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Playstation 4 will support 4K video content

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Initial post: Feb 21, 2013, 9:30:21 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 21, 2013, 9:31:06 AM PST
turkish says:
those of you who were going to get a PS4 anyway, it's good news. down the line, if we ever want to check out what 4K is all about, we wont need to shell out some cash on a stand alone 4K player. it is exactly how i got into blu ray. my PS3 just came with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2013, 3:22:54 PM PST
Techie says:
Sony already incorporated 4K in the BDP-S790, which has been out over a year. Just don't have a 4K screen to check it out on.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013, 12:01:51 PM PST
GarionOrb says:
I've been curious...where do you get 4K content to watch? Are there 4K Blu-ray discs?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2013, 1:06:17 PM PST
turkish says:
it is true that there are players that can up convert a 1080P blu ray to 4K. but the difference with PS4 will be that it will be able to playback native 4K resolution videos. no upconversion. I assume sony would make some titles available for download, or maybe they are planning on putting them on blu ray discs.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2013, 1:22:57 PM PST
C Barbus says:
According to Bill Hunt at, the BDA is investigating putting 4K content onto BDs. Apparently some of the new 4K codecs (including RED) actually have bitrates comparable to current 1080p. The question will be licensing, standards, etc. They probably will have to allow BDXL in any new BD standards, too, to help with 4K filesizes.

My guess is that they will do for 4K on the PS4 what they did for 3D on the PS3. They will include all the hardware necessary while the BDA hashes out the standards, and if there is a Blu-ray update for 4K, it will be a future firmware update for the PS4 (as they did with rolling out 3DBD). I wonder if the PS4 will be built to read BDXL discs? I would think for sure downloaded 4K content would be available.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2013, 1:27:19 PM PST
Techie says:
No 4K discs yet. Blu-ray association is working on the spec. The are 128GB discs currently in production which they believe should be enough to hold most 4K films. Current players would not be able to play 4K simply because they plan on using a H.265 codec which are not included in the current generation of players and their silicon.

As for 4K content available, if you purchase a Sony 4K TV, they "loan" you a media player server preloaded with 10 4K films for you to enjoy. This summer, they will be introducing a download service that will interact with the server and rotate out the old content with new downloaded content. Currently, there is only one 4k movie for sale, that I know of. It is called "Timescapes", similar to "Baraka" in type of movie. It is shipped on it's own hard drive and sells for $299.

According to the article that Turkish pointed to, the PS4 will play 4K content, but not upscale or upconvert content to 4K. Where the BDP-S790 upscales (not upconverts) content to 4K, but does not play 4K content.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2013, 2:09:53 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 22, 2013, 2:10:49 PM PST
turkish says:
i was curious and looked at timescapes website. they offer the near lossless version on a drive for 300 bucks, but they also have the downloadable 4K version for $99 the specs say downloadable 4K version is only 25 gigs. so it is not a stretch to assume the studios could work out 4K movies even into 50 gig blu discs. it would be compressed of course, but I dont think it would be a terrible sight to look at. meanwhile they can iron out the details for higher capacity blu ray discs.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013, 10:54:04 AM PDT
DFWTexan42 says:
If the H.265 wavelet compression really is efficient enough to squeeze an 4K film down to 25GB, then smart move would be to sell 4k on 50GB dual layer BD, with standard HD on layer 1, and 4K on layer 2. Ensuring backwards comparability with existing BD players, and eliminating dual stock headaches.
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