It’s Time To Up The Resolution
Resolution isn’t a sexy word and what it means to the consumer has gone through permutations over time. Once resolution was only about the issue of how crappy videotape looked — until DVD came along to up the view. Followed by Blu-ray and now 4K discs. Meanwhile streaming came along and then TV got into the game with having better resolution than what the 1960’s meant And then the TVs got bigger, while the resolution stayed strong at HD. And then the resolution got punched up to 4K. Which is where we are now.
So you have a big 4K TV, but what’s being inputted certainly isn’t in most cases. So we’ll focus on video game consoles, which people certainly use their big 4K TVs for. And let’s find a way to up that resolution for the video game console/1080p streaming device. Which consists of the Nintendo Switch/Switch OLED, PlayStation PS4, Wii U, Chromecast or Apple TV.
So that’s why we’ll be connecting PhotoFast’s upscaler, the 4K Gamer Pro. And while it says on the box how it’s designed for the Nintendo Switch, that doesn’t change the fact that it works with all the above mentioned.
Fast Fast Fast Setup
So set up is very fast and simple, because it doesn’t require any technical skills whatsoever. The 4K Gamer Pro itself looks a bit like a fat and chunky Flash drive, albeit with certain differences, and gets its power from a USB cable. So first plug the USB cable that is provided into the correct slot on the Pro, with the other end either into a USB adapter or, more sensibly into a USB slot on the back of the TV itself. The next thing to do is plug the included HDMI extension cable into its correct slot on the Pro. Then place the Pro’s HDMI into one of the HDMI inputs on the video source device, with the HDMI extension cable going into the TV’s input.
Pick The Resolution That Looks Right To You
Turning the 4K Gamer Pro on just requires pressing the single button (obviously after making sure the TV is on the input that is now being put into effect), with extra presses lighting the blue LED differently to accomplish different things: once for 4K+Low Enhancement; twice for middle enhancement; thrice for high enhancement and four times to bypass the enhancement completely.
The 4K Gamer Pro is designed to enhance a device’s basic 1080p HDR video signal and “drive” it up to 4K’s higher resolution. Using the various settings provides for personal opinions as to what looks best — but a sensible approach says that the more enhancement brings more contrast and more contrast causes “harder” delineations of the imaging being presented. Additionally greater contrast negatively affects resolution at a basic level, so don’t expect the settings to function exactly the same between different devices. One thing to do that can help is to adjust the TVs settings to a neutral setting before playing around with the different resolution enhancement settings.
Resolution is What You See
Trying the Pro on an Apple TV and a PS4 allows for seeing how it functions on a streaming device (the Apple TV’s gaming arcade) and a local game spinning (on the PS4). In the case of the PS4, the imaging worked best (in our case with a Sony Bravia 85” LCD TV) at the moderate enhancement setting, while streaming found high enhancement looked best. Plus we didn’t see any lag in the transmission (i.e., gaming reaction) in using the 4K Gamer Pro. This is in comparison to having the Pro not doing any enhancement at all. And just to note, this enhancement device works best because we have the 1080p video signal to work with in the first place — previous devices doing similar to boost to 1080p had to work with a much weaker and lower resolution signal that ended up looking miserable.
The 4K Gamer Pro can provide a more detailed image on a 4K TV when used on a 1080p video source. But like any video alteration device it requires a sensible and patient approach in order to get the best results. For further details go to https://www.4kgamerpro.com/