To date, the PS4 publicity campaign has been a generally flawless affair.
Initial skepticism at the machine proper's suspicious absence from the debut event has long since dissipated. And their fool proof method of "Cataloguing every single thing Xbone does to piss off its consumer base and publicize the fact PS4 does the polar opposite" has been working out for them.
Word on the street (I could be on the street! Shut up!) is that Sony's fourth Playstation is decidedly the console of choice for prospective next gen gamers.
Now the following news is unlikely to change that. But that don't mean it ain't a kick in the teeth...
According to the Official Playstation Blog's Ultimate FAQ the Playstation 4 does not support external hard drives. This becomes seriously problematic when you consider launch titles like Killzone: Shadow Fall will consume 50 GB worth of the PS4's 500 GB space. Expect to shell out for those official PS4 stock hard drives frequently!
For the record, the PS3 happily supports any external hard drive you can muster.
Sony likewise announced the PS4 does not support streamed content via PC or Media Centre. The PS4 won't support media servers of DLNA. The suggested alternative is to utilize Sony's Music Unlimited streaming service.
For the record, the PS3 happily supports content streaming, media servers and DLNA.
Like I said, these aren't game-changers. That ungodly number of PS4 pre-orders won't nosedive because of this news. But it's not exactly a welcome revelation, is it?!
See, I wouldn't mind so much if these strange oversights were explained somehow i.e.
"We wanted reliable 1080p at 60fps, so we had to make these sacrifices'
"If you want this Play Go to work properly, you'll need to bear with us," etc.
I'd happily forgive PS4 these omissions in the face of honest conviction; if they were dropped for a legitimate, transparent reason.
However tweets like this, make me doubt their resolve.
Thanks for the feedback to the lack of MP3 and DLNA support at the launch of PS4. I'll share with the PS4 Dev team for future consideration.— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) October 30, 2013
The above tweet from Sony's own worldwide studios president Shuhei Yoshida makes me think these features were dropped for no good reason beyond, at best, amnesia. And at worst, a dubious push towards Sony services and stock!