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PS4 FAQ Provides Answers And Limitations - No External Hard Drives Or Video Transferring

Oh, and no MP3s either.

A massive PS4 FAQ has just went live over on the PlayStation Blog, and a lot of it treads old ground. So, we’ve went through it and rounded up all of the new, but it’s well worth a read in case you’ve missed anything.


Firstly, you won’t be able to connect an external hard drive in order to expand your storage on PS4, and along with that you won’t be able to play MP3 files or audio CDs on the system, either – you’ll have you use Sony’s Music Unlimited subscription service for background playing of music.

In terms of video settings, there’s a bit of good news, as you won’t have to reset (done on the PS3 by holding the power button down) these settings to change TVs or resolution. 3D will also be supported, “though no launch titles are currently 3D compatible”. So, does that mean Resogun won’t be 3D as previously hinted at?

They’ve confirmed that PS4 games will be cached to the hard drive, rather than installed fully “to ensure a smooth gaming experience” as we reported this morning. However, you won’t be able to install from a disc and then buy a download version to activate that data – a download will still be required.


If you want to keep all of your trophies and friends – of which you can now have up to 2000 – you’ll have to keep the same ID, though you’re able to display your real name too, and can import your Facebook photo to be used as your PSN profile picture.

There won’t be any custom Dynamic Themes as there are currently on PS3, but the browser will be “faster and more compatible than the browser that comes with PS3”.

Sony are remaining vague on whether you can access and buy PS4 digital content through a different region of the PSN – for example the US store – by saying “We recommend that people buy from the PlayStation Store in the region in which they signed up in order to ensure the best experience and customer support.” but nowhere denying that you can.


Unfortunately, editing video content will be strictly limited to the PS4 system, which currently only allows you to trim the video to your liking. And then you won’t even be able to upload it to YouTube, as the Share button will only support Facebook for distribution. It does sound as though they’re finalising plans for YouTube however, as they say to follow the PlayStation Blog for further news on services to come after launch.

And there’s also an interesting bit about the Vita – a forthcoming software update will allow for automatic downloads of subsequent software updates, as the PS3 and PS4 do.

You can read the full FAQ on the PS Blog.

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  1. 3shirts
    Since: Aug 2008

    What about custom playlists? I don’t use my PS3 for music generally but a few games that allowed you to play your own music (like Burnout) were quite good fun. Making a great driving playlist of your own is a nice thing.
    How will that work here, would the game have to integrate into Music Unlimited?

    Poor show Sony, sort this out.

    Comment posted on 31/10/2013 at 10:26.
  2. Jeebers
    Since: Forever

    Has there been any announcement as to what the media features are like on the xbox one? Can’t believe i’m even considering it but I (and most people i know) use the media stuff as much as playing games, if not more. I even bought my mum a ps3 to look at her photos. She’s never loaded a game on hers!

    Comment posted on 31/10/2013 at 10:28.
  3. Jackson7195
    Since: Oct 2013

    Well that is nice of sony to reveal this at the last moment :( not going to sook and cancel my pre-order but am deeply disappointed as I used the DLNA feature extensively with my PS3.

    Comment posted on 31/10/2013 at 11:26.
  4. cam_manutd
    Since: May 2010

    While it is disappointing that MP3 and audio CD playback won’t be released, ask yourself-how many devices have you got capable of that functionality? And if you get a PS4, does that mean an end to your PS3? Cancelling your PS4 order is just silly just because of this. There are worse reasons to cancel your PS4 pre-order.

    I think Sony will patch it because its just silly not to and if it starts to hurt sales then it will be done quicker. The worst thing that the PS4 can’t do for me is play digital PS3 games. If I want to play January’s PS3 content, I have to go to the PS3 instead of having it all on one console-its shared. Not a major issue because I plan to keep playing the PS3 with GTA, Last Of Us dlc and Gran Turismo 6 on the horizon.

    On the plus side of things, I am looking forward to playing Sound Shapes again. Hopefully they do that with more games :)

    Comment posted on 31/10/2013 at 14:50.