The recent revelation that the PlayStation 4 will not support DLNA media sharing appears to be under review by Sony, judging by tweets from Sony execs and an update to the recently released PS4 FAQ. The FAQ was the original source of the news that the soon-to-release console would not allow DLNA sharing, but there’s now an asterisk added to that section, giving fans hope.
In the part of the FAQ asking if the PS4 will support media servers, the reply now reads:
The PS4 system does not support client functionality* for media servers.
The new footnote, which was added at some point over the weekend reads:
*We appreciate your feedback and are exploring possibilities.
In his Twitter feed, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida also seemed open to the possibility of adding this feature to the PS4. Hundreds of Twitter users sent tweets to Yoshida, some of them simply asking why the feature won’t be included, while others were a bit less civil. The general consensus though, was that fans consider this a backwards step for PlayStation. In response, on October 30, Yoshida tweeted:
“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”
The PS4 never officially had DLNA functionality, but the PlayStation 3 did, and it was considered one of the best media servers on the market. Sony has made no secret that it may make changes through updates, and this could be one.