The PS5 and Xbox Series X must be extremely powerful consoles, with specifications that allow them to achieve performances that are not achievable with the current PS4 and Xbox One X gene. But to take advantage of them, you need a TV that is at par, and it’s probably not your current big black box.
Microsoft launched its new console at the Game Awards last year and revealed that the console will be twice as fast as the Xbox One X. Last month, there was a drop in specifications. The system uses a custom processor that allows high frame rates up to 120Hz and 8K resolution – a world far from the 4K 60 fps on Xbox One X.
While we are still waiting for Sony to show the world the PS5, after losing the launch window scheduled for February, we know that the console will have features similar to those of the Xbox Series X, including support for a 120Hz frame rate and 8K resolution.
To allow support for high frame rates and resolutions, the two consoles exchange the current HDMI 2.0 ports of the gene that support a maximum of 4K 60fps with the latest HDMI 2.1 standard. Microsoft has already confirmed this and, although Sony has not yet revealed the specifications, knowing what the PS5 will be capable of, it is certain that it will be upgraded to the latest iteration.
Most TVs are equipped with an HDMI 2.0 port, which does not support features like automatic low-latency mode (ALLM) and variable refresh rate (VRR). In simple terms, this means that you do not need to manually set the TV to game mode when starting your console; instead, the screen will be automatically set to low latency mode (ALLM) and the screen refresh rate will be synchronized with the game refresh rate (VRR).
Essentially, you need a TV with HDMI 2.1 to fully enjoy 8K 120fps content and a smooth gaming experience. Some TV manufacturers are launching counts that can support 8K 120fps, including Samsung and LG.
LG introduced its line of OLED and NanoCell LCD TVs at CES 2020, while Samsung introduced its flagship Q950TS and Q900TS QLED devices, along with the Q800T for those on a more restrictive budget. The newly announced TVs from both companies are sure to make your entertainment options ready for the future, and if you’re an advanced technician, the update before the console launches this holiday season will ensure you can enjoy the content as it should be consumed. . .
Obviously, this is not necessary, and most developers may not even launch games that make use of the full range of features available until we are on the PS5 and Xbox One X console cycle for a year or two. Many titles will also be cross-generation, as the entire installation base of console games will not immediately transition to the next gene, which is another reason why we may not see 8K games at 120fps right away.
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Last updated on March 8, 2020 at 6:00 am