PS4: 5 Missing Features We Wanted At Launch

Published 10 months ago by , Updated December 5th, 2013 at 8:53 am, This is a list post.

PS4 Console Missing Features Sony aims to bring to the market the first legitimate next-gen contender for the eighth generation of home video game consoles this week in the PlayStation 4. As we know from the critical responses and our own impressions and review of the PS4, the system is a strong gaming-focused console that's unfortunately missing quite a few key features. Many of the multimedia entertainment functions of the PS3 are inexplicably absent in its successor at launch so we're going to take a look at five key features and functions that Sony needs to implement in the PS4 asap so it can earn the "next-gen" description. Most of these have been talked about and are in the works for future updates. Let's get to it...

MP3 and CDs

PS4 Missing Features CD MP3s Sony, a company heavily involved in the music business, inexplicably left out the most basic music functions for the PlayStation 4 at launch - features that are currently available on its predecessor. The PS4 at launch cannot play music off of CDs, it cannot play MP3 files from a USB stick or external harddrive, and it cannot streamed music from a PC. While CDs may be outdated for some, a next-gen Sony console not being able to support basic entertainment needs such as these is absurd. Some players do enjoy listening to their own MP3s while using the system. Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida shouldn't be "surprised" about the negative feedback from this lack of support. Hopefully it doesn't take long for a system update to rectify.

PS4 DLNA Media Server Support

PS4 Missing Features Media Server The official Sony support answer on the PS4's lack of DLNA support is self-explanatory: The PlayStation 4 does not support DLNA or media servers, which means it is not possible to view content from another device on your console. (Updated Statement: We appreciate your feedback and are exploring possibilities.) DLNA was created by Sony a decade ago and is key to sharing and streaming content across devices. Yet PS4 users cannot stream content from their computer on the PS4 and cannot play videos, look at photos or play music from a USB? How can this not be on the system at launch? Like the music issues for those interested users, this is coming at some point it the future but isn't there at launch.

HDMI Video Capture

PS4 Missing Features HDMI Port HDCP Despite hinting otherwise and embracing a "for-the-gamer" attitude, HDCP encryption is currently enabled on the PlayStation 4 HDMI outputs, meaning users who own capture cards - again like on PS3 - cannot record gameplay. Instead, users are forced to use the PS4's built-in video sharing which is restricted to 15 minute clips that can only be uploaded to... Facebook. The other option is livestreaming and archiving those videos on Twitch or Ustream, but all video out through Sony's own sharing features is maxed at 720p. Sony went on record saying they will support HDMI capture but like many other features, not at launch.

YouTube Support

PS4 Missing Features No YouTube Support Sony's screenshot and video sharing features are easy to use and implemented with some smart design choices, as we pointed out in our PS4 console review. There is however, a major absent feature in the system's video sharing capability since recorded clips can only be uploaded to Facebook. What good is that when the vast majority of gamers who record and upload gameplay use the biggest video sharing service in the world - YouTube? We can't explain why YouTube isn't supported currently  - but we do know why its absence at launch was conveniently left out of the news until two weeks prior to launch. YouTube support was namedropped by Sony PS4 designer Mark Cerny during an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon so expect it in the future.

A Better Interface

PS4 Missing Features Interface Issues The glue that holds Sony's new system together is still outdated in some respects. The PS4's new 'PlayStation Dynamic Menu' interface is quite an improvement over the PS3's XMB, is slicker and faster, but it's still missing some of the basics. The interface requires too many steps to perform some of its functions and the official PlayStation App does little to help expedite interactivity. There's a noticeable lack of media-related options available on the interface's menus and it cannot be customized. Things like notifications for example, don't give players the full info or a quick option to join a friend in an online match. It all needs to be done manually so there's still room for improvement on the general design and accessibility of the PS4's menu system.

