The console war is taking its toll again, Microsoft has announced the Xbox One will support playback from audio CDs and that it will be DLNA compatible, something that Sony decided to ignore in PlayStation 4.
So, this is a plus one for Microsoft, only a couple of days ago, the PlayStation 4 FAQs page confirmed that the console will neither allow audio CDs to be played nor will it allow (Digital Living Network Alliance) DLNA compatibility.
This led to Penny Arcade question Microsoft about the same to which they gleefully responded with a double yes, further adding that they were in the process of certification in the matter of DLNA support.
Microsoft’s official statement given to GameInformer reads:
Xbox One is DLNA compatible and we are working to get certified.” Hopefully we’ll learn more details as we get closer to launch.
There is more on the matter though; for one, Xbox One will not allow you to store or play MP3 files which as it happens, PlayStation 4 allows. Secondly, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has commented that they are taking up the matter about DLNA and CD playback into further consideration.
I am guessing they want to retract here, and doing so will be a sensible choice as far as I can see because their current console, PlayStation 3 does support both the features and it would be a waste to hand it over to their rival console.
Being DLNA compatible, Xbox One will be able to act as a Play To receiver where you will be able to stream content from other devices. Some of the supported devices would be PCs with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and certain Windows Phones.
So, which one did you pre-order?