A recent update for the PS4’s Media Player brings hi-res FLAC support, and the ability to upscale compressed audio to “near hi-res” quality

Hi-res audio support has been missing from the PS4 since launch. Granted, this probably won’t be a killer feature for gamers, but it’s still good to see another string being added to the console’s bow.

Besides compatibility with FLAC files (exact sample rate support is yet to be confirmed), the recent Media Player update also sees the console gain the power to upscale lo-res audio.

According to the official European PlayStation blog, the upscaling is handled by Sony’s DSEE HX processing, which is the same technology found in the company’s NW-ZX2 Walkman and MDR-1000X noise-cancelling headphones.

The v2.50 update is available to download now. The update also adds 360 degree VR (virtual reality) support but if we’re being honest, we’re holding out for holographic TV.

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Lovie1961's picture

No Bluray!!

Thank you for your recent review on the PS4pro.  I found it an interesting read and will probably be treating myself to one next month.  I guess the main reason for not including a "built in" Blu-Ray player is that Sony don't want to lose sales on their (actual) Blu-Ray players. If everyone bought the PS4 then why would you want buy one of their dedicated players? Still, unitl I save up and get a 4K TV whether or not it has full HD/HD upscaling is a mute point.  Thanks again for the reveiw.

hifiman2008's picture


No 4k player. Come on we need an all in one player? High res audio is dead in the water. Not a selling point. A 4k player is....