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[Rumor] 4K Capable Consoles Coming This Year

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 7:36 pm by Stephen Janes

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Rumors have surfaced that Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One will get 4k upgrades. If true, this autumn will feature a new wave of video game consoles that will stream amazingly high-definition content.

Forbes is reporting that Netflix was told about a 4k console around the time of CES 2014. PCs have been capable of running a 4k signal for some time, but having a video game console with this ability could help drive the sales of 4k television sets.

According to Forbes, Netflix chief product officer John Hunt stated that Sony “promised” they would be developing a 4k capable console this autumn. Hunt has recently backpedaled saying he can’t comment on the situation but was certain video game consoles with 4k playback would be on their way. Sony has stated that they would like to release a 4k capable console in the future, while Microsoft has been considering it for some time.

Interesting to note is that this fall season would mark two-years since “next-gen” became “current-gen.” Generally, companies will revamp their consoles after two or three years to drive more sales and introduce a better product. The PlayStation 3 slim came out about three years after its predecessor. The Xbox 360 Arcade and Elite editions were released two years after the initial Xbox 360 and later, the Xbox 360 Slim.

I really haven’t had any desire to purchase a 4k television, but if I can watch my crew handle their business in Grand Theft Auto Online in such a wonderful resolution I might be intrigued. What do you console owners think? Is 4k really the way to go? Should consoles make the switch?

Stephen Janes is also co-host of the Pixelated Podcast and occasionally writes for this fabulous site. You can follow his gaming nonsense on Twitter.

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