Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 console will reportedly support resolutions of up to 4K.
According to BGR, Sony's plan to introduce an 80-inch XBR LED television set with 4K resolution is actually part of a larger scheme to promote 4K as a mainstream format.
"Since 3D isn't gaining much traction, Sony, and we'd assume the rest of the industry is betting on 4K as a way to get consumers to upgrade their home entertainment devices," explained BGR's Jonathan S. Geller.
"[Remember] Sony is already selling 4K Blu-ray players for $200, and the company's next-gen PS4 will indeed support 4K resolution playback as well. Like the PS3 did with Blu-ray, [the Japanese-based corporation] is betting that by including the ability to support 4K resolution media - games and movies - consumers will have an incentive to upgrade to new 4K television sets."
Little is known about Sony's next-gen console, although the company has confirmed the PS4 will offer "significant" enhancements.
"The right time to talk about new advances in hardware is when you can demonstrate a significant leap on the current experience, and something that is going to be attractive," Sony exec Andrew House recently told MCV. "That remains our philosophy. Beyond that we have nothing to say at this point."
Of course, Sony’s decision to take a vow of silence hasn’t stopped a slew of rumors from circulating, with one report claiming that the PS4 - apparently codenamed Orbis - will be powered by a quad-core AMD APU and paired with a Radeon HD 7970 GPU.
According to PSX-Sense, the processor - dubbed "Liverpool" - is based on AMD's upcoming Steamroller core. The chip is slated to be fabbed at 28nm and expected to clock in at a sweet 3.2GHz. Other PS4 details such as memory remain understandably vague, as Sony seems to be vacillating between 2GB-4GB - with developers pressing for the latter option.
Interestingly, PSX-Sense claims the PS4 will once again feature a Blu-ray drive, along with an HDMI 1.4 port. Additional specs include 16GB Flash Memory for the OS and subsequent patches, as well as a 320GB + HDD.