Consumer Electronics Association Backs Ultra High-Definition Displays
October 19, 2012 9:18 AM
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4K resolution hardware will officially be called ultra HD
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced the official name for the next generation 4K high-definition display technology: "Ultra High-Definition" or "Ultra HD." According to the CEA, the name is intended to infer the new format's superiority over conventional HDTV.
The CEA Board of Industry Leaders voted unanimously this week to recommend the previously mentioned names for the new next-generation HD resolution. Along with agreeing on a name, the CEA also outlined minimal performance characteristics to help consumers and retailers understand the benefit of the new technology set to begin rolling out this fall.
“Ultra HD is the next natural step forward in display technologies, offering consumers an incredibly immersive viewing experience with outstanding new levels of picture quality,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “This new terminology and the recommended attributes will help consumers navigate the marketplace to find the TV that best meets their needs.”
The core characteristics that the CEA agreed on include a minimum display resolution of at least 8 million active pixels with at least 3840 pixels horizontal and at least 2160 vertical pixels.
To meet the minimum needs the display will have to have an aspect ratio of at least 16 x 9. Devices meeting the specifications will also be required to have at least one digital input capable of carrying and presenting native 4K format video at 3840 x 2160 resolution without relying on upconverting.
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RE: PC Monitors
10/19/2012 1:48:15 PM
Most likely the PS4's support is similar to that found in current home theater receivers such as the Onkyo HT-RC460 which supports upscaling to 4K. Chances are that the game is rendered in 1080p by a similar $50 GPU and then upscaled to 4K. After all, it would be tough for a current high end video card from Nvidia or AMD to pull off decent frame rates powering over 8.2 million pixels and 4k has at a minimum 8,224,400 pixels. For example the EVGA Geforce GTX 680 Classified only can handle a minimum frame rate of 29.7 for Crisis Warhead on a resolution of 5760x1200 that is only 6.9 million pixels. Throw in another 1.2 million pixels in and you asking for very poor performance. That card currently costs $559.00 on Newegg. There is no way Sony would put in a $500.00 GPU in a PS4 and that is what it would take even a year from now to support true 4K rendering of games. Chances are it will just be a cheap upscaler chip. If that is the case why pay $24,999.99 for a Sony XBR-84X900 display if you are not really seeing a true 4K rendered game.
RE: PC Monitors
10/22/2012 6:23:23 PM
I personally would rather Microsoft and Sony hold off 24 months so that they can properly implement 4K rendering.
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