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Speculation: No Ultra HD for Sony's Next-gen PS4 Console?

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215w ago - While Sony previously confirmed that developers will play a key role in building their next-gen console which is expected to arrive after the Microsoft and Nintendo counterparts, today PS4Sony.net (linked above) speculates that the PS4 won't include Ultra HD support.

Based on specifications from [Register or Login to view links], they surmise the technology just doesn't seem feasible for next-gen consoles including the PlayStation 4.

To quote: "Today, Full HD offers up a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080, whereas the new you-beaut Ultra HD offers a whopping max resolution of 7680 x 4320!

Ultra HD poses numerous practical problems for manufacturers seeking to bring the new format to consumers. The uncompressed video and audio recorded in ultra HD takes up high volumes of storage space - 3.5 terabytes for one 18-minute clip, requiring a hard disc weighing almost 600 pounds (272 kg).

The prototype ultra HD screen can use more electricity than an entire house might in one month. An early ultra HD camera weighs more than 100 pounds (45 kg).

I don't know about you but something just jumps out and screams "not enough bandwidth" in this picture. Even if Sony's new 1TB disc surfaces over the next few years, that's only sufficient enough to store a massive 6-and-a-bit minute Ultra HD movie!

Don't expect this technology to be anywhere close to be implemented within your PS4 console, regardless of Internet hype."

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#21 - punyon - 215w ago
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The problem is not the storage space, it's the bandwidth, UHD uses 24 Gbit/s for uncompressed data. Back in 2005 they probably need to use 300+ 10-15k RPM SAS/Fiber in RAID setup to achieve that much bandwidth just for the storage.

#20 - thegamer345 - 215w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by hacked2123 View Post
2 things. 1)ITS UNCOMPRESSED VIDEO of course its going to huge. 2)3.5TB fits on 2x3.5" hdd, weighing 2 to 3 pounds each... Why in the world would it take 600LBS?!?

you do realize that they might be using the 600lb scale compared to what a full length movie might require...

#19 - msr - 215w ago
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Prince - exactly, i am not sure movies need high def, sound is more important.

I can see myself, in 10 or 20 years still watching the vids i have now, and in that definition.

Nature documentaries work well in 1080p though, i would accpet that.

#18 - Prince Valiant - 215w ago
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I play all my consoles on SD TVs. With movies I'm content with VHS, DVD is nicer but, VHS is fine.

#17 - msr - 215w ago
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It is still debatable if 1080p is even necessary for films. I will still be watching rubbish old 480p(is it), programs and films in 10 or 20 years probably.

Ultra hd seems why over the top to me.

Gaming max seems to be ok with 1080p for now. But like i say most people still are not sure that they need 1080p for films.


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