Being Unprepared for the 4K Era of Gaming


I chose to opt out of the first wave of 4K gaming with the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro. Between their steep price of entry, not having a 4K screen, and only really offering a resolution bump, it didn’t make sense for me. Besides, I’ve spent most of that time gaming on a Nintendo Switch, which oftentimes struggles to run 1080p.

As the next generation of consoles loom, I’m starting to feel the 4K pressure.

When the consoles launch later this year, I plan to grab one of the two. Though I’m sure they’ll run fine on my 1080p monitor, I would be missing out on the true potential of the hardware if I can’t see these games running at their native resolutions. Even now, I get the sense that I haven’t seen the true appeal of the games shown thus far because I currently don’t have the means of seeing 4K content. Am I ready to invest hundreds in a 4K gaming monitor?

This opens up another can of worms. My capture rig caps out at 1080p, 60 FPS. While I don’t see Twitch raising their cap to allow for 4K broadcasts in the near future, I don’t have the equipment to game in 4K while streaming in 1080p.

The Elgato Game Capture HD60 S+ supports it, but that device is currently not on my roadmap. I only just got an HD60 S at the end of last year and the next capture cars I aim to get years from now would be an internal card. As of now, no internal cards support 4K passthrough.

If I want the full 4K ecosystem, it’s going to cost a lot more than just the console(s) themselves. Though I have been spending a lot of late to upgrade my gear, I’m still unsure if now is the right time for me to upgrade.

Are you 4K ready?


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