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PS4 getting MP3, CD to counter Music Unlimited fears

Last week you may have read a worrying fact on the PS4 console not coming with support for MP3 files or CD playback. This was a nightmare prospect for music fans at launch, but we’re pleased to say that Sony has listened to the criticism and are planning to add these features into the PS4 at a later date.

To recap, we told you about this issue when Sony released an FAQ detailing the available features that will ship with the console at launch. Unlike the PS3, MP3 and CD support were not on the list, leading many consumers to question some of Sony’s motives.

This motive was in relation to the company’s Music Unlimited service, which most you will know costs a subscription fee to use each month. As you can imagine, many gamers were under the assumption that the main reason that MP3 and Audio CD support wasn’t available on the PS4 was solely due to Sony’s need to push Music Unlimited onto consumers.

The good news is that this theory has been KO’ed by Sony. The popular Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed in a recent audio interview that both missing features will make it into the PS4 with a post-release patch. To give you a idea of what he said, here’s a useful quote:

“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 think it’s great that Sony acted so quick on this. They could clearly see that consumers were not happy about the lack of MP3 support on the PS4, but have made amends straight away. The big question is how long it will take to get this update onto the system after launch.

Give us your thoughts on this – are you delighted that MP3 and Audio CDs will feature on the PS4 after all?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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