Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman
If anyone's using the PS4 thinking it will be a great UHD media playback machine... I think you need to be prepared for disappointment. Unlike with Blu-ray, the PS4 is being released before the UHD specs are fully ratified. Unless every bit of video processing is software based and upgradeable and the HDMI chipset is able to be set to the 2.0 standards, it's severely gimped right out of the gate.
Sony used the PS3 as a stealth Blu-ray player in order to get its fledgling HD disc medium into as many households as possible... with no such UHD medium locked down at time of manufacturing... the PS4 seems to be caught in home theater format limbo until the PS5 is released.
I really don't think this will be an issue. First of all 4K is a good 6-8 years away from being mainstream, by that time the PS5 will be out. Second, Sony is at the forefront of 4K tech, as they were with BluRay. So, I expect the PS4 will have the necessary hardware to do some 4K video processing for the few people that will demand it. What a lot of people (on this forum especially) don't realize is that a ton of people still have their PS3's hooked up to SDTV's.
4K's are just hitting the market, aside from an extremely small percentage of early adopters ( guinea pigs), things like this take a long time to catch on. Relatively speaking there will be no demand for 4K content this generation of consoles.
This upcoming Gen of consoles should be focused solely on running games at 1080p @60fps. They haven't even gotten this down yet and we're like 8 or 9 years into 1080p ! Forget 4K ! Max out my current TV's potential first, then we can talk 4K.