Originally Posted by imagic
Just remember how expensive and rare Blu-ray and 1080P were when the PS3 came out. That's all you need to know, because the PS4 will be the first mainstream
platform supporting 4K movies but others will follow. Affordable 4K TV sets from 40"-70" are bound to pop up either this year or at CES 2014, remember the PS4 is a holiday 2013 item, plenty of time to get past the first generation TV set and the early adopter pricing. Just about every decent AVR out there is now including 4K pass-through, unless all the A/V receiver manufacturers are somehow clueless, they must know that affordable 4K is right around the corner. Then again, maybe it'll be a projector that ushers in the affordable 4K era - after all the whole argument for 4K is that it's best for big screen projection.
I have no doubt it'll be popular here and with us.
But going over friends and family, very few see the need for a 50"+ TV. Very few really get into the difference between even DVD and HDTV. Even less are making their display purchasing decisions around the tech and future tech like we do.
The standard will be here to stay, absolutely, and eventually be the norm. I just don't think the adoption will be quick into households, as people gradually replace what they have. People historically have treated television as a household durable good, like cars and other major appliances. I just don't think 4K will drive the new wave of adoption the industry has been hoping for since the move to wide flatscreen HDTV.
You'd need something revolutionary to drive that sort of change. And honestly I think hanging your flat futuristic TV on a wall, like people had only seen in movies, was a bigger factor than the change from 640-720/1080 for most. The gradual adoption of BD compared to DVD tends to align with that theory.