Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said that he isn’t sure if 8K resolution will ever be standard for video games, calling it “aspirational technology.”
Talking to Wired, Spencer said “I think 8K is aspirational technology. The display capabilities of devices are not really there yet. I think we’re years away from 8K being—if it ever is—standard in video games.”
Spencer’s comments come despite the Xbox Series X being able to support 8K output. However, while it may technically be able to push video at a resolution of 7680 x 4320, there are more factors to consider, chiefly being if anyone even has an 8K television or monitor to view such visuals on. According to Wired’s chat with Liz Hamren, head of gaming engineering at Xbox, Microsoft’s data suggests that 4K TV adoption is less than what publishers may think, and so that suggests 8K adoption is still years away at least.
If you aspire to 8K gaming, you’re best off taking a look at PCs and the new Nvidia RTX 3090 GPU, which costs a cool $1499 (and requires the rest of a PC and an 8K display, too). If that’s out of your budget, then you’re out of luck on 8K for now.
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For more on Microsoft’s new console, check out our hands-on preview of the Xbox Series X and our discussion on how expandable storage and SSDs are huge parts of the next-gen experience.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.