Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios gets a lot of tweets from users complaining about how basic the PlayStation 4’s firmware feature set is. The biggest and most frequent complaint he’s seen is that people don’t understand why the PS4 can’t do what the PS3 can already do, and he’s got an answer for us.
In conversation with Mark Cerny, lead architect of the PlayStation 4, at the Computer History Museum, Shu said:
They [PS4 owners] believe that all the features that existed on PS3, has to be, should be there on PS4 day one. Even though the architecture is very different, and the system software guys have to make all the features one by one. So we still have lots of work to do.
So, because the architecture is so different, Sony have basically gone back to square one when it comes to firmware features. I still won’t stop asking for local media playback (part of which is rumoured to be coming in the 1.7 firmware update), however it’s nice to see them acknowledging this feedback.