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HDMI 2.0 officially unveiled

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 05 Sep 2013 13:28 User comments (14)

HDMI 2.0 officially unveiled The HDMI Forum group has officially unveiled HDMI 2.0, a couple of days after most of its specs were leaked.
Bandwidth capacity has been increased to 18Gbps allowing for 3,840 x 2,160 resolution at up to 60fps.

Additionally, the standard now has support for up to 32 audio channels, "dynamic auto lipsync" and even more CEC extensions.

Furthermore, the standard will accept up to "1536kHz audio sample frequency, dual video streams for multiple users on a single screen, multi-stream audio to as many as 4 users at once and support for 21:9 widescreen displays."

The group says the connector itself will remain unchanged, an added bonus for backwards compatibility since high-speed Category 2 cables will support the new standard.

"We are pleased to continue our work in supporting the HDMI Adopter base as well as the entire HDMI ecosystem," said Steve Venuti, president of HDMI Licensing, LLC. "Adopters can now continue to develop new product functionality over the HDMI interface as well as look to HDMI Licensing, LLC as their single contact for all their licensing and administrative needs."

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14 user comments

15.9.2013 13:51

Nice, but I don't understand why this standard doesn't support 4k resolution (4096x2304 @ 16:9)

25.9.2013 15:42

so no 4k support?

35.9.2013 16:32

Now Monster has an excuse to over charge for cables that are "HDMI 2.0 Certified".

45.9.2013 21:30

I pitty the fools that buy the xbox one & ps4 that still uses hdmi 1 or whatever version it's at until they bring out v2 of xbox 1 & ps4,unless they do have v2 hdmi already in which case someone egg me


55.9.2013 21:42

Originally posted by scorpNZ:
I pitty the fools that buy the xbox one & ps4 that still uses hdmi 1 or whatever version it's at until they bring out v2 of xbox 1 & ps4,unless they do have v2 hdmi already in which case someone egg me
The games are not going to be that high and just how much 4k content is there really??

I see your point though as I got a 3rd gen XBOX that had HDMI and I know others that had to buy a new one just to get HDMI. Of course I rarely buy a console at launch anyway and wait for at least revision 2. I think the Wii U is the first console I got right away since the SNES.

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65.9.2013 22:21

Originally posted by DrGerm:
Nice, but I don't understand why this standard doesn't support 4k resolution (4096x2304 @ 16:9)
2160p is an accepted resolution for UltraHD (4K) so, yes, it does support 4K.

77.9.2013 10:20

I wont need HDMI 2.0 unless I can get a HDMI 2.0 40 inch 500Mhz TV for under 400$ bucks :P

88.9.2013 19:58

Well i saw a 360 for the first time using hdmi 1 3 weeks ago,well my tv won't play the 360 thru its hdmi port for some reason,anyway loaned it to a friend holy crap is all i can say,used rca first it looked crap on his old lcd tv,then took the 360 into his lounge & attached the component (what i normaly use)then switched to hdmi even i couldn't believe the difference,it pisses me off that my tv won't display the 360 thru hdmi,the pc works fine on it,so i'd like to see what an hdmi 2 does


98.9.2013 20:09

Originally posted by scorpNZ:
Well i saw a 360 for the first time using hdmi 1 3 weeks ago,well my tv won't play the 360 thru its hdmi port for some reason,anyway loaned it to a friend holy crap is all i can say,used rca first it looked crap on his old lcd tv,then took the 360 into his lounge & attached the component (what i normaly use)then switched to hdmi even i couldn't believe the difference,it pisses me off that my tv won't display the 360 thru hdmi,the pc works fine on it,so i'd like to see what an hdmi 2 does
Thats odd, have you tired changing the settings in the 360?

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109.9.2013 2:47

It is nice that HDMI is staying ahead of the curve. After all, the next-next-gen consoles might actually be capable of producing images at higher than 1080P@60hz...and that's probably only about 6 years away. Heck, by then people will have rebought most of their DVD collections on BluRay, so it will be time to release a new format. Until then however, it seems that HDMI 2.0 won't be terribly useful for anyone except people with large, expensive PC screens (that could just as easily use DVI) and for a handfull of people willing to spend several thousand dollars to watch a handful of documentaries in higher quality.

scorpNZ - Hook the xbox up to your friend's screen and check the HDMI settings, it might be set to something that your screen doesn't support. HDMI 2.0 isn't going to help you; if anything, it will create more confusion and problems for people trying to input 4K signals into 720P screens.



119.9.2013 15:20

Originally posted by DrGerm:
Nice, but I don't understand why this standard doesn't support 4k resolution (4096x2304 @ 16:9)
BECAUSE..............4K is so far off that it's not worth mainstreaming yet.

I'm betting 4K broadcasts are 7 years off. I predicted a 10 year stretch about 3 years ago and so far, I'm feeling fairly accurate.

Even 3D hasn't mainstreamed and 4K is no different. People are just too satisfied with 1080 and moreover....1080p isn't even available except on Blu-ray. What makes peeps think that 4K will by any quicker to adopt?

129.9.2013 15:33

Originally posted by hearme0:
Originally posted by DrGerm:
Nice, but I don't understand why this standard doesn't support 4k resolution (4096x2304 @ 16:9)
BECAUSE..............4K is so far off that it's not worth mainstreaming yet.
I saw a 4K TV in a local BestBuy. They had some demo source with footage from a soccer game. The picture was really nice. I literally stepped into the display area to get a close up look at the screen. I could see the extra detail ... when I was a few feet from the screen. Stepping back to a "normal" viewing distance it didn't look any better than a 1080p source. While my eyes aren't perfect, they are at least average.

I will predict that 4K will be much like 3D - cool, but not worth the investment for most people. Besides, there are people that still think that DVD quality is good enough.

139.9.2013 23:41

I'm going to try again when i get the 360 back, the settings in the 360 should be fine since it worked without changing anything tho i will check,i did read not long ago that the 360 was fickle when it came to hdmi,i suspect it's because my tv is old 08-09 about the same age as the 360 i have,does seem odd tho since hdmi is a standard like usb 2.0 across devices


1410.9.2013 15:51

i will just be the lawnmower man and get right in to it

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