Bandwidth challenges are only getting worse as time goes on.
I’m all for the advancement of streaming technology, but so frequently it seems to come with a passive ignorance from the tech companies about the bandwidth limits that many users face.
Video codec improvements can only take us so far as we keep nonsensically pushing towards higher resolutions.
We’re barely in a place where a small portion of the userbase can comfortably stream a 4K movie every day, and already the industry has its sights set on 8K hardware and content delivery as the next big thing.
I think broadband penetration and pricing is in real danger of being the true hard bottleneck in mainstream tech, not the amount of pixels a display can push…assuming enough people start caring actually caring about these resolutions.
Digital download adoption is already past the 50 percent mark for both games and movies, but 8K assets are no joke and casual users might want a lower quality option so they don’t have to spend extra cash. Right now it doesn’t seem like companies are too keen to offer that. It’s not sexy to market 1080p downloads in 2019.
Discs might have another 10 years left in them after all.
Thanks for the great response. :)