Rise of the 4K Consoles

Updated: Oct 25, 2020

4K, it's been around for a couple of years but up until now truly only in a limited number of respects. As 4K TV's become more affordable an increasing amount of content becomes more available. The latest of these to be unveiled is support from our gaming consoles. The major players in the game console industry are all throwing their hats in the ring to get a bite of the 4K pie. Is it worth the buy or which console is the better purchase is really up to the consumer at this point.

The Microsoft XBOX One S recently released will provide 4K UHD Blu-Ray playback and 4K streaming but only 4K upconversion of existing game titles. The new XBOX will also support the up and coming HDR technology. HDR meaning (High Dynamic Range) boasts a wider range of contrast and color. It will soon be another looked for acronym stamped on every high end TV box. In addition Microsoft will also will also be releasing an even newer system next year during the 2017 holiday season named XBOX One Project Scorpio. The new to be released system claims true 4K gaming which leads one to think why purchase the lacking XBOX One S system at $299 with the real deal soon around the corner.

Next up is Sony entering the 4K arena with it's contender the Playstation 4 Pro which launches November 10th. The system will be available for $399 on it's release date. The Pro offers all the 4K support that the new XBOX provides plus 4K enhanced game titles. The Pro delivers significantly upgraded hardware for improved game performance. Currently the Pro has about 40 titles supporting 4K to be available. The one thing physical media lovers will miss on the Pro is the support 4K UHD Blu-Ray playback something Microsoft made sure not to drop from it's feature list. Another thing to keep in mind is Sony PS5 is expected to launch sometime the second half of 2018.

Last but not least is Nintendo's new Switch system. The Switch is slated to launch March of 2017. Details regarding 4K and HDR s