Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) Vice President Masayasu Ito has hinted at a relased of an upgraded version of the PS4 that would also support Ultra HD Blu-ray movies.
Speaking to Japanese website 4Gamer, Mr. Ito hinted that it would not be implausible for Sony to release a high performance, enhanced version of the PS4 that would have better gaming performance.
When probed on the question of Ultra HD Blu-ray support for the PS4, Ito confirmed that the Blu-ray drive used in the PS4 cannot read the triple-layer media that is used by the new 4K Blu-ray format, and as a result, existing PS4s have no way to play these new discs scheduled to come out at the end of the year.
However, Ito again hinted that an enhanced PS4 model could possible also include a new disc reader, which would then allow the PS4 to play Ultra HD Blu-ray movies.
Sony's plans could change, and are heavily depend on the market. Ito cited the fact that very few homes have 4K TVs that are needed to view Ultra HD Blu-ray at their best, and the added cost of a new disc drive and the hardware upgrades for the new PS4 might mean a PS4 that would be too expensive to make commercial sense for the company.