PlayStation 4 patch adds support for 3D Blu-ray content [Update]

Sony has just announced a new patch for their Playstation 4 console. According to their post PS4 owners will soon be able to enjoy 3D Blu-ray films on their devices.

Ever since the launch of the new generation of consoles, both Microsoft and Sony have been struggling to add new features, or in many cases, to re-add features that were lost in the transition from the last-gen.

Now Sony, is announcing a new upcoming patch via Twitter. According to the tweet, PS4 owners will soon be able to use their consoles for playing 3D Blu-ray content. The upcoming patch is version 1.75 but there’s no exact timeline for its launch.

While a limited few will no doubt welcome this improvement, the majority of PS4 users are feeling frustration at Sony’s shifting focus in regards to its console. The company originally focused heavily on gaming, and benefited from great sales numbers as a result. But they seem to have now shifted towards TV and media consumption, a direction which many of its fans disapprove of.

Despite all of this, Sony’s PS4 is still selling in great numbers, so here’s hoping the company remembers what its primary focus should be and goes back to a gaming-first attitude.

Update: The patch is now out so users can go ahead and download it. Besides the 3D Blu-ray support a few other changes have been announced such as better audio support, minor UI changes and auto-downloading of featured content.

Source: Sony ( Twitter) | First image via Sony, update image via Eurogamer.net

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Pretty sure this feature was coming, but I suspect the XboxOne announcement motivated them to release it sooner then latter. 3D gaming support was in place months ago (see Zen Pinball 2).

I also want the CD / DLNA, and other media support. I'm still using PS3 more media then PS4.

no one in my household watches 3D so this update is worthless for me. I want DLNA support. PS3 supports it so I think it's quite lame the PS4 can't do it.

The internet sure is funny. People online will give Sony grief over this? Really? I think some people need to sit back and take a deep breath.

Sony is perfectly capable of offering a console that is both good for gaming and good for other things. Shocker, I know.

MS has taken unbelievable amounts of crap for its push of non-gaming features which also does not take away from their equally good gaming focus. People seem to think Sony and MS are unable to multitask. This part of the console-wars is probably the most annoying to me.

Yeah I don't understand the hate on both sides. This article makes it sound like Sony doesn't care about games, which isn't true. Microsoft took a lot of unfair criticism for the same thing. I like having a console that does more than one function.

That took a long time. I enjoy a 3D BD once in a while. I'm amazed that PS4 didn't include that from the very beginning.

uxo22 said,
Did it take Microsoft Announcing it for the XB1 for Sony to finally get it released for the PS4?

I really think the burn from the PS3 launch and failure to advertise / make consumer's aware it's a entertainment system vs game or player caused them to focus on games as primary for PS4, and entertainment secondary. To have a very focused message with the PS4 system. I also think, unless there's strong demand, only features not in play at the moment will return.

Given that 3D support is now just an extra bullet point on the feature list from Sony's BluRay players and TVs, I'm surprised the PS4 didn't ship with it from the get-go.

AStaley said,
But still no native DLNA support.

They are waiting for the XB1 to announce it first then they'll take care of it.

"While a limited few will no doubt welcome this improvement, the majority of PS4 users are feeling frustration at Sony's shifting focus in regards to its console."

What majority? Everyone I know thinks it's pretty lame the new console is lacking basic media features the PS3 & XBOX 360 had.

It'd be cool (I guess) if I had a 3d tv. Or bluray movies at all :D

Oh well, good for those that'll enjoy it. Now please add the other announced features like youtube sharing, suspend mode or friends taking control of the game.

It would be nice if Vlad Dudau would respond to these comments so we can better understand his perspective on why he is so concerned that Sony might be losing its' "gamer-first" mentality by adding this feature...

Who wants to have 4-5 media box connected on their receiver/TV? Give me a console that can play games AND consume media and I'll be happy.

PS3 and Xbox 360 did all that years ago. Next-Gen? Not realy...

TruckWEB said,
Who wants to have 4-5 media box connected on their receiver/TV? Give me a console that can play games AND consume media and I'll be happy.

PS3 and Xbox 360 did all that years ago. Next-Gen? Not realy...

People love to pull out a bunch remote controls when wanting to show off their "stuff" to visitors... or just to sit back and relax and consume some media.

Nothing like pulling out the TV remote, The Roku Remote, The Blu-Ray player remote, The Surround Sound Remote, Now where's that PS4 controller :-) (also a remote)

Like I always say, once I start paying $400-$500 for a plastic box, it better do more than just game.

Konstantine said,
Q:Who watches 3D BluRays anyway?
A:Definitely not the 5% that bought the PS4.

I'm a PS4 owner and I welcome it. I have moved my PS3 to another room and now both my Xbox One and PS4 can both do it. So yep.... I'm happy...

I can't help but feel that articles like this (and similar ones for Xbox One...) overstate the importance of the "gamer" emphasis for these consoles. Since when does adding additional entertainment features take away from the "gaming" capabilities? This article assumes that the slightest addition of any non-gaming features will some how take away from the gaming-first attitude of Sony. I really don't get it. What's the big deal if they add 3D support - does it really mean that they've lost the "gaming-first attitude"? Really - what am I missing (other than perhaps new entertainment features that will not appear because article like this perpetuate this hyper-sensitivity to anything on these consoles except gaming.)

Yes these consoles are pretty but mid tiered PC's hooked into your TV it would be a stupid waste of resources and potential to restrict them to only play games.

People still thinking that somehow the firmware/update teams that work on these consoles are somehow also in the back trying to make games.

You can add features to a console without sacrificing games.

I sat this as a person who has played video games since 1977 but gamers are some of the most closed minded ignorant fools you will ever meet. They are so resistant to change it is not funny. I love video games but in general hate gamers

Yay! I forever see me not caring as my PS3 also does this VERY well, and has for quite some time now. I can't believe Sony of all companies waited 8 months to release such a feature. I can see microsoft taking a while as they never supported bluray playback before - but sony was all up in it even releasing 3D PS3 TVs to promote motorstorm several years back.

I don't disapprove of this direction at all, in fact I welcome it. I don't do 3D, I find it over priced and over rated.
but I do look forward to more media updates to be able to store and play my music, movies and pictures.
just like the previous console.

Pretty sure this was going to be in 1.8 until MS announced their next update. Hardly important anyway, its not like anyone uses 3D.

HawkMan said,
Pretty sure this was going to be in 1.8 until MS announced their next update. Hardly important anyway, its not like anyone uses 3D.

I use it. I love watching Man of Steel and the Avenger, and Kung Fu Panda in 3D...

HawkMan said,
Pretty sure this was going to be in 1.8 until MS announced their next update. Hardly important anyway, its not like anyone uses 3D.
I can finally decommission my PS3 now that the Xbox has 3D bluray.

Sly_Ripper said,
What? Xbox One gets 3D Blu-ray support next month.

I thought it had support already, my mistake.
It was a tongue-in-cheek comment. :)

Mateus said,
About as amusing as an apostrophe in CDs.

Also, this upcoming patch might add MP3s support too.


So actually quite funny then?

Sorry, I do try. I got kicked out of school when I was 13, and hadn't been paying much attention up until that point.

Not me, but there is still something to be said for rifling through a pile of discs, rather than scrolling through a list. A lot of people still prefer that.

TCLN Ryster said,

Well this month for some of us... I got it last night :)

Right, but you still can't play 3D Blu-Rays, since the Blu-Ray app hasn't been updated yet.

xendrome said,

Right, but you still can't play 3D Blu-Rays, since the Blu-Ray app hasn't been updated yet.

Im sure they have Testers and he might be one of them ?