Originally Posted by iraweiss
Here's a thought. What current or anticipated formats would utilize bandwidth in excess of 18G? Is 48G necessary for ATSC 3.0? I have not heard of any upcoming disc formats above current 4K players. Will there be 8K versions of Roku, Apple TV, etc. requiring this bandwidth?
The thing with HDMI 2.1 is, that it is heavily focused on gaming.
In other words: If you are not a gamer HDMI 2.1 is not that big of a deal.
That is just how it is. Outside of gaming the increased bandwidth is only interesting for people
with 8K televisions (well... at least if they want to be "future proofed"
Sure. Source devices are not there yet. But Sony and Microsoft are both launching their Next-Gen consoles this year.
While it is highly unlikely that these devices will handle native [email protected]
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it is known that Microsoft and Sony will
add support for it. What might happen is that they will use advanced upscaling techniques (checkerboard rendering, temporal injection etc.) to achieve a much better image quality while retaining the FPS.
Furthermore, both NVIDIA and AMD releasing new GPUs this year. Those will finally bring "true" HDMI 2.1 to the PC.
Which means that HDMI 2.1 will become very important for people that are using their TVs as a "gaming display".
LG already proofed twice that their 2019 and 2020 OLED TV series is heavily focused on gaming.
While you are right that HDMI 2.1 is not necessary for streaming devices, Blu-ray players etc. (at least right now and during the near future) there are other categories were HDMI 2.1 will become very important in the near future. Which is why some people want to make sure that every device in their chain is HDMI 2.1 compatible.