A Netflix executive appears to be under the impression that Sony and Microsoft are planning to launch 4K video capable refreshes of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this year, around November on their two year anniversaries.
Obviously we are talking about 4K video playback, 4K gaming is going to be a long way off for consoles. Netflix executive, John Hunt, claims that Sony “promised” a 4K friendly version of the PlayStation 4, which he expects to “eventually” support HDR.
Since these statements were made, Netflix has had to officially tell Forbes that the company is not in a position to comment on Sony’s plans but did clarify that when the new consoles are refreshed, seemingly this year, 4K video support will be added in.
Right now the PS4 does not support 4K, despite Sony announcing a 4K capable streaming service for the console back in 2013. Microsoft isn’t in a better position either, the console was marketed as the one stop box for all entertainment and yet, it is limited to HDMI 1.4, which isn’t enough for 4K over 30Hz.
We have already seen leaked images of what could be the PS4 slim, although these haven’t been confirmed. Additionally, an AMD engineer let it slip last year that smaller, more power efficient versions of the chips found in the Xbox One and PS4 have already been made, hinting towards a refresh fairly soon.
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KitGuru Says: This console cycle is expected to be pretty short but a refresh this year still seems a bit soon, especially considering that the Xbox 360 and PS3 are still being supported by developers and publishers. However, given the push that 4K is getting, it would be smart for Sony and Microsoft to support the format.