Sony Decides To Answer Your Pre-Launch PS4 Questions
Recently, on the Playstation Blog, Sony decided to post a quick FAQ that clarifies a few details about the PS4. For the most part, there are no real surprises except for a few.
- External storage is not allowed
- The PS4 system does not support client functionality for media servers (DLNA)
First of all, the external storage deal is kind of big. On next generation consoles, EVERY GAME will be required to be installed on the hard drive. As with the Xbox One, users will be required to also have the disc in the system to play if they bought the physical copy of the game. Considering each next generation game will probably be between 20 and 50 GB each, having a large on hard drive gaming library will be IMPOSSIBLE. Let’s not forget that most games will have DLC and map packs and the like. This is quickly going to be an issue for a lot of gamers.
Next, the ability to stream movies from your PC to your PS4 is kind of a big deal for a lot of tech saavy people. This will mean that most will have to jump through hoops (or have to pay Sony’s digital service) in order to watch most of their stored movies or movies acquired on services not supported by Sony’s PSN application network.
Lastly, here are the features that will not be available at launch but will be at a later date:
- Share controller via the internet to assist a friend
- Suspend/Resume mode
- Wireless Stereo Headsets support
- Wireless Stereo Headset
- Pulse Wired Stereo Headset
- Pulse Wireless Stereo Headset Elite Edition
Nothing crippling here but it is still good to know what you won’t be able to do on Day One when you get your precious PS4. Here’s a listing of the release dates by region if you don’t already know:
North America: November 15th, 2013 (Canada and the United States)
Europe: November 29th, 2013. (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia , Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom)
Latin America: November 29th, 2013 (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru)
Japan: February 22nd, 2014
Asia regions: The middle of December 2013
Other regions: TBA
Launch day is right around the corner so you better have your money right. If you still have more questions, be sure to check out the FAQ!