You’d think if your console was going to herald in the introduction of support for 4K and the technologies that come with it, you would include support for 4K Blu-ray discs.
But the PS4 Pro doesn’t. And guess what? The internet is pissed.
Towards the end of the PlayStation Meeting, the official Xbox account decided to fire off a shot across the bow with this cheeky tweet:
— Xbox (@Xbox) September 7, 2016
The real catch, of course, is in the Blu-Ray capability. The PS4 Pro can handle 4K streaming just fine — indeed, there’ll be a new Netflix app available from day one specifically for all the new content.
But the PS4 Pro won’t be supporting 4K Blu-rays. And people are angry.
HAHAHAHA THE PS4 PRO DOESNT EVEN PLAY 4K BLURAY. HOW IS THIS A THING!?
— (Adjective) Yehuda (@yehuda_vs_world) September 7, 2016
@TimGettys The no 4k BluRay is a big issue since they are not pushing it, Sony only profit from 4k BluRay so its strange.
— TheEregos (@HerbieTCG) September 7, 2016
No 4k bluray support? what is the point of the PS4 Pro then? To play upscaled PS4 games in 4K? I'm buying the Xbox One S.
— Sergio-EL (@SergioEES) September 7, 2016
Users also took pains to ask a fairly basic question: why would Sony not have support for 4K Blu-rays in their 4K console when they went to the extreme of adding a Blu-ray player into the PS3?
Furthermore, could you really justify charging $US399 or €399 for a console if it didn’t have 4K Blu-ray support?
The new PlayStation DOESNT support 4K bluray discs… What the fuck. That's mental. It's made for 4K but doesn't support 4K blurays..
— David (@DavidDesu) September 7, 2016
Getting PS4 Pro and want 4K Bluray? Don't bother, it doesn't have it. Get the Xbox One S instead.
— Oakley [TGG] (@SarkyBrit) September 7, 2016
The move is understandable on some level — by not launching with a 4K Blu-ray player, Sony are thinking about the fact that more and more people are exclusively streaming all of their content, instead of pulling discs off the shelf the way they used to.
But are people ready to completely transition away from discs just yet?
There also seemed to be a good deal of confusion about the PS4 Pro’s ability to play games in 4K, with most thinking that games would simply be played in 1080p and upscaled to 4K.
Xbox One S supports 4K bluray but the monster in the bluray industry, sony with PS4 Pro doesn't… Literally makes no sense.
— KillingSpree8 (@KillingSpree8) September 7, 2016
Whoah, interviewee made it sound like simulated 4K, not native. #PlayStationMeeting
— Nate Church #Unhyped (@Get2Church) September 7, 2016
The attitude to physical media has certainly changed a lot from when the PS4 first launched: