Gaming dev says that 4K gaming is 'useless'

4K gaming is 'useless' and is only 'being pushed by tech vendors to push' next-gen PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett.

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As I sit here and type this article on the ASUS XG438Q -- a 43-inch 4K 120Hz G-Sync gaming monitor, a game developer says that 4K is useless.

Gaming dev says that 4K gaming is 'useless' |

Dino Patti, the co-founder and ex-CEO of Playdead -- the developer of Limbo and Inside, recently said at Reboot Develop: "I think (4K gaming) is useless. It's something that's being pushed by tech vendors to push the next console. Manufacturers don't respect the natural evolution of games and you force technology. Microsoft with Kinect, they paid studios to make a lot of s***ty games".

After leaving Playdead, Patti co-founded Coherence and Jumpship -- Coherence is building a cloud-based, open-source development platform while Jumpship is working on its first game. Patti continued: "I want to select a path by myself and not be drawn in by money from tech vendors. There's a lot of people that see something shiny and follow that. You can definitely see all the herd walking one way and falling".

I agree that 4K gaming doesn't mean that the game will be good, but the technology behind games including native 4K resolutions and 4K textures make a huge difference to a lot of games. The new consoles will need to be run at 4K as most TVs are now 4K, so they would be running at native resolutions versus being rendered at lower resolutions and upscaled to 4K which looks worse than native 4K.


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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