Here is what you should know about the newest version of HDMI technology; HDMI 2.1.
HDMI 2.1 is the newest version of HDMI technology. Certain features of HDMI 2.1 are already present on some TVs produced in 2019 and onwards. However, it is something that we do recommend that you check up on before getting yourself the new HDMI.
Do I need HDMI 2.1?
HDMI 2.1 is Future-proof, for now - it's the newest you can get withing the techonology for HDMI cables.
HDMI 2.1 features are appearing in more and more TVs and eventually it's becoming the new norm. If you wish to purchase a new TV consider one that supports HDMI 2.1. features to enhance your viewing experience on next-generation consoles like PlayStation and XBOX Series S/X and video devices.
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What are HDMI 2.1 features?
Native 4K 120 FPS content viewing and fast response
4K resolution combined with 120 FPS at present provides the highest level of smoothness and clarity for video and game content. These capabilities coupled with next-generation games dramatically reduce input lag while significantly increasing response speed. This means that the delay between the screen and your commands will reduce, while the response time for pixels to change from one colour to the next also improves.
VRR for gaming
Video games often incorporate dramatic scene changes from sudden explosions to swift colour changes, which cause the frame rate to reduce drastically. VRR compensates for these changes by simultaneously matching the refresh rate to the frame rate of the game. The result is a reduction in stutter delay and screen tearing which together creates a smoother image. VRR is extremely important for seamless gaming, unlike films where frame rates are relatively stable (usually 24FPS).
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM, also known as Auto Game Mode)
ALLM detects when a console is turned on and automatically switches the TV to game mode. Game mode reduces the delay between your inputs on a controller and the corresponding action that takes place on your TV.
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