PS4 Pro Captures 4K Screenshots, but Only 1080p Videos

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Sony Interactive Entertainment confirms its forthcoming console known as the PlayStation 4 Pro captures screenshots in 4K, but can only record videos in 1080p.

As many gaming fans are surely aware by now, Sony used yesterday’s PlayStation Meeting to officially announce the impending release of its next console dubbed the PlayStation 4 Pro. With that being the case, executives and representatives for the tech-based Japanese multinational conglomerate have been fielding loads of questions about what kind of features can be expected from the upgraded hardware and eking out information regarding the system’s might, such as the reveal of its specs being almost twice as powerful as the standard console.

Of course, one of the most talked-about aspects of the PlayStation 4 Pro is its ability to support 4K video playback thanks to its enhanced components. However, when it comes to enacting the Share button during the use of the forthcoming system, it has been divulged that players will be able to capture screenshots in 4K resolution, but can only record 1080p video at 30 frames per second.

The confirmation of this limitation for the PlayStation 4 Pro’s capabilities to record and share footage comes from Sony representatives when speaking to the outlet Polygon. As far as Remote Play and Share Play are concerned, players ought to be be able to run those at 1080p and up to 60 frames per second, but that’s contingent upon network conditions. Furthermore, YouTube and DailyMotion will also support 1080p at 60 FPS, while Twitch only allows for video up to 30 FPS at 1080p.


For those unaware, the original PlayStation 4 can capture 1080p screenshots, and 720p videos at 30 frames per second, so there is indeed somewhat of an enhancement involved with the Share feature on the PS4 Pro. That said, though, taking this knowledge into account along with the revelation that the system does not operate as a 4K Blu-ray disc player could cause alienation among some fans who had been expecting even more potency from the console.

In fact, those particular shortfalls on the PlayStation 4 Pro have already caused Microsoft’s public response involving the forthcoming Sony platform to err on the side of braggadocio. As it happens, the Washington-based company compared the PS4 Pro to its Xbox One S and Project Scorpio systems, declaring the latter two to be superior devices.

Suffice it to say, whether or not the PlayStation 4 Pro’s inability to let players capture video footage beyond 1080p resolution with the Share feature will negatively affect the system’s sales figures upon its release date remains to be seen. Nevertheless, it’s quite possible that the imminent release of these upgraded mid-cycle platforms could further perpetuate the dreaded console wars indefinitely.

The PlayStation 4 Pro is set to release on November 10, 2016.

Source: Polygon (via VG 24/7)