It has been nearly two years since the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) first released its DisplayPort 2.0 specification. It is expected to support 8K monitors, higher refresh rates, and more. The first monitors equipped with DisplayPort 2.0 were originally scheduled to be available in late 2020, but VESA now says that it expects the device to be available later this year.
A VESA spokesperson said in a statement: “Displays supporting DisplayPort 2.0 are currently under development, but have not yet been released to the market.” edge. “DisplayPort 2.0 is now working in the new system chip, which will appear in products later in 2021
The delay is due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Hardware developers and engineers usually convene several times a year in Plugtest events. These events are where multiple companies test systems and resolve interoperability issues. A VESA spokesperson explained: “There will be no PlugTests for VESA in 2020, which slows down the deployment of DisplayPort 2.0.” “VESA is now planning to conduct the next PlugTest in Taiwan this spring, so we hope this process can be promoted again.”
DisplayPort 2.0 is important not only for 8K, but also for providing higher refresh rates and HDR support at higher resolutions. The new standard will technically support a maximum speed of up to 80Gbps, which is almost three times the current available speed in the DisplayPort 1.4 specification. In fact, this will enable gaming monitors to run at full 4K resolutions of 144Hz or higher and support HDR without compression.
Many gaming monitors are beginning to bridge this gap with Display Stream Compression (DSC), a feature that compresses UHD streams without significant visual quality degradation. DisplayPort 2.0 also supports the following functions:
Single screen display resolution:
- 1 16K (15360 x 8460) display @ 60Hz and 30 bpp 4:4:4 HDR (with DSC)
- 1 10K (10240 x 4320) display @ 60Hz and 24 bpp 4:4:4 (no compression)
Dual display resolution:
- Two 8K (7680 x 4320) display at 120Hz and 30 bpp 4:4:4 HDR (with DSC)
- Displays two 4K (3840 x 2160) monitors (uncompressed) at 144Hz and 24 bpp 4:4:4
Three-screen display resolution:
- Three 10K (10240 x 4320) displays @ DSC at 60Hz and 30 bpp 4:4:4 HDR
- Three 4K (3840 x 2160) displays at 90Hz and 30 bpp 4:4:4 HDR (no compression)
Just as the industry has prepared for USB 4, DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0 also introduces all these features into the USB Type-C connector. While we are waiting for the arrival of DisplayPort 2.0, HDMI 2.1 displays are beginning to appear more and more often. Many manufacturers introduced new displays at CES this week, but most manufacturers chose not to price HDMI 2.1 displays.
Acer is the only exception. Its Nitro XV28 is priced at US$899 with an IPS display, a 28-inch 4K display with HDMI 2.1 support, and a 144Hz refresh rate of FreeSync Premium. The HDMI 2.1 specification can also display 8K video at a frequency of 60Hz and supports 10K resolution video. However, 8K displays are still extremely rare.