PS4 MP3 Support Coming This Holiday; No Discounts for PS Now Games You Already Own -- Report

A verified Sony employee on Reddit details the additional features coming to the PlayStation 4 as well as new information about PlayStation Now.

Back in April, we reported on a rumor that the PlayStation 4 was getting MP3 support. Nothing official came from Sony, but many people thought it likely that the console would get some sort of external music compatibility at some point. Recently, we got more evidence that such an update is in the works.

According to reddit user IWorkForSony, who has been verified by r/PS4 subreddit moderators as a Sony employee, Sony is currently developing an update for the PS4 that will bring MP3 and video player support by the holiday season. The user also said that DLNA media server support will come some time in 2015.

The user went on to address the upcoming public beta test for PlayStation Now, Sony's game streaming service that's been in private beta for a few months. When someone asked about rumors circulating that owners of PlayStation 3 games may get free access to those same titles via PS Now, IWorkForSony negated the possibility. "Those rumors are wrong," he wrote. "Entitlements for PS3 games won't carry over to PS Now." As for the reason why Sony will not provide discounts, he explained, "Unfortunately, it just doesn't make business sense for Sony to transfer entitlements to PS Now. Streaming games costs them money."

Finally, he revealed that a subscription model for PS Now is still in the works, and that the beta is to test different pricing models.

This week, the user also revealed that the PlayStation Mobile app is getting a substantial overhaul. "There's a redesign in the works," he stated. "It should be more functional and modern (read: less cheesy blue boxes)."

As for the legitimacy of IWorkForSony, I reached out to the moderators and they confirmed that he has provided evidence as to his employment at Sony. Mod IceBreak wrote, "We saw things that pretty much guarantee [he] works for Sony. Besides that there were debug unit OS pictures. I can't elaborate more than that or share the pictures due to the anonymity of the user but I also want to let you know what we used to verify [him]."

We've asked Sony for comment and will update this story if we receive word. Will you take advantage of MP3 support on the PS4? Let us know in the comments.

Alex Newhouse is an editorial intern at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @alexbnewhouse
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LexLas
LexLas

I seriously don't understand the issue of why no backward compatibility support for PS3 games ? I mean that would make people buy more of the PS4 units immediately. It is the same company, same Playstation console, but updated. Is it a software/hardware issue ? You know Sony can do it, so why not do it ? What is the big deal ? If anything it would bring up the value, and get people to buy more PS4 units, & games. I think its really selfish of Sony to not support the backwards compatibility. Also it should definitely have an update for reading MP3, MP4 and anything else that the PS3 supports. Why are they holding off for so long ? Is is a legal issue, or what ? 

prime_l
prime_l

I need MP3 support for custom theme music on WWE2K. Nothing more. Make it happen please Sony.

Joker0fLife
Joker0fLife

MP3 support but no external drive support.... consoles are really something else nowadays.

Challak
Challak

No backward compatibility and now (unless I'm reading this wrong) you can't even get access on your PS4 to digital products you already purchased on your PS3 when it's the exact same game?

I was a console gamer right up until last year. Now that I've switched to PC I seriously question what was happening to my brain for all those years. I'm not trying to fuel the PC/console argument in general, I believe it's all a matter of tastes and preferences. 

But on a personal level, I sometimes can't believe I couldn't see the lack of rationality much earlier.

ccanfield1
ccanfield1

So much for the hope that PS Now was the answer to backwards compatibility. 

03bgood
03bgood

At least NES and SNES games are discounted as $1.00 and $1.50 if you own them on the Wii Shop Channel! Sony knows better than this!

endorbr
endorbr

Nintendo has been making you rebuy games with each new console gen for years and nobody panics.  Sony does the same thing and everyone loses their minds.

santinegrete
santinegrete

I know streaming costs Sony money, but that still sucks for PS now :(

Oh well, a reason less to adopt PS4. I seriously don't know what to do if my ye olde fatty PS3 dies: get PS4 or get another PS3? With my salary in pesos, all of 'em are prohibitively expensive.

dcaseng
dcaseng

I'm pretty disappointed with just how little these next gen consoles have to offer. Seriously, MP3 playback not being an automatic from the start is a JOKE. We shouldn't be clamoring for things that should have been available from the start. What about FINALLY letting people change their PSN gamertags? Another tiny and simple feature that Sony inexplicably makes difficult.

