Xbox One to Get DLNA Streaming in the Future

January 7, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are both capable of streaming downloaded content from the PC, but neither of the next-gen consoles has that capability yet. According to Microsoft’s Major Nelson, DLNA streaming to the Xbox 360 was not widely used, so they plan to work on making it more appealing before they bring it to the Xbox One.

Those people who did make use of DLNA streaming are irritated that their older consoles can do it while the newer ones can’t. It feels like a step backwards. So far, it can only be accomplished through awkward workarounds, such as connecting the Xbox 360 or PS3 to the Xbox One, which reduces the quality and functionality.

Both Microsoft and Sony have promised that DLNA streaming support will come to their new systems in the future, but neither has provided a solid date. For fans who frequently stream content to their consoles, it had better be sooner rather than later.

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Yoshida: MP3 and DLNA server support coming to PS4

November 12, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


You might have seen the recent news that the Playstation 4 will not play your MP3 collection or any of your other media either (no DNLA server functionality). This initially caused quite an uproar with many pinging SCE president Shuhei Yoshida via Twitter to ask why Sony had seemingly dropped the ball on this one.

Fast forward a few days and Yoshida has said that MP3, music CD and DLNA server support will all “eventually” be added to the Playstation 4. He also said that Sony was “caught off guard” by the initial backlash, although how that was we can’t imagine, these are very basic features that we’re talking about!

We didn’t really think about MP3 or DLNA. We always thought that we’re going to do that eventually – we’ve been doing it with all the [Playstation] products. So it caught us off guard. People don’t really talk about these features but when we say we don’t have it some people get really mad and [say], ‘I cancelled the pre-order’.

It’s nice to know that the gaming community was able to extract such a quick response and policy turnaround from Sony – the key take-out from all this being that we should expect a future PS4 firmware update to enable these basic media playback features. Now we can go back to looking forward to the US launch of the PS4 in just a few days!

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