Playstation 4 Will Play Video In 4k, But Not Games

Though it wasn’t clear from last night’s presentation, Sony’s upcomingPlaystation 4 will have some 4k capabilities. The company have now confirmed that while games on the system will run at 1080p, the same as Playstation 3, the system will be capable of 4k video playback.

But here’s the catch. They specifically refer to 4k photos and home movies. Not Netflix, not rentals, not download-to-own movies. Home movies.

A few weeks back I read a piece on the Verge in which Sony’s CEO Kaz Hirai said he wants to establish a 4k video standard. This will likely be a data-only format, with Kaz saying:

I don’t see that as being physical media.

But what about my lovely library shelves filled with lovely boxes, all ready to be browsed and adored?

In any case, a 4k standard for disc won’t be ready in time for Playstation 4 so if the thing has a disc drive of any kind it’ll be a Blu-ray one at best.

I guess I’ll be waiting a while yet for a 4k home cinema set-up. Of course, the way things are accelerating, “a while yet” probably means two or three years.

And any longer… we might have all plunged over the energy cliff anyhow and I’ll be spending my days handing out handwritten pamphlets about the latest magic lantern show.

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