Sony has confirmed that the PS4 will feature MP3 and CD playback sometime after launch. In an interview with Giant Bomb, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida said that he was shocked with the overwhelming negative reaction towards the absence of these playback features. Yoshida did admit that Sony weren’t prepared for such backlash when it was announced that these features won’t be available day one. But because of the reactions Yoshida did state that Sony are looking into bringing the features to the PS4.
“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,” he said. “It’s not like we actively decided ‘let’s not do this feature so people will have to subscribe to Music Unlimited. The focus has been more on the game features. Some of the features we wanted but we couldn’t get in on day one.”
“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.”
PS4 will launch in 2 days in North America and November 29 in Europe.