Asus has announced the world&s first gaming monitor with HDMI 2.1 support, which will enable it to display UltraHD 4K (3,840 x 2,160) at a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The specifications from HDMI 2.1 define a data rate of 48 GBit/s, which is large enough to transmit 4K video at 120 fps and 10-bit color depth. Dynamic refresh rates are also supported.
With the new ROG (Republic Of Gamers) monitor, Asus is aiming for the next generation of game consoles, i.e. Sony&s Playstation 5 and Microsoft&s X-Box Series X, which will be released soon and will be able to display games with a resolution of 4K and a refresh rate of 120 Hz via HDMI 2.1. Until now, there have been 4K monitors (from Asus, among others) that support up to 144Hz refresh rate, but only via DisplayPort 1.4. However, neither the old nor the new gaming consoles have a DisplayPort - high refresh rates are only made possible by the new models via HDMI 2.1.
According to Asus, the monitor has passed all compatibility and validation tests to ensure full compatibility with future HDMI 2.1 devices, becoming the first monitor to receive HDMI 2.1 certification. It also supports Auto Low Latency, which means that the game console can control the display&s processing mode, with low latency or processing quality having priority depending on the content.
The new 43" monitor from the ROG series, along with 27" and 32" models that will also support HDMI 2.1, is scheduled to be launched later this year and will be available for use with the next generation of game consoles that will be available. Asus hasn&t announced the model number or model designation of the new monitors, nor the price or exact technical specifications.