HDMI specifications are overseen by the HDMI Forum, a non-profit industry consortium. They announced version 2.0 which includes a number of changes. The most recent version is 1.4 and likely that is what most of your equipment is including your cables. They say that 2.0 will not require new cables. However chances are your equipment may not be upgradable. Some vendors such as Sony are indicating that firmware updates will be possible with their equipment. The new specification will bring the bandwidth up to 18 GigaBits per Second! This is enough to pipe through a 4K video up to 60 frames per second (assuming you have a compatible TV) – enough for 4K 3D. Another neat possibility is that HDMI 2.0 can support dual HD video streams at the current lower-resolution. And your current 1.4 devices should work with 2.0 no problem, it is supposed to be backwards compatible. We should begin seeing HDMI 2.0 products in 2014.

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  1. I’ll be much more interested to invest in the cable, if the companies provide a free firmware update. What do you think the realistic chances of them doing so?

    • Why not?

      It would be a good move, since I believe there is many more people who have the same opinion as you do. One of them is – me. 😀

      • Most of the companies will provide a firmware upgrade but it also depends on the device you are using. If you purchased it recently then there is a high chance of you receiving the update. However older devices may not be compatible with this technology. Lets hope though.

  2. I agree , if there are some free firmware upgrades I would consider buying the new cable. If not then they might as well only launch it on new devices and those of us with the old equiment must deal with it.

    Saying that 4K 3D would be awesome, other than the other equipment you would need to do this.

  3. My husband always uses a HDMI cable for his PS3. He says that by using the cable, it shows the game more clearer and makes it look more realistic. I know that once the new HDMI cable comes out, he will be upgrading his equipment in order to use the new cable.

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