With the PlayStation 4 due to be released this week, it seems Sony is denying that they left out features from the PS4 in order to promote Music Unlimited. They’ve promised fans that support for both CDs and MP3s will be patched in later. For now though, Music Unlimited will be the only way to store and play your own songs on the PlayStation 4.
According to Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida this is isn’t a conspiracy but simply a misjudgement of how important the features are to some people:
“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. We didn’t really think about MP3 or CD. We thought ‘we’re going to do that eventually.’ It caught us off-guard. 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. The focus has been more on the game features. Some of the features we wanted but we couldn’t get in on day one.”
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But CD and MP3 support is not the only omission from the PS4. DVD and Blu-rays will only work after installing the console’s day one patch (308MB in size). A release window for the CD and MP3 patch was not provided.