4K Gaming: Why You Shouldn't Be Excited About It Yet

By Gen Que , Nov 10, 2016 04:40 AM EST

With the release of the PS4 Pro a few hours from now, both Sony and Microsoft now have 4K capable consoles. While the possibility of what 4K gaming can bring, there are still some reasons why you shouldn't be excited about 4K gaming yet.

The Xbox S and PS4 Pro are supposed to bring the gaming experience to a whole new level because it will make games become more life-like. However, aside from the Xbox S upscaling 4K content, there's really nothing else extraordinary about both consoles. For one, having either of the console will not magically transform your games into 4K quality if you are still using a television set with 1080p capabilities. Yes, you heard it right. If you really want to experience 4K gaming to its fullest, you need to upgrade to a television with 4K-HD capability.

Moreover, even if your current display screen has 4K capabilities but is not HDR10 capable, you still won't be able to full utilize the games that have been designed for this new format. According to Sony only games released in 2017 and later will have a built-in 4K support. Some games that are part of this are Spiderman, Detroit, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Days Gone.

Other existing games will receive patches to enable them for 4K gaming. Some of these games include The Last of Us, Tomb Raider, Shadow of Mordor, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and Infamous First Light. These are for PS4 games. On the other hand, Xbo users have lesser game options. With Project Scorpio still a year from release, games which are reportedly going to get HDR support include Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Forza, Scalebound, and NBA2K17.

The Xbox S was released earlier this year, while the PS4 Pro will finally be released today. Meanwhile, Xbox Project Scorpio is reported to have a Fall 2017 release.

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