Sony has done a lot of things well over the past few months, but one of the most prominent changes that it’s made is making its executives more accessible. It’s now easy to contact high-ranking suits such as Shuhei Yoshida and Adam Boyes, and, assuming that you’re reasonable with your requests, you’ll often get a response, too. This has been particularly important over the past few days, as not everyone’s been best pleased with some of the PlayStation 4’s missing features.
A gigantic FAQ published earlier in the week revealed that the system will be unable to play MP3s, and will lack DLNA support. Seeing as these were popular features on the PlayStation 3, there’s been a bit of a backlash over the past few days as people attempt to wrap their heads around the reasons for their absence. This is feedback that Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has not only already taken on board, but also presented to the platform’s development team.
“Had a very good discussion with the PS4 development team today,” he said on Twitter. “We're happy and appreciative to learn that so many people use and like the PS3's media features.” Clearly, it’s far too late for anything to change before launch, but we wouldn’t be surprised if DLNA functionality got pushed to the top of the division's patch production pipeline. MP3 support seems less likely, as there’s evidently an agenda to boost Music Unlimited subscriptions contributing to that decision.
Still, it’s great that the platform holder is at the very least taking the feedback on board. Given the goodwill that it’s accrued among the public and the press over the past couple of months, we expect it to work hard to maintain that sense of positivity. Are you bothered by the lack of DLNA and MP3 support in the PS4? Sound off in the comments section below.