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PS4: Sony’s 4K movie service confirmed for console

Friday, 1 March 2013 09:24 GMT By Dave Cook

PS4 will feature Sony’s 4K movie service at some point. However, film downloads could hit the 100GB mark. Ouch.

Speaking with The Verge in a video interview, Sony Electronics President and COO Phil Molyneux laid down some details about PS4′s capability for 4K movies and pictures. 4K games still aren’t supported unfortunately.

Molyneux said, some movie downloads would hit “100 gigabytes and plus”, and that broadband speed and bandwidth will be looked at and tackled in due course. The idea of downloading a film over a few days isn’t appealing, but it’s good to know that Sony is considering its options.

He added that these are, “challenges that we have to work through… we’ve got some very good ideas that will make that a comfortable consumer experience.”

Would you use the 4K service if you got your hands on a compatible telly? Let us know below.

Meanwhile, we’ve got the first official shots of the PS4 user interface. Check them out here.

Thanks IGN.

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35 Comments

  1. dravenkaze

    I bought startrek blu ray when it first came out though I could watch stright away…over night download sucked

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Malmer

    Meanwhile RED streams high quality 4K in their own developed format at only 2.5 MB/s. http://www.red.com/products/redray

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Samoan Spider

    Red Ray compression might be the key here. Only takes a license for the compression software server and client side and Sony have themselves a 4k service with reasonable data overheads.
    Edit: @2 got there 1st damnit :)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. mkotechno

    “Yeah, because 1080p have no enough detail, you can easily see the pixels”
    - Said by no one ever.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Samoan Spider

    Here’s an interesting infographic for anyone interested. Size of tv vs distance from it at different resolutions -> http://s3.carltonbale.com/resolution_chart.html

    #5 2 years ago
  6. ultramega

    @5
    I hate those charts. It’s so subjective. It really does depend on how good your eyes are, too.

    My computer monitor is 1440p, for instance, and there is a clear difference between it and 1080p monitors of lesser ilk.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Fin

    I watched one of the BBC 4k trials during the Olympics. Seriously, there’s nothing to compare it to. It’s bigger than the leap from SD to HD. It’s like looking at the events actually happening through a pane of glass.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Talkar

    How does it take a few days to download a 100+ GB movie?
    Are people still stuck on the “old” connections?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    @5, Another one of your bullshit charts?

    Charts are very subjective. My monitor support resolution higher then 1080p (current standard) and I see a huge difference between 1080p and 2560×1440 resolution and the leap is big.

    4K will be not just amazing, but jaw dropping and the difference is day and night.

    I hope that next gen videocards will start supporting games in 4K, although that is a distant future, that’s for sure.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Samoan Spider

    @6 I realise they are heavily subjective. But as an average, they are fair for the majority. 1440p vs 1080p for me is a massive jump too and I can’t disagree with what you’re saying. I’m just putting that out there as an average for those interested in whether sitting 10′ from a 40″ TV will give any (subjective) benefit.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Samoan Spider

    @9 I’ve linked that same chart once before Erth, get over it. And never posted another one in my life before. I generally don’t use them.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Fin

    That graph makes sense for stuff like movies for sure. For monitors though, where items like 10px square are often used, it doesn’t really apply.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DrDamn

    @6 and @9
    What size are your monitors and how far do you sit from them when you use them?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. G1GAHURTZ

    @7:

    Not in my experience.

    I walked past a 4k tv in a store, recently, and the detail was nothing special. It must have been about 80″, too.

    On top of that, the thing practically gave me instant eye strain, reminding me of the days of looking at 15″ CRT monitors running at 40Hz.

