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


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202w 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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Prince Valiant's Avatar
#16 - Prince Valiant - 202w ago
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?!?

I also 90% sure the PS3 can handle SNES at UHD resolution, 60fps. PS4 WILL support UHD, but don't expect intense video games to use it. (Take for example MGS4 for PS3 (720P title released fairly recently) )


I highly doubt Sony would waste money by adding UHD support when no one buying their consoles would make use of it. I mean.... can you honestly imagine the graphical requirements to display a higher end PS3 game at that resolution?

I never seen a UHD in real life, but hope to see one in the next years on some conferences. I don't think this TV's will be for private customers available in the next few years. I mean, who of us have so much space to stand there a 70" - 90" ? Let's wait and see what the time will bring.

People with absurd amounts of money maybe, that's about it. The video is uncompressed because it reads faster.

tborsje's Avatar
#15 - tborsje - 202w ago
I would hope that 1080p with some AA @ 60fps (30fps if in 3D) would be the standard that MS and Sony would require for their developers in the next gen.

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#14 - Kimd41 - 202w ago
I'd rather have 1080p with x8 AA.

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#13 - jokerbrazil - 202w ago
That's a Big Regress. Larger TV , Larger Resolution , High Power Consumption and Hard Drive Requirement.

There's no Progress on this TV , never gonna make the market

Stone Age 80" TV with 7k x 4k resolution and big Toaster in consumption Versus Oled ultra slim and low power.

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#12 - properBo - 202w ago
Quote Originally Posted by hacked2123 View Post
You're most likely correct taking into account that its a bidding system to get integrated in the console. Hopefully MS and Nintendo release their systems first, only to find Sony held out for Quantum processors. (A lot can happen in 5 years )

I suppose we'll have to settle for 4K :-/

I subscribe to your opinion, sir.

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