Microsoft Working to Make Xbox One DLNA-Compatible, Will Play CDs

Microsoft Working to Make Xbox One DLNA-Compatible, Will Play CDs

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Microsoft's Xbox One is battling it out with the PS4 in available features.

Following the release of Sony's PS4 Ultimate FAQ, which revealed the PS4 would not support the DLNA functionality that allows users to stream media from other devices, Microsoft confirmed the Xbox One will be DLNA-compatible, but the company is still working on getting the console DLNA-certified. The Xbox One will also support audio CD playback, a feature the PS4 does not have.

Using DLNA, the Xbox One will act as a receiver and will stream content from support devices, such as Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 computers and "many Windows phones," Microsoft spokespeople told Polygon in a statement.

The console also plays audio CDs, but it does not support CD-ripping, a feature the Xbox 360 has. You also can't play MP3 or AAC audio files from devices like an iPod or Windows Phone over USB.

The PS3 supports media streaming and audio CD playback. To play music on the PS4, Sony suggests users get a Music Unlimited subscription. The ad-free music subscription service costs $4.99 to $9.99 depending on the number and type of devices subscribers own. Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios, said on Twitter, "Thanks for the feedback to the lack of MP3 and DLNA support at the launch of PS4. I'll share with the pS4 Dev team for future consideration." So, it's possible these features will at some point be added to the PS4.

Microsoft has not released an FAQ similar to Sony's, so there are still many details unknown about the Xbox One. Sony plans to continue updating its PS4 FAQ.

Source: Polygon

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Ahh, the great joys of proprietary systems.
Restricting simple features that anyone with Winamp has had access to for over a decade (free) so they can sell or offer an equivalent, more restricted service.

Oh, but I forgot that all the cool kids use "The Cloud" now. Clearly it's so good that it can eliminate other sensible options by default.

ALL PRAISE TO "THE CLOUD"! *snickers*

No mp3s per usb drive but... audio CDs?
Who even uses those anymore?
I haven't heard a CD hum in a drive for more than 3 minutes since... 2005?

Also I can stream from my PC to my TV just fine by freaking plugging it into the TV.
I don't even need a special cable anymore because it is no longer the year 2000.
Everything nowadays has HDMI output and input.

Also a subscription to enable hearing music?
Bitch please...

I know I'm a bit late to the party here, but seriously Sony? No MP3 or CD support whatsoever? Unless your Music Unlimited has Cyrilthewolf and every other indie / youtube / brony musician on it (which constitutes at least 80% of what I listen to these days, and that's low-balling it), then it's all but worthless to me.

You know, I remember a time when game consoles were mainly about playing games and not all this extra bullshit. Whatever happened to that?

canadamus_prime:
You know, I remember a time when game consoles were mainly about playing games and not all this extra bullshit. Whatever happened to that?

Odd how that works, huh?

Gamers: Jesus Sony, can you just focus on it playing games and not on the other frivolous shit?
Sony: Sure thing gamers, here you go.
Gamers: Oh my god Sony, what did you do?! Why can't I play music now?! Don't you know it's only the 4th or 5th device in my living room that can play music?!
Sony: ...

Is... this really a pressing issue? Being able to use your console as an MP3 player or... a stereo? Are there really some people who'd get so pissy to not be able to hear their music play off of every machine they touch? Toasters, blenders, watches, electric power tools, flash lights, air conditioners, floor buffer, ect. what ever happened to playing music on devices that were designed to play music on? The average American citizen probably isn't more then arms length away from some device that can play music at any given time. Plug a single ear bud in and play the damn game if thats what you really want, or both ears. the desire to drown out the game's music and audio to substitute your own would still be there.

Quiotu:

canadamus_prime:
You know, I remember a time when game consoles were mainly about playing games and not all this extra bullshit. Whatever happened to that?

Odd how that works, huh?

Gamers: Jesus Sony, can you just focus on it playing games and not on the other frivolous shit?
Sony: Sure thing gamers, here you go.
Gamers: Oh my god Sony, what did you do?! Why can't I play music now?! Don't you know it's only the 4th or 5th device in my living room that can play music?!
Sony: ...

No kidding. Like do we really care that the PS4 is DLNABCDEFG compatible? I mean if you're going to be buying the damn thing what are you buying it for? Are you buying it to play games or are you buying to so you can have a glorified stereo system? If you just want to play music from your iPod aren't there docks for that or Bluetoothe speaker systems that are much cheaper than a PS4 or XBox Done?

canadamus_prime:
You know, I remember a time when game consoles were mainly about playing games and not all this extra bullshit. Whatever happened to that?

The Future tm happened.

Obviously the future is all about the NFL, Doritos, and Taco Bell.