    Basically, 4k has zero appeal, for me, so far…

    #14 2 years ago
  15. ps4fanboy

    Broadband subscriptions in my place are very expensive. The ones that are affordable have limited data ~10gb at 4mbps and after that speed is reduced to 512kbps. In fact i dont even have a broadband subscription, all i have is mobile internet.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Fin

    @14

    Hm that’s weird. For me it was like actually being there. Same with the sound too (the trials I went to had like a 22-speaker surround or something). Amaaazing.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. ps4fanboy

    So will i be streaming 4k movies on my(would be) PS4… No, i’d rather play games on it, which is why i’m going to buy it.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Francis O

    100 GB downloads? Only Japan has speeds fast enough to get that done in a timely fashion. 4K is cool, but I don’t have a 4K TV, and I don’t plan on getting one anytime soon as they are freaking expensive.

    Question: Are there 4K TVs that also do 3D? Is Sony going to support both with their movies and steaming services?

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Samoan Spider

    @18 http://www.lg.com/us/tvs/lg-84LM9600-led-tv – 4k and 3D ;) $17k

    #19 2 years ago
  20. G1GAHURTZ

    They’re going to need at least a 2TB HDD if they want to make 100GB downloads the norm.

    @16:

    22!? Wow! We’re they all on one level, or were there any roof mounted ones. One of the problems with surround sound is hearing everything on the same level all the time.

    It kind of breaks the immersion when you’re playing an fps, and can hear someone behind you, but there’s no-one there, because they’re on the floor above you in the same building.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Fin

    @20

    I thiiiink they were arranged in an array around the screen itself, but I can’t remember.
    It was epic though, that’s for sure – it was a sample of bits of the Olympics, you could hear the mood of the entire crowd change (get louder etc). Was awesome.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Hybridpsycho

    @4

    This

    #22 2 years ago
  23. shogoz

    Sorry about Erthazus, samoanspider. You’ll have to ignore him, he just got voted the forums official mascot cunt and he’s just happy to get any recognition to be totally honest with you. The same kind of recognition a teenage girl wants when she goes out in a miniskirt and in the back of her mind hoping she doesn’t get raped because she thinks she looks so hawt kind of attention. The best thing to do is just not to look at it. Love yo ass Erthazus <3

    #23 2 years ago
  24. theevilaires

    Yea boi! PS4k confirmed. I wonder if they can make a few games in 4k now. That graphics card along with 8GB GDDR5 Ram must be able to pull it off.

    That interface still sucks though

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Samoan Spider

    @24 No, sadly not likely. Not even PC gaming is there yet without HUGE investment.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. DrDamn

    @25
    I don’t think it’s an investment point, or even a hardware one, with the nextgen consoles. It’s that their target display should be the one most people will be playing on – which should be 1080p and remain 1080p for some time.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. theevilaires

    Yea but come on you’re telling me these devs can’t make a game like Pixel Junk Monsters in 4K. Its simple graphics. I’m not expecting MGS5 to run in 4k ever until the PS9.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Erthazus

    ^

    1) you owe me 1000$

    2) Graphics card in the PS4 (or any PC graphics card) does not support 4K resolution for gaming yet. If it doesn’t support it will never do 4K for gaming even if it is possible to play 4K movies on it.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Samoan Spider

    @26 Yeah, I’ve said that before. They know they need to be aiming at 1080p because that’s where the average TV owner is now. A few years back it was 720p. Times move forward. In the gen after this, we’ll all be downloading/streaming 4k capable games onto a optical driveless box and playing on our 84″ tv’s but thats a long way off. My point there was that 4K is a rare feet of a few hardened people where gaming is concerned and that the hardware is simply not capable of it. Streaming, maybe, rendering, no.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. DrDamn

    @29
    Ok – I think I misinterpreted your “huge investment” too – you were talking in terms of consumer outlay rather than dev weren’t you?

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Lightmanone

    100+ GB…. With my 50Mb/s download speed, I’d have to download a little over 5 hours, topping out my internet connection to watch a movie that will last about 2 hours. There are a few things that won’t work.

