Today Sony has officially announced plans to bring their next-generation video game console PS5 (PlayStation 5) out holiday season of 2020 with a 4K UHD Blu-ray optical drive. Sony decided to give WIRED magazine an exclusive bit of details regarding this upcoming console in a recently published news post. In that news post, it has been confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will not only include an SSD (solid-state drive) for internal storage but also include an optical drive for games physically on a disc. Sony may not have found the previous console (PS4, nor the PS4 Pro) worthy of getting it but this next-gen console (PS5) is set to include a 4K UHD Blu-ray drive. Games will also physically be contained on 4K UHD Blu-ray Discs (via a BD-100 specifically).
There’s no word yet if the player will be capable of outputting Dolby Vision (or even HDR10+) form of High Dynamic Range. It’s worth noting that the current Sony 4K UHD Blu-ray set-top players do feature Dolby Vision support, so that’s perhaps a good sign it could be coming to the PS5. Next question, will the console be able to bitstream next-gen immersive sound formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X? That’s yet to be officially confirmed for the formats (by name), however, there is mention of sound that will leave you immersed – as quoted below.
“The result, Cerny says, will make you feel more immersed in the game as sounds come at you from above, from behind, and from the side.”
That should be a hint at Dolby Atmos probably at least being supported, especially considering that the rival XBOX One console now is featuring Dolby Atmos sound on some games. As further details come to light regarding this upcoming console and its capabilities in terms of a 4K UHD Blu-ray player, I’ll be sure to update this post. In the meantime, be sure to read the full news story over at WIRED. Below you can find the quote from that where they [Sony] drop the confirmation that it will include the 4K optical drive.
“Either way, physical games for the PS5 will use 100GB optical disks, inserted into an optical drive that doubles as a 4K Bluray player.”
The 2018 CG animated sequel “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” is coming to both 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on October 9th via Sony, according to an early retailer alert. Both the 4K and Blu-ray releases will come in the form of a “Monster Party Edition” (as the artwork suggests). The releases will also come as a “combo pack” with the 4K getting a Blu-ray, Blu-ray getting a DVD and both getting a Digital Copy of the film included. Tech specs have not yet been detailed, and the only bonus materials we know about so far are the 2 Mini-Movies (mentioned on the art). Stay tuned for further updates once the studio (Sony) officially announces this title.
The animated film, directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, features the voice talents of the following: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Parnell, Joe Jonas, and Chrissy Teigen.
You can already find PRE-ORDER listings for both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc of the film over at Amazon. Also, there are placeholder pages over at Best Buy for both the 4K and Blu-ray – where you’ll find that 10/9 release date. Lastly, speaking of Best Buy, it’s worth noting that it appears they’ll be getting an Exclusive Steelbook for the Blu-ray release of the film. That Steelbook, along with the Blu-ray Disc art, can be found further below after the break.
The 1997 Wolfgang Petersen directed film “Air Force One“ starring Harrison Ford is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 6th via Sony. The film co-stars Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, William H. Macy, Wendy Crewson, Paul Guilfoyle, Liesel Matthews, and Dean Stockwell. Tech specs for the release include full 2160p 4K video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray Disc and Digital Copy of the film included.
The 1991 Steven Spielberg directed film “Hook“ starring Robin Williams is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on October 9th via Sony. Tech specs for the release include full 2160p 4K video with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range (in a transfer approved by Spielberg) and Dolby Atmos sound. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray Disc and Digital Copy of the film included. UPDATE: The film on 4K is available to PRE-ORDER now both at over Amazon and Best Buy.
Bonus materials set to be included on the release include:
ALL-NEW: 11 Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
The release will also include the previous bonus materials from the Blu-ray Disc release. Below, after the break, you can find the official announcement for this release.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just officially announced plans to bring the TV show “The Blacklist: The Complete Fifth Season” (Season Five) starring James Spader and Megan Boone to Blu-ray Disc on August 14th. Tech specs for the release (as with previous seasons, should) include 1080p HD video in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and included DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound – although at time of publishing this I’m awaiting confirmation on the tech specs. The release will come with Digital Copy of the entire 5th season. This season on Blu-ray is now available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon. Below you’ll find a list of bonus materials, including a Blu-ray exclusive, set to be included on the release:
Blu-rayand DVD Bonus Features:
Deleted Scenes (17 total)
“Celebrating 100 Episodes!” Featurette
Showrunner-led Audio Commentaries
Blu-rayExclusive Bonus Features:
“Like Father/Like Daughter” Featurette
Further below, after the break, you’ll find the official announcement.