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Now, I know what you’re going to say. That, Keith, we really need that 4K or even 8K resolutions. That 1080p is old news and you picked up a shiny new 4K TV (or monitor) so you can play a game in that sexy high definition glory. I don’t disagree with you. However, do you really want to play at 4K and beyond, if your framerate suffers? Why would you want that? What’s the dang point?
This is why I’m pretty much throwing my arms in the air, loudly asking both Sony and Microsoft to please don’t just focus on the resolution. Now, I’m not opposed to having my eyes having an orgasm and being blown away from some super amazing resolutions. Trust me, I love my 1440p and 4K as much as the other person. My banking account and my wife’s frustration on the amount of money I’m spent on expensive PC tech can attest to that. **Waves to the RTX 2080 Ti**
However, if I’m being completely honest here, I’m frustrated. After the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 Pro and yes, even the Xbox One X, we’re still not in a place where there’s no compromise. And there’s the key word, compromise.
I don’t want a 1400p game upscaled to 4K. I don’t want a native 4K game running like at 30FPS or below. Hell, I don’t even want a 1080p game running at nothing less than a locked 60FPS. Are these some pretty lofty expectations? Perhaps, but don’t you think that everything we’ve seen with the PS4 and Xbox One, that it’s time we got this?
Sure, there have been several games that have managed to walk that fine line that has been able to give us the holy grail. That being having a locked 60FPS, it looks good and the resolution didn’t suffer. But I’ve always felt that something like that and we except it. Some of us, however, demand more. I don’t want a handful of games being able to provide the ultimate experience – I want all of them to do that. Even the crappy games. Yet, here we are with games that might be better off running at a locked 60FPS, instead of either an uncapped 60FPS or not even hitting that. I’m sorry and I may come off as a snob but I’m a bit tired of that 30FPS (or below) experience.
Now, we find ourselves looking at the opening salvo of the next-generation of consoles. While we know Microsoft is working on Xbox “Anaconda” and Mark Cerny has already dropped the details for the next PlayStation – not necessary the PlayStation 5, because he didn’t drop the name. With the popular buzzword “4K” being immediately thrown out there and me going “great, are we doing this again?”. C’mon, I can’t be the only one who was thinking this.
Tell me that Spiderman or Horizon Zero Dawn won’t have looked and felt better if they ran at 6oFPS?And that’s even on the PlayStation 4 Pro. I’m not poking the Xbox One X as much as at least that system did offer marginal gains. But, Keith, you might be asking? What about Gran Turismo Sport? Doesn’t it run at 4K 60FPS on the PS4 Pro? Well, it does, but it does so via checkerboarding. It’s not a native 4K – not that I have any issue with that. If it upscales, it upscales and I feel that GT Sport is a fabulous looking title. I even feel that between it and it’s Xbox One rival, it comes out on top but ever so barely.
Yet, not every studio is able to pull off what Polyphony Digital has accomplished. I can also say the same about the work that Turn 10 and Playground Games has put out. Both companies worked within the confines of the hardware available. Just imagine what they’ll be able to do on the next-gen hardware.
The take away from my rant isn’t that I hate 4K resolution and that I don’t want to see it in the future. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I wanna see that sexy 4K, but I don’t want to see a compromise. I don’t want us to be stuck at a 4K 30FPS future. We’ve seen this already, and I’m sick of it. Literally sick to my stomach that I can’t take it anymore. I want super slick, 60FPS or bust. With framerates so buttery smooth that we’d drop our controllers and become mesmerized by our screens with tears flowing from our eyes. Yes, I want an evolution, and you should you.
As long as Microsoft and Sony can provide developers the hardware that this next-generation is the graphical leap that we wanted since the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360’s had their day in the sun, then great. Then bring it on! But, if that’s out of the realm of possibilities, then I’m fine with 1080p with a locked 60FPS.
What are your thoughts an feelings on this? What are you expecting from the next PlayStation and Xbox consoles? I’d love to know in the comments.