Microsoft’s Xbox One will have more robust media capabilities than Sony’s PlayStation 4 at launch. In response to the dire news from Sony yesterday, Microsoft told Polygon that the Xbox One console can play audio CDs, and that they are working on getting the console DLNA-certified to support media streaming. The console will not support ripping files from audio CDs or direct MP3 playback, but the system can act as a Play To receiver allowing playback via supported devices like Windows 7 or 8, or a Windows Phone.
Microsoft noted that a monthly subscription to Xbox Music could supply an unlimited stream of songs through the console, mirroring Sony’s suggestion to use their Music Unlimited service. For now, Microsoft’s console looks like it may have the upper hand on playing music via CDs and network streaming.