Here’s an interesting bit of PlayStation 4 news that came out from a recent interview with Sony’s Mark Cerny: the PlayStation 4 will read data CDs, but will not play audio CDs. While CD music has been on the out for many years, it’s interesting that Sony would omit such a basic feature.
The PlayStation 4 will play Blu-ray and DVD movies, but apparently, Sony has decided that audio CD playback isn’t necessary. Which is an interesting choice no matter how you cut it: Sony has a large music empire that still sells millions of music CDs every year. Adding audio CD playback doesn’t require any additional hardware, it’s just a software/firmware addition to the console. Which makes Sony’s choice even more puzzling.
Just like the PS3, the PlayStation 4 will play MP3 music files and a variety of video files from external storage devices (such as USB sticks).