Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Lack of Multimedia Playback

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Lack of Multimedia Playback

    The PS4 takes the ‘pure gaming machine’ thing way too far | ExtremeTech

    Why are the console makers doing this crap?
    I was expecting more multimedia capabilities not a multimedia cap!

    What does irk me, however, is that Sony went so far with the “pure gaming machine” thing that it removed some very useful, non-gaming features, such as local and LAN media playback. With the PS4, you basically have the choice of playing games, downloading content from PSN, or streaming content from Netflix or Hulu — and that’s it. The PS3, on the other hand, was basically a home theater PC that would play anything you threw at it, from photos and videos and MP3s on a USB stick, to streaming DLNA over the network, to playing TV shows and movies from a shared network folder. You could even use the PS3 to browse your holiday snaps on the biggest and best screen in the house.

    The PS4 is a big tease. From the outset, we are told that the PS4 is very similar to a PC — and we know, from our low-level analysis, that the PS4 really is close to being a PC. There are no less than four USB sockets — two on the front and two on the back — but don’t get too excited: they only work with a limited number of peripherals. You charge the DualShock 4 controller via the USB sockets, and if you had a USB keyboard you could plug that in as well. These USB sockets do not support external storage. When I plugged in a USB thumb drive, absolutely nothing happened — not even an on-screen prompt telling me that the PS4 is incompatible with external storage.
    The USB stick had a range of files on it — JPEGs, PNGs, an MP4 video file — but try as I might, I couldn’t get the PS4 to recognize it. On the PS3, if you browsed to the Video menu on the XrossMediaBar, all you had to do was plug the external USB drive in and start watching local videos instantly. On the PS4, there is a TV & Video section in the main menu, but all it lets you do is launch Netflix and other streaming services. There is a Video Playback area in the Settings menu, but it’s just a tease: There’s nothing exciting in there.
    When it comes to DLNA or playing files over the network (via a samba share or similar), the PS4 again draws a blank. The PS4 only seems to connect to local peripherals (controllers), and Remote Play/second screen devices (PS Vita, smartphones with the PlayStation app). We hoped that you’d be able to stream photos and videos from your smartphone or PS Vita to the PS4 — but that doesn’t seem to be possible either. Curiously, there doesn’t seem to be any way to view still photos on your PS4. It’s possible that Sony cameras will have some magical way to interface with the PS4, but we didn’t try it. It also isn’t possible to take photos or videos with the PlayStation Camera, or to easily get them off the console — again, a major regression from the PS3.
    What amazes us is that you don’t get any feedback at all from the console when you try to use a USB drive. Imagine the frustration for someone upgrading from a PS3, only to find out that the PS4 doesn’t support a (very) rudimentary feature that was previously available. There’s no mention of the lack of support for external storage on the PS4 box, incidentally.


    In short, the PS4 now only allows you to play content that is approved by Sony. You can play games, you can purchase TV/movies/music from the PlayStation store, and you can stream Netflix and other premium services. If you want to watch a TV show, movie, MP3, or family photo album that you’ve acquired through non-Sony channels you cannot do so on your PS4.
    As for why Sony has crippled the PS4′s home theater functionality, there are three likely reasons: Preventing piracy (Sony has significant interests in TV and cinema); increasing the amount of revenue generated from digital downloads; or maybe it was just that Sony ran out of time and had to ship without home theater functionality. It’s entirely possible — if the USB sockets themselves haven’t been crippled in some way to prevent external storage — that Sony could add local and network media playback with a software update.
    It will be interesting to see if the Xbox One has local and LAN media playback, or if Microsoft also takes the draconian, DRM-content-only approach. Given how good Netflix is, and how easy it is to legally acquire most TV shows, movies, and albums (in the US!), we wouldn’t be surprised if both the PS4 and Xbox One make it very, very hard to play local content. This could be a rather big issue if you previously used your PS3 or Xbox 360 as a media center, or if you live in a country that doesn’t have easy access to digital distribution and media streaming — i.e. anywhere outside the US and some parts of western Europe.


    http://www.ign.com/wikis/playstation..._Compatibility

    Blu-ray Movies/DVD** Yes
    Audio CDs No[n]
    Super Audio CDs (SACDs) No[n]
    MP3s No[n]
    DLNA* No[n]
    Media Servers* No[n]

    • DLNA and Media Server compatibility is being considered after initial feedback from consumers. **3D Blu-rays aren't currently compatible with the PS4, but this functionality may be added in the future.
    Last edited by Blu; 12-30-2013, 11:35 PM. Reason: added new material
    You Learn Something New Everyday!

