New PS4 update stupidity with 3D Blu-ray, gaming chairs

By Daniel Chubb - May 27, 2014

What is Sony’s problem with adding the very basics through a new PS4 update, or in fact some features missing from launch? You wouldn’t expect to upgrade from a 3D Blu-ray playing PS3 to the latest in technology with a PS4, then find out that you can’t even play 3D movies on the so-called upgrade, but this is the case as we’ve known for many months.

Months later with PS4 1.71 firmware update next – now that we are 6 months after the launch of PS4 you’d expect a number of improvements and new features through software updates, and this is exactly what Sony has given PlayStation 4 owners. The big problem with these updates, they still fail to deliver two basic user requirements in the form of PS4 3D Blu-ray support and Bluetooth gaming chairs connecting by wireless rather than cable.

We also note a detailed hands-on by, which looks at the PS3 vs. PS4 Blu-ray player abilities and confirmed back then that the new machine is “Worse than PS3 as a Blu-ray player”. There’s a number of reasons they reached this conclusion and more than just not being able to play 3D Blu-ray movies, so take a look at their review through the above link.

You can also see a discussion on the official PlayStation community in regard to some people wanting a 3D Blu-ray on their PS4, and this debate includes a few pages with comments from those “very unhappy” and others stating PS4 owners should be “patient, it’s coming”. The problem some people have is how long such a basic feature, already on PS3, should take to release on PS4.

With the PS4 1.71 update next, do you think it is time for Sony to add 3D Blu-ray support in the next update? You can read what some of our readers want in v1.71 within this article, although we also desire to see support for many Bluetooth devices like the X-Rocker 4.1 Bluetooth gaming chair.


The official Q&A section on the X-Rocker website has this to say about PS4/PS3’s and their Bluetooth X-Rocker gaming chairs, “Your PS3 and PS4 console has Bluetooth, but you will not be able to connect the chair to the console using bluetooth, at this moment in time”. It makes the wireless chair option pretty pointless with Sony’s consoles, unless they can fix this issue with a Bluetooth improvement via firmware.

It is true that the issue might be more complicated with different Bluetooth standards and technology, but the PS4 3D Blu-ray support should be a simple fix via firmware and one we hope is finally added with the 1.71 update. There’s a number of PS4 owners that have a nice Blu-ray movie collection and had a PS3 as their player, but if they sold that console then they really do need this firmware to bring support to their latest machine.

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Also See: PS4 5.50 update notes for March 8