Sony rolled out a new update for your PlayStation 4 that will support 360° videos and photos as well as support FLAC audio files and upscale non-FLAC music.

With the recent release of PlayStation VR, this Media Player update will allow PlayStation 4 users to view 360° videos and photos with their chosen VR USB device. You must simply activate ‘VR mode’ from the Media Player’s options menu and you are ready to go. Do know that in order to enjoy the new feature the media must be captured in equirectangular format by a 360° omnidirectional camera.

On the audio side of things, thanks to Sony’s DSEE HX™ technology, the Media Player will now support High-Res (FLAC) audio files and upscale non-FLAC music to near high-resolution audio quality. When MP3s or AACs are compressed they lose some of the audio’s subtleties for the ability to save space. Now the Media Player will upscale the compression and your music will sound richer as a result. Read a more in-depth description of how the technology works directly from Sony.

It’s rumored that the PlayStation 4 Pro will support SATA 3.0, which will allow for faster HDD connections, helping the device run smoother. Although things are looking great for the Pro overall, Xbox One has outsold the PlayStation 4 for three months in a row now.

  • will the youtube app. on ps4 be updated to support vr too? not that i use the ps4 for youtube or anything using the internet like websites.

    • Sean Timm

      So far it has yet to be updated. Many users have instead just downloaded the 360 youtube videos, put them on the PS4 as media files and watched them that way. But I would be surprised if it doesn’t get updated soon.

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