BBC iPlayer Now Supports 4K on the PS4 Pro, Giving You Another Way to Watch the World Cup in Higher Res

By Tom Pritchard on at

It's a big time for 4K streaming on the BBC, since it's promised to stream all of its World Cup matches in 4K HDR. Well now it's just updated the iPlayer app for the PlayStation 4, meaning PS4 Pro owners can now watch the BBC's 4K content on their console. Assuming, of course, they have a 4K TV.

The new update means the app can pump out content in the 4K UHD resolution (3840 x 2160), showing off the BBC UHD logo in the corner to let you know you've been watching things in the higher resolution. The downside is that the PS4 Pro doesn't seem to support Hybrid Log Gamma HDR, meaning you'll only be able to take advantage of the higher resolution and not the superior colours.

It's also worth pointing out that the BBC is using the World Cup as a testing ground for its live 4K streaming services, so it's not a perfect beast. Some viewers have reported issues with quality, dropped streams, and the obvious lag that comes with streaming your live television compared to watching it over the air. It's a learning experience, and it only means things can get better in future. In case you forgot, all 29 games due to appear on BBC One will be available in 4K, though some of them have already been and gone.

But for now if you have a PS4 Pro, and no other streaming options, you can use the console to grab yourself one of the limited spaces allocated for 4K football. Just make sure you have a good enough internet connection. The BBC recommends a download speed of 40 Mb/s for 4K content, so make sure granddad isn't torrenting porn while the game is on.