It's things like this that SHOULD be no brainers. When you start being honest with yourselves about just how underwhelming these games have been so far, and you add up all of these tiny features that are absent, it's pretty hard to justify the worth of these underpowered consoles.

I really WANT to like these next gen consoles, but so far, they are NOT all that impressive.

No MP3 playback yet? GMAFB.

wowwow27
wowwow27

I'm surprised, actually.

ps3gamer1234
ps3gamer1234

Add support for Flac instead of mp3. I like lossless audio instead of lossy. Mp3 is only good for saving space not sound quality.

Bigfatlardygit
Bigfatlardygit

Absolutely agree with @muddybloke - it's a bloody joke that we have to wait so long four what was one of the most used features of PS3 for many people. Come on Sony. Pull your finger out.

muddybloke
muddybloke

Media Server support SOMETIME in 2015? - This is just a joke. Fed up of still using my PS3 already for that. They announce it will aaaaages ago, then take a stupidly unreasonable amount of time to do it.

grenadehh
grenadehh

That's right, pay to play those games you already own on PS1/2 and/or already re-bought on PS3.


Or keep your PS2, and PS3, like me. Don't let Sony milk you.


*I sold my PS3 but I'll get another.

kane6911
kane6911

the x1 just one upped sony big time, you can keep your stupid console rent per game ideal. lol 

SLAMMIN23
SLAMMIN23

i hope we can actually play music while we play are games this time when the mp3 support gets updated i have a flash drive with music on it that i would like to put on my ps4.

sonicblast19
sonicblast19

Umm I think my toaster has native MP3 support,seriously now,these consoles are totally not rushed I mean the interface is not messy it's "simplistic" and the missing features are something people should get used to,next time around you'll buy a MP3 with the MP3 feature coming soon.

mrbig120
mrbig120

3 d is over rated I played sniper elite 3 in 3d today what crap it was the up date done nothing

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Anyone arguing the prices needs to consider a few things...

Compared to physical disc rental options, the prices are comparable. Where it falls apart is when the rental fee costs more than a new disc or digital copy.

The prices are currently being tested. Even if the service launches with these prices they are likely to change as time goes on.

Sony is building a network to support this feature and plans on an entirely new audience of gamers coming from tablets, phones, and smart TVs. This is not aimed directly at the common gaming audience, though it can be supplemental to how common gamers play.

PSNow is an investment in the future. It may not be priced or perform as well as many would like, but the network needs to start somewhere. OnLive tried to go all out and hasn't been very successful.

PSNow is not for everyone. It's a new way to rent games. It's a new way for Sony to deliver games. It's a way for non-gamers to have access to games that are more feature-rich than they can get with a micro-console or mobile device.

PSNow is not a worthless investment. It doesn't have to be wildy successful right off the bat so long as it continuously improves over time. Give it a few more years and revisit it.

Flyin3lvl
Flyin3lvl

I just saw on ign EA are gonna do there own called the vault on x1 with access to their classic games for a subscription fee on top of the gold fee, new trend peeps

and yes fair enough mp playback but still since e3 the word on YouTube upload has gone quiet I don't actually care for the 3d stuff I don't have a 3d tv but I can access YouTube ...

BigPrimeNumbers
BigPrimeNumbers

Things like MP3 and DLNA support are great to have, but what about the stuff Sony touted right out of the box? Game standby/resume stands out there, and is sorely missed by those of us who find our gaming time more limited than we'd like.

blackothh
blackothh

My truck from 2002 can play mp3....... I dont own any of the new consoles but it surprises me by reading this that they didnt automatically support mp3s from the beginning.

phtyt
phtyt

I agree ps now is pretty much worthless unless you just dont own a console. If you do own one, and you pay those carzy rates , then your the dummy. to rent a game for 90 days costs more than you can by the disc for used.Just a dumb model. As for the MP3 support. Im not gonna be happy about this unless they verify that you will be able to load up your own music, make your own playlists, and play them while playing your games. Just to be able to load my music to my ps4 only to be able to listen to when not playing my games is worthless, I have ipods for that , as well as even a cd player with surround sound , so if it cant let us listen to our own music while playing , then its a worthless feature. Im not paying for the music unlimited service , ever.

