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You Can Finally Play Local 4K UHD Media Files Through the PlayStation 4 Pro

by on March 28, 2017
 

Stephan Jukic – March 28, 2017

Aside from being weaker than we could have hoped on 4K gaming support, Sony’s Play Station 4 Pro disappointed a lot of people in one crucial way when it first got released. Namely, the console didn’t come with 4K UHD Blu-ray playback, unlike Microsoft’s Xbox One S. Whether Sony did this in order to boost eventual sales of their 4K Blu-ray player that was released in 2017 or because they simply didn’t want to clutter the new console with too much hardware we’re not sure but the disappointment remained.

Now however Sony is mitigating a part of the vibe felt by fans of 4K UHD media by updating the PS4 Pro with local media file playback in 4K, at least in a limited way. Upon initial release, the PS4 Pro could only handle 4K content from the streaming apps such as Netflix and Hulu that came available for the console. Now, thanks to a new Media Player update, owners of the device can watch 4K movies and other content streamed from a home media server or through files connected to the console via HDMI or USB.

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As of this writing, the PS4 Pro only supports MP4 file types for video but 4K MP4 videos in home media storage servers and systems should appear automatically when the PS4 Pro’s player app is opened up following this update.

The new Media Player also supports regular non-4K video formats along with 4K VR video through Sony’s PSVR headset. However, in an odd limitation, 4K VR video played through the headset can only be viewed at a maximum resolution of 1080p HD. This should however still result in a viewing experience superior to that of conventional HD display due to the RGB OLED pixel array found in the PSVR headset unit.

The PSVR RGB OLED Headset

The PSVR RGB OLED Headset

The bottom line here is that the PS4 Pro has now gotten a bit better for supporting 4K media playback from external sources. It’s also a great all-around 4K and HD gaming console with HDR capability as a nice bonus. However, the massive absence of a 4K Blu-ray media player in the PlayStation 4 Pro still makes it an inferior overall purchase compared to the Xbox One S, which sports not only upscaled 4K gaming, HDR and some awesome audio support specs, but also comes with full 4K HDR Blu-ray disc support.

Story by 4k.com

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