You must have heard about the 4K Resolution. 4K resolution is a big trend in gaming right now. It is the next step forward. If you hear people talking about Ultra HD, don’t be misled. 4K and Ultra HD are the same things. They are just two marketing terms for the same things. The video industry appears to have decided on calling it “4K Ultra HD” or simply “4K”. In 4K, the width and height of an ultra HD image are precisely twice as large as those of a 1080p image, so the resolution of 4K Ultra HD video is 3,840 by 2,160 pixels.
The resolution that a game can draw out strictly depends on the power of the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit), which is fixed by the developers of console games. Most PS4 games run in original 1080p resolution, while many Xbox One titles run at a lower resolution which the console can upscale to 1080p.
Remember that if you are running a game at 4K, you would require a console to generate four times as many pixels as a 1080p image. There’s no way either of the systems could handle this task easily. Gaming in native 4K resolution is such a challenge that you’ll need a dual-GPU setup if you want to hit 60 fps reliably. If you are on the PC gaming side, you’ll need the latest graphics cards to achieve a reasonable frame rate, i.e., 30 frames per second at 4K.
Your monitor and graphics card are the biggest factors in 4K gaming, but depending on your current setup, you may need to upgrade some other components as well. And the most important upgrade would be your power supply. With such powerful graphics cards, your computer’s processor might become a bottleneck which means that there’s a possible chance that your CPU can’t pass instructions to your GPU fastly, resulting in decreased frame rates.
Hence, if you are getting into 4K gaming, get ready to be propelled by the plummeting costs of monitors and the onward march of graphics technology.
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