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Sony plans to promote and sell super high resolution 4K televisions using the PlayStation 4, reports Yahoo.

According to an anonymous source, the PS4 will support 4K resolution playback, and Sony hopes the console will help popularise 4K televisions much as PS3 was a major player in Blu-ray winning out over HD-DVD.

Sony hopes the ability to play 4K resolution movies and games will tempt consumers into upgrading their already high definition televisions.

4K supports a resolution of up to 4096 x 3072, and unlike 720p and 1080p takes its name from the horizontal resolution, not the vertical.

Sony plans to roll out the 80-inch XBR LED television set with 4K resolution and is already selling 4K Blu-ray players. Analysis

Whilst we could believe the PS4 will be able to play 4K movie files, we don't see any way the step up in power will be enough to jump from predominantly 720p games to 4K.

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americanjedi's Avatar


This will make it too pricey
Posted 07:25 on 24 August 2012
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rbevanx@ Endless

If it's over priced just because of this I will wait until it's cheap. Only got a PS3 at launch as it was a cheap blu-ray player, I couldn't care less about this feature.
Posted 17:02 on 23 August 2012
Endless's Avatar


So another massively overpriced console heading our way then? You'd think Sony would have learned their lesson the first time around...
Posted 13:46 on 23 August 2012


This' good. While 4k won't take off for some time - the main TV in our house isn't even HD, I think it's good to future-proof the machine. Especially if the next gen will be as long, if not longer than this one.

The PS3 help win the BD / HD DVD battle, so maybe it can he;p push 4k into the mainstream. I feel even if it does, though, that 4k TVs will still be way out of price range of the majority of the public. But, this would increase the PS4's price by a lot, I imagine.
Posted 13:36 on 23 August 2012
Woffls's Avatar


I'd rather play 4K than 3D. While one has a much more obvious impact, I think we need the higher resolutions for bigger TVs. I simply won't buy a TV bigger than 42" because the pixel density isn't worth the investment. When 4K rolls around, I'd be looking at 50"-60" assuming my lounge is big enough by then!
Posted 13:04 on 23 August 2012

pblive@ Clockpunk

It's less viable than 3D because with 3D you can tell the difference and with 4K few people with a 42" set will tell the difference between this and 1080p[ or even 720p.
Posted 13:02 on 23 August 2012
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It's 3D all over again!
Posted 12:23 on 23 August 2012
tvr77's Avatar


Yeah, how much will one of these 4k tv sets go for ££££? To bloody much is my guess.
Posted 12:22 on 23 August 2012


I think I saw an analyst saying that 4K TVs might be cheap enough to be mainstream in about 3 years. Not sure how true that will be and it'll be a slow uptake because most people won't tell the difference on a normal movie or TV show (assuming they're supported in some way, new Bluray or something?).
Posted 12:20 on 23 August 2012
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I can see it happening, the PS4 playing 4K resolution games, but considering 4K monitors currently cost's well over 5,000 grand, with some being described as being the price of a car, I doubt 4K TV's will be mainstream enough by the time PS4 comes out to be a viable sales point.
Posted 12:06 on 23 August 2012
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