MP3s Not Playable on PS4, No Music Visualizer Included

One of the features of the PlayStation 3 that I would utilize from time to time (though not often) was the music visualizer. Pretty much putting on an MP3 and watching the PS3 show shots of the earth and whatever else was available. Sony has confirmed that only has the music visualizer feature been left out of the upcoming PlayStation 4, but so has support for MP3s altogether.

Gamers were unable to play their MP3s in the background while playing PS3 games, and this will once again be the case when they are playing PS4 games. However, if you subcribe to Sony’s Music Unlimited service, you will be able to listen to other music while you play games on the PS4.

The PlayStation 4 will launch on November 15th and 29th, 2013 and February 22nd, 2013 in North America, the United Kingdom, and Japan, with a total of over 30 launch titles.

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  • NoMorePokes

    I don’t like that. You better fix this in a future firmware update, Sony.

    • David Rodriguez

      Really messed up to have the option to listen to other music while gaming, and then lock it behind Music Unlimited. I’m actually more offended at this than I am at multi-player becoming a PS Plus feature.

      • The MP3 thing is pretty crappy but Sony may very well be limited to what they can do with in-game custom soundtracks since Microsoft has a patent for that. Using music unlimited and streaming music in the background may be a loop hole to get around that patent. If this is the case I’m fine with that.

        The only thing that bothers me about this is i have yet to see Pandora or Spotify on a Sony console which looks like a case where Sony is blocking 3rd party music apps to promote their own.

  • ISISSecretAgent

    i hope most stuff is implemented later on with FW updates because it made me sad reading that FAQ
    i guess sony took the gaming console first mentality at heart lol

  • TristanPR77

    Honestly, not a deal breaker and not even important for me. I use my gaming console for gaming.

    • foureyes oni

      not a deal breaker just really weird. i did use to listen to music on my ps3 with that nice view of earth every once in a while was kinda hoping they would update it for the ps4.

    • Bob Page

      Oh, yes! I agree. I will be buying my PS4 for the games, first and foremost.

    • islan

      I don’t ever use my PS3 for listening to music, but it’s still incredibly lame. “You can listen to music, but only if you listen to OUR music, which you have to pay for”. That’s some Dr. Evil bull right there.

  • ragingmerifes

    Preorder cancelled.

    • David Rodriguez

      Are you serious?

      I wasn’t planning on buying at launch. This news just made me more content in my decision to wait until Spring.

  • quinten488

    So I can’t play music all unless its through music Unlimited? Thats Bullshit

    • David Rodriguez


  • foureyes oni

    yeah this is really weird its such a basic function that you’d think you could play music for the most part on your console with ease. No cd player function, no mp3, and no visualizaion for your music period just seems completely backwards. I honestly thought they were gonna make a really easy to use online store for like music, tv shows, and movies. Something similar to like itunes for the playstation store.

    • David Rodriguez

      CDs I understand. I haven’t listened to music off a CD in years. MP3s though? Putting background music functionality behind Music Unlimited? That’s just slick of them.

  • DMPrince
    • You are flat out wrong

      Xbottles can listen to Vanilla Ice MP3s while they wait for multiplayer-only Titanfall to be released!

      Meanwhile, everyone with PS4s will be playing games and laughing at you!

      • DMPrince


        • You are flat out wrong


          Now get your 5 alt accounts to downvote this comment! ^_^

          • DMPrince


          • You are flat out wrong

            You sound upset.

          • DMPrince

            Speaking of trophies. Will every trophy be synced to the server in real-time in the background as you’re unlocking each one like it already does for achievements on the 360?. That would be convenient to those who use…

          • You are flat out wrong

            Not sure. I think so.

  • VW

    Can’t have personalized themes unless it’s by Sony
    Can’t have personalized music unless it’s from Sony
    Can’t play BlueRay movies unless that feature is activated by online first or a disc mailed by Sony.

