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PlayStation 4 won’t play DVDs or Blu-rays without a patch

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Day One software patches are fairly common for modern games, and they're becoming just as expected for console launches.

But that doesn't make the PS4's launch day shortcomings any less of a bummer. According to the official PlayStation blog, Sony’s upcoming system won’t be able to play DVDs or Blu-ray discs out of the box despite having a perfectly fine Blu-ray drive built into the hardware.

To get it working, you’ll need to download and install a 300 MB patch, which also enables the ability to compete in multiplayer matches.

The patch is necessary to switch on a number of other touted PS4 features, including Remote Play on the PSVita and the ability to share gameplay segments. And it's needed if you were hoping to take screen shots of your games.

If you're planning to digitally download games instead of buying retail copies, the patch will enable the ability to download games in the background as you play. It also enables voice chat, face recognition and voice commands, if you're using the PlayStation Eye.

It gets nuttier. Regardless of whether or not you download the patch (which, let's face it, you're obviously going to, provided you have a working internet connection), the system won't offer "suspend/resume mode" -- a feature that essentially keeps the PS4 system in a low power state and quickly takes you back to the game -- at launch.

Typically, Day One patches reflect late software additions or take care of bugs that creep up after production on the systems has begun, not items the company has been discussing publicly for eight months. And something as basic as DVD playback being disabled without an update is unheard of.

The upside? There isn’t much of one, though Sony points out that the average user should be able to download the 300 MB patch in no longer than 15 minutes -- assuming there isn’t a huge crush of users clogging the servers.

If this all sounds a bit familiar, you probably own a Wii U. Nintendo’s console required a significant Day One patch during its launch last year to enable online functionality and smooth out performance.

And Xbox One fans, don't laugh. You'll be facing your own Day One patch -- though that's because of Microsoft's policy flip flops since the system's debut.

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