You might have noticed our sister site Push Square reporting yesterday that the PS5 was confirmed to include an HDMI 2.1 compatible cable in the box, so just as a reminder, this applies for the Xbox Series X too.
This won't affect the vast majority of Xbox Series X owners for the time being, as most TVs and monitors don't support HDMI 2.1 just yet. If yours does though, you'll be able to play next-gen games at 4K, 120 frames per-second where applicable, as well as take advantage of features such as variable refresh rate and auto low latency.
Here's what Microsoft has to say about latency specifically with HDMI 2.1 on Xbox Series X:
"Microsoft is an active member of the HDMI consortium, and the team worked hard to shape the HDMI 2.1 standard to support features important for Xbox Series X in a number of areas, including:
- Transmission time to the TV: HDMI 2.1 supports up to 4k at 120 Hz which allowed the team to reduce frame transmission time from 16.6ms to 8.3ms, without sacrificing on resolution. This is an automatic 8.3ms latency improvement on TVs that support it and benefits games at all framerates.
- Variable refresh rate (VRR): When games miss their frames, VRR will show the result with the lowest possible latency. 120 Hz TVs that support VRR typically have very large timing windows which makes above 40FPS performance free of screen tearing.
- In-TV latency: Xbox Series X invokes Automatic Low Latency Mode (ALLM) on capable TVs to automatically enable Game Mode, removing any work previously required of gamers.
- Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable: An Ultra High Speed HDMI cable is included with every Xbox Series X to ensure that players receive the premium gaming experience if they have an HDMI 2.1 compatible display."
Are you planning to make use of HDMI 2.1 on Xbox Series X? Let us know in the comments.
Microsoft did a good job in pushing flagship TV manufacturers to adopt HDMI 2.1 standard way early.
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reminder: you will need to spend insane amounts of money for a 8k high refresh rate TV
I'd like to take advantage of HDMI 2.1 but at the moment, I only have HDMI 2.0. I am looking to see what TV's will release in 2021 because right now, the ONLY option for me is the LG OLEDs - most notably the CX - as ALL ports support HDMI 2.1 and I will need a couple for the Series X and PS5.
I would consider an 8K TV if the right one at the right price was available but its not a high priority to me. I am in 'no rush' to upgrade my 4k HDR TV and can wait to find out what TV's are coming in the next 4-6months - but I do intend to upgrade sooner rather than later...
Got a new TV last year with 4 HDMI 2.1 ports, so all ready to go.
I don't have HDMI 2.1, I'm happy with 4K 60 FPS..
Glad both consoles are having it. Spending enough as it is!
@AJDarkstar Me too! Just a reminder
Thank you the author of article. Never heard of a HDMI 2.1 cable before reading this. Good thing I didn't get one the new S/X units yet. Sounds like I will need a new TV 1st.
@CRANIAL You don't need a new TV in reality unless you really care about getting the best performance out of a few games. HDMI 2.1 will allow you to get 4k120 or 8k60 for example. However, very few (mainly Indies) will use this. Dirt 5 for example supports 120fps which I believe maxes out at 1080p (need to confirm). In this case HDMI 2.0 is more than enough, in fact HDMI 2.0 can support 120fps at up to 1440p as long as the display also supports this ( I currently have a LG OLED HDMI 2.0 which supports 120fps so I should be able to play Dirt 5 in that mode). Same goes with TV's that support HDMI2.1, there's nothing to say they will support 120 refresh rates. If you have a One X you can already put it in 120 refresh mode via display settings, although I don't think any game supports this. So I think for me if I was in the market for a new TV I would look at one that supports variable refresh rate first.
Okay so the HDMI slot in the back of my RCA TV will fit the HDMI 2.1 cable then. Thank You
@CRANIAL HDMI cables are backwards compatible as far as I am aware. But obviously you will only have access to the bandwidth of the lowest spec.
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