    1: As we all know, Sony isn’t that fast, (with my connection I get about 4GB/h, instead of 19GB/h (what my connection can give me) So that would means: 25 HOURS of download.
    2: A 4KTV is of course required. At the moment, 15000 Euro’s / 11000 pounds is the payment for a whopping 84″ version. (smaller are not being produced right now.. for “consumers” anyway)
    3. If you can pay for a 4KTV.. you would’t wanna wait more then an entire day for a movie to download. You order is online with fast service on bluray (yes, that will be the media for 4K as well)

    So sorry Sony.. Your idea of having an online service for 4K media is fun, but undoable for the foreseeable future.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Samoan Spider

    @30 Yes, that’s what I meant. To be serious on 4K right now, you’d have to be a nutter. The fact that they exist does not mean that Sony should go mad pandering to them.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. DrDamn

    @31
    “So sorry Sony.. Your idea of having an online service for 4K media is fun, but undoable for the foreseeable future.”

    Errr… wasn’t that their conclusion too?

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Lightmanone

    @33
    If that was their conclusion, then we wouldn’t have this discussion, since they wouldn’t have announced a 4K online media distribution system. But they just did.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. DrDamn

    @34
    The key words from the article being … “at some point”

    #35 2 years ago

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  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

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  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

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  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

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  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

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  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

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  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

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  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

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  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

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  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

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  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

    Kojima Productions will unveil something about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday. Metal Gear Solid fans should standby for a Phantom Pain-related announcement on Wednesday, March 4. According to developer Kojima Productions’ Twitter, there’s going to be an announcement at 2pm GMT on Wednesday. The developer posted the following image. The image […]

  • Reader survey: time to let us get to know you better!

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  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

    Voice actor and Hollywood writer David Hayter discusses the differences between movies and games. And politely declines my leading question. “It might be fun to do a crazy, over-the-top film version of Saint’s Row.” Yeah, that headline is a bit cheap but you’re reading the work of a man who once asked the maker of […]

  • Xbox One bundle gets £100 price cut in UK

    Microsoft has knocked up to £100 off Xbox One bundles in the UK. The Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed bundle is now £100 cheaper and comes with a free £20 voucher to be spent on the official Microsoft online store. Over on the Xbox online store there’s a £70 price cut on the white […]

  • Pokemon Shuffle downloaded 1m times, free stuff given out to celebrate

    Free-to-play 3DS title Pokemon Shuffle has been downloaded over 1 million times. As a reward for playing the match-3 puzzle game Nintendo has gifted players a Complexity -1 item for free. The item reduces the difficulty of a level, according to Eurogamer. By all accounts Pokemon Shuffle is a cynical game with poorly implemented microtransactions. […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power sure is pretty

    FrozenByte Games has revealed Trine 3, due for release in 2015 And what better way to reveal a new side-scrolling adventure than with a very pretty trailer full of gameplay? The latest in a series that has already sold 7 million copies is earmarked for PC and “other” formats. Trine 2 released on PS3, PS3, […]

  • Dying Light takes UK number one

    A month since it was released on digital platforms, Dying Light’s physical release has topped the UK charts. Techland and Warner’s zombie survival game has proven to be one of the big hits of the year so far. It was released on digital formats a month ago but has only just been released on good-old […]

  • GTA 5: that’s some seriously accurate grenade throwing

    Think you can take down a jet plane with a grenade throw? This guy can. In fact, he can do it twice. This is in a variation on the player-created deathmatch “Stunters Versus Snipers” which seem to be all the rage in GTA Online at the moment. One team has a sniper rifle (and grenades) […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: Mother Base turns pink in the morning sun

    The Phantom Pain looks nice even when Kojima just takes a quick pic with his phone. Look at that beauty. We get nice reflection in pink at the first gray of dawn. pic.twitter.com/aERTBoZT9z — HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) March 2, 2015 The game doesn’t have a release date yet, which makes us a bit nervous for it […]

  • Dying Light: Underpant Gnomes and 9 other secrets you missed

    Dying Light still has legs – maybe because it’s crammed full of secret things to discover. Ten of those have been highlighted by TerraMantis’ latest YouTube video, including reference to the Underpant Gnomes, guitar lessons, farting zombies and well, we don’t want to spoil it for you. Even if you think you’ve seen everything in […]