Microsoft backs 4K Blu-ray and physical media

In an interview with Eurogamer, Microsoft’s Planning Director Albert Penello spoke about the importance of Microsoft including support for Ultra HD Blu-rays on the Xbox One S.

Penello said that one of the main things that influenced this choice was Microsoft’s belief in 4K which, according to Penello, “is as meaningful an upgrade as it was going from SD to HD.”

Penello also highlighted the appeal of physical discs in areas that aren't able to stream 4K content efficiently. “There are still places in the world that can’t get [4K] streaming because of their internet connections, but might have access to physical.”

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This news comes following Sony's surprise decision to exclude 4K Blu-ray support from its new PS4 Pro console, in favour of focusing on video streaming.

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Adam was a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?, reviewing consumer gadgets for online and print publication, as well as researching and producing features and advice pieces on new technology in the hi-fi industry. He has since worked for PC Mag as a contributing editor and is now a science and technology reporter for The Independent.