Sony's new PS4 Pro console will play 4K Netflix and YouTube videos in high dynamic range (HDR), Sony has confirmed. The bad news? It can't play 4K Blu-ray discs.
HDR gives the image more luminosity, making for a picture with more depth. It's often touted as the next big thing in TV tech, along with 4K. (4K is a resolution that has four times as many pixels as standard high definition, making for a much sharper picture.)
You will also be able to watch YouTube and Netflix in HDR on the standard PS4, as Sony will issue a firmware upgrade to boost the older console's powers. Netflix and YouTube are currently working on new apps that will bring HDR to both models of PS4.
However, Sony hasn't built a 4K Blu-ray player into the PS4 Pro. This has disappointed some fans. It's also a break with tradition – the PS2 was the first console with a DVD player built in, while the PS3 played Blu-ray discs.
Both formats were – like 4K Blu-rays now – quite early in their life, with standalone players still very expensive. So to have one built into a games console was a real boon.
The PS4 Pro will go on sale in November.