PS4 won't play 3D Blu-rays – support promised for CD, MP3

14 Nov 2013

Playstation 4

With the release of the Playstation 4 just days away (29th November is the UK release date), Sony has been clearing up a few details about what the PS4 can and cannot do.

Sony initially said the PS4 would be shipping without support for DLNA, MP3s and audio CDs. Some saw this as a ploy to get users to sign up to Sony's own music subscription service Music Unlimited. Not so, says Sony.

Shuhei Yosida, president of Sony's Worldwide Studios, said that the company was not expecting the criticism levelled at them following the decision – and saying support would be patched in at a later date anyway.

Music Unlimited

Speaking on a recent episode of the GiantBomb podcast, Shuhei said, "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."

Furthermore, Sony also revealed that the console will not support 3D Blu-ray playback at launch, although it will support 3D gaming.

A software patch post-launch rectifying the issue sounds likely.

The Playstation 4 goes on sale in the US on the 15th of November and on November 29th in the UK. We'll be taking an in-depth look at the PS4 very soon, focusing on the AV aspects of performance. In the meantime check out our first impressions in our hands-on PS4 review and PS4 unboxing video.

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by Kobina Monney

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Comments

Tna200,

I'm not arguing that the Playstation doesn't support entertainment outside of games, but obviously their primary focus is gaming.

It's like buying a digital still camera that can take 1080p video. They throw it on there as a feature, and it's nice to have, but you aren't going film a sequel to Avatar with it. 

Whereas the Xbox One is targeted more the opposite way around, with more focus on being an entertainment hub first, games console second, but that is what Microsoft have always aimed for.

Tarxman,

http://us.playstation.com/ps4/entertainment/

Any system that offers so much non video game options, is aiming for the home media / living room market. Just because they chose to change their promotional tact upon initial launch to capture the "hardcore" gamers doesn't mean they only have gamers aspirations. Home/Family acceptance pays the bills. 

http://us.playstation.com/psn/psn-services/

The PS3 wasn't any diferent in its market approach. 

Double post

 

What an own goal having no 3d blu ray playback! Given that there is always a lack of space under the TV with all the technology we have, a unit that does the basics is the minimum. How the hell do I explain to the wife that sorry love its a great games consul, but, um it doesn't do anything near what the ps3 does!! Not going to go down well, so my order for the PS4 is now cancelled! Well done Sony!

mp3 playback support should have just been common sense... but it's nothing a little patch can't fix.I want them to support Flac playback too though.On another note, since the X1 & ps4 are almost the same thing spec wise... couldn't the ps4 support external HD's too?

Sony has never promoted the PS4 as being a media hub. They've only ever promoted it a console designed for gamers, by gamers. If a hub is what you're after, perhaps you should be looking at an Xbox One. 

Sony try so hard to screw up their own products... Removing features that any of their mid level BluRay players can offer and should not cost them much and even give them economies of scale.

SACD playback would be too much to ask for, but not even CD? 3D would also be expected!

At this rate people will never consider a PS4 as a media hub and it will be confined to the kids /play room.

Sony's own fault.