The PS5 and Xbox Series X are just a matter of weeks away, and now may be a good time to review your current living room set-up. Many people will be using the next-gen consoles' release as an excuse to upgrade to a new 4K TV, but there are some things you should know before you do.
4K is no longer the future, it’s the now, and console gamers have been enjoying it since the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X arrived. These were transitional consoles that gave us a glimpse of the future, but with the PS5 and Xbox Series X, 4K is the new normal.
We could argue that buying a PS5 or Xbox Series X without a 4K TV is a pointless purchase. It’s not, of course, as we can always upgrade a to a new 4K TV in time.
Players will still be able to enjoy next-gen games in HD – but if you're going to invest in a new console, surely you want a TV that allows it to show off what it can do?
To truly unlock the new consoles' potential, gamers will need a TV worthy of the technology they bring to the table. This does indeed mean a TV capable of 4K resolution, but that’s just the start.
Before you rush out and spend your hard-earned cash on a new TV, there are some other things you need to consider. The PS5 and Xbox Series X are future-ready and designed with desirable and ‘up and coming’ advancements in mind.
Many of which are not yet considered the norm but may be in the next few years. If we’re being completely honest, buying a TV that fully unlocks the potential of the new consoles will cost a significant amount of cash, the question is; should you bother to spend it yet?
The price of the actual consoles themselves pales in comparison. Let’s explain in more detail.
The Rise Of 4K Console Gaming
4K is common heading into 2021. If you were to go out today and buy a new TV, you’d be hard-pressed to find a new one that wasn’t capable of 4K; they may not even make non-4K TVs anymore heading into the New Year.
That means they have become much more affordable, something that will have delighted many gamers. Especially those who’ve saved up to buy both a new games console and TV in 2020 or early 2021.
Here’s the good news; your new 4K TV will look awesome with your new PS5 or Xbox Series X. Providing you pick a reputable and good quality model, of course.
Your new TV will be compatible with the new consoles. We’re sure that playing games with 4K resolution and 60 frames-per-second (fps) will be a real game-changer.
The truth is console gaming will have never looked so good. Even if you’re using a none 4K TV, your games will still look great in HD. There’s no rush for you to go out and buy a new TV to enjoy your new console this November.
Hell, you could attach your PS5 or Xbox Series X to an old standard definition TV with a SCART adapter and still have fun – if for some reason you were so inclined.
Our point is you don’t need to worry about compatibility. Your only concern should be optimization. And this is where you need to consider your investment.
This brings us to the bad news; unless you pony up at least $2000 for a new TV, you’ll not be using one that unlocks the full potential of the PS5 or Xbox Series X.
Moving Beyond 4K
For starters, the PS5 and Xbox Series X will both be capable of 8K resolution. From what we know so far, not that many games will support this at launch. But as the generation progresses, we can expect this to become more common.
Then there’s frame rate to consider. Most 4K TVs will be able to comfortably handle 60fps, something the PS5 and Xbox Series X will offer from day one.
But both consoles, as well as an increasing amount of games will support the higher 120fps. Something not all 4K TVs can handle at this moment in time.
The price of a TV capable of handling both 8K and 120fps climbs very steeply. There’s also not that many on the market yet that truly offer a fully future-proofed experience either.
Innovations like HDMI 2.1 will be essential to making 8K and 120fps a reality. But at this moment in time, the TVs that offer it are few and far between. And the ones that do are costly.
Many gamers are turning to PC monitors for their games consoles these days. This allows them to purchase a high-end screen at a lower price in many cases.
The problem is though if you’re used to gaming on a 65-inch screen and wish to continue doing so, you’re going to struggle to find a monitor of this size.
Deciding Which New TV To Buy
So ultimately, it all depends on your budget. If you’ve got the money to buy an 8K TV capable of 120fps and beyond then awesome, go for it. You’ll have a future-proofed TV and by the time this new generation hits its stride, you’ll be ready.
But most people will not be in this camp, and that’s okay. The fact is even 4K gaming costs money to enjoy. Just nowhere near as much.
We expect the majority of people who are looking for a new TV will need to compromise somewhere. Most gamers may not care about 8K or 120fps; they may just want to enjoy their new console in the best way they can afford.
This could mean buying a 4K TV instead of one with all the 8K bells and 120 fps whistles. After all, 4K gaming still looks incredible and is a considerable step up from the original PS4 and Xbox One.
You can buy a TV capable of 4K for around $500, which today is relatively reasonable. It’s also possible to buy a TV which offers something in between, for example, it may offer 120fps but not 8K, etc.
Remember though, in time this technology will become the standard and will decrease in price. So even if you’ve got a PS5 or Xbox Series X pre-ordered, it may be worth waiting a little while to see what deals emerge.
While you’re here and have high-fidelity visuals on your mind, check out these new PS5 and Xbox Series X images.
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