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You'll Be Able to Download 100GB Movies to Your PlayStation 4

Posted by Sammy Barker

The future is 4K, apparently

You won’t be able to play games in the fledgling 4K format on the PlayStation 4, but you absolutely will be able to watch videos in the swanky resolution via the system. And, speaking with The Verge, Sony’s Phil Molyneux has hinted that the next generation platform will take advantage of the conglomerate’s impending 4K movie download service.

However, there’s a catch. While the platform holder is lining up a summer launch for the online initiative, it anticipates that downloads will exceed 100GB in size. You’ll be able to download content overnight on the PS4, of course, but you’ll need a whopping hard-drive and an incredibly lenient Internet service provider to cope with files of that magnitude.

Molyneux explained that the company still has some “challenges to work through” with regards to exactly how it will deliver 4K content, and that it’s researching improved compression techniques to bring file sizes down. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they’ll be ready in time for the first generation of ultra-high definition products. We suppose it's a good thing that no one actually owns a 4K television, then.

[via theverge.com, uk.ign.com]

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User Comments (19)

Jaz007

#2

Jaz007 said:

@IAmNotWill But that won't be a problem with the cloud making things you are downloading useable before they are finished downloading.

NathanUC

#4

NathanUC said:

I still don't buy 'HD' movies from he SEN for two reasons. 1. The video/audio quality isn't bluray quality. 2. I can usually get the bluray for half the price lol.

Hopefully these 100gb files are up to snuff.

Ginkgo

#5

Ginkgo said:

Don't for get that the PS3 came with a 20-60GB HDD at launch, and now comes with a 500GB HDD. Thats an 800%+ increase during its lifetime.

Expect that same with the PS4. I already have a 1TB HDD in my PS3, and I can imagine that there will be a 1TB version of the PS4 (with added cost). By the end of its life cycle a 10TB HDD is not impossible/unrealistic.

The same works for internet speeds, and download limits. I agree at launch 100GB is huge, but that is not the point. It is about having a system that can grow and keep up as technology continues to improve. They need to support 4k.

I promise you that by the end of 2015 these numbers won't look so daunting.

Ginkgo

#6

Ginkgo said:

@nathanuc1988 Agreed. I don't buy any moves (SD or HD) from SEN because of Sony's silly pricing policy. It is way cheaper for me to go to the video store. Crazy but true. Why should digital downloads with no store rental costs, no staff, no utilities etc cost more. Just plain demented Sony!

charlesnarles

#8

charlesnarles said:

It's a great idea, we just have to wait till 100gb is "small" in terms of bandwidth. Exponential advancement started in the 80s, and by 2050 we'll have "robots" as smart as us, so it should only take one or two console generations till we're there. I'd love to eventually play games at 4096p res lol sounds crazy now, but just wait

hydeks

#10

hydeks said:

yaa, I'm good with 1080p video, 4K can go away for a LONNNNGG while, I don't feel like buying yet another tv :P So this feature on the PS4 is basicly pointless to me. Show me the system, show me games, and I'll be happy :)

NathanUC

#11

NathanUC said:

@Ginkgo The most logical reason is they don't want to put off those retailers and video stores. It's similar to why there are games on on the PSN that cost 3x as much as they do via retailers like Amazon.

Squiggle55

#12

Squiggle55 said:

@nathunuc1988 I can understand why they have to walk a fine line and try not to offend Gamestop or Best Buy by selling their digital titles cheaper, but I can't figure out why they don't try to be more competitive with renting movies. Why on earth would they worry about offending or competing with redbox?

Cirno

#13

Cirno said:

Bloody hell, I'm not downloading that! Makes me wonder what the size of the hard is though...

belmont

#14

belmont said:

The video store is not available in my country! I rarely watch movies anyway. Now if the service had anime it would be a different story...

BlueProxy

#15

BlueProxy said:

So you'll download have a few movies, and your HD is full. No thanks. I'll simply buy the blu-ray disc for the few movies worth owning, and stream the rest.

NathanUC

#17

NathanUC said:

@Squiggle55 Remember, Bluray won the HD DVD vs Bluray fight largely because of Netflix (and because it's a superior format :P). If Sony (a MAJOR movie producer) isn't friendly to companies like RedBox or Blockbuster, it could really hurt their business. Honestly though, I don't mind the RENTAL fees on the SEN, just the purchase fees. $2.99 and $3.99 for a rental that I don't have to do anything or worry about is worth it on occasion. Usually, I'll just buy the bluray though. The politics and policies are all silly. Just plain silly

Scrible

#18

Scrible said:

What a ridiculous notion, I'll rent, buy, or skip on movie, of which all are faster than this madness

Savino

#19

Savino said:

4K only in 2016....

Sony has a lot of time to work with it....
Today, here in Brazil, the avarage internet in between 10/20 mb.... So its almost impossible to download this kind of file without hurting your bandwich for a whole day....

Let see if 50/100mb became the avarage here in the next couple of year...

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