OT: I'm okay with consoles not having support for CD's since I'm usually listening to music on my phone or already converted my CD collection to digital files on my computer which I then transfer to my phone.

Hell, I dont even listen to the radio in the truck anymore since there is a AUX cable input where I can listen to my music through my phone and not have CD's skip every time I hit a large bump in the road. As an added bonus, if I get a call I can just hit answer, then speakerphone, and talk hands free and not have to hold my phone up.

But the main problem I have is sometimes games have a really shit soundtrack. So why shouldn't I be able to plug in my phone or MP3 player into a console and listen to my music through it?

Even then there were some games that could use your music as part of the game.

Easy example, Boom boom Rocket, where it was a rhythm game that would for the most part change gameplay to best fit the music you were playing.

More advanced example, WWE '11 or '12 had a create a wrestler, as do they all, but the added ability to make a custom intro movie and use one of your songs you have on the 360 as your intro song.

Now, that wasn't all too bad, but it was pretty awesome some music people had for their characters online. I know one guy wanted to know what my song was because he liked the beat to it.

But I'm getting off track, so what if we cant play CD's in consoles, it was never a big part of it before. Remember the Ps1? The shitty 90's animations that would play in the background when you went to fullscreen mode? would the removal of that feature honestly make you not want to buy it?

While it's not going to change my mind of not getting a Xbone, it's not something I expected anyways from either console. We kind of moved away from CD use and now play our music digitally.

I am worried though that there wont be support for digital devices to play music through our consoles.

I shouldn't be, because when listening to music while playing games online tends to bleed over into the microphone causing nearly everyone to mute you.

A good option to have it in the console, but it's not necessarily a deal breaker.

Okay, for that reason should I care? I am slipping towards streaming services and digital files, if I wanted to play a CD, I could use my PC, stereo, and DVD player before I even consider playing an audio CD on any console. But while your at it Microsoft, why don't you make the XBone play VHS, cassette tapes, vinyl records, and laser disk?

You know kids, there was a time when you just bought games consoles to play games.

Vanbael:
Okay, for that reason should I care? I am slipping towards streaming services and digital files, if I wanted to play a CD, I could use my PC, stereo, and DVD player before I even consider playing an audio CD on any console. But while your at it Microsoft, why don't you make the XBone play VHS, cassette tapes, vinyl records, and laser disk?

Yeah, good point. This all seems like a pointless battle in my eyes. How many people out there buy CDs still? Surely not the kinds of people that play games? Heck, regarding films, it's all about streaming these days. A monthly subscription is basically the same price as buying a single DVD/ Blu-ray.

roseofbattle:
The Xbox One will also support audio CD playback, a feature the PS4 does not have.

Wow, a point in Microsoft's favor, what's this, a grand total of two now?

roseofbattle:
The console also plays audio CDs, but it does not support CD-ripping, a feature the Xbox 360 has. You also can't play MP3 or AAC audio files from devices like an iPod or Windows Phone over USB.

Never mind!

Seriously, why are both consoles rushing to remove features now? I loved being able to create a custom playlist for my hack-and-slash games on the 360, and I assumed they were going to improve, rather than remove, that this gen?

Kalezian:

Even then there were some games that could use your music as part of the game.

Easy example, Boom boom Rocket, where it was a rhythm game that would for the most part change gameplay to best fit the music you were playing.

More advanced example, WWE '11 or '12 had a create a wrestler, as do they all, but the added ability to make a custom intro movie and use one of your songs you have on the 360 as your intro song.

See, that's the sorta stuff I'm talking about. Imagine if they expanded this to all games, and you could pick combat music, victory music and exploration music, wouldn't that be neat?

Ah well...

canadamus_prime:

Quiotu:

canadamus_prime:
You know, I remember a time when game consoles were mainly about playing games and not all this extra bullshit. Whatever happened to that?

Odd how that works, huh?

Gamers: Jesus Sony, can you just focus on it playing games and not on the other frivolous shit?
Sony: Sure thing gamers, here you go.
Gamers: Oh my god Sony, what did you do?! Why can't I play music now?! Don't you know it's only the 4th or 5th device in my living room that can play music?!
Sony: ...

No kidding. Like do we really care that the PS4 is DLNABCDEFG compatible? I mean if you're going to be buying the damn thing what are you buying it for? Are you buying it to play games or are you buying to so you can have a glorified stereo system? If you just want to play music from your iPod aren't there docks for that or Bluetoothe speaker systems that are much cheaper than a PS4 or XBox Done?

This 3 comments pretty much sum up my thought processes on the matter. Sure it's cool to import your own music to a game, but in most cases I've turned the game music down (in options menu) and playing tunes on my computer. As for streaming game to computer I could care less. Just keep to the games Sony, you're not going to please everyone, but you will make MOST people happy.

