Originally Posted by squad22345
Yeah I know there always something better coming up in the future. My main concern is, if the future is so close where HDMI 2.1 will be the norm next year since new gaming systems are right around the corner but I also don't want to wait for a whole year and a half since TV usually comes later in the middle of each year and nothing new is coming. This is my situation and don't know what to do now since I'm in standby.
What specifically about HDMI 2.1 that beckons you to wait? TLDR: Sony has not shown a history of supporting gaming technologies on its LCD displays when they were available with HDMI 2.0, so why would HDMI 2.1 make Sony do anything different? Here's a quick summary of HDMI 2.1 specs and what I think will happen:
1. Auto Low Latency Mode
: no big deal, you just manually set your TV to "Game Mode" rather than have the TV automatically detect and switch to game mode. Not worth waiting for IMO, and not going to affect your gaming experience. You're also assuming that Sony will support this feature.
: already implemented in the 950G, so a moot point, no need to wait for this.
3. Quick Frame Transport
: "QFT operates on the transport portion of this equation by reducing the time it takes to send only the active video across the cable." It reduces latency, but if the latency is a big issue for you, you'll probably be disappointed with whatever Sony puts out (HDMI 2.1 or not) as they have never been known to support gaming like Samsung. HDMI 2.1 will not make a big difference if Sony doesn't optimize the TV for low latency gaming - even without 2.1, Samsung QLED already has low latency. Compared to the Samsung Q90R ([email protected]
Hz =15.0 ms, 1080p @ 60 Hz =15 ms, [email protected]
Hz =10.6 ms, [email protected]
=10.7 ms) the 950G averages close to 20 ms across the board, and does NOT support [email protected]
Hz (even the lesser Q70R supports [email protected]
Hz =15.5 ms). Dollar for Dollar, the 950G is an OK casual gaming TV but not close to what Samsung QLED offers.
4. Variable Refresh Rate
: IMO the best gaming feature of 2.1 - "A variable refresh rate (VRR) is the general term for a dynamic display refresh rate that can continuously and seamlessly vary on the fly, on displays that support variable refresh rate technologies. A major purpose of variable refresh rates is the elimination of stutters and tearing by keeping refresh rates in sync with a varying frame rate from a video game." AGAIN, Sony has shown ZERO interest in supporting this higher level gaming feature. Samsung ALREADY supports VRR without HDMI 2.1; so if Sony doesn't support it now, why would it support VRR later with HDMI 2.1?
4. Quick Media Switching
: for movies and video that eliminates delays and blank screens when switching between content sources. Not a big deal, and won't improve image/gaming quality.
In short, Sony TVs are GREAT for movies and acceptable for "casual" gaming, but if you're serious about the bleeding edge gaming features? Get a Samsung QLED, period. Their sets are calibrated for gaming: bright, saturated colors popping off the screen; however, the Sony has more accurate coloration out of the box, and more subtle gradations in darker scenes, albeit without the deeper blacks. Most importantly, it's significantly cheaper than the Samsung Q90R - which is why I bought the 950G 85" (Q90R is $1,000 more for 82").