Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) reduces or eliminates lag, judder and frame tearing for more fluid and better detailed gameplay. VRR enables a gaming source such as a console or computer to deliver video frames as fast as it can, which in many cases is slower than the normal static refresh rate.Learn more...
HDMI Technology for Enhanced Gaming Experience
HDMI® Enhanced Gaming Features
The latest HDMI 2.1a Specification delivers a powerful suite of gaming features that push the gaming experience to the highest level. The specification supports a resolution of 4K at 120Hz refresh rate, and even 144Hz for gaming TVs and monitors, and enables an immersive experience into the game worlds.
The addition of gaming-specific features includes Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT). For explanations on how those provide the best gaming experiences read the full details below.
The Xbox Series X and Sony PS5 consoles were the first to support the latest HDMI 2.1a enabled gaming features and are driving incredible experiences in immersive and fast-action gameplay. The heart of PC gaming is the advanced graphics card and several HDMI 2.1a enabled performers are available from Nvidia, AMD and Intel for achieving the best performance.
Now that many HDMI 4K HDMI 2.1a TVs have advanced gaming features you can go big and use them instead of a gaming monitor and share the action with your friends and family; and they provide more flexibility in sizes and prices than gaming monitors. And games can be experienced with 8K resolution TVs as well, with impressive upscaling delivering spectacular game environments. And higher refresh rate and faster response time gaming monitors are also available with the latest HDMI 2.1a features.
And the last piece of gear needed for maximum gaming – the Ultra High Speed HDMI® Cable. This is the only cable that supports ALL the HDMI 2.1a features, so make sure it is a “certified” Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable, with that name printed on the cable jacket, and with packaging including the physical Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable Label. More cable info
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) enables the ideal latency setting to automatically be set allowing for smooth, lag-free and uninterrupted viewing and interactivity. In many cases this is referred to as game mode, and it usually has to be set manually which involves going through menus and settings and then switching back again for normal viewing.Learn more...
Quick Frame Transport (QFT) reduces latency for smoother no-lag gaming, and real-time interactive virtual reality. QFT transports each frame at a higher rate to decrease “display latency”, which is the amount of time between a frame being ready for transport in the GPU and that frame being completely displayed.Learn more...
Recent Blog Posts About the Latest HDMI Technology for Gaming
HDMI 2.1 Gaming Features Deliver Opportunities for Service Providers
(published in Digital TV Europe, August 2021)
Companies have welcomed the opportunities associated with the increasing availability and distribution of 4K content. And this year, something new is impacting several business sectors with the HDMI® 2.1 Specification’s gaming featur...Learn more...
A Great Gamer’s Wish List Starts with HDMI 2.1
(published in PC Gamer, September 2021)
December will be here before you know it, and that means it’s time to start thinking about your letter to Santa and your other gift-givers. What gaming goodies should you put on your wish list?
Will your wish list include an HDMI® 2.1-enabled computer monitor or TV? Perhaps a new game ...
The Game’s The Thing: Getting Immersed In Gameplay Has Never Been Easier For The Holidays
(published in PC Gamer, November 2021)
Whether you’re a PC gamer or game consoles like Sony PS5 or Microsoft Xbox Series X/S are your thing, you probably would love split-second control over action, super-smooth motion and a way to immerse yourself more deeply into yo...Learn more...
'Gaming features enabled by HDMI technology fuel shift to TVs for display', HDMI LA CTO says
The latest TV support for Variable Refresh Rate and Dynamic HDR with 4K120 is attracting gamers.
The rapid adoption of HDMI gaming features such as Variable Refresh Rate and Dynamic HDR with 4K120 by makers of smart TVs, made accessible to console and PC gamers via HDMI...Learn more...
How HDMI Technology Is Bringing Gaming Features To More Gamers
(published in PC Gamer, September 2022)
Whether it’s the rise of cloud gaming, TVs with built-in games, "smart" monitors, or the popularity of retro game decks, constant change is a fixture on the gaming landscape.
Those changes are not confined to gaming platforms and PCs. TVs are being bu...
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