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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The man who designed the look of the PS4

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From its sleek angles to minimalist footprint, the original PS4 was largely championed for its design while the Xbox One drew comparisons to the VCRs of yesterday.

Further revisions to Sony’s next-gen console took a bit of a different approach – the Slim sliding into the background and Pro opting for a stacked approach – but its design ethos largely remained intact.

A couple standout special editions like the 20th Anniversary Edition and Destiny 2 PS4 Pro Bundle added some flare to the otherwise conservative console lineup and, as a whole, Sony has continued to prioritize its gaming first mantra.

Whether high end Bluetooth headphones or 4K TVs, the importance of elegance is something that can be seen across most of Sony’s consumer electronics, and in the case of its latest consoles, the principle falls in the hands of Tetsu Sumii.

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Does PS4 have dual monitor support?

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One of the biggest draws to PC gaming is flexibility, and among a player’s options to configure the display output is the ability to game on a dual monitor setup.

Monitors are essentially stacked side by side in order to create a much wider, and subsequently more immersive, field of view. It’s features like this that make the PC landscape one ripe with possibility for tech enthusiasts.

Slowly but surely PC gaming features have been sliding into the scene of console gaming, but for the most part, PC is far and away the place to be for the cutting edge.

If you’re playing on the PS4, you might be wondering – does the PS4 support dual monitors?

In short, Sony’s console lacks dual monitor capability (as do the Switch and Xbox One). If you want true dual monitor support, then you’ll need to buy a gaming PC.

Read on to learn about PS4 features that are similar to dual monitors and how you can integrate the console into an already existing setup.

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How Long Do PS4 Controllers Last?

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Among all of the rage quitting, button mashing, and inexplicable sweat, PS4 controllers seem to trudge on and on…until they don’t. You might like: Does the PS4 upscale to 4K? With controllers costing upwards of $50 a pop, even more for limited edition variants, it’s in your best interest to keep yours going for as … Read more How Long Do PS4 Controllers Last?

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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Top 9 Linear PS4 Games: Leaving Behind Open World Fatigue

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As good as open world heavy hitters like Horizon Zero Dawn, Spider-Man, and Red Dead Redemption 2 are, most PS4 players familiar with the style of level design eventually need a palette cleanser

If you want to avoid burnout and are looking for something a bit different, linear single player games can serve as the great escape. A good linear game knows what it wants to accomplish and offers very little bloat.

Read on for the 9 best linear experiences the PS4 has to offer, and break up the paradox of open world freedom.

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Best PS4 Games with High Replay Value

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Even though video games generally depreciate in cost at a moderate pace, the initial $60 buy in puts the overall hobby on the costlier side. This is why many PS4 gamers are after experiences that lend themselves to tons of replay value. The types of games that you can dump hundreds and sometimes thousands of … Read more Best PS4 Games with High Replay Value