Now that we’ve distanced ourselves from the reveal of the PS4 Pro, one of the head-scratching points has sort of washed over the gaming world. The PS4 Pro, despite being able to play 4K content, will not make use of 4K Blu-Ray movies.

The Xbox One S does, as Microsoft has pointed out before. It seems like an odd choice, though one that Sony has dismissed as a decision made based on the notion that streaming content is the way forward.

Fair enough, but the choice to drop 4K Blu-Ray support still took us by surprise. Interestingly, it sounds like Microsoft was surprised by the move as well.

Speaking with The Guardian, Xbox Lead Planner Albert Penello offered that he was surprised, too.

“I don’t want to bait any sort of console war, I have a lot of respect for what Sony does, but analytically, I think they made some interesting decisions in their product that surprised me…

…The lack of a 4K disc player, given Sony’s media background, was a surprise. Looking at what they’ve done historically, I don’t think many people would have predicted that.”

Has that lack of a 4K disc player swayed you one way or another on the PS4 Pro? It doesn’t affect my purchasing decisions, for what it’s worth. The obscene cost of enjoying all that the system offers is what’s keeping me away right now.