Sony and Microsoft are already working on their own respective next-generation consoles and it’s only a matter of time it will be released. Sony has the “Next-generation PlayStation” (aka PlayStation 5), while Microsoft has the Xbox Scarlett (aka Xbox 2).
About these two next-gen consoles, they are described as these powerful consoles that will bring the gaming experience to a whole new level. In fact, just with the Xbox Scarlett, it will supposedly feature:
- Native 4K at 60 FPS, up to 120 FPS
- A next-gen SSD that will make it 40x faster than current consoles
- Hardware accelerated ray tracing
- 8K capable
For this article, we will be focusing on the Xbox Scarlett’s 8K capabilities and why aside from having to spend money in buying the next-gen console from Microsoft, the consumer will also have to spend some extra cash to buy a new TV that supports 8K to be able to enjoy the full capabilities of the Xbox Scarlett.
4K Will Be The Standard… But What About 8K?
Looking at the games on the Xbox One X platform, not all are able to output in native 4K. But in the Xbox Scarlett, with its powerful specs, games outputting in 4K will likely be the standard. And if you want to tap into such gaming experience, you will also need a TV that’s capable of outputting 4K as well.
Now, looking at this tweet made by Xbox, the Xbox Scarlett will also be 8K capable. With this, we can say there will be games in the Xbox Scarlett platform which will be able to output in native 8K. As for how many games will come with such a feature? That we don’t know.
However, assuming that there will be games able to output in native 8K, one will also need a TV that’s 8K-capable. Fortunately, although there aren’t many 8K-capable TVs out there, such type of TVs are slowly entering the market. In fact, there’s the Samsung Q900R 8K QLED, Sony Master Series Z9G, LG 8K OLED, and also the TCL 8-Series Roku TV.
And in regards to the price of TVs that are 8K-capable, well, one can purchase a decent 4K TV under $500. With that, you can already imagine the extra dollars one will have to spend if they want to get that full gaming experience.
Moreover, if you’re planning to buy a TV that’s 8K-capable, make sure it features HDMI 2.1. This is necessary for inputting 8K video (at 60fps) to a television. Moreover, one also needs it to get 4K games running at the superior 120 Hz / 120 fps frame rate. This also suggests that the Xbox Scarlett will have an HDMI 2.1 port.
But of course, one can choose not to buy a TV that’s 8K-capable. They can still play the game in a much lower resolution.
Are you excited about the Xbox Scarlett? What are your thoughts about buying a TV that’s 8K-capable? Tell us in the comment section below.