StHapns247
StHapns247

I was really excited at the prospect of PS Now, I really thought it would be a game changer but they are royally f*cking it up with pricing and now not offering access to already purchased software. And not being able to buy a game outright? That is just silly and nothing but a money grab.

Imagine paying the rental fees for a game like Borderlands 2 or Skyrim.

Redblaze27
Redblaze27

PSNow is worthless.

When its more cost-effective to own a separate console & buy the games, you dun messed up.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Strange thing... I was in PS Now shortly after they expanded the beta and added the rental fees. I noticed that one of the games listed showed that I had rented it, but I had not. However, I did own a digital copy that was presently installed on my PS3. My assumption at the time was that purchases would carry over. Of course, it's a beta, so maybe they were just considering it and making sure the code is there if they decide to change that policy later on.

My personal thought is that they should carry over only if the user has an active PS+ subscription. PS+ users should also get free rentals, discounts and other benefits for PSNow.

Whatever the policies are when PSNow finally goes public will likely change as time goes on based on how the service is used.

My guess is Sony doesn't want the service to bring everybody on board right away so they have time to build out their network and better serve the customers who do use the service as it is when released. Once the network is running stable they will change policies to bring more people on board.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

Hopefully, we can listen to MP3's through games like back on the 360. It was good because you could still hear the game as it replaced the game music only, and would pause during cutscenes.

rocksdanister
rocksdanister

@LexLas @LexLas  same company? same playstation console? It does not work that way , the ps3 is powered by cell processor architecture and ps4 is x86 architecture, so they will have two options to include backward compatibility, either add a separate ps3 cell hardware on the ps4 just for ps3 games or try to emulate(mimic) the cell behaviour on x86 hardware. The first option makes the console really expensive and the second ...well...cell is complex and to emulate it require tremendous amount of hardware power and coding skill both which ps4 lacks thanks to its weak jaguar cpu ..and the last option is to stream the gameplay ...

rocksdanister
rocksdanister

@LexLas @LexLas  same company? same playstation console? It does not work that way , the ps3 is powered by cell processor architecture and ps4 is x86 architecture, so they will have two options to include backward compatibility, either add a separate ps3 cell hardware on the ps4 just for ps3 games or try to emulate(mimic) the cell behaviour on x86 hardware. The first option makes the console really expensive and the second ...well...cell is complex and to emulate it require tremendous amount of hardware power and coding skill  which ps4 lacks thanks to its weak jaguar cpu ..and the third option is to stream the gameplay which is being implented now...

guitarpete462
guitarpete462

@LexLas Totally agree. The PS3 support should be a given.  I hate that you build an entire library on one system and then you switch and have to keep that old system hooked up. When they first announced streaming I thought this would solve this but now they're just trying to monetize it through expensive rentals. Sigh... 

bryanmwila
bryanmwila

@dcaseng i'm with you on this one. Does Sony even get these reviews coz they should know what a F*$ck up they made. I also regret buying this overrated and under delivered box of $sshit. Graphics are not far from PS3 at all, no media player...PS3 does a far better job as an entertainment system. Does Sony know that a decent portion of they customers purchase these devices primarily for a media centre and aesthetics. Some idot did not do their homework and research on consumer trends. SONY PLEASE WAKE THE F*$CK UP, YOU ARE LOSING CUSTOMERS by making bad decisions. 

blade_man_69
blade_man_69

@dcaseng I completely agree with you man. So far I totally 100% regret getting the ps4 for many reasons. It is a complete joke for many of the things that they didn't put into the system. And after being a playstation fan ever since I was kid I don't feel that this new system shows "greatness" at all. At e3 they've announced at launch that they would have "thousands of games for free to play on playstation plus". Still haven't saw any? Idk I just believe that this new system should have really been "great".

