It is now official, the Xbox One won’t have 3D Blu-ray playback at launch.
A couple of days ago, the internet went wild after certain information about the PS4 surfaced showing the console’s hidden weaknesses. Sony has addressed the issues and has equally assured fans that a second firmware update will take care of the most wanted features. Now, unlike the PlayStation 4, Microsoft’s Xbox One will not support the playback of 3D Blu-ray movies. Although, Microsoft has adopted the use of Blu-ray in the Xbox One, it will still not have support for that feature, at least not anytime soon.
In May of 2013, Director of Xbox Programming, Major Nelson made a faint confirmation of 3D and 4K output on the Xbox One, but Microsoft has come out to say that the hotly anticipated device will be shipped without 3D Blu-ray playback potential. Not at launch, but there is still a possibility that support can be added via a firmware update sometime in the future.
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Sony leaps-frog Microsoft in this regard as the PS4 will ultimately support 3D Blu-ray playback and 3D gameplay (no 3D title at the moment) at launch. Sony has said this would be possible with the firmware 1.50 update. Currently, the PS4 doesn’t have 4k output for games but Sony is greatly considering the option of adding support for 4K still images and video to the PlayStation 3.
The PlayStation 4 launches on November 15 while the Xbox One will hit store-shelves on November 22.