Today at a presentation in New York, Sony revealed the $399 PlayStation 4 Pro hardware that will release on November 10th. The new hardware has an upgraded GPU and boosted CPU clock speed to allow the system to upscale games to 4K resolution while giving 1080p games additional graphical effects and smoother frame-rates.
While the system will support 4K video streaming from Netflix and YouTube (4K Amazon will eventually come to both this system and the Xbox One S), the system will not support 4K UHD Blu-Ray playback according to media who attended the event:
Confirmed: PS4 Pro does NOT support 4K Blu-ray ðŸ˜¢ #PlayStationMeeting
— Stuff.tv (@StuffTV) September 7, 2016
Confirmed: No Ultra HD Blu-rayÂ in the PS4 Pro. Only 4K video via streaming/apps. https://t.co/yF8L0zE2LM
— Richard Lawler (@rjcc) September 7, 2016
This is a blow to the new Sony system as the Xbox One S released last month will play 4K UHD discs, and it’s the same price as the “Slim” PS4 that releases in two weeks.
Some are trying to believe that a firmware upgrade will enable 4K UHD Blu-Ray playback, but that’s not in the realm of reality. 4K UHD Blu-Rays are actually a new format of Blu-Ray discs that support a third layer for storage up to 100GB. It requires an actual 4K UHD Blu-Ray drive (which MS put in the new Xbox) and it’s not something that Sony can send out a firmware upgrade to enable on the PS4 Pro.