For a brief moment it seemed that the next generation of consoles would push graphics to new limits, setting a new bar that that would have to be reached by dedicated gaming PCs.
And then, Nvidia came and introduced the new Ampere GPU architecture, with the jewel of the crown being the RTX 3090. Not only was the matched, but Nvidia also pushed it so high that it is unlikely that the Xbox Series X or PS5 could match the performance.
Microsoft and Sony worked hard to optimize the new generation of consoles for 4K gaming, which supports a native resolution of 3,840 x 2160. The two companies have also mentioned that the consoles are 8K ready, which means that they have the potential to reach the 7680 x 4320, but it is not clear in what context.
While the consoles could be used to stream or play movies at 8K, it is unlikely that they would be able to offer an 8K gameplay experience at a stable FPS. The RTX 3090 is more than ready, with Nvidia promising [email protected] gameplay experiences thanks to the presence of 24GB of GDDR6X memory.
Pushing 8K TVs
While some of the available 8K TVs to a great job at upscaling 4K content, the amount of native content available for such devices is quite scarce. The RTX family has the opportunity to be a major game changer as it will offer the option to push existing games to 8K.
The new cards are compatible with the HDMI 2.1 standard, which allows them to be connected to TVs that offer VRR and ALLM support, two techniques that are also harnessed by the upcoming gaming consoles to provide a crisp experience. LG has also released new 8K TVs that offer native support for G-Sync as it seems that gaming computers could move to the living room.