New HDMI Specification Announced at CES 2017 – 8K Inbound!


Throw away your 4K televisions and monitors because you will not be needing them anymore! Okay, that’s a bit drastic, and quite frankly, highly unnecessary. 4K is great and looks beautiful, but what if it could look even more beautiful? Well, thanks to HDMI Forum, Inc. dropping some knowledge on their latest technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, we now know that 8K is rapidly approaching.

HDMI Specification 2.1 is the brilliance that is being unleashed on the world to make you even more envious of your neighbor who just purchased the latest, greatest TV. Actually, you won’t have to be envious because version 2.1 is backward compatible, so even if you don’t have the nicest TV on the block, it’ll still look great. The new version will support “a range of Higher Video Resolutions and refresh rates including 8K60 and 4K120, Dynamic HDR, and increased bandwidth with a new 48G cable.” If you think that’s awesome, it will also include the following features:

  • Higher Video Resolutions support a range of higher resolutions and faster refresh rates including 8K60Hz and 4K120Hz for immersive viewing and smooth fast-action detail.
  • Dynamic HDR 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.
  • 48G cables enable up to 48Gbps bandwidth for uncompressed HDMI 2.1 feature support including 8K video with HDR. The cable is backwards compatible with earlier versions of the HDMI Specification and can be used with existing HDMI devices.
  • eARC supports the most advanced audio formats such as object-based audio, and enables advanced audio signal control capabilities including device auto-detect.
  • Game Mode VRR features variable refresh rate, which enables a 3D graphics processor to display the image at the moment it is rendered for more fluid and better detailed gameplay, and for reducing or eliminating lag, stutter, and frame tearing.

Robert Blanchard of Sony Electronics, and the president of the HDMI Forum said, “This is part of the HDMI Forum’s continuing mission to develop specifications for the HDMI eco-system that meet the growing demand for compelling, high-performance and exciting features.” With the way technology is progressing, he certainly isn’t wrong about the growing demand for better things. The new specification is set to be available early in Q2 2017, and all HDMI 2.0 Adopters will be notified upon its release.

What say you, readers? Excited for the new HDMI Specification? Can’t wait to see the glory that is 8K for yourself? Think it’s all just a bunch of nonsense? Let us know down in the comments! In other CES 2017 news, a new gameplay demo was released for the upcoming title, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and we are excited! Stick around at Don’t Feed the Gamers as we cover all of the goodness coming out of CES 2017!

Eric Garrett2269 Posts

Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.


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