Xbox One supports 4K resolution: What that means for players
In a Q&A hosted on Yahoo Chat Wednesday with Xbox’s Larry Hryb, it was confirmed that the Xbox One supports 4K resolution at launch for Blu-ray.
Speaking to Forbes, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy Yusuf Mehdi said the console will work with “next-gen HDTVs” and that there isn’t a “hardware restriction at all,” for it to support games and other content with 4K resolutions.
4K resolution is roughly four times the resolution of the 1080p displays we have now, offering higher picture detail, viewable on even larger televisions.
Companies like Sony and LG have already announced the first round of consumer 4K resolution, or UltraHD television sets. It costs upwards of $5,000 to purchase one of these TVs, a price that’s sure to level out as the technology becomes standardized.
According to The Verge, Sony 4K video downloads could require over 100 gigabytes of space, a high number for the limited console storage capacities and today’s download speeds.
In an interview with The Verge, Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt said the video streaming service expects “to be delivering 4K within a year or two.”
Game developers will likely have to sacrifice things like AI and complexity of game mechanics to support such a high fidelity, and because the installed base for 4K televisions will be low for the first few years, they will have little incentive to support the resolution.
The PlayStation 4 will support 4K resolution, but not for games. It’s unclear if the hardware is capable of supporting 4K resolution games and other content with firmware updates.
It’s safe to say 4K games are not going to be rushing into our homes anytime soon. Looking at the length of the previous generation of consoles and how much technology changed during their lifetimes, it’s good to know the new ones will support it.
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