The latest PS5 'fake 4K' rumors probably aren't worth worrying about right now

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New rumors have surfaced that claim the PS5 "struggles with 4K games", resulting in what's described as "fake 4K". 

AestheticGamer – probably best known for previous leaks about Resident Evil 8 – spoke about the PS5 in a series of tweets. "[...] I've heard from other devs that PS5 struggles with 4k games in particular so you'll see a lot of fake 4k. That doesn't matter to some, but get ready for that too. Xbox X doesn't have the same problem."

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Count this as rumor and little else for now. We've reached out to Sony for comment on this particular tweet and will update if it comes back to us.

SmartShift and the PS5

Separately, VentureBeat's Jeff Grubb suggested that developers may have problems working with a specific element of the PS5's hardware – the SmartShift tech that Sony has employed for its next-gen console.

Grubb voiced his concerns on the most recent episode of the Basement Radio Arcade Podcast (thanks, wccftech). "[...] 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."

"That will get cleared up over time," Grubb continues, "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."

Still, Grubb has since taken to Twitter to clarify that the concerns voiced on the podcast were "just an example of a possible issue", rather than a conclusion drawn from developers working with the SmartShift technology.

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To be honest, we don't think any of this is worth worrying about right now if you're a prospective PS5 buyer. Here's why.

The endless rumor mill

None of us have tested PS5 games yet, and this is firmly rumor for now. In some ways, the talk around 'fake 4K' feels like it's filling a hole when console manufacturers aren't actually revealing any new information about the next-gen consoles.

Until the consoles are fully tested, there doesn't seem to be much point in worrying about rumors around performance that don't feature a lot of detail about specific games.

On paper, the Xbox Series X specs do seem to outstrip the PS5. As ever, though: be wary of next-gen rumors in the run-up to the consoles' release later this year. 

Sarah James is a freelance video game writer with bylines at PC Gamer, TechRadar, Official PlayStation Magazine, PCGamesN, Kotaku UK, RockPaperShotgun, GamesRadar, Red Bull Gaming, GAMINGbible, and more.