With the announcement of all the new TVs so far at CES 2017 this year, they will soon be outdated, as the HDMI Forum has just unveiled new specifications for the well-known A/V connector.
The update, which is dubbed 2.1 supports high resolutions such as 8K, and higher frame rates, as well. For example, 4K content could be played at 120Hz and 8K at 60Hz. 8K HDR video is also supported, although you’d need a higher 48Gbps cable to handle that. However, this technology is still a bit far out, so it isn’t exactly that useful just yet.
Moving onto technology that would be a bit more useful to consumers, there is new HDR support that will optimize colors per scene, and even per frame, which would give you the best possible picture at any given moment. Gamers will like that the new format has Game Mode VRR support, which introduces variable refresh rates to cut down on lag, screen tearing, and other visual effects. Audiophiles will like to know that the new format supports object-based audio, or 3D audio, given if the conditions are right.
HDMI 2.1 is also backward compatible, so it can still be used with older technology and vice versa. The only downside, it won’t be officially announced until the second quarter of 2017, and it would still be a while before manufacturers adopt the new format.
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