| Wednesday, January 9, 2013
A recent article on Gizmodo.com, posted in preparation for CES 2013, set forth to explain a few terms you may have been hearing coming from TV and other display manufacturers recently – “Ultra HD”, “4K” and “8K”. This is all in reference to the upcoming higher-than-high definition displays that these manufacturers are currently developing, and have recently begun parading around conventions (or other promotional events, like Sony did at the Playstation Holiday Preview Event) Its message is pretty clear; Ultra HD, 4K and 8K are simply different terms for what are essentially the same thing – a higher resolution than even “Full HD” (1080p). There was a caveat noted within, though; 4K (which isn’t actually 4000 pixels, but 3840 pixels) is being promoted as Ultra HD, while 8K (actually 7680 pixels) is officially called Ultra HD in the industry.
While it’s nice to have clarity on a site where technologically savvy folks get their news and share their opinions, this will inevitably cause confusion when these displays hit the mass market and the average consumer is presented the same message for two different products, whenever that happens to be. It almost seems to have been done on purpose.