Possibly to Sony’s detriment, a huge deal was made about the reveal of the PlayStation 4 Pro in the months leading up to it. The so-called ‘PS4K’ was backed into a corner by the assumption from some that it would be capable of 4K gaming. It’s not. It’s a decent effort. But it’s not. However what it has done is shine a major spotlight on 4K gaming as a whole. Up until now it’s been a very, very minor part of the games market. Heck, the percentage of gamers which run at 4K, according to the latest Steam hardware survey, is a very optimistic 2.08%.
4K is just lumped in under ‘Other’ on Steam as well, so it also takes into account all other sorts of strange resolutions above and beyond 2560 x 1440. Which is to say that for every one PC gamer running a 4K display, there are at least 49 others that aren’t. It is an extreme niche. But not for much longer, and particularly now the gaming world at large has become preoccupied with it.
Getting up and running at 4K isn’t cheap though. In a feature on the cost of 4K gaming I estimated you’re looking at about $1350, all in. That’s to achieve relatively decent 4K single-GPU performance, generally in excess of 30 frames per second.
Compare that to just a year or two ago though, when it could just $2-3000 just for a 4K monitor. The barrier to entry is dropping, and it’s dropping fast.
Which begs the question, when are you planning to stop being a member of the 49 and the become the one? When do you see yourself fully kitted out with a 4K-capable gaming PC? Let us know!