    If I helped you, say thanks by hitting the thanks button.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Blu View Post
    In short, the PS4 now only allows you to play content that is approved by Sony. You can play games, you can purchase TV/movies/music from the PlayStation store, and you can stream Netflix and other premium services. If you want to watch a TV show, movie, MP3, or family photo album that you’ve acquired through non-Sony channels you cannot do so on your PS4.
    Sony, the new Apple!
    RULES: ixtreme.net
    TUTORIAL: How to burn XGD3 using iHas with Burnermax & Imgburn and verify using KProbe
    FOR SALE: Xbox 360 Consoles, parts and services UK

    In case of spelling error, blame teh iPad

    Comment


    • #3
      arrggh such a shame...hehe
      Rules To Follow

      ABGX Settings

      CG Pro Gaming Tournaments

      I will no longer help via PM's sorry

      Comment


      • #4
        Just an excuse for me to leave my 360 plugged in next to it for a bit longer
        Click here for premium Flashing / Jtag / RGH / xk3y services in Manchester UK
        Jungleflasher
        Molex PC Power dvd cable + PMT probe
        Xbox Backup creator
        abgx
        Don't say thanks click thanks

        Comment


        • #5
          And here was me contemplating keeping at least 1 PS4!

          EDIT: 3k!
          RULES: ixtreme.net
          TUTORIAL: How to burn XGD3 using iHas with Burnermax & Imgburn and verify using KProbe
          FOR SALE: Xbox 360 Consoles, parts and services UK

          In case of spelling error, blame teh iPad

          Comment


          • #6
            Originally posted by R3D View Post
            And here was me contemplating keeping at least 1 PS4!

            EDIT: 3k!
            I was contemplating getting one myself, but not with this crap going on right now. Why would they advertise 4k playability, if they don't allow you to play it?
            You Learn Something New Everyday!

            If I helped you, say thanks by hitting the thanks button.

            Comment


            • #7
              Same FECKIN sh-te as the xbox one..
              what's going on with them, the 360 and the PS3 done it all beautifully.

              they all have Apple-itise, they are trying to limit the user to streamed pay services only.... It's crap.

              I was was expecting the Xbox One to be the full Multi-media hub of the house, but it's been thrown into he front room and hardly ever looked at, they're shooting themselves in the foot.......
              sigpic IXTREME-RULES

              Comment


              • #8
                I think they will be limiting them intentionally so to minimise exploits, kinda explains why the USB on the XBone is disabled
                RULES: ixtreme.net
                TUTORIAL: How to burn XGD3 using iHas with Burnermax & Imgburn and verify using KProbe
                FOR SALE: Xbox 360 Consoles, parts and services UK

                In case of spelling error, blame teh iPad

                Comment


                • #9
                  Update here, update there. Only it's stuff that should have already been available. What a scam. My 360 is going to stay right where it is for a few more years before I buy into a game console / roku combo at a steep $500. I have that and more presently. Ridiculous.

                  Tapatalk 2 from my HTC Amaze 4G
                  sigpic

                  New to iXtreme.net? Click on the ACHIEVEMENT

                  JungleFlasher / Tutorial
                  Burner Max Payoad Tool / XGD3 Burning Tutorial
                  iXtreme LTPlus Firmware
                  ABGX360 /Tutorial

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    I think a lot of those 2M people who bought in first didn't realize what they weren't getting.

                    Sent from my HTC One using Tapatalk

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Added an additional complementary article.
                      Media and Format Compatibility - PlayStation 4 Wiki Guide - IGN

                      what a bust!

                      not even 3D bluray!
                      Last edited by Blu; 12-30-2013, 11:37 PM.
                      You Learn Something New Everyday!

                      If I helped you, say thanks by hitting the thanks button.

                      Comment

                      Working...
                      X