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The original Sony PS4 is now an HDR-ready console

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If you’re the owner of an old PlayStation 4, you may be feeling a little unloved right now. If you’re not gazing at the new and improved PS4 Pro through green eyes, the arrival of a new sleek and sexy slim new PS4 makes the existing console look like a hulking beast.

Thankfully, for the 40 million-odd PS4 owners the current model is getting a considerable upgrade in the form of Software Update 4.0.

It brings several UI enhancements that gives PS4 easier access to content, but this big news is the arrival of HDR video settings.

Related: Sony PS4 Pro vs PS4: What's the difference

Sony surprised at its PlayStation Meeting event last week by announcing even current consoles will enable high dynamic range visuals.

In a blog post today the company wrote: “After updating your system to version 4.00, you’ll see HDR settings in the Video Output Settings and be ready to enjoy HDR gaming and entertainment content once it’s available on any PS4 system you own. Of course, you’ll need an HDR compatible display as well.”

While the settings are now in place, there’s currently no games that support HDR, although many are in the works through Sony’s forwards compatibility program.

Elsewhere, Sony has simplified the Quick Menu so as not to obscure so much of the screen while mid-game. That Quick Menu now features Spotify controls.

Sony is also boosting the Activity Feed, adding Folders to the Library, enabling the sharing of longer video clips to Twitter and new System backgrounds.

There’s also support baked in for the new PS4 Pro, out on November 10. These additions are as follows:

  • 1080p streaming for Remote Play on PC/Mac and Xperia devices
  • 1080p streaming with Share Play
  • 1080p 30/60fps livestreaming to YouTube
  • 1080p 30fps on Twitch
  • Support to easily transfer data to a new PS4, like a Pro.
Video: PS4 Pro - What's New?

Going to stick with your old PS4 or ante up to one of the new consoles? Let us know in the comments below.

Anthony Rollins

September 12, 2016, 10:52 pm

So is there such a thing as a 1080p HDR screen?

Bugblatter

September 12, 2016, 11:58 pm

I doubt it, but 1080p HDR upscaled to 4K should look a lot better than 1080p SDR upscaled to 4K.

Unfortunately my AVR doesn't support HDR (or 4K) and I don't have a free HDMI port on the TV so I won't be benefiting from it.

I've read that the Nvidia GTX 980 (and family) also support HDR but damned if I can find how to get it. RIse of the Tomb Raider on PC is said to support HDR.

Bruyork

November 22, 2016, 5:16 am

IMPORTANT QUESTION: I have the regular PS4 which only does 1080p but SONY did release an HDR update. So, if i upgrade my TV to an HDR TV (So far they they are only in 4K HDR TV and not 1080p ones). The resolution would be still capped at 1080p because it's a regular PS4. So, will games still show HDR? OR is HDR gaming on the PS4 a: 4k HDR TV AND PS4 pro exclusive?

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