Originally Posted by bd2003
They don't have to concern themselves in the slightest bit with 4k. Any 4k TV can do the scaling on its own. Even if the nextbox has that capability, it's irrelevant.
Besides, 4k is irrelevant until people can casually buy a 100" screen for $1000. I know its a big number that sounds great on paper, but there has been diminishing returns on each resolution bump. Beyond 1080p we don't need higher res, we need better antialiasing. 1080p has more than enough pixels, now we just need to make those pixels less obvious.
I agree completely, but having 4K as a marketing gimmick may come into play. Look at how people are so concerned about 1080p when they normally don't benefit at all from it. I can't even begin to count all the times I see a 42" HDTV sitting 12' or more from the closest chair in the room. With my job I am constantly in peoples homes, and the screen to viewing distance ratio is just way off. 1080p is irrelevant, and 4K is just silly from what I see on a regular basis. But if Sony comes out with a PS4 and HDTV that do 4K, you can bet everything that they will push that in ads, making people think it is way better than what they have now.
I would kill to have 1080p TV programming, but considering they can't even do 720p/1080i correctly, I would be happy to get those resolutions with a HQ picture. I really miss Verizon Fios, but if Fox, CBS, ABC and company can't send them a decent video feed, Fios doesn't matter.
Microsoft doesn't have to care at all about 4K, but if the extra few dollars to have the ability to advertise the crap out of it sells them a bunch of systems, it will get added. I don't think they will at all, but I wouldn't be shocked if 4K was possible with the X720.