How to Buy a TV for Gaming in 2020 – How-To Geek

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Display technology has come a long way in a decade. If you want a TV for video games, including a next-gen console and PC titles, your needs are quite different from the average shopper.

The Importance of HDMI 2.1

The next generation of consoles and high-end PC graphics cards is here. Sony and Microsoft are battling the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, both of which sport HDMI 2.1 ports. NVIDIA has also unleashed its record-breaking 30 series cards with full support for HDMI 2.1.

So, what’s the big deal about this new standard?

High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is how your TV connects to consoles, Blu-ray players, and many PC graphics cards. HDMI 2.0b caps out at a bandwidth of 18 Gbits per second, which is enough for 4K content at 60 frames per second.

An HDMI 1.4, 2.0, and 2.1 bandwidth comparison.
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HDMI 2.1 enables speeds of up to 48 Gbits per second. This includes support for 4K at 120 frames per second (with HDR), or 8K at 60 frames per second. There’s also support for uncompressed audio, and a host of other features, like variable refresh rates (VRR), and automatic low-latency mode (ALLM) to minimize input lag.

Keep in mind, though, HDMI 2.1 is only worth it if a TV has
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