When Sony released it’s massive FAQ guide for the PS4, many were outraged by the lack of support for seemingly simple things like MP3 files, CDs and the ability to use the console as a DLNA media server. Threats of cancelled pre-orders flew onto the internet, and this surprised Sony, according to Shuhei Yoshida, Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios, during an interview with Giantbomb.
Many gamers assumed this was all a ploy for Sony to force users into using Music Unlimited, it’s music streaming service, which will be available Day One for the PS4. This was not the case, according to Yoshida. “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. 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.”
Yoshida went on to say that Sony is working to implement these heavily wanted features. “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.”
This reporter’s opinion: It’s a great moment when a large company like Sony is willing to make changes based on consumer wants and opinions. The addition of these feature, or return I suppose, is always great to see. It’s kind of unfortunate it trook a consumer out cry for them to realize it though.
by, Bobby Marquardt