If you’ve been thinking about upgrading to a 4K HDR display, there’s no better time than the present – especially now that Vizio has launched their new 2017 models. I’ve been a big fan of Vizio’s displays for years, and I have the first-generation P-Series 4K display in my living room.
Sony today announced a new model of its PlayStation 4 console, specifically targeted at those looking for the best possible image quality from their game systems. The highlight of the PS4 Pro (rumored to be called the “PlayStation Neo”) is its ability to render games in 4K and with high dynamic range visuals.
PS4 Lead Architect Mark Cerny explained that the system’s upgraded GPU, faster CPU and faster memory will allow the PS4 Pro to not only render 4K gaming and video, but to offer enhanced visual effects and frame rates, thanks to the more powerful hardware.
At its core, it’s still a PS4, so the new console can play all existing games, and a combination of technologies, such as anti-aliasing and upscaling will also make current 1080p games look sharper on 4K displays.
4K displays are becoming more and more ubiquitous these days, with prices dropping dramatically in the last couple of years, it’s now possible to get your hands on a UHD display for as little as $400 these days, depending on the size and other features, of course.
VIZIO today rolled out the 2016 upgrade to its already awesome P-Series 4K displays, adding features heretofore reserved for their most expensive Reference Displays. For starters, the new VIZIO SmartCast P-Series Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display (that’s a mouthful) now includes support for High Dynamic Range and Dolby Vision encoded content.
It’s been almost two years since I first saw Vizio’s incredibly impressive Reference Series displays. To be honest, when I saw the early prototypes, I thought they had the best picture I’ve ever seen on a display, ever.
I was working on a story about something completely different today when I came across this intriguing digital image technology they’ve been working on for a while over at Microsoft Research. The team sums up their not-too-lofty goal for their HD View technology as follows: “…to create the best picture given (a) a source with high resolution, arbitrary dynamic range, any field of view & color gamut; (b) the user’s interaction; and (c) the display being used.”
HD View allows for smooth panning and zooming of extremely high resolution images which have been stitched together from hundreds or thousands of individual images using tools like Microsoft’s free Image Composite Editor.