The PS4 Pro will not function as a 4K Blu-ray disc player, a decision that was met with skepticism (if not outright criticism) by fans. After all, Sony helped get Blu-ray off the ground, so why was the company not supporting the format with its upcoming, more powerful console? According to head of Sony Interactive Entertainment Andrew House, there just isn't enough interest in 4K discs.
"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," he told The Guardian. "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." Incidentally, Sony recently introduced Ultra, its own 4K video streaming service. Ultra hasn't been announced for the PS4 Pro yet, but come on. You know it's coming.
The good news for those of you who prefer to keep your content on a physical disc and/or have been assembling a stockpile of 4K Blu-rays is that this omission may not be permanent. Although House told The Guardian that he didn't think it would be necessary, it would theoretically be possible to patch in support for 4K Blu-ray down the line.
So, to sum it all up: physical media is dead, long live streaming. You know, unless more people decide they want the first thing.
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