In an interview with The Verge, Sony Electronics President and COO Phil Molyneux discussed the Sony 4K movie download service at a Sony Press event in New York City. Molyneux remained secretive when asked if the 4K Ultra HD service would be available on the PS4, simply stating that, “I promise you will not be disappointed.”
Sony appears to be bringing the 4K download service to customers this Summer, although they do have some kinks to work out before launch. Among the hurdles is the sheer size of the downloads. With each movie at approximately 100GB or more, today’s broadband infrastructure will likely limit the user experience. Certainly some cities have super high speed fiber-to-home connections, but this evolution is still in its infancy, and is certainly lacking in most parts of the world, including the United States.
Molyneux addressed the speed and storage issues as “challenges that we have to work through. We’ve got some very good ideas that will make that a comfortable consumer experience.” He added that improved compression and smaller downloads was “in active progress.”
When asked about bringing 4K content to a physical medium like a modified Blu-ray disc, Molyneux said that he was “not discounting” physical distribution, but that “the whole world is moving more and more to download.” When specifically asked about 4K Blu-ray discs, he mentioned that “there has been some progress” in the industry, “but there’s no conclusion, and I have to let that forum do their work.”
The Sony 4K device at CES
– via The Verge