PS4 will play 4K movies but expect a 100GB download
While speaking about about Sony’s upcoming 4K movie download service Sony Electronics president and COO Phil Molyneux has promised PS4 users will “not be disappointed”.
4K movies on PS4
When asked if the ultra high definition service, which uses 4 times the pixels of 1080p, would work on PS4 Molyneux said, “For the PS4 we’ll give you more details in due course but I promise you, you will not be disappointed”.
However, before you get too excited the PS4 can’t render games at this resolution so you’ll only be able to watch films. You’ll also need a 4K ultra-definition TV which aren’t even out yet and the prices mentioned so far are around $20,000. Then there’s the size of the movies. So far it’s a download only service although Molyneux says he’s ”not discounting” Blu-ray distribution. He then goes on to say however, “The size of a typical movie depending on the length of the movie you’re looking at 100GB plus. Then you come into variables like how fast is your broadband at home”. So, considering the potential size of a PS4 hard drive and Britain’s woeful connection speeds it’s unlikely you’ll be watching 4K at its scheduled Summer launch.