Update: PlayStation president Andrew House has provided a statement to The Guardian, clarifying exactly why Sony decided to not include a 4K Blu-ray player with PlayStation 4 Pro.
“Our feeling is that while physical media continues to be a big part of the games business, we see a trend on video towards streaming,” he said. “Certainly with our user base, it’s the second biggest use case for people’s time on the system so we place more emphasis on that area.”
Original: Despite the fact that PlayStation 4 Pro is Sony’s intent to invest in the 4K industry, the company’s upcoming console upgrade will release without the inclusion of a 4K Blu-ray drive.
While announcing the console during its livestreamed event last night, Sony mentioned that PlayStation 4 Pro will feature full-support for 4K gaming as well as content-streaming. What it left out was that the console comes equipped with the same Blu-ray/DVD drive as that of the standard model.
Without a compatible drive the console will instead just support regular HD Blu-rays and DVDs, leaving owners unable to play their favorite 4K Blu-ray movies.
On the other hand, Microsoft’s present Xbox One S comes with a 4K Blu-ray player. Additionally, the company’s upcoming Project Scorpio variant is also confirmed to feature a compatible player that will allow owners to play their Ultra HD movies.
Sony is assumingly pushing its streaming narrative, which most industry analysts believe to be the future of accessing content. According to Sony Interactive Entertainment president Andrew House there will be various services through which PlayStation 4 Pro users will be able to stream 4K content. This includes dedicated apps for Netflix and YouTube, where the former will be available at launch while the latter will arrive a bit later.
PlayStation 4 Pro is scheduled for an official launch on November 10 for $399. Retailer giant Amazon and GameStop have already started taking pre-orders for the console.
In addition to the new console from Sony, the PlayStation 4 Slim was finally made official last night. The slimmer variant of the standard console is scheduled to arrive in “most markets” on September 15 for $300. According to the company, its size has been reduced by 30 percent.