ago

anyone remember how bare bones the ps3 was on day one?
Boy did it come a long way.
That gives me hope

JamieL3905d ago

@ AngelicIceDiamond
Don't you mean "I don't understand why people are so vocal about every little thing about the PS4."? I don't think you really care what anyone says about the XB1, seeing as you're so quick to join in on that, but PS4 criticism just confounds you and so many others.

nveenio3905d ago

I'm hanging onto both of my PS3s until PS4 can do the same things. I use DLNA all of the time and was bummed to hear PS4 was gimped.

QuickdrawMcgraw3905d ago

It should not be a huge deal having the PS4 MP3,DLNA ready.I have copied all my music to my PS3,and run my PS3 through my Bose.Works great for a party with the space back ground.Might not have mattered to some but to me I would think the PS4 would do all the PS3 could and more.I wonder if this was MS saying we weren't trying to pull a fast one and get you to order our music if people would be so nonchalant.

BBBirdistheWord3905d ago

@ bonafide

"Änyone remember how bare bones the ps3 was on day one?"

Lol was that a joke?

On day one the ps3 had the actual hardware of a ps2 inside. It also had a linux operating system.

Those were some MAJOR features.
They were removed.

minimur123905d ago

To be honest I'm quite surprised they were caught off guard by this, I use it to watch films quite a bit, I sometimes bring it into work to watch a film on - for the time eing I'm going to carry on bringing my ps3 in to watch films on, I've got no choice lol and probably 80% of ps3 owners have use/used it for either A) Watch a movie B) put music on it to listen to

I_am_Batman3905d ago

@BBBirdistheWord: The european day one version didn't have the PS2 chip. But it had a pretty decent soft BC. And no PS3 had Linux pre installed. You just had the possibility to install an additional OS. I had Yellow Dog Linux and to be honest it was barely useful. It was very slow. Sony removed the function cause people started installing custom firmware using it to pirate games.

nukeitall3905d ago

Makes you wonder what Sony is doing if MP3 support is a big deal?

You know the sort of thing that is standard in almost every device, including my trusty old DVD player.

Sony sure had time to add Music Unlimited though in all its glory!

bigrob9043905d ago

honestly, i don't have any music on my ps3. on my fat ps4 i had about 400 songs, then it stopped working so i got a slim. i haven't put any on my slim as i really see know reason to do so. i can just plug my mp3 into it and listen if i want instead of taking up HD space.

pixelsword3905d ago

It's the games, stupid.

(alteration of a quote)

strifeblade3905d ago

Focusing on gaming?
Last i checked sony first party studios delayed drive club and have knack, resogun and killzone for launch? lol

Talk about damage control. Msoft has more games more features and more media support than ps4. What gaming is yoshida talking about? lol

solid_snake36563905d ago

@strifeblade more isn't always better. Forza is the only one worth playing. The console race isn't a 100m dash its a long distance marathon. Sony doesn't throw all its cards on the table at once. Look at the exclusives Sony has lined up for its first year.

webeblazing3905d ago

I be funny if he said "My badd, we just completely forgot about it, we was to busy playing the last of us and lost track of time."

nmeyers3905d ago

I think it is good that we said something, they knew at least from this experience that the mp3 feature is used and liked by the users. Awesome that they listen and respond so quickly as well!

dvewlsh3905d ago

I don't understand the idea that the people who work on the software side of the console working on including features means that there is 'no focus on games.'

Such a weird, internet-centric talking point.

shadyiswin3904d ago

yet they only have knack and killzone ready for launch.....games games games......

my thoughts.

https://scontent-b-lga.xx.f...

ChrisW3904d ago

"Sony Was "Caught off Guard" by Reaction to PS4 MP3/DLNA Exclusion"

Why and how is this news?!? I seriously doubt they were caught off guard because of 'concentrating on games.'

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Deividas3905d ago (Edited 3905d ago )

"They probably really just focused on the gaming aspect of the system while media became distant second"

Which really isnt the worst thing. Not ideal but not horrible. Updates can easily fix this stuff. Better than focusing on TV over gaming imo.

kneon3905d ago

Yup, this is just a software update away. As long as the hardware design is good these kinds of features are easily added later. But get the hardware wrong and you're screwed, you can't download hardware updates ;)

theXtReMe13905d ago

I agree. I'm sure during development of the system hardware they threw it around, but thought to themselves just how many people actually use the feature. Is it a priority? Obviously, they found out postmortem that it was. Nothing that can't be fixed very easily with a system update. I don't know why people get so upset about something so simple. With six lines of code, the system will be able to play MP3s.