PlayStation 5 struggles with 4K gaming, expect to see 'fake 4K' games

An industry insider says the PlayStation 5 'struggles with 4K games' and that we might see 'a lot of fake 4K' games coming to PS5.

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We should expect some real 4K fakery when both next-gen consoles are here, but the slower of the two -- the PlayStation 5 -- seems like it is going to struggle in 4K and that gamers might be "disappointed" by some major third-party games with "fake 4K" games.

Well people, get ready to be "disappointed" with some of the third-party games on the PlayStation 5 with some fake 4K gaming coming our way according to industry insider Jeff Grubb and his latest comments on the Basement Radio Arcade Podcast.

It seems that AMD SmartShift technology inside of the PlayStation 5, is going to cause some issues. Grubb said that game developers are having a hard time wrapping their heads around Sony's decision to use a variable frequency approach in the PS5 (through AMD SmartShift) and that many third-party PS5 games will leave gamers disappointed.

Grubb explains: "The technology that Sony's using for the PS5 is AMD SmartShift and...a lot of people are just assuming the PS5 is going to be right there with the Xbox Series X, and it may be, I don't know for sure, I'm not a developer, but this SmartShift tech is worrisome I think. What it does is it moves power between the CPU and the GPU and developers really haven't had to worry about that, especially on consoles, in the past".

He continues: "This could, at launch at least, prove troublesome, to the point where you could start getting stories from Digital Foundry or whatever saying "Y'know, the PS5 version is actually kind of wack." That will get cleared up over time, developers will figure it out, Sony will figure it out and explain to developers "here's what to do," but my understanding is they're not doing that yet and that's the issue. So, you go into launch, and people [could be] disappointed, with, like, Madden, NBA 2K, Call of Duty. That could leave a bad taste in people's mouths".

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  • What is AMD SmartShift? A quick recap on AMD's new SmartShift technology, something that debuted inside of the Renoir APU earlier this year -- and inside of the PlayStation 5. It is a very smart TDP management system that can dynamically adjust resources between the Ryzen CPU and Radeon GPU. If the CPU is being utilized more in a particular task or game, then SmartShift will provide more TDP (power) to the CPU. If the GPU is doing the heavy lifting, SmartShift will -- well, shift over power to the GPU to let it do its thing.

It seems the PlayStation 5 will be more expensive, and slower console -- leaving the Xbox Series X to be the cheaper, and also faster console. Interesting.

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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.

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