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Play 4K Videos on PS4 Pro Media Player App

Sony is updating the Media Player app on PS4 Pro to support playback of locally stored 4K video.

The update will begin rolling out today; once it reaches your system, you'll be able to view any 4K videos in MP4 format you have saved on a USB stick or home server. Of course, you'll also need a 4K-compatible TV to take advantage of the capability.

Finding your media shouldn't be too complicated since your home server will automatically appear as a media option. Keep in mind that USB storage that's already been formatted for your PS4 can only be used to save games and apps, not videos.

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The update will also support 4K video playback on PlayStation VR. This means you'll be able to "capture … 360-degree 4K footage, and then immerse yourself in that footage in VR at home — just as if you're right back in the scene you shot," Sony's Vice President of PS Brand Marketing John Koller wrote in a blog post.

Meanwhile, in case you weren't aware, PS4 Pro also supports 4K streaming from apps like Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu. Unlike Microsoft's Xbox One S, the PS4 Pro does not play Ultra HD Blu-ray movies.

For the uninitiated, the PS4 Pro is an upgraded version of the original PlayStation 4; it's more powerful, with a larger 1TB hard drive and support for 4K and HDR video. PCMag's Will Greenwald gave the console an "excellent" score in his review, but noted that "it's only worth the extra cost for fanatics and certain new buyers."

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