According to TCL, a TV manufacturer, the example set by the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be followed by the current Sony and Microsoft hardware.
The PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series have been available since November 2020, so both platforms are at least a year and a half old. Keep it in mind when thinking about the PlayStation 4 Pro and the Xbox One X, as the two ‘half-gen’ consoles were released in 2016 and 2017, respectively, so 3-4 years after the original models were released in 2013. And history will repeat itself this time if TCL is to be believed.
PPE, a Polish site, reported that TCL Technology mentioned the generations of game consoles during its presentation, which, as a TV company, is logical for the resolution and frame rate (Hz). In 2013, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were considered to be the 8th generation (720p/30 FPS render, 1080p/60 FPS output). In 2017 came the “8.5th generation” with the PlayStation 4 Pro and the Xbox One X (1080p/30 FPS rendering, UHD, i.e. 4K resolution and 30 FPS output).
In November 2020 came the PlayStation 5 and the two Xbox Series, and with them, the 9th generation of consoles (1440p/60 or 120 FPS render, UHD/60-120 FPS output, and the equivalent of AMD’s Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card), and here’s the exciting thing: 2023, 2024 is the estimated date for the “9.5th generation” with the new Xbox Series and the PlayStation 5 Pro. These could already have rendering 60-120 FPS at 2160p resolution and 60-120 FPS output at UHD-to-8K resolution, and it could be the equivalent of AMD’s Radeon RX 7700 XT GPU.
It suggests that TCL has some pretty steep expectations, but the chances are that if there are indeed newer half-generation updates, those consoles will not have native 8K resolution (7680×4320) games. They will be upscaled from 4K. We have to ask: how much does TCL know about Sony and Microsoft’s plans?
They must know something, as TCL is the second-largest TV manufacturer globally. They had a pretty concrete basis for comparison with the RX 7700 XT…