Xbox One supports 4K for games, PS4 for video only

There has been new rumors suggesting that a new PS4 SKU for 2015 is on the way, one that will support 4K technology. We are hearing the same thing about the Xbox One, with a new model thought to be on the way to market later this year.

What we have seen though, is a general misunderstanding that 4K gaming is on the way to the PS4 and Xbox One. We’re here to remind you that this isn’t the case, as the PS4 and Xbox One have enough problems bringing out games at 1080p, 60FPS – let alone a 4K ‘Ultra HD’ resolution of 3840 X 2160 which newer TV models support at the moment.

The rumor has started from Forbes, who in turn cite Netflix as the source who say that it is coming this year. Assuming that it is true, then it obviously alludes to 4K video support for apps such as Netflix, rather than 4K games.

We are still many years away from 4K gaming, as lovely as that sounds. Watching 4K video content on Netflix though would still be fantastic in our eyes, but we had to laugh at the general overreaction that we are seeing right now on social media.


How can we have 4K gaming when we can’t hit 1080p and 60FPS across all games at the moment? Talk of a console ‘update’ is strange too since as far as we’re aware the PS4 already has support for 4K photos and videos.

It’s even stranger when we recollect previous statements from Microsoft confirming that the Xbox One does have support for a native 4K resolution and upscaling to 4K for games as well as video content.

Sony’s official stance on the matter is that the PS4 supports 4K resolution for photos and video content, but the console does not support 4K gaming.

So about the rumor of ‘new consoles’ coming, we’re not sure about it. If anything, it could just be a software update on Microsoft and Sony’s part so that it adds support for Netflix 4K content – not a full blown new console launch.

We’ll update this once more details come in, but give us your thoughts on this. Would you like to see 4K video support from Netflix on your console?

Did you even realize that the Xbox One supposedly has 4K gaming support built in, whereas the PS4 does not?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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