In a recent interview with Giant Bomb, Sony’s own Shuhei Yoshida reveals that the Japanese gaming titan is working on implementing the feature into their next-gen PlayStation 4.
Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida is one of the most prominent figureheads of the company, and he always finds time to Tweet answers to queries from everyday gamers and take part in interviews.
In one such interview, Yoshida talks about how the PS4’s lack of DLNA media streaming and MP3 playback affected the gaming community, and that Sony plans to respond by “eventually” bringing support to the console.
When Sony announced the PS4’s capabilities in the Ultimate FAQ, many gamers were surprised to see some functions being taken out. With a next-gen console, many felt that there should be features added in to what’s already there. In lieu of Audio CD/MP3 playback users are stuck with Music Unlimited, Sony’s premium music service that requires a subscription–and many made the connection that Sony’s just in it to make a quick buck.
Yoshida touches upon how that wasn’t Sony’s original intent:
“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.”
The Sony exec continues by pointing out that the PlayStation 4 is focused on gaming rather than a total entertainment experience. He also reveals that Sony wanted many more features to be available on day one, basically saying that the PS4 will continue to evolve over future firmware updates:
“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.”
Yoshida further reveals that Sony was indeed caught off guard by the gaming sphere’s reaction to the PS4’s lacking features, as they had made plans to incorporate them “eventually” rather than on day one.
“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!”
The company seems to be more surprised on the belief that DLNA/MP3 playback wouldn’t ever be supported rather than just not supported on day one; a concept that led more than a few gamers to cancel their pre-orders. And while many gamers don’t discuss media server capabilities as a whole, they act as extra features that offer another dimension to a gaming console.
The other side of that argument pretty much sums up the fact that most gamers already have entertainment devices in their home–whether its a laptop, Kindle Fire tablet, or a Roku–that already serve these functions.
Shuhei Yoshida closes with informing gamers that Sony is indeed making strides to compliment the PlayStation 4 with DLNA support/MP3 playback. There’s just the little matter of how and when, but Sony is keen on bringing it to the community.
“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.”
While the PS4 won’t have these features when it launches this Friday, it appears that Sony has always been committed to rolling them out in the future–only now we’ll likely see them out faster due to the pressure from the community. All in all, though, most gamers are satisfied with the console as a whole and millions are eagerly looking forward to November 15.