It’s no secret that the PlayStation 4 Pro console was released at a relatively comfortable price point, but unlike the Xbox one S, it came without offering a 4K Blu-ray player. That issue should be alleviated somewhat in the newest update set to release March 27, according to Sony.
The official PlayStation Blog released the announcement regarding the update, which details an immediate 4K video playback feature that will work with your personal media. This means that users can now watch 4K videos in MP4 format by plugging in an external USB or via home server set-up that contains 4K videos. The update also supports playback in higher resolution for Playstation VR (4K VR video content).
Should you choose to use the external USB for your 4K viewing pleasure, it will have to be one that you have not formatted to use as extra storage space for your games that came with the 4.50 system update. This will allow you to watch movies in higher resolution, but it doesn’t necessarily address the fact that Sony has omitted a physical 4K Blu-ray player in favor of choosing the streaming route. If there is some kind of secret way to patch in a firmware update to play 4K Blu-rays, Sony has given zero indication that it even exists.