Originally Posted by Prince Valiant
I am not saying 1080p wouldn't be good enough, because as you pointed out most PS3 games aren't even doing native 720p, I was simply estimating the future need for higher res games. PC gamers have been enjoying beyond (way beyond) 1080p gaming for quite some time now, and it makes logical sense that as technology grows, 1080p will be looked upon as the red-headed step child in the HD world. PC gamers have already been laughing at us HDTV owners because we think 1080p is so great, while they have been playing games on their beyond 1080p monitors for some time now.
I guarantee you within the next 2-3 years TV manufacturers will be coming out with higher res TV's, that go well beyond 1080p. Mark my words, that WILL be the next best thing in HDTV technology. They did their motion enhancement 120hz, 240hz, LED back-lighting and 3D stuff... and it is highly likely that next step up on the cutting edge evolutionary chain of HDTV technology will be the implementation of 1080p+ resolutions. Because lets face it, people get bored of stuff very quickly in today's society, and 1080p is old news. And the prices for 1080p HDTV's have gone down so much it is mind boggling. For the price I paid for my 32" 720p Samsung back in 2007, I could get a top of the line 120/240hz, 3D, 1080p, 55", LED HDTV. Higher res is the next big step for HDTV's, and if Sony thinks ahead with the PS4, they will need to prepare for this.
Same goes for touchscreen tech, I personally hate it but people seem to love it. And I wouldn't be surprised if TV's started to come out where there was a sensor on the TV that could identify your hand gestures to move around the TV's settings and menus, basically like a virtual touch screen. Sony will have to identify all the potential future technology and implement it into the PS4, which is also another good reason it won't be coming out any time soon, because too many things are unknown about what future tech may bring.
And if they don't guess right, the PS4 would be obsolete much sooner than expected. Because say if they release with a 1080p limitation, and beyond 1080p TV's get really popular.. well, you get the idea. Gaming is not the only thing the PlayStation is used for, you can't discount blu rays and the whole home theater aspect of owning a PS3 and potential PS4. Cause while games may not go beyond 1080p on a console for the next generation, blu-ray movies and TV's most definitely will.