The new generation consoles are basically 8 months away, if the Coronavirus does not end up postponing its launch. That said, it is very likely that there are several players all over the world with a single question in mind. Will I need a new TV? It is likely that… But let's go by parts.
Unfortunately, we still don't have the list of final specifications from Microsoft and Sony. But we have already had several revelations that suggest the need for a new generation TV, to accompany the console, which after all is also a new generation!
Want a PS5 or new Xbox? You will need a new TV!
So, we already know that we will have a lot of new and good stuff in the next generation of consoles! Where we can include support for 8K resolution, at 120Hz frequencies, as well as the new VRR and ALLM technologies, among many other things.
We are in the background talking about super interesting technologies for more techie gamers. However, all of this also means that you most likely have a TV in your living room that is unable to tap into the full potential of your future console.
In fact, in fact, most people still have a Full HD (1080p) television in their living room, so talking about 4K and 8K resolutions is a bad sign for anyone who doesn't want to spend money on a TV.
Is it really necessary to change TV?
Interestingly, both the new PS5 and the new Xbox Series are expected to offer basically the same technologies. Thus, even if one turns out to be more powerful than another, it will not have any impact on the final result. (Several devs have already made it public that the performance will be very equivalent)
However, in order to reach 8K, 120FPS, etc … There will be new ways to connect the console to the TV, we are clearly talking about the HDMI port, which at least in the case of the Xbox Series X, will be HDMI 2.1.
That is, it is very likely that the PS5 will also bring HDMI 2.1 on top of the table, in order to be able to offer a bandwidth of 48 gigabits per second (it used to be 18), which of course will result in the support of resolutions higher while we can finally see more than 60FPS in the console world. (PS5 should be able to reach 4K120FPS.)
What does HDMI 2.1 mean in new generation consoles?
At first glance, it is likely that you will not attach much importance to this update. However, it is really an overwhelming improvement over HDMI 2.0. (Actually, it should be called HDMI 3.0 and not 2.1)
That is, here we can see features such as dynamic HDR, eARC, ALLM (Auto Low-Latency Mode) and VRR.
Do you still remember to turn ‘Game Mode’ on your TV or Monitor? You can say goodbye to this 'hassle', ALLM takes care of that for you, ensuring that the image transmitted by the console has little or no image processing done by the TV chips.
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate or Adaptive Synchronization), is something that has existed in the PC world for many years, serving to ensure that 'Screen Tearing' is no longer a problem (phenomenon that happens when you see different frames on the same screen .). Also reducing the 'stuttering' to the maximum (hiccups in the image).
In addition, we also have QFT (Quick Frame Transport) and QMS (Quick Media Switching). The first reduces screen latency (the time it takes for the image to reach the TV), while the second ends with black screens that sometimes appear between changes of scenery.
HDMI 2.1 is the future of consoles and TVs!
In short, it is very likely that your TV does not support the HDMI 2.1 standard. That is, that's why you will have to buy a new television, if you want to get the most out of the new consoles.
Note -> If you decide to buy a TV with HDMI 2.1 in the near future, make sure it is compatible with all the technologies mentioned here. It is not guaranteed!
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