4K movies are starting to show up on Google Play but extra detail may come at a steep price
In a move that many have been expecting for a while now, Google has started populating the Play Movies store with 4K video content.
A few weeks ago when Google launched the 4K-capable Chromecast Ultra, the Play Store had no video content that could make use of the new device. In soccer terms, the Google's movie platform was caught offside by the company's own hardware. According to several Reddit users, the first 4K Movies are finally being added to Google Play. At the moment, there aren't too many movies that you can download in 4K, which leads us to believe that the final launch has yet to happen.
Still, even with a small sample size, by looking at the few titles which are available in 4K/UHD, it becomes obvious that high-resolution video comes at an equally high price. For example, The Fifth Element, a movie that costs $12.99 in HD resolution, is priced at $24.99 in 4K/UHD. That's quite of a price bump, but hey, all of that extra detail may well be worth the price.
At the moment, it looks like users cannot upgrade to the 4K version of the movie if they've already paid for a lower-res variant. Also, some movies are listed as available in 4K but purchases are currently blocked. Hopefully, Google will sort out these issues before 4K video officially reaches its platform.
What do you guys think, would you get the HD variant of your favorite movie or pay double for the 4K version?