Arawn:

canadamus_prime:

Quiotu:

Odd how that works, huh?

Gamers: Jesus Sony, can you just focus on it playing games and not on the other frivolous shit?
Sony: Sure thing gamers, here you go.
Gamers: Oh my god Sony, what did you do?! Why can't I play music now?! Don't you know it's only the 4th or 5th device in my living room that can play music?!
Sony: ...

No kidding. Like do we really care that the PS4 is DLNABCDEFG compatible? I mean if you're going to be buying the damn thing what are you buying it for? Are you buying it to play games or are you buying to so you can have a glorified stereo system? If you just want to play music from your iPod aren't there docks for that or Bluetoothe speaker systems that are much cheaper than a PS4 or XBox Done?

This 3 comments pretty much sum up my thought processes on the matter. Sure it's cool to import your own music to a game, but in most cases I've turned the game music down (in options menu) and playing tunes on my computer. As for streaming game to computer I could care less. Just keep to the games Sony, you're not going to please everyone, but you will make MOST people happy.

Yeah I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I don't want a games console for playing music, or watching TV, or browsing the Internet, or anything else that's not playing games.

The headline's wrong, it should read "Petty console war continues as Microsoft attempts to cram in missing PS4 features at last minute". Talk about transparent. That said it seems Sony were previously more than happy to have always online DRM (which will be removed as part of the day one update they now have planned)- EDIT: this has been confirmed as false, oops - so I guess what I'm trying to say is screw next gen consoles.

Mp3/ CD playback is unbelieavbly basic these days as is backwards compatibility with most previous consoles (excluding PS3 with its 'unorthodox' design), why on earth are these simple features suddenly considered some kind of upgrade? As far as games for XBone and PS4 go there's precious little to get excited about currently and if that's literally all you can expect to do with these consoles then where's the incentive to spend hundreds of pounds getting one?! There's maybe 30-40 new games that will be available at launch between both consoles and not one that I think would look or perform significantly worse on current gen consoles. Compare that to the PC upgrade I could get for that money and there's a huge difference in the number of new (to me at least) games I would suddenly be able to play, plus I wouldn't have to 50 a game.

Thankfully, I see no logical reason why one would want to play music on a console, since playing music ruins the music of whatever game your playing (although if your playing Dynasty Warriors, I can understand). And as someone who values music very highly due to its importance to actual immersion (not the bullshit thing they call immersion) and emotional impact of scenes, it seems silly to me.

Battenberg:
The headline's wrong, it should read "Petty console war continues as Microsoft attempts to cram in missing PS4 features at last minute". Talk about transparent. That said it seems Sony were previously more than happy to have always online DRM (which will be removed as part of the day one update they now have planned) so I guess what I'm trying to say is screw next gen consoles.

Mp3/ CD playback is unbelieavbly basic these days as is backwards compatibility with most previous consoles (excluding PS3 with its 'unorthodox' design), why on earth are these simple features suddenly considered some kind of upgrade? As far as games for XBone and PS4 go there's precious little to get excited about currently and if that's literally all you can expect to do with these consoles then where's the incentive to spend hundreds of pounds getting one?! There's maybe 30-40 new games that will be available at launch between both consoles and not one that I think would look or perform significantly worse on current gen consoles. Compare that to the PC upgrade I could get for that money and there's a huge difference in the number of new (to me at least) games I would suddenly be able to play, plus I wouldn't have to 50 a game.

Err PS4 does not have an always online requirement and never did. The day 1 patch is optional, you can go home, turn the system on and play games if you so desire. What the patch does is add the online features (which you have to be online to use funny enough...) and activate the movie playback. That's far different from xbox One not working offline at all without the day one patch.

Arawn:

canadamus_prime:

Quiotu:

Odd how that works, huh?

Gamers: Jesus Sony, can you just focus on it playing games and not on the other frivolous shit?
Sony: Sure thing gamers, here you go.
Gamers: Oh my god Sony, what did you do?! Why can't I play music now?! Don't you know it's only the 4th or 5th device in my living room that can play music?!
Sony: ...

No kidding. Like do we really care that the PS4 is DLNABCDEFG compatible? I mean if you're going to be buying the damn thing what are you buying it for? Are you buying it to play games or are you buying to so you can have a glorified stereo system? If you just want to play music from your iPod aren't there docks for that or Bluetoothe speaker systems that are much cheaper than a PS4 or XBox Done?

This 3 comments pretty much sum up my thought processes on the matter. Sure it's cool to import your own music to a game, but in most cases I've turned the game music down (in options menu) and playing tunes on my computer. As for streaming game to computer I could care less. Just keep to the games Sony, you're not going to please everyone, but you will make MOST people happy.

