Sony Playstation 4 Supports 4K Ultra HD Video
The Sony Playstation 4 was finally announced yesterday, and we finally have some answers when it comes to 4K.
While not highlighted in their announcement and presentation, the new Sony PS4 will very much support 4K resolutions, and playback of 4K video and photos.
I believe that this wasn’t highlighted, because the games themselves won’t be in 4K, at least not initially. With Internet connected devices, and firmware and software updates who knows about the future.
But when it comes to HDTV News, quite frankly we’re not too concerned about gaming, but rather a new mainstream device which is capable of 4K video output. More importantly the PS4 is not only capable of providing 4K / Ultra HD resolution output, but also of decoding and playing back native 4K content.
PlayStation Executive, Shuhei Yoshid said “The PS4 supports 4K output, but only for photos and videos — not games,”.
As I predicted earlier, the PS4 would support 4K when it comes to video. With Sony pushing their new 4K Ultra HDTVs at CES 2013, but no clear 4K device to pump the 4K to the new TVs one was very much needed, and it would be crazy for Sony to miss this opportunity.
4K is delivered over the same HDMI ports (HDMI 1.4) so no major changes were needed there.
Overall this is great news. It reminds us of the days where the PS3 (with blu-ray) was fighting the xbox 360 with (HD-DVD). Both devices pushed 1080p HD into the living room. Hopefully the Sony PS4 will do the same with 4K.