The PS4 4K experience

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You’ve just come home from Best Buy with a brand new 4K TV and your PS4 is still hooked up to your legacy 1080p set.

Or maybe you’ve been holding off on the latest Samsung, Sony, Vizio, or TCL.

The million dollar question is this – how does the PS4 look on a 4k TV? Is it really that big of an upgrade?

It’s going to depend on multiple factors (more on this below), but this is what you need to know:

  • The jump to 4k is less impressive than the move to HD resolutions
  • The regular PS4 and Slim revision will be upscaled and have the potential to look better
  • TVs with poor upscalers can worsen the overall image quality
  • The PS4 Pro won’t look as good as native 4K content (Netflix, Blu-rays, etc.), but will appear very sharp or “clean”

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Is 4K gaming worth it without HDR?

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While the amount of households with a 4K TV has soared over the past few years, the process of upgrading is hardly cut and dry.

With technical jargon like Ultra HD, HDR, local dimming, and 10 bit color depth, it’s hard to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into, and whether or not the TV you’re about to buy is the right fit for your needs.

HDR, 4K’s partner in crime, makes things particularly puzzling for home theater setups – many TVs on the market lack HDR and those that do offer the new color standard often miss the mark.

If you’re someone just venturing into the land of higher fidelity, you might be wondering whether 4K, on its own, carries the same punch independent of all the developing TV tech.

Keep reading for a dive into what makes the jump in resolution worth it and whether it should be considered for gaming without HDR.

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How 4K HDR Affects Input Lag And FPS: Is The Jump Worth It?

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The constant chase for butter smooth FPS and jaw dropping visuals is half the fun for the technically inclined gamer, so it should come as no surprise that the move to 4K has caused quite a stir in the community.

Ultra HD resolution, in addition to HDR, the next step in color reproduction and contrast, have given Sony and Microsoft a unique selling proposition for their “beast mode” mid generation consoles.

Whether you’re looking to buy an Xbox One X, PS4 Pro, or enthusiast grade PC, you might be wondering whether or not the next evolution of visuals comes at a performance cost.

Does 4K HDR increase input lag? How does it affect framerate?

The short of it: opting for 4K HDR on your PS4 Pro and Xbox One X can increase latency, but it will ultimately depend on the TV or monitor that you are using. Gaming at 4K will also lower FPS in most cases.

Read below for a deeper dive on how the resolution bump will affect your overall experience and how to minimize the impact it will have on your enjoyment.

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Can the Xbox One and PS4 Stream 4K HDR? What to Know About Console Media Playback

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In spite of the recent unveiling of several 8K TVs at CES 2019, 4K will continue to be the resolution to hit for those that produce content on YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, and so on.

And in the Ultra HD age, it can be a bit confusing to figure out which streaming devices support 4K and HDR, especially when it comes to gaming consoles.

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Which PS4 Consoles Can Display HDR?

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Since the rise of 4K HDR TV’s, I’ve seen a common misconception that you need a PS4 Pro in order to play HDR capable games. You’ll see this on places like reddit and other gaming/PS4 centric forums, and it’s no doubt believed by those buying into the ecosystem every day. It also doesn’t help that you need to have a certain version of the Xbox One in order to display HDR.

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The Start of Blade Runner 2049’s Second Wind

Blade Runner 2049, a sequel the sci fi cult classic that’s over 30 years old at this point, is one of the few staggered sequels to actually do the original justice – and it bombed spectacularly.

And for all of the money that flows towards unnecessary hands in Hollywood, it really is a shame that Blade Runner 2049 didn’t make as much of a financial mark as it could have.

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Best PS4 Games with HDR

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High dynamic range, or HDR, is arguably the definitive envelope pushing visual technology to grace television sets. It overtakes even the clarity bump offered by 4k resolution in spectacle when done right. The technology first appeared on consumer televisions after April 8, 2015 and has since matured into a truly impressive visual addendum, with much … Read more Best PS4 Games with HDR