And I agree with the mp3 playback feature. THEY Should have already had that feature in there from the start. It seems like they're  going backwards. Lol. Also one more feature that I wish that they added just to try out is voice commands and such, like being able to say "playstaion on", and other cool features that the xbox one doesn't possess.


For the people that DONT AGREE please don't start an argument on here. I only expressed my opinion so that it could possibly be heard or seen so that someone can change some of the imperfections that the system still has yet to offer for its gamers.

customx5
customx5

@dcaseng It's indeed disappointing when a smartphone does more than a console, that has more gpu/cpu power. But taking a year to come out with MP3 support is a JOKE!

seanwil545
seanwil545

@grenadehh 

I kept all mine...PS1, and PS2. I bought someone's used PS3 Super Slim once I picked up a PS4 along with PSN+

Flyin3lvl
Flyin3lvl

ok, and you can keep your stupid EA ...thingy

sanchango
sanchango

@SLAMMIN23 I will honestly laugh if it doesn't! XD
It's really bothering me from both consoles that things that haven been available previous gen have not been implemented this gen!

wowwow27
wowwow27

@mrbig120 the novelty wears off, may be revived when they release those 3d vr goggles.

haze0986
haze0986

@blackothh both companies have music services they thought we would subscribe to, do you people really not know why there was no support for streaming movies and playing mp3s?

Jayhawkers
Jayhawkers

@Redblaze27 There are many (myself included) who didn't own a PS3, but decided to grab the PS4. It'll be nice playing some of the good exclusives I've read about over the years. But I won't be using PSNow for any popular PS1/PS2 games since I already have what I consider to be the best ones. 


I'm annoyed by the business side of things, but a corporation will always be a corporation. If they aren't bleeding you dry, they aren't profiting. 

grenadehh
grenadehh

@Redblaze27 Not to mention it earns you more nerd points and makes you feel good to still own a working PS2 or whatever. I shall nevar get rid of my ps2.

alightningboldt
alightningboldt

"Also one more feature that I wish that they added just to try out is voice commands and such, like being able to say "playstaion on", and other cool features that the xbox one doesn't possess."

I'm going to assume you meant other cool features the Xbox one DOES possess since it has had stuff like this since launch. I agree with you that the ps4 is underwhelming at this point. My Xbox one is less disappointing and I'm getting much more use out of it. I feel like I should have waited until 2015 for the ps4. Alas, I fell for the hype like millions of others and now I'm regretting it.oh well, 2015 will come soon enough

sonicblast19
sonicblast19

@krasnauskis @sonicblast19 I was sarcastic,mister Itakethingsliterally,since every cheap-ass chinesse device with some remotelly media features support AT LEAST MP3 playback and the PS4 has to wait a whole year for that feature?Let alone movie playback and more,I guess I shouldn't even expect other formats to work since they barelly made this available.

israeljamesbond
israeljamesbond

@Jayhawkers @Redblaze27 

@Jayhawkers @Redblaze27  Easy Jayhawkers: Go to ebay, buy a used Ps3 --the one with Ps2 compatibility-- (I could sell you mine if Ps4 had half the extra features Ps3 can do) for less than $100, and buy used games for less than $15 each... You will get all that's available on PsNow... FOREVER, for A LOT less, plus you'll have an extra console that has a lot more features and is much more mature than Ps4. It's crazy how Sony is selling so many Ps4s compared to Xbox One, when the Xbox is the one getting updated very often with better features in this gen. People will soon see the mistake they made. For now I pass on Ps4. It looks like Sony will take at least 2 years to match every feature Xbox One has been gaining pretty much monthly after launch. Xbox One is probably 6 months away from surpassing Xbox 360 in terms of apps and features beyond gaming. At this rate Microsoft might even launch a streaming service of their own and release it officially before PSNow goes out of beta.

Flyin3lvl
Flyin3lvl

I still want a talking toaster