    Screw a day 1 PS4 buy, i’m buying another PS3 instead.
    All these little features many gamers love Sony now wants to exploit it for money.
    Yea the PS4 is a 2 or 3yr wait for me.

    • VW

      “Gamers were unable to play their MP3s in the background while playing PS3 games,”
      This part of the article isn’t 100% true as you could play MP3 during gameplay in MOST PS3 titles, not all.
      Another Century’s Episode R (via in-game menu)
      Battlefield Bad Company 2 (offline only)
      Batman: Arkham City
      Beatles: Rock Band (menus only)
      Blur (offline only)
      Burnout Paradise (with patch, via in-game menu)
      Cars Race-O-Rama
      Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
      CSI: Fatal Conspiracy
      Dante’s Inferno
      Dead Space 2
      Dragonball Raging Blast
      Dragonball Raging Blast 2
      Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection
      Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi
      Driver: San Francisco
      EA Sports Active 2.0 (via in-game menu)
      Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
      Ferrari Challenge: Trofeo Pirelli
      FIFA Soccer 2011 (via in-game menu)
      FIFA Soccer 2012 (via in-game menu)
      Fight: Lights Out
      Front Mission Evolved
      Ghostbusters: The Video Game (offline only)
      Godfather II (offline only)

      • VW

        Gran Turismo 5 (via in-game menu)
        Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters
        Green Day: Rock Band
        James Bond 007: Blood Stone (offline only)
        Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2010
        Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days (offline only)
        Killzone 2 (online only)
        Killzone 3 (with patch, online only)
        King of Fighters XII
        King of Fighters XIII
        Knights Contract
        Kung Fu Rider (via in-game menu)
        LittleBigPlanet (during pod and creating levels only, via in-game menu)
        LittleBigPlanet 2
        Lucha Libre AAA: Héroes del Ring
        Midnight Club: Los Angeles (offline only)
        MLB 08: The Show (via in-game menu)
        MLB 09: The Show (via in-game menu)
        MLB 10: The Show (via in-game menu)
        MLB 11: The Show (via in-game menu)
        Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs.
        MX vs. ATV Alive
        Modnation Racers (if online then no mic)
        Mortal Kombat (demo only)
        Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe
        MotorStorm: Apocalypse
        MotorStorm: Pacific Rift (offline only)
        NASCAR The Game: 2011
        NBA 09: The Inside
        NBA 2K11 (arena music only)
        NBA 2K13 (arena music only)
        NCAA Football 09 (stadium sounds only, via in-

        • VW

          Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (via in-game menu)
          Need for Speed: The Run
          NHL 10 (via in-game menu)
          NHL 11 (via in-game menu)
          Nier Replicant
          Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (via in-game menu)
          Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (via in-game menu)
          Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 (via in-game menu)
          Red Dead Redemption (offline only)
          Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Collection (offline only)
          Reminiscence of Haruhi Suzumiya
          Resonance of Fate
          Revenge of the Wounded Dragons
          Ridge Racer Unbounded
          Rugby World Cup 2011 (demo)
          Rock Band 2 (drum freeplay and menus only)
          Rock Band: Green Day
          Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
          Section 8
          Shaun White Snowboarding (via in-game menu, playlist)
          Sims 3
          SingStar (via in-game menu)
          Skate 2 (offline only)
          Skate 3
          Ski-Doo Snowmobile Challenge (offline only)
          Sleeping Dogs
          Sonic Generations
          Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (mutes SFX sounds)
          Sonic Unleashed
          SoulCalibur V
          Sports Champions (via in-game menu and created playlist)
          SSX (via in-game menu)
          Street Fighter IV (offline only)

