Microsoft has designed the Xbox One X to be a very advanced machine. Indeed it is, as the most powerful console currently on the market—a detail that the company has not been shy about bringing up whenever it can since the system was first announced back at E3 2016. One of the ways that Microsoft has designed the X to be forward-thinking in terms of its technological prowess is that it supports the new HDMI 2.1 standard; or rather, it will support this new standard.
In short, HDMI 2.1 is an upgrade over the current 2.0 standard that most HDMI-enabled modern devices are using. HDMI 2.1 can display resolutions up to 10K (haha, puny 4K peasants!) and has a data bandwidth of a whopping 48Gbps, along with support for framerates as high as 120FPS. Indeed, it’s quite a media monster.
New displays are just now beginning to roll out that have HDMI 2.1 ports. The Xbox One X’s compatibility with these new ports and cables will be enabled eventually, but Microsoft has yet to mention exactly when this will happen. Xbox Corporate VP Mike Ybarra, had this to say when asked about it on Twitter:
Not yet, needs HDMI 2.1 spec to finalize.
— Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) November 15, 2017
2018 looks to be the year when the majority of new displays have support for HDMI 2.1, so you shouldn’t be in a rush to try and get one now. Save some money and just be patient.