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Why do I need HDMI 2.1?

17th December 2020
Why do I need HMDI 2.1

If you're looking for the best tech for gaming with the next-gen consoles, you'll need to look out for a 4K TV, or monitor with HDMI 2.1 connectivity.

Though HDMI 2.1 has been around for some time, 2020 has been the year for new gaming and TV tech that can make use of the features of the 2.1 connection, such as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

However, if you're not looking for a display upgrade for gaming, then it's likely you don't need to upgrade to HMDI 2.1 just yet, as many of the features are mostly for gamers, purchasing next-gen consoles or graphics cards. 

Many of the HMDI 2.1 features will also benefit home cinema enthusiasts that want to upgrade their displays too!

So what is HDMI 2.1? 

HDMI Specification 2.1 is the most recent update of the HDMI specification, it supports a wider range of high video resolutions and refresh rates including 8K at 60Hz and 4K at 120Hz - a feature much talked about among the release of the new consoles in November. HDMI 2.1 can even support resolutions up to 10K. 

Dynamic HDR formats are also supported by HDMI 2.1, and the update to the connection increased the bandwidth capability up to 48Gbps, to take full advantage of this increased bandwidth, there is a supporting cable - the Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable.

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HDMI 2.1 for Gaming

If you are looking to use the HDMI connection for gaming there are also enhanced gaming features, to ensure smooth and seamless gaming that you can benefit from! These enhanced gaming features include:

Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) reduces or eliminates lag, judder and frame tearing for more fluid and detailed gameplay. VRR enables your next-gen console to deliver video frames as fast as possible.

Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) enables the latency setting to automatically be set allowing for smooth, lag-free and uninterrupted viewing and interactivity.

Quick Frame Transport (QFT) reduces latency for smoother no-lag gaming!

If you're into console gaming, its also important to remember that many launch games will not be supporting the 4K at 120Hz and 8K at 60Hz settings just yet, with many new games being released in 2021, so there's still time to prepare!

So, if you're looking to take advantage of all these amazing features, and get the best gaming experience possible from your new next-gen console, you will be needing a monitor or TV that supports HDMI 2.1. Not to worry! Here at Box, you can pick up an ultra high-speed HDMI 2.1 cable ranging from 1M to 5M in length to suit your set-up needs, as well as a monitor or TV with the correct HMDI ports. 

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