People should seriously consider canceling their orders. There is no technical reason why the PS4 cannot offer playback of this basic audio format or DLNA support. Anyone heard anything about Sony possibly changing their minds?
As one who barely ever listened to MP3s/make use of custom soundtracks in-game nor made use of media server streaming on my PS3: I am not affected by this. (granted, i'm not even buying the console at-launch, but it is still my first next-gen purchase over Xbox One currently) However, it seems like there's many out there that do, and it is certainly odd to see them not support these features from the get-go.
Hopefully, there will be a patch that offer these features again on the PS4 if there's enough demand, which there sure seems to be. Considering that Sony's making sure that they are listening to fans, I bet they've already heard loud and clear that there is demand for these features out there...
That's the other thing that's clearly going on: Sony is trying to leverage use of their media services, Video Unlimited & Music Unlimited, along with their media partners like Netflix. Which makes sense on a business standpoint. But hopefully, there will be enough demand that Sony has to patch in DLNA & MP3 support for more options.
Then again, maybe the reason is that there isn't enough people overall that were using these features to begin with on the grand scheme of things. Sony took out "Other OS" support on PS3, not only because of piracy/jailbreaking concerns, but also because a fraction of the total number of PS3s out there actually used it. PS3 supported up to 7 controllers, but the PS4 only supports 4, and that could be because not many games supported that, and neither did much gamers actually use 7 controllers at once.
But again: If gamers can demand to keep the game policies the same, get Twitch on PS4, and allow HDMI capture (in a later date with a patch), then surely the same could happen with DLNA & MP3s.
I would like to correct you. There is little reason to pre-order this device. The advantage is very minimal. Waiting until a bundle with a free game/controller/camera comes out for the same price as the system right now is the better play. Sony is good at reducing prices to entice customers. Be patient. Also, if you have a PS3/Xbox 360 right now the games are getting incredibly cheap, so there's plenty of good value to keep you busy right now.
Also, no audio CD support either...not sure if I've ever used my PS3 to listen to audio discs, but having the option available is nice.
I would like to agree with you. For most gamers, there is little to no reason to pre-order a next gen console yet. Those of us cursed with the need to stay ahead of the curve have reason to pre-order. I do a gaming podcast so I look at it as an investment :D
I'll third this. I think the advancement from PS3/X360 to PS4/Xbone is not as big of a jump as PS2/Xbox. Considering what each console is still capable of pushing there is good enough reason to hold out 6-12 months post launch to see what comes to the platforms.
I'm sure you're not alone and most gamers rarely use their consoles for jamming their tunes. On the other hand, since most of us do typically hold our own music catalogs, the play back of what we already own is a nice touch.
I can remember the days of implementing custom soundtracks in-game to titles like NBA 2K. That's a pretty neat way to customize the overall experience.
There's nothing technical about this lock out. Sony continues to dream of gaining some Apple dollars and revisiting their Walkman heritage so they intend to lock us out of our owned music as if we were going to shell out a monthly fee for their Music Unlimited service. Yeah right. Good luck with that. This music service will bomb in a year just like their previous Sony MP3 Store did a few years ago.