Very soon Microsoft is expected to release a new firmware update for the powerful Xbox One X games console that will enable the HDMI 2.1 features previously unveiled earlier this year at Computex 2018. The Xbox One X console will be the first device to support the new HDMI 2.1 connectivity and offer uses features such as Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and more.
HDMI 2.1 is a new version of HDMI which will include support for resolutions up to 10K through a unique new Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable. HDMI 2.1 brings increased bandwidth to the venerable cable and a connection from 18Gbps (HDMI 2.0) to 48Gbps (HDMI 2.1) while offering frame rates up to 120fps.
Version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification is backward compatible with earlier versions of the Specification and is available to all HDMI 2.0 Adopters. HDMI Specification 2.1 feature highlights include:
– Higher video resolutions support a range of high resolutions and faster refresh rates including 8K60Hz and 4K120Hz for immersive viewing and smooth fast-action detail. Resolutions up to 10K are also supported for commercial AV, and industrial and specialty usages.
– Dynamic HDR support ensures every moment of a video is displayed at its ideal values for depth, detail, brightness, contrast and wider color gamuts—on a scene-by-scene or even a frame-by-frame basis.
– The Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable supports the 48G bandwidth for uncompressed HDMI 2.1 feature support. The cable also features very low EMI emission and is backwards compatible with earlier versions of the HDMI Specification and can be used with existing HDMI devices.
– Enhanced refresh rate features ensure an added level of smooth and seamless motion and transitions for gaming, movies and video. They include:
– Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) reduces or eliminates lag, stutter and frame tearing for more fluid and better detailed gameplay.
– Quick Media Switching (QMS) for movies and video eliminates the delay that can result in blank screens before content is displayed.
– Quick Frame Transport (QFT) reduces latency for smoother no-lag gaming, and real-time interactive virtual reality.
For more information on the HDMI 2.1 specification jump over to the official HDMI website by following the link below.