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The Adoption Of 8K Would Be Far Slower Than 4K It Seems, Here’s Why

Displays are without a doubt of the biggest crucial factors in driving innovation forward. Aside from the ever-demanding increase in performance, displays have without a doubt slowed down their innovation for quite a while now and it seems like 8K is going to be more than just a dream for a while now.

We’ve head 1080p for more than a while now. The all-so-popular resolution has become a standard now and has taken over the slice of cake by storm. It is basically the standard right now. However, with the prices of 4K TVs and displays taking a dip, it seems like 4K could actually start to mature from here now on. Sure, 1080p is still going to be here for more than a while. However, given how much more these display manufacturers are concentrating on enhancing the 4K experience, it seems unlikely.

4K is definitely worth a shot given how crisp and clean pictures turn out to be. On the TV side of the spectrum, it seems like TVs have definitely taken a huge inspiration from HDR in recent years. Sure, we’ve seen OLEDs, IPS and many other panels showing up, but the new HDR 10 specification is the next big thing for manufacturers to start playing catch up with.

Here’s what we think is the reason

8K is way too much for most cameras to record at. Not only does it require a powerhouse to handle it, but it also requires a ton of work in editing these clips. An 8K display packs just as many pixels as four 4K displays do in one. In addition to that, it takes more than a high-end PC, at this moment, to offer a respectable gameplay experience for gamers at the moment. The amount of beastly power 8K consumers is definitely out of the reach of even the highest-end single GPU gaming PCs for now. And with gamers now giving high-refresh rate monitors some immense attention, it seems like the growth of these 8K displays could take even longer.

Gaming Monitor Shipments throughout 2015-2017
Gaming Monitor Shipments throughout 2015-2017 | IHS Markit

People are more than aware of what they’re displays look like. A lot of non-tech savvy users generally aren’t able to tell apart a 4K display and a really good 1080p display. Sure, 4K is expected to close that gap even more. However, for the non-techy, 1080p seems to be enough teaching users that they’re 1080p devices are great for now.

It has definitely been more than a few years since the first 4K display dropped. Since then, 4K displays have been coming down in price so much, that 1080p displays are now seemingly looking obsolete for the average joe who’s willing to just pickup on a new larger TV.

4K has just started to mature. From killer OLED panels to HDR and high-refresh rate displays, 4K is now the great option that has finally managed to diversify itself after such a long time. Back in the day, no one heard of such technologies except for the tech savvy enthusiasts.

Brands such as Asus and Viewsonic have spoken to us regarding their take on 8K in the past and they’ve shown a similar distrust in pushing any of the 8k agenda forward. When we interviewed Viewsonic regarding 8k and the future of displays, they said:

Gaming monitors will follow the same roadmap direction. The key is availability of 8K games, and the associated graphic card. This is one of the major tracking item in our gaming monitor roadmap.

As immersive gaming is the fastest growing segment in gaming, we have been putting significant attention to larger screen sizes. Our approach is a little bit different from (and better than) others, but yes, large format gaming display is under cooking.

They further added:

It has taken more than 3 years for 4K mainstream monitors to gain traction, so gaming monitors will face the same issue: cost, bandwidth, graphic cards and content availability.

Here. they showed that they have no interest in the whole bling for now. However, they had a few words regarding the future of they’re panels. They said:

IPS with 144Hz is the ideal spec for gamers. The problem is panel readiness (limited choose) and IPS response time . This is on our watch list for a long time.

Asus also showed the same lack of interest in technology. Regarding they’re future mindset, they said:

The important thing is that our displays bring HDR and wide-gamut color to the forefront. The next revolution in gaming monitors is coming.

Sure these are just monitor brands that seem to be moving forward according to the interest PC gamers decide to garner. However, the trends definitely seem to be telling the story, especially with Microsoft neglecting a ton of scaling issues that Windows has with 4K displays for now, it seems like many brands and companies are uninterested in 8K for more than a while.

Based on how 4K displays have been coming down in price, how brands have shifted their aims and how consumers are still uninterested in these displays for now, it seems like the transition would take more than a while given how great 4K displays are for now.


Usman Abdul Jabbar

21, Tech Enthusiast, Founder/Managing Editor at GeeksULTD and a stduent at the Holberton School. Passionate about UI Design and competitive Counter-Strike Global Offensive gaming. To contact me, follow me, or even constructively criticize me, contact me however you feel is right!
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