Conclusion

PS4 Console Missing Features The PS4, like its competitor releasing a week later, was rushed out to store shelves for the North American holiday shopping season. There's too much money on the table around Thanksgiving and Christmas in the U.S. and that means consumers are paying top dollar for the latest in console gaming tech, but for the minimal amount of available games and features. In addition to the updates we've listed there are other quirks as well, from no flash support in the built-in browser, a lack of things to do with the $60 Eye peripheral (outside of broadcasting video) and the missing support of 3D Blu-rays. If you can wait, the PS4 is worth waiting for. And if we're lucky, when the system gets its innovated cloud-based features and missing functions back, the price may have dropped by then. Also check out: 5 Missing Xbox One Features We Wanted At Launch Follow Rob on Twitter at @rob_keyes.
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  1. I totally agree with all 5 issues or lack of features. This is one of the reason I am not planning to buy a PS4 in a near future. I will stick with my old faithful PS3 (two consoles). One missing feature is the lack of PS4 consoles at the retail stores even after more than a month after its release. Xbox One is already selling just fine and can now be found at your regular retail stores. I don’t even think that $ONY will release 3 million consoles by 2013 year’s end. Shame on you, $ONY!

    • uhhh sorry to break it to you but ps4 been selling in stores but unlike xbox one you have to ask for it my walmart has around 30 ps4s’ in the backroom of electronics where even workers need a key lol

  2. I have been a lifelong PS fanatic but PS4 has managed to push me towards X box (which I hate) the lack of multimedia support has transformed the perfect multi entertainment console into a glorified Atari. The first game I got was kill zone. There was not much of an improvement to get me even think of not returning this system. I am a psplus member that will now keep the two ps3 I have but begin the switch to xbox. Great job sony, maybe next time you can eliminate Internet connectivity…

    • @Alex, I’ve too been a Playstation fan since the first PS, but I totally agree with your comments. I don’t plan to buy a PS4 for a long while if ever. It seems that $ONY has stepped back with this new PS4 version and the lack of features. Let’s just also mention that there is no way to buy a PS4 at any retailer for this just past Christmas and possibly through the end of 2013. However, I have seen and increase in sales of X1, and one now can almost walk into any store and buy one Xbox One. Where are the 3 million PS4 consoles promise buy $ONY for 2013? I can’t believe this, and as long I can buy PS3 games I will not buy a PS4. Again, I agree that perhaps the X1 might be a better option even if I have to pay a gold live subscription.

    • FFS IT’S A GAMES CONSOLE. NOTICE THE WORD “GAMES”,DESINED FOR PLAYING GAMES. IF YOU WANT TO STREAM MOVIES,MUSIC ECT ECT!!!! USE A BLOODY PC

      • This is what I hate about the entertainment industry today. When game consoles were first introduced, they were just that, game consoles. These days it seems they are anything, but. If I want to play movies, I’ll do it on my computer or my blue ray entertainment system, not my game console. If I want to listen to music, I’ve got my computers (yes, plural) for that, I can do that on my phone, hell I even have a tablet. I have so many devices that I will turn to before I even think about using my game console for anything other than games. For Christ’s sake, the gaming industry is going down the drain, it truly saddens me…

      • Why Mp3′s? So I don’t have to listen to the same old ingame music over and over again. Why YouTube? To instantly help find out how to do new stuff in games. Why 3D bluerays? So I dont have to switch devices all the time. Plus less equiment. Why streaming? To watch stuff of my pc. All these reasons are why the PS3 can do it. Its ment to be an advanced system. You would not buy a new smart phone if it had less features so. New consoles need all this as standard. Also most people post how to videos to YouTube not facebook whats that all about? Whats the point in game console browser that dont work on YouTube? The PS4 should be the PS3 and PS3 the PS4. especially with the latest PS3 graphics. Sort this out Sony or loose Sony fans to the hated Xbox

    • Preach!!!!!!!! It’s amazing how sony has manage to mess up the 8th wonder of the world!!! Smh

  3. While I do appreciate the informative article I could not help but feel distracted by the author’s glaring grammar and punctuation mistakes. Please; if you are going to be a writer and/or a critic, learn basic English grammar.

  4. I was honestly surprised on the ps4′s entertainment apps that they didn’t have youtube as an immediate add to the next gen, I was glad to have it available on m ps3 but hopefully they eventually ads it to ps4.

