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Lengthy PlayStation 4 FAQ Details What Features Will Be Present at Launch

Posted on October 30, 2013 AT 01:15pm

In a lengthy post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony revealed a whole mess of information about the PlayStation 4, including external hard drive compatibility, blu-ray activation, and DLNA/media server functionality.

The PS4 will not be able to connect to external hard drives to increase storage capacity. The system’s internal hard drive—a 5400 RPM SATA 2 500 GB drive—can, however, be upgraded. The only caveats are that the new hard drive complies with the standards of the stock hard drive, are no thicker than 9.5mm, and are greater than 160 GB in capacity.

Because the PS4 requires a day-one patch to activate Blu-ray playing functionality, along with several other features, Sony will be offering PS4 owners a physical disc to activate Blu-ray playing capabilities if Internet access is not available to them or is something they wish to abstain from using. Discs can be requested by contacting SCEA Consumer services.

Unlike the PS3, the PlayStation 4 will not support media servers and DLNA. In addition, the PS4 won’t be able to play mp3s at all—let alone as background music played while gaming. That can only be done through Sony’s Music Unlimited program.

Sony also outlined which features that have already been announced won’t be available at launch. These include the absence of suspend/resume mode, wireless stereo headset support, and the ability to let friends assume control of a game for you over the Internet.

Check out Sony’s post on the PlayStation Blog to get the full rundown on the PS4’s at-launch status. The post details the system itself, its game lineup, used games, the DualShock 4, peripherals and accessories, the PlayStation Camera, PS Vita remote play, PlayStation Plus benefits and online multiplayer, digital games, and gameplay sharing.

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