Sony is pushing 4K TVs and Microsoft just unveiled IllumiRoom, a research project that will make games more immersive. Each could play a vital role in their company’s next-generation consoles, but which will reign supreme? Is this the PS3’s Blu-ray vs the 360’s HD DVD (add-on) all over again?
4K Advantages – Let’s start with 4K; smartphones and tablets have high-density displays, so it makes sense for TVs to breach 1080p. Movies and games will look amazing, and your old HDTV will look like a CRT from 1998. Can you imagine Uncharted 4 on a 4K display? Now, that’s what I call, next-gen.
4K Disadvantages – Cost, that’s 4K’s major disadvantage, no one wants to pay a ridiculous amount of money on a new TV. Especially when they’re old one still produces a great picture. Also, let’s be honest, most games won’t support this resolution. Games are barely HD now, they aren’t going to jump to 4K when the PS4 hits. Hell, we’ll be lucky to see universal 1080p.
IllumiRoom Advantages – IllumiRoom is a research project, but it could follow in Kinect’s footsteps. It uses Kinect and a projector to scan your room, and then it puts effects on your walls. This will boost immersion, and impress your friends. This is also guaranteed to be cheaper than a 4K TV.
IllumiRoom Disadvantages – Honestly, this looks gimmicky and possibly distracting. Exciting at first, but ultimately a waste of time. Still, thanks to all of the pretty effects and Microsoft’s marketing expertise, the general public will eat this up.
Okay, who comes out on top? Well, I’m guessing IllumiRoom. If priced right it will be a huge hit, 4K TVs have an uphill battle. The public resisted 3D, the same will happen with 4K. It’ll take off once prices drop (when Vizio makes a cheap Walmart one) and 4K content becomes widely available. But I don’t see that happening soon, maybe 4-5 years into the next console generation.
This was just a quick comparison, tell us your thoughts in the comments. 4k, IllumiRoom, or neither?
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