Weeks Before Launch, The PS4 Has Taken A Massive Feature Stumble
When Microsoft first revealed the Xbox One, people pulled tantrums all over the world because of how media feature heavy the console was, and how Microsoft were seemingly leaving the gamer behind. What a lot of people fail to realise is how good of an idea this is, and how Sony managed to make it work to their advantage with the PS3.
The PS3 was, at the time, the best solution to an all-in-one media device, combining Blu-Ray technology with some pretty awesome Media Server facilities, allowing people not only to play game, but play music, videos and movies from virtually anywhere in the house, wirelessly or not.
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The PS4 will not allow you to do that, and then some.
Sony have revealed that some of the media services present in the PS3 will not make a return appearance in the PS4, with many suspecting that the recent push of their online streaming and store services being the main reason here. The PS4 will not support CD’s or MP3’s, and on top of that Sony has cut its Media Server features completely. Instead, the company encourages you to purchase films and movies from the Sony Store itself, which will the allow you to play them on the PS4 console.
As you can expect, there’s a little bit of an uproar about this on Twitter feeds everywhere, especially because it comes just weeks before the launch of the actual console. But if you thought it stopped at just media services, then I’m sorry to say that it gets a little bit worse.
Yesterday, Sony also revealed that the PS4 would not support any external hard drives. No flash, no portable terabyte, nothing.
Gone are the days where you could pop in a USB and watching movies via your PlayStation, or transfer data from one console to another. Sony have said that users can install additional internal HDD’s should they run out of space (which can easily happen), so long as the drive itself exceeds a size of 160GB. But for now, external is out of the question. Completely.
As expected, Sony did have a response for those already raging about all of this 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.
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) October 30, 2013
Seems promising, right?
I’m pretty sure a lot of people are going to be super pissed about this, and at the same time a lot of other people are not going to care. One thing is for certain though; Sony have essentially closed a door on a lot of people that used the PlayStation as a media device, opening the flood gates towards Microsoft. And right now, with more and more people who aren’t hardcore gamers buying consoles, that’s a potentially dangerous move.