The thing that bothers me is that Sony would respond (has?) to the criticism with either "Netflix and Youtube will be first among many to provide 4K streaming services" or with "we're focusing on games".
The former is stupid because not only does it require, according to Netflix, a 25Mbps internet connection for consistent 4K streaming. The worldwide average is well beyond that (around 5Mbps) and only South Korea's average clears that demand, but just barely. And don't get me started on data caps. 4K streaming would chew through your bandwidth at a rate you couldn't imagine. Finally, while not as noticeable to some, the image quality difference betweem streaming and physical media is well documented.
As for the "focusing on games" thing, while there could probably be quite a few snide remarks to be made and comparisons to the less capable yet cheaper Xbox One S, which does offer UHD-BD playback, it's simply not a smart move. The PS2's DVD playing capability was a huge selling point for the console and helped the format. Same goes for the PS3 and Blu-ray (even though it didn't sell quite as well).
With all that said, yes, I am going to get one nonetheless, but I'm seriously disappointed that I'm going to have to spend another couple hundred dollars to get a machine that can do this simple task.
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