HDMI 2.1 is an extension of the HDMI standard, which on the one hand brings new features and on the other hand increases the data transfer rate up to 48 Gbps.
The added features mainly benefit gamers with the next gen consoles Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X, as 4K@120Hz or 8K@60Hz with a Variable Refresh Rate and an Auto Low Latency Mode are now available.
With HDMI eARC, audio enthusiasts will also benefit from the new standard, allowing them to transmit uncompressed Dolby Atmos sound to their sound system.
First of all, you don’t necessarily need a new TV if you want to play with the new consoles. However, if you want to experience the advantages of these innovative gaming consoles, you will need a powerful TV.
It should have a 120Hz panel and be equipped with HDMI 2.1 interfaces so that the razor-sharp 4K resolution with 120Hz refresh rate can be transmitted to the TV. In addition, this allows VRR for tearing-free gaming, ALLM and an HDMI eARC for the best sound.
If you experienced Dolby Vision in HDR movies, you probably won’t want to miss it in gaming. The video format dynamically optimizes HDR content and adjusts the brightness from scene to scene so that a more atmospheric mood is created. Thus, exactly something that can create the necessary something when gaming.
Unfortunately, only the Xbox has Dolby Gaming, which includes both Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision.