One might assume that given the advanced nature of the PlayStation 4 hardware, support for common formats like CD is just automatic.

But not so fast. According to Kotaku , Sony informed a Japanese journalist that the PS4 won't actually be able to play CDs or Super Audio CDs.

Well, CDs are starting to fall by the wayside along with other forms of physical media. And some are saying that the hardware in the PS4 actually can't play CDs for very sound technical reasons, although I'm not sure what those reasons are . If this is true, does this change your view of the PS4? Or maybe you just don't care; all the young'uns out there probably don't even use CDs, nor would they have any interest in putting a CD into the PS4. At the same time, it's just one of those WTF moments when you find out a fancy new piece of hardware can't do something the old Sony portable CD player could do twenty years ago.

I don't claim to understand it. I just report it.

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Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
7 years ago

Oh Lord, another rumor. I just hope it's false.

I already download enough as it is, if I have to download games to play them on top of all that, my internet bill will skyrocket.

TheCanadianGuy
TheCanadianGuy
7 years ago

i listen to all my music on CD. but this wouldn't really bother me just use my dvd player or something. does seem odd that it wouldn't play em though

H8WL3R
H8WL3R
7 years ago

As one "Ol' Canuklehead" to another, hey there (although, I'm not that "old"). I've seen your posts every now and then. I too still listen to music on CD and when I'm not listening to the physical disc, they're usually high to full quality tracks I've imported from CDs in my collection. I am personally not through with my collection nor adding more to it. I really hope this is false, and don't understand how it couldn't read and import music discs. I wouldn't like to think this is some measure of DRM of sorts! Hopefully the option to import directly from the PS4 disc drive to the HDD. In the very least, I hope it will be licensed to support a very wide spectrum of file formats. Speaking of importing, it would be sweet to import a DVD movie to port to the Vita/PSP!
I know I know….. * Lullaby and goodnight…. * Zzzzzzzzzz *

P.S. In case you didn't know or didn't remember, Ol' Canuklehead is in reference to a sharp comic hero of Canadian origin, and it certainly isn't meant to be offensive. 🙂


Last edited by H8WL3R on 2/27/2013 11:02:58 PM

TheCanadianGuy
TheCanadianGuy
7 years ago

hey there. yea man i'm the same way i have a big CD collection well over 150. i like different kinds of music (mostly country And classic rock) so they add up haha.

as far as it not being able to read them don't ask me i'm clueless at stuff like this. like i said it wouldn't really bother me but i'd still like if it played them.

btw nah never heard of this Ol' Canuklehead fella. xD

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
7 years ago

*casually walks by Ps4*
*sees some Bob Marley CD*
*hmmm*
*has an idea*
*inserts cd in Ps4*
*Ps4 doesn't read*
WTF!!!!!

I can see it happening.

TheCanadianGuy
TheCanadianGuy
7 years ago

hey you may have just given me a good idea myself 😉

LividFiction
LividFiction
7 years ago

I kind of understand not supporting SACD, since that's a semi-obscure format. But not being able to play CDs? That'd make as much sense as not being able to play DVDs.

H8WL3R
H8WL3R
7 years ago

Yeah, pretty good point. I don't know anyone with any SACDs, anyone who frequents this site or know someone with many, if any?


Last edited by H8WL3R on 2/27/2013 10:53:04 PM

Qwarktast1c
Qwarktast1c
7 years ago

@ H8WL3R

i believe that SACDs are (or were) popular in asia and japan

H8WL3R
H8WL3R
7 years ago

Ah Qwarktast1c, could be. Thank you kindly, I did not know that.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

Wouldn't bother me, I suppose they want you to buy digital music from their service. I still have plenty of other consoles that place CDs if ever feel the need to actually do that.

