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PS4 To Offer The First 4K Movie Download Service

You'll need a big hard-drive though.

Sony are set to release a 4K video service which will work alongside the PS4: the first of its kind.


Image comparing resolutions from wikipedia. 4K is quite a lot more pixels, then.
The 4K format, also known as Ultra-HD, carries a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels.

Sony Electronics President Phil Molyneux told The Verge that despite the console’s ability to output this resolution, PS4 games will not be equipped to display in it.

The key issue with the format, however, is that downloads could exceed 100 Gb.

While Sony are touting the ability to download items in the background or overnight, that size of file is going to put a huge strain on the majority of average UK-based internet packages.

If this is the future of movie and media display formats, is our internet structure and storage medium actually prepared for it?

Source: Verge

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31 Comments
  1. Jas-n
    Since: Aug 2008

    Technically no, the PS4 won’t be the first to get this service, it will launch with the 4K Bravias in the States in the next month or so.

    Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 14:24.
    • Jas-n
      Since: Aug 2008

      Just to clear things up, the title, and the way the first 2 paragraphs are written, suggests this will be available on PS4 before other platforms, which is simply incorrect.

      Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 14:27.
      • Alex C
        One for all.
        Since: Forever

        Depends. Last I heard the TV-based 4K downloads were US only. Has that changed?

        Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 14:28.
      • Jas-n
        Since: Aug 2008

        As I said in the states in the next month but rolled out to further markets later on in the year.

        Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 14:31.
      • Peter Chapman
        Team TSA: Editor
        Since: Forever

        The way it reads to me is that the world’s first 4K movie download service will be available on the PS4. That’s absolutely not incorrect, if Sony’s reps are to be believed.

        So, it might not be the first time a 4K movie can be downloaded but it’s the first service to offer that and it will work with PS4 when the console comes out.

        I can see how it could be interpreted the way you did though.

        Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 14:33.
      • Jas-n
        Since: Aug 2008

        It’s my pedantic nature. I suppose it can be read both ways.

        Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 14:36.
      • Jas-n
        Since: Aug 2008

        I’m sorry :)

        Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 14:39.
      • Dom El
        Member
        Since: Mar 2012

        Now I’m sorry too!

        Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 14:55.
      • Roynaldo
        Member
        Since: Nov 2008

        Don’t make me cry!

        Comment posted on 03/03/2013 at 19:36.
  2. Jas-n
    Since: Aug 2008

    Also Sony told me that the 3 Minute Amazing Spider-man 4K trailer weighed in at 100GB Uncompressed.

    Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 14:30.
  3. kjkg
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    Mental downloads. Absolutely mental. We have come a long way since dial up. Downloading a picture (of questionable material) took minutes and usually wasn’t what the title promised. Biggest buzzkill ever.

    Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 14:48.
    • Dom El
      Member
      Since: Mar 2012

      Perhaps this will be a return to those days, if you’re after high definition movies (featuring questionable material)!

      Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 14:52.
      • kjkg
        Member
        Since: Apr 2010

        So very true actually. In a weird way, it’s almost like going backwards. I’m away to think about this while buying a top shelf magazine.

        Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 14:58.
      • matthangzhou
        Member
        Since: Sep 2010

        HD porn is pretty nasty something’s need a softer focus. Haha. God knows what this will show up!

        Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 15:07.
      • kjkg
        Member
        Since: Apr 2010

        Porn? Who was talking about porn? I was describing my fetish for snuff movies… OK it was porn. I like it. Don’t judge me.

        Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 15:24.
      • Dom El
        Member
        Since: Mar 2012

        Ha! I think you’re probably right! I’m constantly marvelling over how haggard people look when you switch from an SD channel to an HD one! I don’t want to imagine what 4K will look like :/

        Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 15:29.
  4. Kubr1ck
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    H.265 codec was ratified recently. This should lead to dramatic reductions in file size for video.

    Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 15:13.
  5. Motalla
    Member
    Since: Dec 2011

    I read that only people with perfect vision benefit of this 4K format. The major companies do not mention this due to the fact that they want to ship as many units as possible.

    Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 15:43.
  6. bunimomike
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    I’m hoping that 4K comes along when consumers are happy to shift, en masse, over to it. The far more fascinating uptake will be that of OLED screens. It appears that’s the way the videophiles are going and one I completely approve of. No matter the screen size or pixel size, great colour (and depth of colour) will always be appreciated.

    Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 16:18.
  7. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    So basically you’ll need to download the movie a week before you want to watch it and then put up with throttled internet speeds and will have probably gone over your allowance unless you have a truly unlimited package. 4k streaming will probably flop harder than 3D, for most people it would be quicker to order the 4k blu ray off amazon than stream it.

    Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 16:40.
    • Broonba
      Member
      Since: Mar 2009

      “flop harder than 3D”
      There’s other things in the movies featuring questionable material that “flop” even harder than that. :D

      Comment posted on 02/03/2013 at 17:29.
  8. bmg_123
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    Let’s not worry about internet speeds, because that can be upgraded. Hard drives, however, have been slowing down in terms of increases in space, and SSDs are way off larger sizes…

    Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 17:27.
  9. Erroneus
    Wanted "Trophy Hunter" but was too late.
    Since: May 2009

    100GB? Yeah that’s never gonna happen. I’m guessing they are going to use something like H.265 and slack a bit on the bitrate, so they can keep size down to around 25GB for a 2 hour movie, which a stable 30mbit could handle.

    Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 19:59.
    • Matthijs
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Sure it will happen, here in the Netherlands 60mbit is fairly common with the ability to upgrade to 120Mbit. The new docsis (3.1 I think) standard will enable gigabit over your basic cable! That is rolling out as a test end this year in Belgium.

      Don’t let your ISP fool you. They’ve been milking everybody and keeping prices high, simply cos there is no demand (by the general people) for more.

      Comment posted on 02/03/2013 at 09:16.
      • Erroneus
        Wanted "Trophy Hunter" but was too late.
        Since: May 2009

        No it will not happen, it will still take some years from now. It doesn’t matter that some can get great connections, when the majority can’t.

        While some countries do have fast internet, my self I am on a 50/5 with the possibilities of 100/10 and soon 150/15 via EuroDOCSIS 3.
        There are to many countries where connections over 20mbit is a real problem, because they have to use xDSL connections, which requires a DSLAM pretty close to the subscriber for a 20mbit to run or fiber-to-curve, which is not just something you spread easily and cheap. Some areas even rely on wireless connections, because they are to rural.

        US which is properly the biggest market for Sony in terms of 4K, has an avg. of around 7mbit. They could maybe launch this in Hong Kong or Japan, which has fairly good connections.

        http://grab.by/km1y

        Comment posted on 02/03/2013 at 10:59.
      • Matthijs
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        I agree that some form of compression will be used to stay well below that number. But a 4k 3d version of the extended version of The hobbit might do it :-P

        Just cos the average in the us is low doesn’t mean it’s not available. Being married to a us citizen whom I stole from the land of the free I’ve come to know that many Americans don’t feel the need to be online in their home as much and as fast as here in the us. Especially in “rural” areas like CO.

        Never say never :-)

        Comment posted on 02/03/2013 at 19:44.
  10. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    All this HD, 3D, 4K….. where’s me blimmin’ holodeck!

    Comment posted on 01/03/2013 at 21:19.
    • The Von Braun
      Member
      Since: Oct 2012

      ^^^^^This.

      4K can jog right on by…

      Holodeck or at very least a ‘better than life’ machine or…i’m out.

      Comment posted on 02/03/2013 at 10:07.

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