Originally Posted by SOWK
Zombie, it has nothing to do with actual Tflop performance, this was Sony's only real chance to get ultra HD drives out on the market. I unfortunately think 4K is going to take much much longer to take off now, if at all...
Sony gambled last generation in a very big way. They introduced a $600 console with a brand new technology (Blu-Ray) that they weren't 100% sure would be successful. This gamble drastically increased the price of the console and put it out of the reach of many people. The price alone is what put Sony in third place, behind Nintendo and Microsoft. They just lost too much time before prices dropped to an acceptable, mainstream level.
With no HDMI standard, no 4K Blu-Ray standard (or other 4K disc standard), and a very small number of 4K TVs in the market, they would have been foolish to introduce a new, high-priced piece of technology (even a 4-layer BD drive) that inflated the price of the console. Hell, if the rumors of a $429/$529 PS4 are true, I think they're already behind.
There's no way 4K won't take off. If a new HDMI standard is created before the end of the year, other standards and hardware will follow suit. And before then (hopefully this summer) we'll have digital distribution of 4K content (Sony, RED, etc.).
I think Sony made the absolute right decision from a business standpoint. They make a lot more money from their Playstation brand than they do their TV division.