Gamers Create Storm Over PS4's Lack of MP3 Streaming Abilities

By Gary Cutlack on at

Sony published a comprehensive FAQ regarding the PlayStation 4's features yesterday, filling in a few gaps in our knowledge about what the forthcoming console can and can't do. Obviously, the internet being the internet, everyone focused on one small thing and blew it out of all proportion -- PS4 can't play MP3s over your home network.

The change is a little odd, as Sony's been positioning PS3 as the ultimate entertainment home hub for years, and looks set to continue that message with PS4. Restricting its ability to stream music is therefore quite a weird thing to do, and would appear to be designed to encourage/force gamers to listen to tunes through its Music Unlimited subscription app. And no one likes being told what to do in that manner, hence the outrage.

Sony's public-facing developer president Shuhei Yoshida seems to be on the case already, saying on Twitter: "Thanks for the feedback to the lack of MP3 and DLNA support at the launch of PS4. I'll share with the PS4 Dev team for future consideration."

Something to look forward to in a future firmware upgrade, perhaps. Elsewhere, the FAQ reveals that PS4 can't play standard audio CDs either, nor can you plug in an external hard drive to boost storage capacity -- but you can replace the 5400 RPM SATA II drive it comes with if you fancy doing a bit of minor engineering.

One bit of good news comes on the web side of things, with Sony confirming that PS4 uses the proven webkit engine to run its browser, so ought to offer a generally more solid internet experience. [Sony via Engadget]