Sony didn’t mention that their upcoming PS4 Pro is going to feature Blu-Ray support, and after the conference, its absence was confirmed.
Although the PS4 Pro features 4K video streaming, and a number of other graphical enhancement features, ultra 4K Blu-ray discs won’t be supported. Sony Interactive Entertainment President Andrew House sat down with The Guardian to discuss why it’s not there. He also eliminated any possibilities of adding it in the future., claiming that it’s not necessary anyway, with the company’s focus shifting towards streaming services.
Our feeling is that while physical media continues to be a big part of the games business, we see a trend on video towards streaming. Certainly with our user base, it’s the second biggest use case for people’s time on the system so we place more emphasis on that area.
Sony will count the PS4 Pro’s sales towards the company’s 20 Million target.
Pro sales are factored into the 20m units that we’ve said we’re going to sell this year.
Recently, it was also revealed that you won’t be able to record 4K gameplay, which can be seen as another disadvantage for Sony’s mid-cycle upgrade. The PS4 Pro is scheduled to hit the shelves on November 10.