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PlayStation 4 won’t support external hard drives or YouTube sharing

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Sony has cleared up the few remaining mysteries about the PlayStation 4, though the answers may not please everyone.

In an exhaustive FAQ posted on the company’s official blog, Sony addressed dozens of issues as it nears the launch date for the PS4.

It's a pretty long list -- and an even longer read -- but here are the most notable highlights:

No YouTube sharing
While sharing videos of your gameplay is a key feature with the PS4, Sony is bypassing the most popular video streaming site. Though videos can be posted to Facebook, Ustream and Twitch, they can't be shared via YouTube. (That could change in the future, though, as the FAQ notes the share feature will be "supported by a future system update."

Mandatory game installs
If you buy a game at a retail store, you won't be able to play directly from the disc. The PS4 requires every game to be installed (just like the Xbox One) to ensure a smoother gaming experience.

No external hard drives...
That mandatory installation could be problematic before long, though, if you build up a substantial game library. While the PS4 comes with a 500GB hard drive, users won't be able to hook up an external drive to supplement that.

…but you can swap out the internal drive
Perhaps anticipating the outcry over that, Sony did make the PS4's hard drive replaceable (as it did with the PS3), letting users add more storage space if they'd like.

"PS4 is equipped with a 5400 RPM SATA II hard drive," the FAQ notes. "Users can choose to install a new hard drive so long as it complies with these standards, is no thicker than 9.5mm, and is larger than 160GB."

No media services at launch
If you used your PS3 to access movies or music stored on your home network, you might want to hang on to that system. The PS4 will not support DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) media servers at launch. Nor, for that matter, will it play MP3 files. Sony's hoping to drive users to its Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited streaming services.

Sony is also planning a 300 MB Day One patch to get a wealth of other features up and running, including the ability to play CDs and Blu-ray discs.

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