Sony has added PlayStation VR support to the PS4 Media Player via an update, which also brings support for the FLAC format and upscaled music, in what is a very notable refresh.
The update is rolling out this week, and the PlayStation 4 Media Player will also be able to open 360-degree equirectangular photos and videos — which basically means that PlayStation VR owners will soon be able to immerse themselves in their media.
Virtual reality style!
Sony detailed these change in a post on the PlayStation Blog, confirming that support for the PS VR headset in the Media Player requires photos and videos to be shot in the equirectangular format by a 360-degree omnidirectional camera.
It will support the following media formats: MKV, AVI, MP4, MPEG2 PS, MPEG2 TS, AVCHD, JPEG, BMP and PNG.
The update also adds a little something for lossless audio enthusiasts, in the form of FLAC playback.
And on top of that, Sony has also added audio upscaling to other file formats like MP3 and AAC, saying that thanks to its DSEE HX technology, compressed music will now sound much better as a result.
This update bumps up the version number of the PlayStation 4 Media Player to 2.50, and is expected to go live on October 13.