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PS4 Media Player update adds 360° video and FLAC audio support

Arriving just in time for PlayStation VR, the latest update to the PlayStation 4’s media player introduces support for 360° videos.

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Arriving just in time for PSVR, the latest update to the PlayStation 4 media player introduces support for 360° videos.

The v2.50 update will launch on Thursday 13 October – that’s tomorrow, folks – and includes support for viewing 360° videos and photos using the new PlayStation VR headset.

By selecting ‘VR mode’ from the player’s Options menu, you will be able to view 360° content from a media server or USB device. Of course, any file you want to view will need to have been captured by a 360-degree omnidirectional camera. Let’s hope that Sony makes some samples and demos available, via the PlayStation Store, so we can test the feature.

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There’s also some great news for audiophiles in how the media player will handle audio files. Post update it will now be able to play High-Res FLAC files and also ‘upscale’ non-FLAC music to near high-resolution quality.

According to a post on the PlayStation Blog this is thanks to Sony’s proprietary DSEE HX technology. How this works, we have no idea – and this explanation from Sony left us none the wiser – but the end result is that MP3s and AACs played through a PlayStation 4 should now sound a little bit richer, a little bit better.

Source: PlayStation Blog


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