H8WL3R
H8WL3R
7 years ago

If it turns out to be true, maybe that's how Sony generally may view this. While I can also somewhat understand, why shouldn't we also be allowed to use what we already have, especially if legally attained, on a system/console we chose to invest in? Hope we aren't prevented from being able to play a disc or file already bought and paid for, even if it's not from their service.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

Yeah that would suck if I couldn't even put my MP3s on there.

Norrin Radd
Norrin Radd
7 years ago

Meh. I ripped all my CDs about three years ago and haven't looked back. If I want music ON my PS4: flash drive. OR stream it from my computer/media server.

SaiyanSenpai
SaiyanSenpai
7 years ago

Wouldn't bother me in the slightest. I've never put a CD in the PS3. Ever.

In fact, I can count on 1 hand the amount of times I've used a CD in my car. It's easier to put music on a USB stick or use my phone. I so rarely touch CDs now.


Last edited by SaiyanSenpai on 2/27/2013 10:51:37 PM

H8WL3R
H8WL3R
7 years ago

I myself haven't used the PS3 much to play CDs or to import them, but… options, options, options.

Ydobon
Ydobon
7 years ago

That is weird? I thought all blu ray devices could play cds and dvds… I'm more worried about ps4 games being region locked.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
7 years ago

Can't really be region locked and play all PS3 titles through the cloud….or can it?

H8WL3R
H8WL3R
7 years ago

Hope there isn't any region locking either.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
7 years ago

Um, that's the single most asinine idea yet suggested about the PS4. It has a 5.25 inch optical drive taht is a BluRay player. I'm almost positive that the spec for that requires it to be capable of reading CDs. Even if it wasn't required, it such a stupid feature to remove. SACD was gone from PS3 too after they removed the PS2 chipset, so no surprise that isn't going to be there, but regular CDs? Unbelievably stupid.

Actually, now I think about it, I'm certain that the guidelines that the BDA – BluRay Disc Association recommend CD and DVD compatibility for all BluRay players and that all but a very few, very early BluRay players support all formats. This would be really odd coming from Sony one of the major proponents of BluRay.

Simcoe
Simcoe
7 years ago

What makes it even more odd is that Sony is also the co-developer (along with Philips) of the Compact Disc too.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
7 years ago

What about MP3 CD's?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

The dancemachine must have music to dance by!

bebestorm
bebestorm
7 years ago

Doesnt bother me I've never used a game console for music!

Underdog15
Underdog15
7 years ago

I don't remember the last time I used my cd's….

Vitron
Vitron
7 years ago

That'd be sad, I'm actually fan of those cd arts plus their cover arts.

Vitron
Vitron
7 years ago

Ow, you meant CDs… I thought all CD media.
Sorry 'bout that 🙂

But WTH, how can an advanced player cant read an SACD?


Last edited by Vitron on 2/28/2013 12:38:16 AM

dmiitrie
dmiitrie
7 years ago

The last cd I remember buying was in 2002. The last time I can specifically recall listening to a cd was 2006. And I threw out all of my olds CDs 2-3 years ago. As far as I'm concerned it's as important for the ps4 to play CDs as it is for it to play vinyl, VHS, or Betamax.

H8WL3R
H8WL3R
7 years ago

Haha, well that's true, but CDs are discs themselves, which DVDs and BDs are as well. 😛 Unlike Vinyl (except maybe in niche stores), VHS and Betamax are all obsolete though (aren't they?) and CDs (even blank ones) are still sold in stores. Granted they aren't as popular as the 90's-mid 2000's, but are still around for purchase most places where physical media is sold.


Last edited by H8WL3R on 2/28/2013 5:33:23 PM

Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
7 years ago

Wait, hold on a sec. Sony said they would be supporting used games. How can a game be used unless the game is on a physical format, such as a CD?

I'm pretty sure this rumor is false now.

dmiitrie
dmiitrie
7 years ago

The rumour isn't saying that PS4s can't play any physical media. It's saying that it specifically cannot play Compact Discs.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
7 years ago

dimitre, that's not a rumor, and it only concerns playing games from PS1, PS2 and PS3. You won't be able to put the discs for the games in the console and have them play. There's no reason for a BluRay capable device to be incapable of playing CDs, it's utterly ridiculous.

