With 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.
E-Paper Keys Allow This Keyboard to Adapt to Any TaskAlienware, VR Parties in L.A. Stay on target There’s been talk that Apple plans to add a slick OLED strip of touch-sensitive controls to upcoming MacBooks. Now sources claim that they may get a killer keyboard upgrade, too.What kind of an upgrade, you ask? According to both 9to5Mac and TrustedReviews, Apple is toying with the idea of replacing all those boring old static plastic keys with a full spread of tiny E Ink displays. And it’s about more than just allowing Apple to source a single keyboard for every MacBook regardless of which country it’s going to be sold in.Yes, it’s neat that such a keyboard would allow, for example, Canadians to switch quickly back and forth between full English and French layouts — instead of having to slog on with a bilingual keyboard. The really cool part, though, is that these keyboards could be context-aware.As soon as you fire up an app — say, Final Cut Pro or Photoshop — your MacBook could transform its keyboard to make commonly-used commands more accessible. Need to bang a boatload of numbers into an Excel sheet? No problem, just flick a software switch and light up a numeric keypad.There’s already a company making keyboards like this. No, not Art. Lebedev. Those Optimus keyboards are very cool and all, but they’re a little too pricey even for the $2499 MacBook Pro. It’s actually Sonder Designs, and a company spokesperson has acknowledged that they have indeed held discussions with Apple.That’s Sonder’s desktop keyboard there, and it’s up for pre-order at $199. Remove the healthy markup for retail and factor in the massive number Apple would be ordering if they go this way, and it’s probably not a terribly big cost to work into a higher-end MacBook Pro.