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PlayStation VR is becoming a 3D Blu-ray player


Do you actually own and watch 3D Blu-rays? Well good news! You’ll soon be able to watch them through PlayStation VR.

The 3D fad has largely come and gone — the flimsy 3D glasses relegated to a box somewhere are already a relic — but Sony has rekindled our interest, if only for a moment.

The PS4 version 4.50 system update will enable watching stereoscopic 3D Blu-rays directly through PlayStation VR, transforming it into a personal 3D Blu-ray player. “Grab some popcorn and enjoy,” says the announcement on the PlayStation Blog; but with the PS VR headset on, that is easier said than done. Watching on PlayStation VR will be a solo experience, but it might provide more consistent 3D.

With the jump to 4K Ultra HD the future of 3D home media is unclear, as no existing UHD Blu-rays support 3D playback. Of course, the PS4 Pro doesn’t include a UHD Blu-ray player, so it’s irrelevant for watching on PS VR, but all models of the PS4 feature regular Blu-ray playback. With 2160p (4K) and HDR the current trends in TVs, 3D mightn’t have a lasting impact, but it’s nice to have a new way to watch all those 3D Blu-rays.

The 4.50 system update also adds external HDD support, custom wallpapers, simplified notifications and an improved quick menu.

Ben is an Australian games writer and pioneer in the use of the term "current-gen" to actually refer to the current-generation of consoles. He joined the Stevivor team in 2016 and has been to E3 five times, but can't really remember any of them. Gamertag / PSN ID: Gryllis.