PlayStation 4 will support Sony's 4K movie service, require 100GB downloads

Early this year Sony announced the first 4K video distribution service slated for a US launch this summer. Now, a Sony executive has hinted that the distribution service will be available on the new PlayStation 4 later in the year, giving 4K hopefuls an easy way to get their high-definition film fix.

The word came from Sony chief operating officer Phil Molyneux in an interview with The Verge. When asked if the 4K distribution service would support the PlayStation 4, he responded: "I promise you will not be disappointed."

Shortly after the PlayStation 4 was announced, Sony confirmed the next-generation console would not be able to output games at 4K (3840x2160) at launch, with 4K photos and videos the only two forms of media supported initially. This news disappointed many enthusiasts, but to be honest, it was a bit of a stretch to think they would, supercharged GPU or no, but there was hope that the graphical resolution would be higher than the existing 1080p limit of the PS3. 

In his confirmation, Molyneux further said that 4K movie downloads would be more than a whopping 100GB in some cases. This won't put as much strain on internet service providers as one might think, as 4K televisions won't be something everyone has in their living room. Sony's line of 4K televisions starts at about £25,000 - no small fee. According to Sony in January: "The Prince of Dubai recently went into Harrods and ordered six of them."

In late-January, a Sony executive confirmed the news that 4K movie downloads would not be available outside of the US for now. Business head Paul Gyles said: "Our official press comment is 'No plans for Europe at this stage'. It's a United States-only thing."

The PlayStation 4 is set to launch by Christmas 2013. No specific date or pricing has been revealed. Read up on everything you need to know about Sony's next generation of gaming.

Molyneux didn't confirm specifics on how 4K downloads would be priced or delivered.