Players will be able to enjoy 4K video after installing this week's Media Player update.
Even though most PlayStation 4 Pro owners will be thankful for today's Media Player update, there will still be some who are upset by Sony's decision to not support Blu-ray playback in 4K on the console, as the system lacks an actual drive for such a feature to work. USB storage that's been formatted as extended PlayStation 4 storage can only be used for save games and apps, and so cannot be used to save and play videos. Sony announced the update on their PlayStation Blog.
The Media Player is getting an update as soon as tomorrow for you to watch 4K videos if you own a PS4 Pro. But do remember that you will need a compatible 4K TV to be able to watch videos in true 4K resolution.
There's no word on whether the Media Player update will add support for HDR content in addition to 4K; we've asked Sony, but have not received comment as of this writing. It's worth mentioning the PS4 Pro still does not support 4K Blu-ray playback. If you have the equipment for it, you can record 360 degree 4K video and then dive into the video on your PS VR at home. While PSVR offers a resolution of 1080p - 960 x 1080 pixels per eye - Sony said that "4K VR videos will be displayed in a higher image quality compared to HD VR videos". The console also supports video and audio files loaded from external USB storage devices and local media servers, making it an ideal fit for home theater setups.
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