PlayStation 4’s Media Player is getting a new update today, which rolls out support for 360° videos and photos using PlayStation VR, plus introduces new audio support options that’ll benefit audio junkies. These are exciting times for PS4 users with a an upgraded console and VR arriving.
PS4 will now support 360° video and photos thanks to PS4’s Media Player v2.50 update. If you’re luck enough to have a PlayStation VR connected to your PlayStation 4, simply activate ‘VR mode’ from Media Player’s Options menu, then select your 360° video or photo from your media server or USB device. You’ll now be able to view your chosen media in full 360° thanks to the power of PlayStation VR.
v2.50 also introduces some pretty impressive sounding audio improvements. Once updated, the PS4 Media Player will not only support High-Res (FLAC) audio files, but will also upscale your non-FLAC music to near high-resolution audio quality. That’s music to ours and your ears I’m sure.
It means your compressed music will now sound much richer as a result. You can get a more in-depth breakdown on how the technology works here. Whilst VR gaming may have it’s limitations at the minute due to its infancy it’s these VR experiences that I think can make the platform take hold in the home effectively transporting people to places in the world that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to visit.
PSVR releases today with a host of VR games. PlayStations VR set has been receiving praise from many media outlets and it has the advantage of being considerably cheaper and apparently more comfortable than its rivals although to get the best experience you’ll need a Camera and two PS move controllers at additional cost. You may also find further performance improvement by upgrading to PS4 Pro. It remains to be seen how the VR set will perform in the home as there has been concern about motion sickness and the quality of the tracking .
(Note, to enjoy 360-degree media on PlayStation VR, any supported video – MKV, AVI, MP4, MPEG2 PS , MPEG2 TS, AVCHD – or photo – JPEG, BMP, PNG – files must be captured in equirectangular format by a 360-degree omnidirectional camera.)