Online User Guide Confirms No 3D Blu-ray Support For PS4

Well, this is odd. I’ve been skimming through the fancy online user guide for the PS4 since I posted about it and I’ve come upon something that’s a little bit interesting: the PlayStation 4 won’t support 3D Blu-Rays.

That’s a little bit strange, considering how hard Sony pushed 3D content over the past few years and how consummately the PlayStation 3 handled 3D Blu-ray playback but it is perhaps something that might be patched back into the system – as with many features we took for granted. It’s surely something that the hardware is capable of, given its support of the relevant HDMI 1.3 standard and the power in the box.

The relevant section is under the Video/TV section in the user guide. It states that the PS4 won’t support obvious media like DVDs that haven’t been finalised and recordable Blu-rays, as well as the CDs we already knew about (and they’re patching that back in). And then there it is, right there at the bottom: no support for 3D Blu-rays. Weird, huh?

The same section also confirms that the PS4 has HDCP protection on its HDMI output – this is an anti-piracy measure that scrambles the signal so that less scrupulous (and intelligent) people can’t capture movies. Unfortunately, it also prevents external capture boxes that work via HDMI – the PS4’s only source of A/V output – from recording gameplay. So the only way to get your gameplay off the PS4, at launch, is via the Share button and a Facebook account. They’ve promised a patch to fix that problem too, hopefully it all comes very soon after launch.

UPDATE: Official response is in: “Technically, the PS4 system supports 3D gameplay at launch on day one, though no launch titles are currently 3D compatible. 3D Blu-ray movies will not be compatible at launch.”

Source: PS4 User Guide

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