The announcement of the new PS4 and especially the PS4 Pro placed special emphasis on the support of 4K content and support HDR technology. Both options are referenced in all new televisions from leading manufacturers, and Sony surprised us with a firmware update that allowed access to the original and the new PS4 PS4 they just be sold to support HDR content.
The problem is that apparently this option is useless. The absence of audiovisual content is absolute, and it is because when providers such as Netflix or Amazon offer HDR content, make content linking them to 4K. Or they are both, or none. Video games look like they could follow the same path, and although there are some developments that promise to give this support, it seems that most developments will also offer support 4K + HDR together.
The technology is, the contents do not
That's at least what point in Ars Technica, where a console connected to a Samsung TV with 4K support and HDR to check if the firmware update was serving something. The option appears on the console effectively, but once activated at least within games there was nothing to do: there are no titles that option.
The developers of 'The Witness' confirmed in a post on his blog that will provide a patch to support HDR , although his primary responsibility, Jonathan Blow, explained that " we do not have the technical details of how it will work."
There is a major problem with audiovisual content: both Amazon and Netflix indicated that although 4K and HDR are independent, " for now, with Netflix content, the two technologies are united There are no plans to change it. ". Amazon confirmed the same strategy " . Unfortunately there is nothing to announce at Amazon content with HDR than 4K If there are changes we will let you know , " explained a spokesman.
The disunity Ultra HD Blu-ray on PS4, new PS4 and even PS4 Pro also does not make it possible to enjoy movies in this format even directly in 1080p with HDR, and that again highlight the apparently little relevance that the HDR will support the PS4 consoles than the PS4 Pro.
Even connecting to a 4K + HDR television, will be few things that they can enjoy (at least a priori) with that interesting HDR technology. Hopefully game developers take advantage of the option with patches that enable that option in 1080p mode. Some have already stated that even in their next developments will use the power of the PS4 Pro, but that will be up to each developer.