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Can you play games at 1080p and 2k on a 4k television?

RedRizlaRedRizla Posts: 6,992 Valuable Player
I'm going to upgrade my television, but will I be able to play games at 1080p and 2k on a 4k television? Also can they be set to full screen when viewing them on the television at 1080p and 2k?



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  • LZoltowskiLZoltowski Posts: 6,774 Volunteer Moderator
    edited October 2018
    Games from what, a PC? What television? Details :)
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  • Digikid1Digikid1 Posts: 2,077 Valuable Player
    Sure you can.  However it will depend on how your TV down scales to lower resolutions.
  • RedRizlaRedRizla Posts: 6,992 Valuable Player
    Games from what, a PC? What television? Details :)

    Yes, from a PC to television. No idea which 4k TV to get at the moment. but I was just trying to figure out if this could be done with certain sets. @Digikid1 seems to think it can, but I will have to look at a few televisions first. The other thing I need it to do is play in full screen because I want to upgrade to a 55" screen. I think I might go with an LG television this time as the input lagg on them seem good across most of their televisions..

    Would there be anything bad I need to lookout for on a television I'm want to use for a PC? Cheers!
  • YoLolo69YoLolo69 Posts: 1,117
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    I don't see any reason unless we have a serious regression about TV features. Never owned a 4K TV but all FullHD TV I owned was able to play games at lower resolutions (even 640x480) keeping fullscreen display (sometimes at cost of different frequency).

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  • Shadowmask72Shadowmask72 Posts: 4,046 Valuable Player
    I hope Redrizla you post your impressions once you see some decent 4K footage or gameplay and compare to 1080p. It's quite staggering and once you convert you will wonder what the hell you were doing with 1080p content.

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  • RedRizlaRedRizla Posts: 6,992 Valuable Player
    edited October 2018
    @Shadowmask72 - Yes and I'll be honest about it. I haven't actually seen what games are like in 4k, I've just listened to other people saying you can't tell the difference on a 42" Tv at 1080p. I have seen some 4k films though and can tell the difference, so I am starting to wonder now..

    Problem then is, can I get by with a Geforce 1080  :/
  • RattyUKRattyUK Posts: 1,111
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    @RedRizla - before I bought my 4k monitor I used the TV (LG 55" UHD ) to play from the PC with 2 player games (mostly Lego games) if the grand daughter was here and had no issue in all resolutions from 1080p to full HD.

    Note that the windoze desktop text is tiny on a TV - but if you are only wanting to play games, go for it!
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  • RedRizlaRedRizla Posts: 6,992 Valuable Player
    edited October 2018
    @RattyUK - I've got a 1080p monitor that runs at 144hz and it was great when I could actually sit in front of it without any problem. Now my back starts to ache and I can't get a decent pair of glasses without the monitor hurting my eyes. Now decided on an armchair and Tv for gaming, rather then hunched over my desk looking at a 27" monitor..
  • Shadowmask72Shadowmask72 Posts: 4,046 Valuable Player
    All that smoking can't be good for you either. Anyhow blues man were always better than reds. Then they made those really fine ones in a golden brown packet which I swore by back in the day.


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  • LithiumIOLithiumIO Posts: 23
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    RedRizla said:
    Problem then is, can I get by with a Geforce 1080  :/
    Up until 2 or 3 weeks ago, a 1080 was the best card on the market. Dude, people have been using way older and worse graphics cards to run 4k content for YEARS already. A friend of mine still runs two GTX760's in SLi and uses plenty of 4k content. If you don't know if you can run it, then maybe you shouldn't buy it without doing more research for yourself...
  • LZoltowskiLZoltowski Posts: 6,774 Volunteer Moderator
    RedRizla said:
    @Shadowmask72 - Yes and I'll be honest about it. I haven't actually seen what games are like in 4k, I've just listened to other people saying you can't tell the difference on a 42" Tv at 1080p. I have seen some 4k films though and can tell the difference, so I am starting to wonder now..

    Problem then is, can I get by with a Geforce 1080  :/

    I supersample most AAA titles on high settings on my 1080p monitor (running the game at 4K) .. on my GTX 1080, works great.
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  • cyberealitycybereality Posts: 26,156 Oculus Staff
    Yeah, most 4K TVs will accept a range of resolutions (definitely 1080p and most likely also 1440p and possibly custom resolutions with GPU scaling). You can run in fullscreen mode, that is usually the default to scale the image. However, running lower resolutions can be bad for quality, and running 1080p on a 4K TV may actually look worse than the same image on a 1080p TV. I've run 1440p on my TV and that still looks decent enough. It's a soft image but looks noticeably better than 1080p and still performs fast. The TV is worth it if you just want size, and they are more affordable than monitors in that size range.
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  • LZoltowskiLZoltowski Posts: 6,774 Volunteer Moderator
    Also some 4K TV models have a built-in upscaler, (1080p to 4k) some are better than others at this.
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