          • VW

            Street Fighter X Tekken
            Super Street Fighter IV
            Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
            Supremacy MMA
            Tekken 6 (voice chat off for online)
            Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (via in-game menu)
            Thor: God of Thunder
            Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
            Trinity Universe
            Twisted Metal
            Two Worlds II (offline only)
            Unreal Tournament 3 (custom-built maps only)
            Virtua Tennis 4
            Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (does not support)
            Warhawk (patched)
            Warriors: Legends of Troy
            WSC Real 11: World Snooker Championship
            WWE ’12 (wrestler’s entrance music only, via in-game menu)
            WWE ’13 (wrestler’s entrance music only, via in-game menu)
            WWE Legends of WrestleMania (wrestler’s entrance music only, via in-game menu)
            WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2009 (wrestler’s entrance music only, via in-game menu)
            WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010 (wrestler’s entrance music only, via in-game menu)
            WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011 (wrestler’s entrance music only, via in-game menu)
            X-Men Destiny

          • VW

            PSN (Downloadable)
            After Burner Climax
            Anarchy: Rush Hour (offline only)
            Armageddon Riders
            Astro Tripper
            Back to the Future: The Game
            Battle Tanks/Tank Battles
            Beat Hazard Ultra
            Bejewelled 2
            Burn Zombie Burn!
            Call of Duty Classic
            Cars: Race-O-Rama
            Comet Crash
            Crash Commando (offline only)
            Crazy Taxi
            Critter Crunch (with patch, voice chat off for online)
            Crystal Defenders
            Daytona USA
            Dead Nation
            Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue
            Digger HD
            Diner Dash

          • VW

            Dust 514
            Eat Them!
            Fancy Pants Adventures
            Feeding Frenzy 2
            Flight Control HD
            Funky Lab Rats
            Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
            Gundemonium Recollection
            High Velocity Bowling (via in-game menu)
            Hitogata Happa
            Hustle Kings
            Hydrophobia Prophecy
            Hyperballoid HD
            Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos
            Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao
            Joe Danger (with patch)
            Labyrinth Legends
            LittleBigPlanet: Sackboy’s Prehistoric Moves
            Magic Ball
            Magic Orbz
            Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom
            Mainichi Ishho
            Marvel Pinball
            Marvel vs Capcom 2
            Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes
            Military Madness
            Noby Noby Boy
            Pain (via in-game menu)
            Penny Arcade Adventures Episode 1
            Penny Arcade Adventures Episode 2
            PixelJunk Eden
            PixelJunk Monsters
            PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap
            PixelJunk Sidescroller
            PixelJunk Shooter

          • VW

            PixelJunk Shooter 2
            Planet Minigolf
            Plants vs. Zombies
            Revenge of the Wounded Dragons
            Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse
            Savage Moon (with patch)
            Section 8: Prejudice
            Shank 2
            Simpsons Arcade Game, The
            Sky Fighter
            Smash Cars
            Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
            Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
            Space Invaders Infinity Gene
            Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People
            Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars
            Super Stardust HD
            Tank Battles
            Tetris HD
            Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD
            Under Siege
            Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
            Voltron: Defender of the Universe
            Walking Dead, The
            Wakeboarding HD
            Weekly Toro Station
            Wipeout HD (via in-game menu, playlist)
            X-Men (the arcade game)
            Zen Pinball (offline only)
            ZEN Pinball 2
            So there are PS3 titles that allowed custom soundtracks

  • Antonio C. R. Murray

    Custom Soundtracks on #PS4? Then –
    Offline play – $59.99/yr via Music Unlimited
    Online play – $91.98/yr Music Unlimited + PlayStation Plus.

    • David Rodriguez

      This is… frightening.

  • RealityCheck2013

    It’s funny how ‘ALL’ the gaming sites just pick out the negatives from that PS4 ‘what it can do list’ :-/ Or what it can’t do LoL:D I suppose things can be patched in at a later date i guess.

    • DMPrince


  • Larry Skells

    I think everyone should tweet @yosp (Shuhei Yoshida) about this and let him know your thoughts.

  • Shady Shita

    Omg this is fucked up !

  • islan

    The lack of DLNA integration is a HUGE misstep, I hope Sony is planning on rolling it out in a patch soon enough.