  5. What do you expect people there hasn’t been a new console from Sony in almost 6 years and y’all expect it to be perfect right off the bat? I own a ps4 and I feel it meets all my needs and I am willing to wait for other things because I understand that it’s not going to be perfect after 6 years without a release.

  6. No Cds or MP3, this is where ye ol’ trusty pc comes in handy.

  7. What about backwards compatibility i’ve got great ps3 games.
    Why have 2 systems when the games that are out for the ps4,i currently can play already on ps3….
    i won’t buy it till my demands are met

    • There are PS4 titles that were not released for the PS3, quite frankly, I wouldn’t get rid of my PS3 even if the PS4 was backwards compatible. I still have my PS1 and the only reason I don’t have the PS2 is because I skipped a console generation (quite regrettably, I might add).

  8. This lack of basic entry level multimedia capabilities makes my ps3 a functionally superior machine. Why miss off these functions but include useless gimmicks? A light on the controller is a gimmick. A damn useless one. Sharing video footage of your front room, or gameplay footage: again, its a gimmick. Yes, there are some fancy lighting effects, but at the bare mimimum the PS4 should do everything the PS3 does only better. It even fails to do this.

    And all this “this is for the gamers” b.s. is no excuse for lack of functionality. Its not all about computer games you know. I like to switch the games off & listen to some music or watch a video ON THE SAME SYSTEM. Not everyone is a ginger computer game addicted teenager playing for 8hrs a day. Incidentally, I am also a qualified skydiver!

  9. All of you people complaining about the lack of multimedia features on a game console are beyond ridiculous. Sure the PS1, PSX, PS2 and PS3 all had multimedia features to some extent, but they are first and foremost “GAME CONSOLES.” They were never intended to be an all-inclusive home-theatre device. They were only given the multimedia functionality as an incentive to produce more sales and I’m sure the PS1 was not included in this case (only compact disk based multimedia, no videos). That being said, even if the PS4 were to never have multimedia functionality (inclusive of DLNA), I would still be happy to have it, because, as I said before, it is a game system first, anything else is secondary.

  10. Just a gaming console get a life , I love games to but movies , photos , music are all apart of it as well this day and age the ps4 should play it all Sony are idiots I’m not buying ps4 until it plays external media so if there selling them at a loss they need more people to buy them , and I bet there’s a lot who won’t because of this reason , Sony just don’t want us watching free movies we download on there device.

  11. the days of a game console just playing games is long gone just like a phone only making calls. so the fact that the ps4 still lacks functions that are basic and are features of the previous gen is questionable.
    i am always amused by the ” i got 9 other things that will do that” comments when questioning the ps3 multimedia usage. to them i say ” but with the ps3 i don’t need those 9 other things ” . well at least while i am viewing the largest screen in my primary room for entertainment. tablets have skype and faster web browsers but the slow ps3 browser is very usefull and the game controller works well in place of a mouse,keyboard,or touch screen.
    this post was made using my ps3 and game controller from the comfort of my recliner.

  12. I hate you sony for not bringing those features back. The ps4 is a failure, my ps3 succeeded me.
    The ps4 came out 5 months ago and im still waiting for those features. Sony you are taking too long and i’ve lost my patience, i should buy an xbox one.

  13. Youtube does work on the PS4 the articles all over the net showing multiple ways on how to get it working

  14. Fair do’s they have missed a few features an they have listened to there customers an will rectify these small issues in future updates for th people moaning about going to xbox 1 go ahead its crap its got no power and is riddled with problems u have to pay for everything but diny worry u can listen to a music cd out of th box woohoo bye bye part time fans wait an see what ps4 is all about in th next few month with all the new features an updates comin aswell there not even pushin th power of ps4

  15. Has anyone heard of any dates or possible updates on at least a media server on the ps4 its amazing the ps3 is just better than the ps4. Long time Ps fan feeling I should switch to Xbox… Sad

  16. Been using my ps4 as a 400 netflix machine lol. Being a console built for gaming, it hasn’t released any titles worth me spending 60 dollars on. It would be nice if I can do other things like watching/listening to my own media, Or atleast change the background picture. Sucks that I sold my ps3 for this crap.

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