4K gaming is a gamer's dream state. 4K offers higher resolution graphics, smoother frame rates on the right hardware, and even life-like imagery unfolding before our eyes. It's something the PlayStation 4 Neo aims to do at when it launches with its upgraded hardware, which will hopefully be shown at the Tokyo Game Show starting from Thursday, September 15 until at Sunday, September 18.
The PlayStation Neo makes rather large promises with the upcoming VR gaming and 4K gaming: Sony has their work cut out for them.
When preparing for 4K resolution gaming though, consoles are the least of their worries at an estimated $450 USD; what about a TV that's even capable of fully displaying 4K?
At least since PS4 Neo is on the way, you can trade-in your standard PS4 for a little extra cash although, the trade-in value has already gone downward in preparation for the Neo.
Quick Tip: While You're Shopping for a 4K-ready TV, Keep Frame Rate In Mind!
When preparing for 4K gaming, you have a few things to consider.
Does your TV use HDMI 1.4 connector? If so, that's not good – it'll be maxed out at 3840x2160, meaning you'll max out just under 30fps at 4K. While it's not bad, it's not going to smooth as you'd actually want at a 4K resolution. Most games are designed to run at a steady 60 frames per second, which is ideal for most shooter titles.
So, HDMI 2.0 is where you'll want to go, this cord maxes out at 4K with 60FPS. While you may pick a TV that doesn't use DisplayPort, it's going to be recommended for the quality of picture. Especially if you'd like to see games Battlefield 1 in all their beautiful glory.
The Cheap Option: $300–$600 USD
So you're at the point now you have a small bit of an idea of where your ideal TV should stand were you to buy one. So lets take a look at the first runner up on where to go with the cheapest one that runs a decently good 4K resolution for gamers.
Vizio offers up a D-Series 40'' class 4K UHD TV that sits at a 39.50'' diagonal screen running a Six-core Processing unit with a Quad-Core GPU along side a Dual-core CPU. As one would expect, the TV's resolution is at what we discussed with 3940x2160, and sits at 120Hz refresh. It offers 5 HDMI ports for gamers to use.
For $599? It's not a bad deal if you want to get prepared for true HD gaming in the very near future.
The Midrange Option: $600–$1000 USD
Next up on the list is Samsung's beauty of a 49'', the KU6500 6-Series Curved 4K UHD TV. You've no doubt seen these TVs on the shelves at local retailers. They're beautiful, captivating, and offer up rather beautiful imagery no matter what angle you are seated. This one also clocks in at 3840 x 2160, which is the resolution we discussed earlier. The TV offers up Samsung's 120 MotionRate along with DTS Premium Sound 5.1 through Dolby Digital Plus. This TV also runs a Quad-Core CPU to keep image, quality, and the likes stunning as ever.
For $799, the gaming on this TV will be smooth, beautiful and something to enjoy when said and done. If you're wanting to go all out, our next TV to look at is a beast, and one that Acer has done a great job at making sure would offer a lot of bang for a lot of buck. Just note this TV needs a lot of room for what it's for.
The High-End Option: $1100–$1600 USD
Next up is Acer of America's XB321HK. Having gotten to experience the monitor at QuakeCon 2016, it didn't disappoint when it came to seeing games such as DOOM (2016) and even Shadow Warrior 2 run amazingly well. DOOM was running in 4K resolutions on Ultra High settings on dual GTX 1080's using VulPan API, and it was gorgeous. Games ran buttery smooth with no frame rate drops, even at 60Hz.
This one has a steep price of $1,456.00, so it's a bit tough suggesting ordinary players drop the cash on this TV – but, if you're willing to bite the bullet, you won't be disappointed with Acer's push into hardcore gaming.
4K Gaming is Near, But It's Not Cheap
With 4K gaming near, it's always a crunch to what you'll need to jump in, and where it'll place you financially. With a Neo already being estimated to be around $450 USD, we can only estimate the cost will get higher with the need for hard drives and other peripherals.
If 4K isn't up your alley, at least the PlayStation Neo will support VR natively and will run it better than the predecessor consoles.
What Are Your Thoughts on the PlayStation 4 Neo?
Will you get the Neo or are you still deciding whether or not to get the Xbox One Scorpio when it launches sometime next year? Will it drive you to the 4K and VR adventure or will you be done when it releases?