PlayStation 4 Pro Media Player Update adds Support for 4K VR Videos

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is ensuring its new PlayStation 4 Pro console can handle whatever 4K content users will be able to throw at it with a new media player update that’s set to go live tomorrow. This will also include playback of 4K virtual reality (VR) video content for PlayStation VR.

With the update PlayStation 4 Pro will be able to handle 4K videos in mp4 format saved on a users USB stick or home server – so long as they have a 4K TV of course.

As for PlayStation VR, SIEE’s product manager, Jayne Murphy explains on PlayStation.Blog: “PS VR’s display resolution is 1920 x RGB x 1080, therefore 4K VR videos will be displayed in a higher image quality compared to HD VR videos.”

So if you’ve got the ability to capture 360-degree 4K footage you’ll now be able to watch it on the headset. There’s not many consumer grade cameras that can record in 4K, the recently launched Vuze VR Camera for example can record 4K still images, just not video.

But streaming video apps such as Netflix and YouTube have 4K content available, and more creators will likely be shooting at the higher quality setting so expect more experiences to slowly become available.

Earlier this month SIE released version 4.50 for the console, with PlayStation VR getting support for Bluray 3D discs and an enhanced Cinematic Mode.

VRFocus will continue its coverage of PlayStation VR, reporting back with the latest announcements.