The PlayStation 4 Pro has just been announced and it's going to bring 4K(ish) gaming and high dynamic range images to the masses.
It's designed to really make the most of an Ultra High Definition screen but oddly the company chose not to support 4K blu-rays. This is despite the fact that Sony was the main supporter of the original blu-ray brand, and will be releasing films on the format.
Sony head fella Andrew House was talking to The Guardian about the perceived issue and had this to say:
"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."
Streaming is king according to House, and he certainly has a point as services like Netflix drift towards 4K. It's still an oddly blinkered move, especially considering the histoy of PlayStation as an all-in media hub. The PlayStation 3 in particular sported a blu-ray drive long before they were popular, and likely helped that Sony founded format to win out in the battle against HD DVD.
Perhaps it's a more practical solution, helping to cut the cost of the console by removing a feature which a relatively small amount of the user base will be interested in. There's no doubt that the time of physical media is waning, but it still seems like a strange element to leave out of the package, especially when Microsoft's Xbox One S already supports 4K blu-ray playback.
We'll have to wait and see how the sales go when the console releases in November, 2016.