Does the Xbox Series X support 8K?

A black Xbox Series X with a controller leaning against it.
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Does Xbox Series X support 8K? If you like to futureproof, or you're just really big on TVs, then you'll want the answer to this important question.

4K is basically everywhere now, but 8K remains fairly elusive. The boost it offers is impressive, but it's very expensive, and a lot of people simply don't think it's worth it. If you're someone who does though, then looking for the best 8K TVs makes sense.

With that all in mind, Xbox and PS5 8K support is muddy because the consoles have features they still don't use. We're going to clear that all up for you though, so there's non need to panic.

Does the Xbox Series X support 8K?

The Xbox Series X is fully capable of 8K output, but it's not that simple. Much like with the PS5, the Xbox Series X has not had its system 'unlocked' for 8K at this time and that's for a very valid reason.

Since only a very small amount of people have an 8K TV or 8K monitor, many companies are just not creating 8K content at this time, choosing instead to focus on 4K.

And we can't thank them enough, as many 8K TVs can tip the scales at tens of thousands of dollars, and at the time of writing, 8K monitors are incredibly rare too.

A black, near-frameless LG TV featuring a red, blue, orange, and green pattern on the display.
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When will the Xbox Series X support 8K?

Xbox Series X already supports 8K, so it's more a question of when they will update their systems to unlock the feature.

This is really based on how quickly 8K starts becoming the norm and if we have to be honest, we can't see that happening for a minimum of 3 - 4 years.

Not only will the TVs have to come down in price drastically, but companies will also have to start producing content compatible with 8K, which is a tough decision to make considering it will likely add a layer of complexity, time, and resources for what could be a small percentage of the market.

Opinion: What's so good about 8K anyway?

8K is super impressive, thanks to the sheer detail it can show, especially on larger screens. However, is that really what gamers want?

Nowadays, high frames-per-second gaming is a must for some of the most popular titles in the world. Warzone in 8K? Fortnite in 8K? EA FC in 8K? I can't see the appeal, especially as it will reduce fps to handle the resolution itself...which could make you lose a competitive edge.

There's also the fact that 8K seems to be featured on TVs more than monitors in some way. If this is a pattern that continues, we'll likely see 8K on the appropriately massive screens, which both are and aren't good for gaming.

Sure, immersion will be fantastic when playing story-driven titles like God of War or The Last of Us, but as I laid out when exploring the best screen size for gaming, bigger isn't always better.

There's also some debate as to whether the human eye can even see 8K...but we'll leave that to you to decide.

For right now, it's HDMI 2.1/ 120hz TVs or HDMI 2.1 monitors that'll really showcase what the Xbox Series X and PS5 have to offer at this time.

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