No media server access or MP3 playback on PS4

PS4 can't stream media from home PCs. Sony revealed the feature that allowed PS3 systems to access locally networked media servers to play music and videos will not appear in its next-gen system.

The omission was announced in a PS4 FAQ blowout posted today on the PlayStation Blog. Sony did not say why it elected to remove the feature, but that was unfortunately not the only media venue it axed.

Unlike PS3, PS4 will not play MP3s or audio CDs. That means the only known way to play music from the system is via Sony's Music Unlimited service, which requires a subscription.

You can always play music from an external system, or stream movies from Netflix and other services once they go live, but it's still a step back from the previous generation.


  • brickman409 - October 31, 2013 2:59 p.m.

    Not a big deal, because I and many other people rarely use these features, but it's still pretty lame that they took it out. It's not like the PS4 will be unable to do this, it's just that they won't install the playback feature on it.
  • Ensoul - October 31, 2013 5:24 a.m.

    So we went from "It only does everything" to "It only does games"? This new console generation is beginning to feel more and more like the control generation.
  • Shinn - October 31, 2013 2:24 a.m.

    I've never bothered streaming media from my PC like that. I have two screens, and my PC is connected to both. But the complete lack of mp3 playback and media support in general is... Ridiculous. The only device I own that doesn't play music is my digital camera.
  • taokaka - October 30, 2013 5:43 p.m.

    Dafuq? Well that sucks. Also GOD has already mentioned it but the lack of external hard drive support is ridiculous, I always plug my external hard drive into my ps3 to watch tv and movies off of it and apparently you need to do a one time online activation if you want to play bluray movies.
  • rcarrasco121 - October 30, 2013 4:21 p.m.

    While I am disappointed that this feature isn't in the ps4, I've never put a CD nor downloaded mp3s to my ps3, so this isn't a big deal to me. People praised sony for making this console all about games back in February, and now everyone is quick to attack them for not adding mp3 and CD support. Is that what you buy video game consoles for, playing music?
  • Galgomite - October 30, 2013 7:38 p.m.

    That's a good point. Most of us were offended by the initial Xbone press conference for making games a sideshow. But since both Sony Smart TVs and blu-ray players handle locally streamed movies and music without much fuss, this seems more like a deliberate omission by Sony rather than an admirable focus on gaming.
  • rudy-lopez - October 31, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    Exactly, it's a games console and thats what it should focus on. there enough media players out there already.
  • Whit - October 30, 2013 4:08 p.m.

    No DNLA/MP3 support is going to be the tipping point for me. Canceling my pre-order on Friday. I've played GTA5, have Battlefield 4 on the PC, only release that has me excited is Star Citizen and that's not for a few years and PC only. My consoles tend to be used for streaming from the NAS-about 80% of what I watch comes via SB. Even my music streamed--AutoDJ with MediaMoneky streamed means the same music is playing everywhere in the house with no wires. So yeah--I'm thinking maybe save the cash, buy the wife something sparkly--will go a lot further to not getting bitched out when sleeping in after an all-night gaming session...
  • Funkzillabot - October 30, 2013 3:54 p.m.

    Hmmm….they kept THAT quiet. Does Sony think, just because they remove this feature off of a item that “I” paid $400 bucks for, means that I’ll instantly use their pay music service? Well newsflash….I WILL NOT. I will be annoyed, yes. But will simply use one of my OTHER items to play music. Like… laptop, with the music service that I already use…….THAT’S FREE. Nice try Sony, but no dice.
  • freeden - October 30, 2013 3:45 p.m.

    Never really used the service, but not that surprised and only mildly disappointed. It does make sense though. Looks like Sony is pushing for people to get their music service. Sony, I think, needs to stop pushing things off the PS4. While nothing they've pushed off of it so far is a deal breaker, they may get to that point/
  • BladedFalcon - October 30, 2013 3:24 p.m.

    Well that's crappy. Not super upset by it only because I've never felt the need to upload MP3s into my PS3, but that fact that you were once able to do that, and now you can't is definitely baffling.
  • mbavalo - October 30, 2013 3:17 p.m.

    This is unacceptable!
  • thagama - October 30, 2013 2:27 p.m.

  • Galgomite - October 30, 2013 2:13 p.m.

    I'm kinda shocked by this. The all-in-one nature of PS3 really sold me on the concept. I stream videos from my NAS all the time. Taking these features out, without so much as an empty promise to restore them, is a huge negative for me.
  • macrm32 - October 30, 2013 2:06 p.m.

    This, although not completely unexpected, makes me feel sad. Hopefully their music service fee is covered by PS+.
  • Rhymenocerous - October 30, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    Cannot play MP3s or audio CDs..... What the fucking FUCK, Sony?! We could play CDs on PS1! Good Lord, sort it out ASAP.
  • rxb - October 31, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    My favourite comment of the day
  • Eightboll812 - October 30, 2013 1:22 p.m.

    A little more clarity would be helpful. Are they saying the drive itself cannot read CDs, or they don't have the software to play from the CD? Definitely sounds like a move in the wrong direction to me as well. To "GOD" below, I'm not clear on the HDD issue. Reading between the lines, depending on what article you read, it sounds like you simply cannot store DRM protected content on the external HDD, which is exactly the same as PS3 today. If you cannot backup or copy game saves to an external (like you can today) then it becomes virtually useless to allow swapping of an internal HDD since you have no way of easily transferring content to the new HDD.
  • TheMcFinder - October 30, 2013 1:19 p.m.

    This whole next gen business is so pointless. If developers are gonna be supporting the 360 and PS3 for the next 2-3 years, why isn't the next gen in 1-2 years? It all feels rushed.
  • Eightboll812 - October 30, 2013 1:34 p.m.

    It is always that way. If they launched two years from now, everyone would still support the older platform for a couple of years.

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