Sony's next-gen games console, the PS4 Pro, can stream 4K video but doesn't support 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs...

Sony has announced its latest console, the PS4 Pro, but we still don't have Sony's first 4K Blu-ray player - contrary to rumours, the PS4 Pro can't play 4K Blu-rays.

For many, this will be a surprising move, especially given the weight the company threw behind the original Blu-ray format when it launched back in the early noughties, notably with the PS3, which was one of the first Blu-ray players.

It also puts the PS4 Pro at a disadvantage when you compare it to the recently launched Xbox One S, which does have an Ultra HD-Blu-ray drive.

At today's press event in New York City, Sony focused on the virtues of HDR (High Dynamic Range) and the benefits it can bring to gaming.

But the lack of a 4K player sees Sony lose ground on rival manufacturers, such as Samsung and Panasonic, who have launched stand alone 4K Blu-ray players.

More after the break

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We're still waiting for the company to officially launch a dedicated Ultra HD Blu-ray player although we did catch sight of a prototype Sony 4K player on the company's stand at IFA.

Will you buy the PS4 Pro? Would you prefer it if it did have an Ultra HD Blu-ray player? Let us know in the comments below.

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Tuz's picture

Huge oversight

A huge oversight from Sony not to be able to play 4k Blu-rays on the PS4 pro - not everyone is able to get superfast broadband and I much prefer picture/sound on optical discs compared to streaming.

This will stop me from upgrading my PS4 and I will also not bother with PS VR now. Maybe its time to buy my first Microsoft console.

Disappointing Sony, disappointing.

zientific's picture

Agreed a backward step by Sony.

I agree a very backward step by Sony. I would have been interested in purchasing the PS4 pro, but this most certainly prevents any purchase. I had put off purchasing a 4k player thinking that the new PS4 would serve a dual purpose of gaming and movie playing as I don't have alot of room on my AV rack, but with this decision of Sony's that won't be possible unless I switch alligience after many years from the PS2 onwards. Also I'm not sure how they are going to get 4k gaming without a hard disk to supply the information as streaming for many just isn't a goer.  Their insistance that streaming is the way is very misguided considering the state of superfast broadband.

The Xbox S has everything I need and considering the price, it is very likely that I shall be crossing the void. Well done Sony in losing yourself a long standing customer.


Ben Hawkesby's picture

Nothing to cry about...

I think Sony have made a better choice to steer towards 4k gaming rather than 4k dvd, after all it's a games console! The One S may have a 4k Bluray (no Dolby Atmos or DTS X support), but there's no real noticeable upgrade to gaming performance, whereas Sony have over doubled the gaming power. I know which upgrade I prefer as a gamer! As an owner of both Xbox One and a PS4, the Pro is the obvious upgrade as the One S will still be out performed by the original PS4, it would of been nice to have a Ultra HD bluray player on the next Sony machine...but let's face it, a year on we'll be buying a stand alone 4k player to get the best experience, as there'll be better quality 4k players on the what happened with the PS3 with bluray.