Yoshida: Sony “Discussing” Post-Launch PS4 Update For MP3, DLNA Support
At the end of October, there was a bit of an uproar over the fact that the PS4 would not include MP3 and DLNA support at launch, and at the time Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida only could offer upset fans a thank you for the feedback and a reassurance that concerns would be submitted to the PlayStation team.
Now, Yoshida has stepped out to raise the issue again, and said that Sony will “eventually” add MP3, music CD and DLNA server support to PS4, and went on to clarify that they are working on it right now.
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Yoshida told GiantBomb that Sony was actually “caught off guard” by the large amounts of complaints that happened after the announcement that the PS4 would not support these formats at launch.
“The biggest surprise for us all internally at Sony was; there were so many people who passionately reacted to our announcement that there’s no MP3 support and DLNA support on day one,” said Yoshida.
It was often suggested that the lack of music playback features was Sony scheming to get fans to acquire subscriptions to its cloud music service, Music Unlimited, but Yoshida insisted that “it’s not like that.”
“Like we’ve been saying, the focus has been always on the game features, and some of the features we wanted but we could get in on day one – game features – we were very disappointed,” he said.
“We didn’t really think about MP3 or DLNA. We always thought that we’re going to do that eventually – we’ve been doing it with all the [PlayStation] products. So it caught us off guard. People don’t really talk about these features but when we say we don’t have it some people get really mad and [say], ‘I cancelled the pre-order’.”
Yoshida went on to confirm it officially, “So as we speak, the teams in Japan and US – the systems guys – are discussing how and when we can put these features on PS4.”
Meanwhile, Sony has also confirmed that PlayStation 4 users can, using Music Unlimited, overlay music on top if in-game audio, so you can sort of rack up the body count to whatever gets you going.