One of the more baffling questions to emerge from this week’s reveal of the PlayStation 4 Pro was the lack of support for Ultra 4K Blu-ray. After all, Microsoft’s Xbox One Scorpio is promising to support the physical media platform, and Blu-ray is even a Sony product! What gives?
Speaking with The Guardian, Sony boss Andrew House claims that streaming video is where the consumers want their movies, and that is where the company decided to put its focus.
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.
And those hoping it will be an eventual feature can give up now. House expressed that support for 4K Blu-rays can’t be patched in through firmware updates.
Instead, Sony has chosen to put its relationship with Netflix at the forefront, claiming that it offers over 6,000 hours of 4K streaming content. Sony is currently looking into its own 4K video content through the PlayStation 4.