PS4 Pro does not support 4K Bluray discs because nobody uses them

first_imgWith the unveiling of the PS4 Pro Sony isn’t going to compete with Scorpio, but is embracing 4K gaming and 4K media playback. However, there’s one big caveat to that 4K media playback feature: 4K UHD Blu-ray discs are not being supported by the console. This came as a surprise because it seemed like an obvious feature to include and Microsoft added support for the discs in the Xbox One S.We were all left scratching our heads as to this omission, and initially thought it may be a mistake in the media releases. But that’s not the case. Andrew House, head of Sony Interactive Entertainment, has confirmed that 4K UHD discs will not be supported, and never will be supported by the PS4 Pro.The reasons why Sony chose to do this? Apparently it’s because movies on physical media is no longer that popular and consumers prefer to stream our movies and TV shows. To quote House directly:Our feeling is that while physical media continues to be a big part of the games business, we see a trend on video towards streaming … Certainly with our user base, it’s the second biggest use case for people’s time on the system so we place more emphasis on that area. While it’s true that services such as Netflix are becoming increasingly popular, having the option of 4K Blu-ray playback would have been nice. Even so, the PS4 Pro is mainly about games, but will support 4K streaming from day one. So if you want to watch movies in 4K you can, just not from a physical disc. <> Right now Sony has a bigger problem to solve with regards to selling the PS4 Pro to consumers. That problems is managing to show gamers what it can actually do. The PlayStation Meeting attempted to show off what 4K and HDR means for games, but it completely failed due to YouTube compression and most viewers not having a 4K + HDR-capable display to watch the presentation. It’s meant to be impressive, we just can’t see it without the right kit.Expect 4K displays hooked up to a PS4 Pro to start appearing in games stores soon. Sony would also do well to offer some uncompressed 4K video downloads of PS4 Pro footage for those with a 4K display to truly gauge the Pro’s capabilities.last_img

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