why a TV without it can be perfectly valid to play

After the arrival of panels with native high frequencies and standards such as HDMI 2.1, many are those who want to venture into enjoying next-generation titles at 4K and 120 fps. Nevertheless, game support at this rate and resolution is still very scarceespecially if our weapon is a new generation console.

In this article we show you some of the reasons why we should not be in such a hurry to buy a TV with 120 Hz frequency or HDMI 2.1something highly promoted especially after the arrival of consoles like PlayStation 5 Y Xbox Series X.

Very few games reach the coveted 4K and 120 fps

The video game industry has lately as a goal to offer visually spectacular experiences. Games like ‘Red Dead Redemption 2‘, ‘Cyberpunk 2077‘, The ‘The Last of Us Parte II‘, among others, have proven to be amazing graphically, and a good television is the best companion for enjoying these games. Nevertheless, there is a huge marketing campaign behind the latest generation televisions in terms of high frequency rates and the importance of HDMI 2.1. To do this, you have to know that both the computer that runs the game, and the game itself, must support a resolution and frequency rate of 4K and 120 Hz to take advantage of the maximum capabilities of the television, something very rare today. .

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The number of titles that can achieve a frame rate of 120fps and at 4K resolution is tiny. If we transfer these figures to the PC, not even with the best graphics card on the market is it still possible to get these numbers in most current games. The situation is different if the title has been on the market for several years or does not require much in terms of technical specifications.

Maintaining a title at 120 fps or more at 4K resolution is very demanding on resources, which is why most titles support this frame rate (which are not many) on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S go to 1080p or 4K resolution upscaled by AI (without being native resolution). Also, a selector is usually included in current console titles. In this selector we can choose to play at the highest possible graphic fidelity and sacrifice performance, or play at a higher frame rate but losing resolution or detail. Generally titles that include a selector are layered at 30 frames in highest graphical fidelity mode in order to have stable performance.

If we connect a PC to the television, the situation is different, since the game will generally go to the maximum allowed by the team, however, it will be necessary to have a fairly powerful computer to achieve the desired performance. As of today, hardly any current AAA games reach a rate of 120fps and 4K, although we can always point towards a lower resolution.

If few games are supported, HDMI 2.1 is a waste


HDMI 2.1 is the version of the standard prepared for video signals at 4K and 120 Hz. In addition to other advantages to its credit, It is about the connection that we must have if we want to enjoy video games at that resolution and frequency. However, since there are not a wide variety of games capable of supporting these figures, enjoying games at 4K and 60fps is no longer that complicated. In this case, we would not have to opt for a television with a native frequency of 120 Hz or HDMI 2.1. In fact, the HDMI 2.0 specification is enough for us, since it is compatible with signals up to 4K and 60 Hz.

Without HDMI 2.1, we also lose features like VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and ALLM. The first one is responsible for adapting the frequency of the television to the frame rate at which the game is going., providing the image with greater fluidity. This is achieved through technologies such as AMD FreeSync or NVIDIA G-Sync. ALLM is an automatic low latency mode accessed by turning a console on to the TV. Although VRR is a really good technology, It is useless if the game does not run at a rate greater than 60 fps.


Another issue to consider is the response time of the television. A ‘Game Mode’ is usually included, which should drastically decrease the delay of the signal, obtaining a smooth and stable experience. When we play on the television we must make sure that this image mode is enabled.

That the TV has compatibility with HDR it will also help us to get a decent image while playing. Very few games are compatible with Dolby Vision y HDR10+so the game will run with the TV’s base HDR, which is generally the open standard HDR10. In this sense, there is still a long way to go for games to offer native support for superior HDR..

Having a 4K TV with 120 Hz and HDMI 2.1 is only good for very specific cases

In short, having a rate of 120 Hz on our television will do us little good if the compatibility of games towards this rate is still limited. It is because of that as long as we have a 4K and 60 Hz television with an adequate response time to play, it will be more than enough. If, on the other hand, our use is going to require a powerful PC connected to the television, in this case it may be more convenient, although the list of games compatible with [email protected] is still very scarce. The image quality will already depend on the specifications of the panel.

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