Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are 4K ready, but does it matter?

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on August 13, 2013
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ps4-vs-xbox-oneBoth 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.

4K tvAnother 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!

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  • Ricky T Louchart

    The more resolution, the better, in my opinion. Will I be getting 4K? No. I want to but that’s just too much money right now. But you better bet, when I have the extra, I’m upgrading. I’m upset though, that next-gen isn’t at all in talks about going virtual reality. Sony already talked about working on virtual reality they are working on to make consumer affordable some time ago in a Gamepro mag. I want my virtual Resident Evil already. And not the new action oriented RE either. The old Mansion/Raccoon City creepy, crawly RE.

    • http://www.n3rdabl3.co.uk/ Aaron Richardson

      I think the current focus with most TV manufacturers is perfecting the 3D experience, something which game developers seem to be ignoring – from my experience anyway.

      I like the idea of Virtual Reality but I think right now devices like the Oculus Rift will only ever remain in indie developer hands until someone big like Sony or Microsoft see it as a profitable and in-demand product, that’s when they’ll take notice and we’ll start seeing more VR based games – Imagine if Farming Simulator had full VR support, that would be awesome.

      • Ricky T Louchart

        That’s one good thing about 4K TVs is that the come stock with 1080P 3D. Atleast the ones I checked out from Sony did, sadly, I wasn’t actually able to see 4K content. Perhaps next time Best Buy will have a 4K movie actually playing in the darn thing lol. But I wonder if 4K resolution will be better than 1080P 3D res. I noticed, when watching 3D, there already seems to be a big jump in the resolution.

        • http://www.n3rdabl3.co.uk/ Aaron Richardson

          That’s the one problem I found researching 4K for this post, there’s not a wealth of products that fully support 4K which, right now, makes it fairly pointless – but I’m sure people thought exactly the same thing about 1080p Full HD.

          It’ll be interesting to re-visit this post in around 5 or so years when 4K displays become cheaper and more readily available to the average movie buff/gamer.

          • Ricky T Louchart

            Well for right now, we’ll just have to take the 4K compatability as an extra on next-gen. They’ll probably be around for years to come, and when 4K does make it big, atleast the systems will be “READY” for it without having to trade up for another game console lol. So, all in all, I think making them 4K ready was a really good decision. There just covering their butts for when people do want it.

          • http://www.n3rdabl3.co.uk/ Aaron Richardson

            You’re right there, I mean, think back to the first ever Xbox 360, it never came with a HD Port, you had to purchase an extra cable which if I recall correctly, cost a bomb.

            Right now, I don’t think it’s much of an exciting feature, like you said, it’s more of an extra rather than a reason to purchase the next-gen consoles – give it a few years and I’ll be thinking “Yeah, Ricky was right, Sony & Microsoft were prepared.”

          • Ricky T Louchart

            Lol, your pretty cool Aaron. Too bad I never went to XBox. If your gaming is anything like your logic, your probably a Hell of a gamer.

          • http://www.n3rdabl3.co.uk/ Aaron Richardson

            Thanks mate! Hey, I play PC too, though, not very well.

            Yeah, it’s sad that Nintendo are currently going the way that they are, again though, give it a few months and just like with the 3DS the Wii U will become a pretty popular console!

          • Ricky T Louchart

            I’m hoping they eventually drop out of the console race like Sega did, then perhaps we’ll see some Zelda and Mario for higher end systems. Because, like Sega, I doubt they’ll stop producing their hit titles. I do like the Wii U gamepad, a lot, but I was majorly dissapointed by the Wii U in its entirety. Especially its lack of a Bluray drive.

  • Le_Post_Monkey

    Not sure you’re the best person to write this article, Aaron. You said it yourself: You aren’t the biggest HD fan…so of course 4K compatibility isn’t going to matter to you. It’s like asking someone who doesn’t like spicy food to review an Indian restaurant.

    • http://www.n3rdabl3.co.uk/ Aaron Richardson

      Oh absolutely, you’re not wrong. But I believe that the specifics that I pointed out; price, availability, and compatibility are all things people will be considering right now when deciding to switch to 4K HD and I firmly believe that it’s not quite at a point for 4K compatibility in consoles to matter to the majority of us.

    • Hayley

      This is an opinion piece not a review, you can give your opinion on something without being head over feels with it. What you’re implying is to have an opinion on something you have to like it, someone that doesn’t like spicy food is capable of identifying a shit restaurant from a good one.

      • Le_Post_Monkey

        Easy there. My comment was made with tongue firmly in cheek, and suggesting that one must like something in order to have an opinion on it is foolish…there aren’t only favorable opinions floating out there, or am I missing something?

        I happen to agree with him, I don’t think 4K matters right now. My original comment was implying that for Aaron, it may never matter, since he states that he’s not a big fan of HD in its current form. But yes, this is an opinion piece, not a news article…just as my original comment was my opinion.

  • Josh

    4K is useless unless you have a home movie theater. It’s my understanding from the tech sites and reviews I’ve read, you cannot tell the difference between HD and UltraHD unless you have an 80-100+ inch screen. The technology is for HD movie screens and people who will pay to say they have 4K.

  • James

    The major bonus to 4k is it frees up processing power which would otherwise be used for anti aliasing. Since the pixels on screen are so numerous anti-aliasing doesn’t come into the picture. The problem on console though is that they will not be running JUST 4k so this advantage is totally lost.