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Rumor: PlayStation 4 Will Support 4K Resolution

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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.

 

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    mouse24 , August 23, 2012 5:37 AM
    I burst into laughter at just the title. You need a pretty decent pc to get acceptable 4k playable.

    Gonna go read the article now.
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    Pennanen , August 23, 2012 5:50 AM
    Maybe they meant that it will run 720p games stretched on 4k screen :D 
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    aftcomet , August 23, 2012 5:44 AM
    Pffft whatever. Just like the PS3 was supposed to have the RSX "Reality Synthesizer". 4K resolution? Let's first try to get 1080p at 60 FPS with 4xMSAA.

    Right now games barely run at 30FPS, below 720p, with NOAA (No Anti-Aliasing) but we're supposed to believe that this generation jump will be to 4K? On what, the Radeon HD 7670 GPU (re-branded 6670)?? Give me a break.

    What hope does it have at these claims when the RUMORED specs are already out of date compared to a current gaming PC?
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    mouse24 , August 23, 2012 5:37 AM
    I burst into laughter at just the title. You need a pretty decent pc to get acceptable 4k playable.

    Gonna go read the article now.
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    CaedenV , August 23, 2012 5:41 AM
    woo hoo! This is great news!
    When current gen consoles came out they could (and can) barely do 1080p gaming at 30fps (though they do 1080p movies just fine). They completely missed the boat thinking that 720p would be standard, and that very few people would invest in 1080p screens.... and they were dead wrong.
    It is just as hard to imagine 4K or quad HD (2 different aspect ratios by the way... they are not different terms for the same thing) becoming 'standard' as it was to think that 1080p would become standard back when 480i was the norm... but it may happen, and if it does it is good to know that the consoles will not be caught with their pants down this time!
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    aftcomet , August 23, 2012 5:44 AM
    Pffft whatever. Just like the PS3 was supposed to have the RSX "Reality Synthesizer". 4K resolution? Let's first try to get 1080p at 60 FPS with 4xMSAA.

    Right now games barely run at 30FPS, below 720p, with NOAA (No Anti-Aliasing) but we're supposed to believe that this generation jump will be to 4K? On what, the Radeon HD 7670 GPU (re-branded 6670)?? Give me a break.

    What hope does it have at these claims when the RUMORED specs are already out of date compared to a current gaming PC?
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    mayankleoboy1 , August 23, 2012 5:45 AM
    maybe. But where are the 4K displays? and i dont see 4k displays getting available at reasonable prices for atleast 2-3 years.
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    master_chen , August 23, 2012 5:48 AM
    Rumor: PlayStation 4 would have VooDoo IV graphics card on-board!
    3dFx is back and is working on graphics core for PlayStation 4!

    ...

    ...hm? It's not the 1-st of April yet? Oh....alright.
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    Pennanen , August 23, 2012 5:50 AM
    Maybe they meant that it will run 720p games stretched on 4k screen :D 
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    geeksinhere23 , August 23, 2012 5:51 AM
    that's nothing. is just rumor
    Rumor said xbox720 Will Support 8K Resolution, if you merge 2 xbox 720 together you can output 16k resolution. please. can someone inform me that I don't need to sell my house to get that super HD tv for gaming.
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    CaedenV , August 23, 2012 5:57 AM
    1080p has a DAR of 1.7:1
    QFHD (quad full HD, which is the same as UHD) has the same aspect ratio of 1.7:1
    'full' cinema 4K (sort of the old standard) is 4096x1714 which is an extremely wide 2.39:1
    'normal' cinema 4K resolution is 3996x2160 which is a slightly less wide 1.85:1, but still wider than good 'ol 16:9

    I see another format war brewing. QFHD looks to be in the lead with the most support from display manufacturers, but there are quite a few hats in the 4K (3996x2160) camp as well as it is the format for the projector, camera, and film industries.
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    CaedenV , August 23, 2012 6:02 AM
    mayankleoboy1maybe. But where are the 4K displays? and i dont see 4k displays getting available at reasonable prices for atleast 2-3 years.

    UHD displays come out in September of this year, with 'mainstream' units coming out at the same time or slightly after the new consoles (little over a year from now). It will no dobut take a few years to catch on, just as 1080p did; But if the consoles are expected to last another 7 year lifespan (taking them to the year 2020) then it will need to pump out this type of resolution to be taken seriously. Sadly, I have no dobut the resolution support will be at the sacrifice of any type of AA, and will still be stuck at the current 'playable' 25-30fps while movies move on to 50fps, and PC gamers move to 120fps
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    tjensen_25 , August 23, 2012 6:13 AM
    Straight up BS. A GTX 680 would have trouble pushing decent fps at 4k res. No way a console will be able to this generation and maybe even the next.
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    edogawa , August 23, 2012 6:16 AM
    Interesting, but won't it take at least a good 4 years for 4k resolution displays to come down to acceptable prices? 1080p TVs are dirt cheap now compared to 4-6 years ago. By the time 4k resolution TVs come down to acceptable consume prices the consoles will already have reached around half their lifespan.

    I'd love to see 4k monitors with 240hz; I wish.
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    friskiest , August 23, 2012 6:17 AM
    So you'll buy a next-gen console equivalent to a watered-down PC, a TV that would cost you an arm just so you could watch from it instead of playing? Am I missing something?
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    Gin Fushicho , August 23, 2012 7:06 AM
    Doesn't anyone else think it should be 2160p instead of the deceiving 4k? Considering we say 1080p and not 1920p.
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    army_ant7 , August 23, 2012 7:09 AM
    This line may need a correction:
    Quote:
    That said, maybe we'll see a 4K resolution game running at 60fps when Sony's successor to the Xbox Infinity (720) is introduced.

    Shouldn't it be
    Quote:
    "...Sony's successor to the PlayStation 3..."
    unless you meant "...Microsoft's successor to the Xbox Infinity (720)..."

    Just trying to help out. :-)
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    Menigmand , August 23, 2012 7:13 AM
    They are just saying it will "support" 4K, not that the games will run in that resolution. Promising without promises, that's markerting for you...

    And even IF it could run games like that, developers would quickly dial down the resolutuion and fps in exchange for more graphical detail.
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    tomfreak , August 23, 2012 7:20 AM
    must be 4K resolution for photo only.
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    pharoahhalfdead , August 23, 2012 7:28 AM
    A console with a GPU the equivalent of an AMD 5770 pushing 4K (sratches head)... yep, very believable (sarcasm)
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    InvalidError , August 23, 2012 7:31 AM
    "Sony's successor to the Xbox Infinity"

    Makes it sound like Microsoft is going to sign Sony up to design the 4th Xbox.
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    fuzzion , August 23, 2012 7:38 AM
    Like it or not , 4k is here for the long haul.

    It will take 5 years before we see the full exploitation of 4k though.
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    IQ11110002 , August 23, 2012 7:45 AM
    consoles cheaper than pc's they say?
    Well looks like that is about to change then, I don't see much hope of an affordable 4k screen for a while yet, May as well buy a super pc for the price of just the 4k tv let alone the new console. lol
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