Evolution of HDMI for Better Gaming and Display Experience

2019 - 02 - 14 by inseta

The up to date game consoles are PS4 Pro, Xbox One X and Xbox One S. These game consoles are sought after due to their exclusive games, and 4K / 60Hz display as well. 4K is in short for the screen resolution of 3840 x 2160, and 60Hz indicates the refresh rate of the screen. The higher the resolution of the screen, the clearer the image or video. A higher refresh rate means that the display is smoother for motions. To understand the 4K 60Hz display, you must start with the HDMI interface standard.

HDMI Interface( High Definition Multimedia Interface ), which was jointly developed by Hitachi, Philips, Silicon Image, Sony, Technicolor and Toshiba, is the most popular video and audio output interfaces in the world, which is widely used in televisions, monitors, set-top boxes, players and other devices.

HDMI 1.0 version was released in 2002. At present, most monitors and LCD TVs adopt HDMI 1.3 version or HDMI 1.4 version. HDMI 1.3 version just supports up to 1080P. HDMI 1.4 version starts to support 4K (2160P) resolution. Since then, more and more display devices support 4Kresolution, and HDMI 2.0 version is widely adopted. Compared with HDMI 1.4,HDMI 2.0 version is greatly improved. First of all, the bandwidth is increased from 10.2Gbps to 18Gbps. Second, HDMI 2.0 version supports up to 32 audio channels and 1536 kHz audio sample rate. Third, HDMI 2.0 version supports dynamic  synchronization of video and audio streams. In addition, HDMI 2.0 also supports  some exciting features such as dual-screen display.

On the other hand, USB Type C interface is quite hot and prevailing. HDMI also embrace the trends with the HDMI ALT MODE for USB Type C Connector. The HDMI Alt Mode for USB Type-C connector will allow HDMI-enabled source devices to utilize a USB Type-C connector to directly connect to HDMI-enabled displays, and then deliver native HDMI signals over a simple cable. It means that game lovers can play their favorite games, whether mobile games or game console games, on  a computer screen or a TV through such a simple cable. They can  play games on big screens comfortably and are no longer limited to a small screen.  

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