HDMI 2.0: What You Need to Know

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Geek Smack: It’s About HDMI 2.0

Right now, devices like Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, XBox and PS3 are fighting for that lone HDMI port in the back of your TV. But that will change soon as the new specification for HDMI 2.0 has been announced at IFC last week. But will you need to upgrade that TV?

First, the only reason why you would want to update to the new HD specification is if you have a 4K TV and want the true 4k-60 fps video. You also want to upgrade if you want 4K-3D television.

Current standards are HDMI 1.4. If you have an older TV (4 years or older) then you don’t even have that specification. This standard basically will send a 3.4 Gbit/s throughput signal to your TV. HDMI 2.0 will increase that between 6 GBit/s to a full 18 GBit/s throughput.

Color depth will stay at 48 bit/px. The resolution will stay at 3840×2160 but will allow 60 fps, instead of 30. The clock rate of HDMI will also increase – from 340 to 600 MHz.

The best part – you probably won’t need any new cables. In fact, some TVs might be able to upgrade via firmware update. If you have a Sony TV made in the last 2-3 years, you will most likely be able to switch to the new HDMI 2.0 format with an update.

HDMI 2.0 won’t really start coming out until the end of the year. We’ll probably see a lot of CES announcements for HDMI 2.0. Until then – you’ll just have to wait for the upgrade.

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