The PS4 Pro will be forever be associated with one of the biggest questions in gaming: Why on god's green earth did a company that owns the rights to Blue-Ray not give its 4K gaming console an UHD Blue-ray player?
Seriously, why does the cheap, much less powerful Xbox One S have one but not the PS4 Pro? Sony has finally provided an answer.
In an interview with, The Guardian, Sony boss Andrew House said that consumers are moving away from physical media, making the ability to stream 4K a more important feature:
“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.”
Instead of offering direct support for UHD Blue-rays, the PS4 Pro's Blue-ray disc player performs high-quality upscaling of DVD and Blu-ray Disc content. It other words, it doesn't offer the real deal.
The system supports 4K streaming apps for Netflix and YouTube, and more 4K streaming options such as Amazon Prime will be offered as they become available.
Unfortunately, for those that wanted the PS4 Pro to be an UHD Blue-ray player, Sony said it is not possible to add 4K UHD via a firmware update. Streaming 4K videos is your only option...
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