Disney announced that the latest Disney+ app for the PlayStation 5 now streams in 4K HDR. After installing it, you’ll be able to watch supported Disney content in UltraHD and HDR10, including Marvel and Star Wars movies and TV shows.
Until now, the app was a simple port from the PS4 with a 1080p resolution limit.
“A key part of our global expansion strategy is to meet consumers wherever they are,” said Disney’s EVP of product for streaming.
“The ability to support 4K HDR video streaming on the platform will also improve the viewing experience for fans.”
That’s true, but it took Disney a long time — Netflix, HBO Max, and Prime Video have all offered 4K playback on the PS5 for quite some time.
While 4K HDR10 is nice, the PS5 does not support the far superior Dolby Vision format and does not support Dolby Atmos audio (except for Blu-rays).
More importantly, using the PS5 (or Xbox Series X) for streaming is a waste of electricity, as it consumes approximately 70 watts, whereas the latest Google Chromecast, Roku, or Apple TV devices consume only 3-6 watts.
In any case, the new PS5 Disney+ app is now available for download from the media tab on the PS5’s home screen.