They're calling it 'TRUE 4K' gaming - I keep seeing this advertised more and more by the day, all over, that it's coming, preview videos/advertisements, pre-order information, etc... Most people here probably don't care about either consoles, but just for conversation purposes, it would be interested to see if Microsoft can change the tide of this generation of console wars.
While we are lead to believe, with this current generation of gaming, that all companies have to do is keep upgrading their consoles, to support higher resolutions and more horsepower, my problem with that theory is that eventually, companies will want to stop working on two or three (or six) versions of each game, just to make sure they have a low res version optimized, a medium resolution version optimized, and high res version, also optimized, not to mention potentially bug fixing 3-6 versions of each game, on each system.
We obviously don't know if 4k will be obsolete in the next 4-6 years and whether or not there will be 8k or 16k in the near future. I would say, based on the way things are going, 8k and 16k will come eventually, however.
Also based on what we see in both the PC and console gaming worlds, just because a console can technically display at a certain resolution, it doesn't mean its capable of rendering that same resolution for games X, Y, or Z. A lot of the past couple of generation of games, from consoles that supported 1080, rendered at like 480, 720 and 900. I would not be surprised if some PS4 games render at 900p.
To me, this issue begs the question,
"How 'sophisticated' does a fun game really need to be?"
If Nintendo Switch is indeed failing like Wii U (haven't checked the sales numbers), it's because mobile devices and new forms of the internet that will replace apps (blockchain) have rendered Switch about 10 years too late to market.
When it comes to making good games, the mainstream games industry is way too hell bent on breaking the sound barrier. This has created a very spoiled and greedy new fan base of gamers who weren't even born to see the launch of PlayStation 2!
They want every title ever released to be Squaresoft caliber or it's "garbage". Hey kid, go upstairs and live life!
At one time, it was about nicer looking and more powerful, but they've taken the whole thing to pure lunacy like I've never witnessed in my life. Why do kids demand power and graphics over the fun factor? I can't begin to count the turds that look and sound phenomenal. They're the first things you hear about when you walk into any GameStop and hear the TV ads over the loudspeakers.
Indie titles on my Kindle are more fun, but they don't need to look like God of War...