The PlayStation 4 will reportedly support 4K Resolution playback to push consumers into purchasing Sony's compatible 4K HDTVs -- much like the PS3 did with Blu-ray.
On the heels of LG's announcement that its 84-inch Ultra Definition 3D TV will arrive next month, there's a rumor surfacing that Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 console will support 4K Resolution playback.
Adding 4K Resolution support to the next-generation console only makes sense, as Sony already produces 4K Blu-ray players costing around $200. The company is also slated to introduce its own 80-inch XBR LED UD solution in time for the holidays. As with the LG model, this wall-sized beast could sport the same pricetag as a decent car with built-in Internet.
Sources claim that Sony wants to push 4K Resolution much like it pushed Blu-ray with the launch of its PlayStation 3 console. Sony is reportedly betting that if the next-generation console supports games, movies and TVs at 4K Resolution, then owners will have an incentive to upgrade to new 4K television sets.
4K Resolution is a term used to describe around 4000 pixels in a horizontal line on a display. Other terms include Ultra HD, Ultra Definition (HD) and Quad Full High Definition (QFHD) which is 3840 x 2160, or exactly four times the current Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 (or 1080p).
As Computerworld points out, the current PlayStation 3 is capable of 1920 x 1080, but only a small number of games actually run at that resolution. Unless the specs are super incredibly impressive at a super incredible price, playing a PlayStation 4 game at 3840 x 2160 -- and 60 frames per second at that -- seems a little far-fetched at this point.
Recent rumors have stated that Sony will reveal the PlayStation 4 during E3 2013 next June, but Sony has repeatedly said that it will not show the next-gen console unless the new system can demonstrate a "significant leap" in technology. That said, maybe we'll see a 4K resolution game running at 60fps when Sony's successor to the Xbox Infinity (720) is introduced.