The last update we heard from Shuhei Yoshida about the lack of DLNA and MP3 support on PS4 was that he had a “very good discussion” with the dev team, and not implementing it at launch wasn’t a business decision.
As part of an interview with Giant Bomb, the topic of DLNA/MP3 support came up, with Shuhei revealing how they were surprised by the initial reaction:
The biggest surprise for us all internally was… There are so many people who passionately reacted to our announcement that there’s no MP3 support and DLNA support on day 1. It’s not like we actively decided, “Yeah, let’s not do this feature so that people will subscribe to Music Unlimited…” That’s not like that.
Like we’ve been saying, the focus has been always on the game features. And some of the features we wanted but couldn’t get in on day 1 – game features – we’re very disappointed and worried about not having them on day 1, and that’s been of higher priorities. 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 pre-order!”
So, as we speak, the teams in Japan and in the US – the system guys – are discussing how and when we can put these features on PS4.
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