PS4 Pro Media Player update drops tomorrow, adds 4K video support

The long awaited update for 4k Media playback for the PS4 PRO nearly here; the update will be available to download starting tomorrow.

Sony does stress in the Playstation Blog post where it announced the update news, though, that USB storage that's already been formatted to serve as extended storage for a PS4 can only hold save game files and apps.

When the PlayStation 4 Pro arrived near the end of a year ago many wondered why it didn't come with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player.

Starting later today, PlayStation 4 Pro owners will be receiving an update to support 4K video playback on the console, which will make 4K videos in mp4 format saved on a USB stick or on the home server playable through the system's Media Player app.

Your home server will appear as a media option in the Player automatically, so finding your media is simple and quick. However, you are required to have a 4K TV to watch videos in 4K. You can now playback videos from Flash drive/external HDD as well.

The update to the Media Player will also allow for the playback of 4K VR video content, but this is going to be down sampled to 1080p video because of PSVR's native resolution limitations. We've reached out to Sony for further details on the PS4 Media Player's 4K support, and will update this article with any information we receive. In many ways, that was its achilles heel considering the rival Xbox One S does have a 4K BD deck. How about some 4K VR content?

  • Arturo Norris