Not to mention the fact that Sony still makes CDs with music on them.


Last edited by TheHighlander on 2/28/2013 1:16:02 AM

dmiitrie
dmiitrie
7 years ago

Ah! My mistake then. Thanks for clearing that up.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
7 years ago

You may still be able to put the disc in to unlock the game on the cloud so existing owners of games won't have to re-purchase the game to run it from the cloud. Though that is still speculation and yet to be confirmed.

H8WL3R
H8WL3R
7 years ago

Well I know it may not be preferable, but I'd personally like the option of inserting the PS1/PS2/PS3 disc and having it automatically unlocked from the cloud (without even the smallest fee), as opposed to no backwards functionality whatsoever.

kraygen
kraygen
7 years ago

This has to be the most absurd rumor for ps4 I've heard, to my knowledge there isn't a blu-ray player available that can't play cd's. They would have to either make a program to block it or something, I just don't buy it.

Beamboom
Beamboom
7 years ago

I think this sounds very strange. Maybe they haven't bothered implementing any software to play back the audio from the CDs?

Either way it doesn't really bother me. I don't think I've ever played any CDs from the PS3 and has long gone from physical to digital in the music realm. Spotify is my jukebox.


Last edited by Beamboom on 2/28/2013 1:53:42 AM

Roach721
Roach721
7 years ago

I have about 25 full cd's in my PS3.I can't even belief more people ain't using that option I love it between that and Pandora my music fill on PS3 is great.I would hate for something like that to be taken away.

H8WL3R
H8WL3R
7 years ago

I don't understand why this optional feature should be removed either, especially when it seems so basic and simple to me. DRM is one thing that comes to mind as a possibility though… Is it just me?

Roach721
Roach721
7 years ago

Especially since the speakers on my computer just gave out.

tes37
tes37
7 years ago

If it will play DVD's, there's no reason for it not to play CD's as well.

If this rumor turns out to be true, then maybe they're getting ready to release music on Blu-ray. Some musical artists have been wanting their music in a high def format ever since Blu-ray came on the scene.

H8WL3R
H8WL3R
7 years ago

That was something I haven't thought of, but I wouldn't like them to remove the feature of playing and importing regular music discs, in favor of BD music only.

xnonsuchx
xnonsuchx
7 years ago

That just makes NO sense. The BD drive is backwards compatible, so unless Sony would have to stupidly decide to make them not playable via the OS. And if they want it to be a "media box," why cut out more media it wouldn't even cost anything to allow?

Gabriel013
Gabriel013
7 years ago

hm, That's annoying if true. I ripped a couple of my cd's onto my PS3 for playing in some games (where possible).

jugheadjones
jugheadjones
7 years ago

I'm probably not as disheartened by this as other might be, but anyone who knows me would be surprised. I have so many things to play cds n that it isn't imperative that the PS4 plays them, but as an old fuddy duddy purist, I am saddened by the fact that it won't. I don't mind change, but I do resist it for sentimental reasons. I was really sad when digital books, mags and newspapers began ruling. I have used them and like them, but for me, nothing replaces the actual item. I still play my records and make tapes of what I want to hear on my reel to reel tape machine. It won't keep me from buying a PS4, but pardon me if I pause while I pay for it. lol

Akuma_
Akuma_
7 years ago

I don't even know how they can do it, and I especially don't know why they would.

it certainly paints Sony in a very bad light.

I mean, I have never put a CD into my PS3, but, there is as much of a reason to have CD compatability as there is DVDs.


Last edited by Akuma_ on 2/28/2013 6:31:39 PM

Amnesiac
Amnesiac
7 years ago

PS4
IT ONLY DOES EVERYTHING

(but play CD's)