Both Microsoft and Sony have confirmed that their next generation consoles are in fact 4K ready. For those of you unsure what 4K actually means; It’s the latest resolution in high-definition televisions. The current 4K resolutions are anything from 3840 × 2160 to 4096 × 3112, this is sometimes also known as Ultra HD.
I recently read an article on Stuff.tv titled Sony PS4 vs Xbox One: the 4K war begins and though it provides a positive argument as to why it should matter; to me personally it doesn’t. I’m happy with my 1080p HD TV which doesn’t actually put out any HD TV, the reason for this? I’m not the biggest HD fan, it makes my eyes sting, and it just doesn’t make that much difference to me.
Another reason why I think it doesn’t matter right now, whether both consoles are 4K capable or not, in order to take advantage of that you’ll have to shell out around £4,000 in order to afford a 4K compatible TV. That’s right, £4,000. That’s just me picking a random 4K ready TV by the way, they actually go from around £3,999 to around £25,000.
The main reason for this is because in order to get the best out of your 4K resolution you need to have at least a 55″ screen. To make matters worse; let’s say you searched the sofa’s and managed to get together £4,000 for your 4K TV, you have nothing to play on it, as of writing there’s currently no 4K Bluray’s on sale, the only way to really utilise your 4K TV would be with ’content delivery systems’. According to Tech Radar, Sony will supply it’s 4K TV’s with a server that holds seven native 4K movies. Seven whole movies.
You could also shell out another $1,750 on the REDRAY player which not only provides 4K content to 4K displays but also upscales standard HD to 4K too – something which will probably be happening for a long time until channels start broadcasting at 4K as well as bluray players which also play 4K discs.
So for now there may be a war between consoles as to who can provide 4K to the masses in every way, shape, or form, but should you rush out and spend over the odds for a 4K TV? Probably not. Not for the next 5 or so years anyway. As for me, I’m happy to stick with my standard HD TV that doesn’t actually display HD images.
Does 4K matter to you? Leave a comment below!