Fans and critics alike were confused by the revelation that the new PS4 Pro would not have 4K Blu-ray support. Now, Head of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Andrew House has finally explained why.
According to House, in an interview with The Guardian, there just isn’t enough interest in 4K Blu-ray discs, and it would seem that the new trend leans more towards video streaming.
“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.”
It’s important to take note that Sony launched it’s own 4K movie streaming service called Ultra just a few month’s ago. Ultra not just offers 4K streaming, but also a wide range of films for purchase. Ultra support for the PS4 Pro has not yet been confirmed, but it’s safe to say that this might be one of the reasons why 4K Blu-ray support was left out of the PS4 Pro.
It also bears mentioning that House confirmed, to The Guardian, that it would be theoretically possible to patch in 4K Blu-ray support at some future date.
Obviously, Sony seemed to have forgotten that not everyone who owns a PS4 has access to super high-speed fiber internet. Hopefully, they’ll patch in 4K Blu-ray support sooner than later.