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PS4 Media Player update adds PlayStation VR support

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FLAC support and upscaled music also added in version 2.50

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The PlayStation 4 Media Player is getting an update this week that adds support for 360-degree equirectangular photos and videos, meaning that PlayStation VR owners will soon be able to immerse themselves in their media, virtual reality-style.

PlayStation VR support in the PS4 Media Player requires that photos and videos are shot in equirectangular format by a 360-degree omnidirectional camera, Sony said in a post on the PlayStation Blog. The PS4 Media Player will support the following 360-degree media formats: MKV, AVI, MP4, MPEG2 PS, MPEG2 TS, AVCHD, JPEG, BMP and PNG.

The update (version 2.50) to the PS4 Media Player also adds a little something for lossless audio enthusiasts: FLAC playback. What’s more, Sony is adding audio upscaling to other file formats (MP3, AAC).

“It means your compressed music will now sound much richer as a result,” Sony said of its DSEE HX technology.

The new update for the PS4 Media Player is expected to go live Oct. 13.