This post was last updated on July 29th, 2020 at 07:07 pm
With the release of PS5 and Xbox series x, the transmission rate of the TV interface is getting higher and higher. Both next-generation hosts(consoles) support 4K 120Hz and use the new HDMI2.1 interface. Although there are many TVs with 4K 120Hz panels on the market, most 4K 120Hz TVs still use HDMI 2.0 interfaces that only support 4K 120Hz, which means that these TVs can only play local 4K 120Hz resources, but they don’t fully support this. The question now is which tv supports PS5 and Xbox using the HDMI2.1 interface? This post will also be useful for any device with HDMI 2.1
The Difference Between HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, and HDMI 2.1.
The biggest difference between HDMI2.0 and HDMI2.1 is bandwidth. The transmission bandwidth of HDMI2.0 is 18 Gbit/s, while the bandwidth of HDMI2.1 is increased to 48 Gbit/s. Likewise, HDMI 1.4 offers 10.2 Gbps bandwidth.
Basically, the most direct improvement brought about by the improvement of bandwidth is the increase of transmission data. HDMI2.0 can support up to 4K 60Hz video output, but when the 4K 60Hz color space is RGB, HDMI2.0 does not support HDR. On the contrary, it only supports HDR in chroma 4:2:2 color mode. This means that you need to sacrifice a specific picture color surface in exchange for a higher refresh rate.
Furthermore, HDMI2.0 cannot support 8K video transmission. HDMI2.1 not only supports 4K 120Hz but also 8K 60HzHz.
When Was HDMI 2.1 Introduced?
HD Multimedia Interface 2.1 was released as early as 2017, but it was not until the end of 2019 that TVs equipped with HD Multimedia Interface 2.1 were gradually launched.
The main reason is that video resources with high resolution and high refresh rates are not popular enough. Although 4K resources have gradually become popular now, 4K 120Hz resources are still scarce.
As for 8K, although major manufacturers have begun to introduce 8K TVs, 8K resources are still pitifully scarce.
However, high resolution and high refresh rate will become the mainstream in the future, and all parties are actively promoting the popularization of high resolution and high refresh rate video.
Which TV Supports PS5 and Xbox using the HDMI2.1 Interface
Not long ago, there were news reports that China’s first TV series with all 8K production technology won the prize. However, TVs that currently support HDMI 2.1 seem to be more suitable for PS5 and Xbox series x, which can be seen from the launch of 4K 120Hz game TVs (such as Hisense e75f).
If you are an avid video game player, in order to get a better experience, it is necessary to get a TV that supports 4K 120Hz. But if you are an ordinary TV user, I think you can wait a while and observe. It will not be too long before HDMI2.1 becomes very popular.