PlayStation 5 users can now watch Disney+ series and movies in 4K.
As of Oct. 4, PlayStation 5 users can download the new Disney+ app in the media section of their home screen for a 4K HDR (High-Dynamic Range) viewing experience. “A key part of our global expansion strategy is to meet consumers wherever they are, which is why we’re excited to enhance both Disney+ and Star+ for PlayStation 5 users,” Jerrell Jimerson, EVP of Product & Design, Disney Streaming, said in a statement from Disney+. Previously, the Disney+ app on the PlayStation 5 only supported 1080p, considering it was a PlayStation 4 app.
The New App Will Improve Streaming Quality
Before the new app for PlayStation 5, some users complained about issues with the previous Disney+ app, including crashes and poor visual quality. Jimerson reassured fans about the upcoming streaming quality for the new Disney+ app. “The ability to support 4K HDR video streaming on the platform will also improve the viewing experience for fans,” he said. The recent upgrade allows PlayStation 5 owners to stream popular series and films, like Hocus Pocus 2 and She Hulk, in better quality than ever.
Disney+ is one of the last streaming services to transition to 4K viewing for the PlayStation 5. Other streaming competitors who have already made the leap include Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and HBO Max. However, Netflix charges subscribers additional fees to stream content in 4K resolution. On the other hand, Disney+ provides this upgrade for paid subscribers at no additional cost. The Disney Bundle offers subscribers the best deal with access to Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ for only eight dollars a month.
In addition to Disney+, the company also relaunched the app for its Latin American counterpart: Star+. Launched in 2021, Star+ includes content from Disney, FX, 20th Century Studios, National Geographic and many more networks. Star+ is available in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Bolivia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras and Venezuela.
The 4K HDR format displays four times as many pixels as the previous 1080p quality. Fortunately, Sony’s console can handle such streaming demands. To watch programs in Star+ or Disney+, PlayStation 5 users must have a strong, reliable internet connection, in combination with a paid subscription for the corresponding streaming service. However, obtaining a PlayStation 5 remains a challenge for some.
PlayStation 5 users can download the new Disney+ app on their consoles on Oct. 4, 2022.