Sony Was "Caught Off Guard" by Reaction to PS4 MP3/DLNA Exclusion, Was Focusing on Gaming Features

By Giuseppe Nelva

November 12, 2013

Many were surprised by the fact that Sony decided not to include MP3 and DLNA support in the PS4, but apparently Sony was even more surprised, caught off guard by an unexpectedly strong reaction from the customer base, as SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida told Giant Bomb in an interview.

There are so many people who passionately reacted to our announcement about the fact that there’s no MP3 support and DLNA support on day one. It’s not like we actively decided “Yeah, let’s not do this feature so that people will subscribe to Music Unlimited…” It’s not like that.

Like we’ve been saying, the focus has always been on game features. And some of the features that we wanted but we couldn’t get in on day one… game features… we’re very disappointed and worried about not having them on day one, and that’s always been of higher priority.

We didn’t really think about MP3 or DLNA. We thought “we’re gonna do that eventually… We’ve been doing it with all the products.” So it caught us off guard.

People don’t really talk about these features right? But when we said “We won’t have it” some got really mad and said “I canceled the preorder!”

So as we speak the teams in Japan and in the US, the system guys, are discussing on how and when we can put these features on PS4.

Personally, I can’t blame Sony for focusing on gaming features first (is anyone surprised there?)

Of course I understand those that were disappointed, and I definitely love putting some fast Eurodance tracks in the playlist while I play Gran Turismo 5, but it’s definitely not the end of the world. At least they’re working on it.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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