Microsoft On 4K Blu Ray Playback: There Is Still Room For Physical Media

“There are still going to be places in the world that won’t get that streaming because of their internet connections, but might have access to physical.”

Posted By | On 23rd, Sep. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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One of the big selling points that Microsoft have over the PS4 Pro is that the Xbox One Scorpio promises to be a far more powerful and therefore superior device. And that’s great, but the Scorpio is also a year away. In the here and now, it falls to the existing Xbox One S to take on the Pro.

But even there, in spite of inferior specs, the One S has a feature that the PS4 Pro does not- it can play 4K Blu Ray movies, a feature that Microsoft have been touting for all that it’s worth of late. And in an interview with Eurogamer, Microsoft’s Albert Penello explained exactly why- Microsoft genuinely think that the market as a whole has not yet moved away from physical media.

“When you look around the world, not everybody’s at the same state when it comes to digital,” he explained. “You could argue they’re probably not at the same state when it comes to 4K either. But I still think there’s room for physical. For the high-end enthusiast, 4K Blu-rays look amazing. And there are still going to be places in the world that won’t get that streaming because of their internet connections, but might have access to physical.

“So yeah, I’m glad we made the decision. I’m a fan of 4K, thinking globally. And we have good differentiation between the PS4 Slim and us,” he added.

The Xbox One Scorpio launches Holiday 2017. The Xbox One S is available now, as is the PS4 Slim. The PS4 Pro launches November 10.

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  • Mark

    Man I gotta get to BestBuy and see how good UHD movies look

    • LDS

      It depends on what TV you have. And the difference is not that significant. But to get the best possible result, you have to make sure that your TV support HDR10 beside of being 4K. It’s even better if your TV supports Dolby Vision but the difference is very minimal and you have to have UHD Bluray player since XboxS support only up to HDR and no Dolby Vision.

    • Psionicinversion

      consoles wont support dolby vision because it requires extra hardware and cost through licensing.

    • Psionicinversion

      i saw Horizon Zero dawn at “4k” today. i dunno if it was intentional or not but im pretty sure the TV was set to over saturate the colour so it looked garbage. Hope its not just how the game looks anyway because it doesnt look good. it looks much better viewing the TV at a 45 degree angle

    • Mark

      That’s strange because after seeing the Horizon footage from the PRO event, the colors look odd. Maybe it was the super orange time of day setting….

      But I have some viewing to do to see what I’ll likely buy next yr.

    • Psionicinversion

      well if that is how the game is intended to look then it looks crap. it could potentially look like that if the sun was setting but it wasnt the sun was high in the sky

    • ProAssassin84

      If you didn’t see it at the event in person you didn’t see nothing. As many game sites have said unless you was there you will never see the drastic differences. There is no way to see the differences unless in person.

    • Psionicinversion

      i was at EGX and sat in front of the TV. it looked garbage tbh, unless thats what HDR delivers in which case it definately doesnt look good. like i said a sunset could deliver those colours but it wasnt like that the sun was high in the sky so the colour is way off what it should be

  • LDS

    It’s ironic for MS to say such thing when they were initially trying to get rid of physical copies with Xbox one launch. Now Sony is abandoning 4K bluray drive and let MS take the lead when they were the first to use bluray in console.

    • kstuffs

      This is wrong. Microsoft retail disks would allow you to install games as normal but once activated you DON’T need the disk to play. You still have the *option* of buying a retail disk or download from online. To sell the disk again, you’ve to go through an authorized reseller to deactivate your copy. The retail disk can then be used by another person. This was the reason why 24 hours of on-line check-in was required. Checking in every 24 hours is very different than streaming gigabyte of 4K video where bandwidth and data cap are still a problem.

    • Luke Skywalker

      yep, I said it before….with xbox one not everyone had internet
      but apparently with ps4 pro having no 4k Blu-ray everyone has high speed internet.

    • LDS

      That’s what people usually call a killing physical copies because you are putting so much limitation on it. lol

    • Luke Skywalker

      you have things backwards.

  • Riggybro

    “PC gaming is too expensive” – console owner.

    – rushes out to buy 4K TV at the price of a PC.

    “I don’t like playing with settings. I like plug n play”

    – spends an hour playing around on new TV with HDR, colour saturation, Dolby sound…

    • ProAssassin84

      Shocking that people would want a PlayStation4 for all the amazing exclusives you will never see on PC at least not at launch.

  • LifeOnMars
    • crazy_black_man-

      This is just one of many issues that are commonly ignored and never mentioned in articles about the Xbox One and its touted 4K UHD option. “Cheapest” UHD player on the market is an understatement. Of course its the cheapest, its the Xbox brand. Cheap is what they do.

  • Mr Xrat

    Yep, physical media has a place. After four years of 4K sets being available and there being only 50 4K blu-ray movies out, you have to wonder if there’s a market for this. Just like Kinect.

    • Psionicinversion

      what surprise damage control at its finest. seeing as normal bluray players are £50 and UHD bluray players are £400 theres a bit of a price gap hahaha. as the cost comes down more on the players more will buy and then the cost of 4K bluray discs will come down to. every film on cinema at least will release on 4K bluray to so that library will only grow

  • crazy_black_man-

    Microsoft is acting like there is still another choice or option for console gamers when console gamers have overwhelmingly made up their minds that the Xbox One console isn’t a desirable option. They’re now competing against a ghost of the past. Sony doesn’t even consider them as competitors in the console space anymore. It is getting downright pathetic to watch them create this false sense of competition.

    • efnet

      Still cooning for them folks I see .


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