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PS4 won't support CD or MP3 playback at launch

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

PlayStation 4 owners will have limited music listening options when the console launches next month, as Sony has confirmed that the next-gen console doesn't support playback of music CDs and MP3s.

Sony suggests that if PS4 owners want to play background music while playing games, they should get a Music Unlimited subscription — apparently their only option, based on a FAQ posted to the PlayStation Blog today. Music Unlimited subscriptions range from $4.99 to $9.99 depending on the number and type of devices subscribers own.

The PS4 will not include a music visualizer like its predecessor.

Some of those features (or lack thereof) may change. On Twitter, president of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida said, "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."

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