PlayStation 5’s Disney + app finally lists titles with 4K HDR, but playback is still limited to 1080p


Recent updates to the PlayStation 5 version of the Disney + app finally feature badges for titles that indicate support for 4K resolution. However, the app still seems to limit playback to 1080p. It’s a baffling limitation we’ve been tracking since Sony’s PlayStation 5 launched almost a year ago.

Until recently, titles in the PlayStation version of the streaming app were generally listed as available in HD when looking for the details of a particular show or movie. However, the current version of the app now lists some titles as available in “4K Ultra HD”. You can see a comparison between the current app and an older version below.

The most recent version of the Disney + app on PlayStation 5 indicates that some titles are available up to 4K Ultra HD.
Earlier versions of the Disney + app showed support for playback up to HD (1080p) resolution. In contrast, the detail pages for the same titles displayed 4K badges when viewed on other platforms.

However, despite the updated labeling, it looks like the app itself still exceeds 1080p resolution without HDR support. A quick tour of the Disney + app settings shows that Auto’s maximum playback setting is currently limited to “up to HD (4.0 GB / hr)”.

PlayStation 5’s Disney + app settings say maximum playback is still limited to HD (1080p) resolution of 4.0GB / hr. For comparison, the webOS (LG) version of the Disney + app allows playback up to 4K UHD at 7.7 GB / h.

So, yes, the latest version of the Disney + app on Sony’s current generation console touts 4K title-by-title playback capabilities, even though the app itself still seems to limit the output to 1080p. Reading limitation has been an issue since the PlayStation 5 launched in November 2020, and users took note.

The apparent lag in messaging might suggest we’re moving towards a software update that finally supports 4K playback (maybe part of the app was updated before another section was ready), and we’ll continue to keep an eye out for future updates.


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