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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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  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

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  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

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  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

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  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

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  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

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  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

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  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]