Last Friday, I discussed the PS4’s surprising lack of MP3 and CD support and suggested that the lack of audio-play options was part of a devious plan to to boost Sony’s Music Unlimited service.
Earlier this week Sony President Shuhei Yoshida responded to fans’ threats to cancel their PS4 pre-orders, promising that Sony was already working on implementing MP3 playback. He even directly addressed fans’ suspicion regarding Music Unlimited:
“It’s not like we actively decided ‘let’s not do this [MP3/CD] feature so people will have to subscribe to Music Unlimited.’ The focus has been more on the game features. Some of the features we wanted but we couldn’t get in on day one.”
I can buy that to an extent. Game-related features should rank higher on the totem pole. Can’t blame Sony there. Yet at the same time, let’s not forget that the PS4 Ultimate FAQ originally said that the system would not play CDs or MP3s. Period. Not until consumers backlashed did Yoshida and company scramble for solutions.
Whether or not Sony is greedy or lazy is no longer the issue here. Instead we’re seeing a company that responds to the requests and complaints of its customers–even if took the threat of pre-order cancellations.
Let’s just hope Sony continues to prove responsive with no more pre-orders left to cancel.