The entertainment industry is still catching on to 4K/HDR content production, but the tech industry is keen to get the 8K wave started already. There have been a few very expensive and very early 8K TVs released in the wild to date and from January 2020 onward, there will be a specific standard in place that display makers will have to adhere to.
The Consumer Technology Association and its member companies announced this week that the official standard for 8K Ultra HD has now been set and as you would expect, there is a new logo to go along with it:
The key attributes that all 8K TVs must adhere to include a display resolution of at least 7680×4320 within a 16:9 window and one or more HDMI inputs capable of supporting that resolution with a bit depth of 10-bits at 24, 30 and 60 frames per second. Each 8K display will also need to have HDR transfer functions and colorimetry as specified by ITU-R BT.2100.
Finally, 8K TVs will need to be capable of upscaling standard definition, HD and 4K UHD content to 8K. The logo will be available for TV makers to start using in January 2020, so we can expect to see a rise in the number of 8K TVs being pushed out and marketed.
KitGuru Says: I am still perfectly happy with 4K for now, especially as someone who plays a lot of games and couldn’t hope to run them at an 8K native resolution. Still, the wheels are turning and soon, we will be seeing 8K being pushed by the industry.