According to claims by streaming content provider Netflix, both Microsoft and Sony are going to release revised versions of their Xbox One and PS4 gaming consoles, which support 4K content later on this year.

Huffington Post reported that Neil Hunt, Netflix’s Chief Product Officer, said during a press conference at CES, that Sony have “promised” a new PS4 with 4K support this year.

Once Hunt made this comment the Internet was awash with rumours and thereafter, Forbes looked into the situation and contacted Netflix for further clarification. It was not surprising to hear that Netflix were not in the position to “speak definitively” about Sony’s future plans. Netflix did say however, that Hunt believes Sony and Microsoft usually revise their console hardware two years after the product is released. This would fall in October/November 2015. The revisions to the hardware would include the components that are required for 4K video playback.

In a response to Forbes enquiry, Microsoft said; “We remain committed to bringing leading entertainment features and services to the living room. Beyond that, we have nothing to share at this time.” Whilst Sony said; “Support for high-resolution 4K output for still images and movie content is in consideration, but there are no further details to share at this time.”

Both Sony and Microsoft are not able to ignore the upcoming 4K media that we are going to be inundated with. The sales of 4K televisions are set to increase this year and Netflix are amongst the companies that are paving the way in providing ultra high definition content. In fact, Netflix have been streaming 4K content since back in April 2013.

If both the consoles are 4K-enabled, it will probably be for video only, rather than gaming. 4K gaming is still way off becoming a reality on home consoles. As with most rumours regarding Sony and Microsoft, we can only take an educated guess until a large technology show comes along, so we can take a look at some prototypes. It’s a good job that E3 is just around the corner, isn’t it?

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