Starting later today, PlayStation 4 Pro owners will be receiving an update to support 4K video playback on the console, which will make 4K videos in mp4 format saved on a USB stick or on the home server playable through the system's Media Player app. Nevertheless, Sony Interactive Entertainment didn't state exactly when the update would be available beyond its confirmation of going live today.
As explained on the PlayStation Blog by the Vice President of PlayStation Brand Marketing, John Koller, users' home server will automatically appear as a media option in the Player, which will make finding and playing files that much quicker. However, Koller stressed that any USB storage already formatted as extended storage for the PlayStation 4 Pro can only be used to save games and apps, and it can’t be used to save and play videos.
While this is particularly good news for PlayStation 4 Pro owners, the update ought to be even more beneficial to those who have both the console and PlayStation VR headsets, as the improvements for the Media Player will support 4K VR videos, too. Of course, it's important to note that the headset itself doesn't actually feature a 4K display–its resolution is 1920x1080, to be specific–but video playback on PSVR should end up looking more polished than before, with the update providing a higher image quality compared to HD VR videos.
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. Without a doubt, the company's choice to exclude a Blu-ray drive for the PS4 Pro was odd, especially considering it touted the console as a 4K-capable device. Sony explained the reasoning behind the Pro's lack of Blu-ray 4K support as one in favor of streaming video, which is more prevalent than ever.
All things considered, it's great to see that Sony is updating the PlayStation 4 Pro's Media Player, but it still has a ways to go to ensuring full customer satisfaction for owners of each of its PS4 consoles. For instance, the most recent firmware update–version 4.5.0–has reportedly stopped some consoles from connecting to Wi-Fi. Hopefully, the company will be able to address this issue soon enough and guarantee a better experience for all of its myriad users.
The PlayStation 4 Pro is available now.
Source: PlayStation Blog