Speculation: No Ultra HD for Sony's Next-gen PS4 Console?
While Sony previously confirmed that developers will play a key role in building their next-gen console which is expected to arrive after the Microsoft and Nintendo counterparts, today PS4Sony.net (linked above) speculates that the PS4 won't include Ultra HD support.
Based on specifications from WiseGeek.com, they surmise the technology just doesn't seem feasible for next-gen consoles including the PlayStation 4.
To quote: "Today, Full HD offers up a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080, whereas the new you-beaut Ultra HD offers a whopping max resolution of 7680 x 4320!
Ultra HD poses numerous practical problems for manufacturers seeking to bring the new format to consumers. The uncompressed video and audio recorded in ultra HD takes up high volumes of storage space - 3.5 terabytes for one 18-minute clip, requiring a hard disc weighing almost 600 pounds (272 kg).
The prototype ultra HD screen can use more electricity than an entire house might in one month. An early ultra HD camera weighs more than 100 pounds (45 kg).
I don't know about you but something just jumps out and screams "not enough bandwidth" in this picture. Even if Sony's new 1TB disc surfaces over the next few years, that's only sufficient enough to store a massive 6-and-a-bit minute Ultra HD movie!
Don't expect this technology to be anywhere close to be implemented within your PS4 console, regardless of Internet hype."
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I'd say I have to agree with their Ultra HD speculation for PS4... the way I see it, we will probably be still adapting and using HDTV for at least another decade or more.
11-09-2010 #4The uncompressed video and audio recorded in ultra HD takes up high volumes of storage space – 3.5 terabytes for one 18-minute clip, requiring a hard disc weighing almost 600 pounds (272 kg).
I also 90% sure the PS3 can handle SNES at UHD resolution, 60fps. PS4 WILL support UHD, but don't expect intense video games to use it. (Take for example MGS4 for PS3 (720P title released fairly recently) )
Since, we all know graphics processors are "lowest bidder" sort of things, having something that high end in a system - just is not going to happen.
3D HDTV will be embraced, hugely. Add in motion sensing , and that is your next generation - sad, but true!
I suppose we'll have to settle for 4K :-/
As CJPC said, our next gen consoles are 3D and motion controlled. Of course we'll still use handheld controllers, but the big 3 are pushing those technologies big time. It's just not possible that we'll have UHD in next gen consoles. That is very far away.
Of course there won't be UltraHD, the TVs don't even actually exist for consumers and the PS4 is at most 3 years away. No install base. Literally 0. There is no one they could sell the feature to!
Edit: Also remember, they built the system in 2005 when disks were smaller and slower than today.
I never seen a UHD in real life, but hope to see one in the next years on some conferences. I don't think this TV's will be for private customers available in the next few years. I mean, who of us have so much space to stand there a 70" - 90" ? Let's wait and see what the time will bring.