To me what bugs me is that they are removing basic as shit features that are actually somewhat cool (for what probably takes to implement) while creating a complicated replacement system that has a paywall to still take time to create other meaningless shit, for example, a "like system" in their video sharing social stuff.

The whole "remember that free thing that you could do in whatever way you wanted? Well, now you cant unless you pay us and we will give you something that isnt exactly as open as what you already had" is somewhat retarded in restrospective and even though I didnt really used such features its almost insulting that they can do this.

Oh my God.
But I need a fifth device for playing music!

Quiotu:

canadamus_prime:
You know, I remember a time when game consoles were mainly about playing games and not all this extra bullshit. Whatever happened to that?

Odd how that works, huh?

Gamers: Jesus Sony, can you just focus on it playing games and not on the other frivolous shit?
Sony: Sure thing gamers, here you go.
Gamers: Oh my god Sony, what did you do?! Why can't I play music now?! Don't you know it's only the 4th or 5th device in my living room that can play music?!
Sony: ...

I believe there was a time when the company's had to decide what would be the most sensible thing to do.

It's good to cater to many, but this does seem rather pointless now.

Rainbow_Dashtruction:
Thankfully, I see no logical reason why one would want to play music on a console, since playing music ruins the music of whatever game your playing (although if your playing Dynasty Warriors, I can understand). And as someone who values music very highly due to its importance to actual immersion (not the bullshit thing they call immersion) and emotional impact of scenes, it seems silly to me.

The number of games that have any actual immersive value in their music is relatively small.

Personally, I like being able to use custom soundtracks in sandbox games where you spend a lot of time in vehicles. Play them through the radio and all. I like GTA V's song selection, but radio stations are pretty limited on songs. Hell, Saionts Row 3 at least had a "mix tape" option, but I'd prefer to have access to my own tracks.

I mean, early games (from this gen) actually integrated them, as if to show off this cool new feature that was here to stay. By the end, it was mostly wrestling games (and I really will miss custom entrance themes).

I can think of plenty of logical reasons why you would want to play music on a console.

They might not fit your preferences, but that doesn't make them illogical.

Hmm...

This is just stupid. Especially the lack of ripping from Xbox One.

I guess there goes the custom soundtrack feature. And no its not the same as just playing music in the background. In wrestling and sports games you could change intro music and the such based on stadiums and players. And in GTA it was great looking at the time line and picking my faves from that era to play instead of the GTARadio.

Quiotu:

Gamers: Jesus Sony, can you just focus on it playing games and not on the other frivolous shit?
Sony: Sure thing gamers, here you go.
Gamers: Oh my god Sony, what did you do?! Why can't I play music now?! Don't you know it's only the 4th or 5th device in my living room that can play music?!
Sony: ...

I'm not sure which part is stranger: the notion that Sony was so compliant or the notion that the two are somehow mutually exclusive. I mean, that's before you consider both companies are pushing their devices as multimedia units. Sony has used phrases like "nerve center of your living room" and others to indicate this is more than just a gaming console.

Focus on games my glorious and bountiful ass.

loa:
No mp3s per usb drive but... audio CDs?
Who even uses those anymore?
I haven't heard a CD hum in a drive for more than 3 minutes since... 2005?

Huh... It seems this news is more towards me than most... I still buy/use music CDs in my own home... On the go? Not really...

OT: Glad to see the Xbox One trying to gear a feature to the generation least likely to buy an Xbox One to begin with... Keep up the good work...
PS4... get you shins together... Music subscriptions are one thing, but to a service I rarely hear being used in the first place? Not you're just talking crazy...

Nonetheless, it's only a small little difference to the overall grand scheme of things... in terms of general backwards compatibility options...

captcha: Coughequences
HA! I get it... but, not right now... The consequences contained in a Xbox One or PS4 are skim, at best...

DNLA, music, what is this i dont even? whatever happened to DRM-free music using basic formats that even your 10 dollar digital TV adapter could play with no fuss? the technology is so basic you got opensource players that require no knowledge to run now.

It seems that i was right, Consoles this new gen will be PCs, except without any PC features created since 2000.

RicoADF:

Err PS4 does not have an always online requirement and never did. The day 1 patch is optional, you can go home, turn the system on and play games if you so desire. What the patch does is add the online features (which you have to be online to use funny enough...) and activate the movie playback. That's far different from xbox One not working offline at all without the day one patch.

Ahh my mistake, a lot of people were talkng about the day one update as if it was confirmed to be covering up/ removing DRM (including on Escapist) and I had assumed there was a basis to this, didn't realise it had been confirmed to be false.

Either way between the features that require a day 1 update and some very basic features that have outright been ignored (e.g. mp3 compatibility) the PS4 is really no more valid or interesting an option to me than the XBone any more.

 

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