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Sony to add MP3 and CD support to PlayStation 4 with a post-launch update

Tuesday, 12th November 2013 22:22 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has said the firm will add MP3 and CD support to PlayStation 4 with a post-launch update.

Speaking in a recent episode of Giant Bomb’s Interview Dumptruck, Yoshida said the firm never intended not to support either CD or MP3, but was surprised at the backlash received for not offering the functionality day-one.

“The biggest surprise for us all internally at Sony was there are so many people who passionately reacted to our announcement that there’s no MP3 support or CD support on day one,” he said. “It’s not like we actively decided ‘let’s not do this feature so people will have to subscribe to Music Unlimited.

“The focus has been more on the game features. Some of the features we wanted but we couldn’t get in on day one. We didn’t really think about MP3 or CD. We thought ‘we’re going to do that eventually.’… It caught us off-guard.

“People don’t really talk about these features, right? Some people get really mad and [say] ‘I’ll cancel my pre-order!’ So as we speak, people in Japan – the system guys – are discussing when we can put these features in.”

PS4 launches this Friday in North America and lands in Europe on November 29. A release window for the CD and MP3 patch was not provided.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

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18 Comments

  1. taternuggets

    And DLNA?

    #1 9 months ago
  2. noamlol2

    sony step for world domination:
    step 1: try make your competitors looks like nazis

    step 2: make yourself look like a nazi

    step 3: reverse all the nazi things and earn hard love&money from the fanboys

    step 4: profit

    #2 9 months ago
  3. KAP

    @2

    You sir, NEED to listen to the interview. Seriously.

    #3 9 months ago
  4. Arcnail

    “It’s not like we actively decided ‘let’s not do this feature so people will have to subscribe to Music Unlimited.”

    That’s exactly what you decided. Good that you switched it up, DLNA next?

    #4 9 months ago
  5. Obernox

    People really asked for this?

    #5 9 months ago
  6. JimFear-666

    ps4 pre-order un-cancelled

    #6 9 months ago
  7. Dark

    http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/696/8270/original.jpg

    #7 9 months ago
  8. Bowser

    #5 I listen to MP3 music while gaming all the time.

    #8 9 months ago
  9. sebastien rivas

    haaa finally a good news.

    Well I did not really care per se for myself but I followed a recent article about this singular issue where some gamers did not like the ps4 not able to play music unless it was assumed at this time Sony would push in a subscription.

    Am glad the dilemma got fixed

    #9 9 months ago
  10. Nephilimator

    And three people got excited about CDs and MP3s

    #10 9 months ago
  11. DSB

    @1 This.

    #11 9 months ago
  12. G1GAHURTZ

    Play$tation 180!!

    Trololololol!

    #12 9 months ago
  13. Dragon

    ^I would really like you to troll X1 sometime :P

    #13 9 months ago
  14. G1GAHURTZ

    Just for you, Dragon: http://www.vg247.com/2013/11/12/ps4-xbox-one-too-limited-for-oculus-rift-says-inventor/comment-page-1/#comment-561852

    #14 9 months ago
  15. Nephilimator

    If they have DLNA its going to have cinivia anyways so why bother?

    #15 9 months ago
  16. Ireland Michael

    I do have to wonder *why* they didn’t consider this stuff in the first place. Although I personally haven’t used either MP3s or CDs in years, it’s like the most basic functionality of any media device. Ever.

    #16 9 months ago
  17. justerthought

    @2 ‘Sony steps for world domination’

    Sounds good to me, especially if your competitors are like Nazi’s. It makes the process a lot easier because they fall for it every time. It’s in their nature. Monetizing greedy capitalists …lol

    #17 9 months ago
  18. justerthought

    Thankfully Sony have realised their mistake.

    I know PS4 is 100% about games and that is applauded, but zero multimedia is silly. We convert our CD’s to mp3 so we can have them all on our games machine as an instantly accessible music library. This was the sort of stunt I expected from Microsoft to be honest, putting everything behind a pay wall.

    Functions like this get taken for granted by users as part of Playstation culture, so no-one talks about it. Me included. I just assumed it was supported like PS3. That means Sony never learns how important it is to Playstation users. It’s only when it gets removed you see the feedback in full force.

    Sony failed to realise that by giving us something to do on the console when not playing games, it helps keep the console relevant. Simply because we cannot play games all the time. It’s good for business. PS4 should be everything the PS3 did with vastly improved gaming. That’s what I call game focussed, not zero multimedia.

    Hopefully mp3 and mp4 playback will be replaced back into Playstation culture.

    #18 9 months ago

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