Windows 10 will support 8K resolutions
Although Windows 10 is still some time away we all know by now that the new OS will bring a number of new features. It seems that support for 8K resolutions will be one of them.
This news was made public at an event held by Microsoft in Shenzhen, China. Apparently the support for 8K resolutions will be available only for displays 27 inches in size or larger but the decision to support this resolution in an epoch when 4K is still trying to win users’ hearts is a clear sign that Microsoft tries to make Windows 10 as feature-proof and as long lasting as possible.
8K is a new resolution standard that translates to 7680 x 4320 pixels. It provides two times higher resolution compared to 4K, which in turn provides two times higher resolution than Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels). Display makers have already demonstrated 8K displays but market penetration is expected by the end of this decade. For example the 2020 Olympics will be broadcast in 8K too, which means that by this time at least some people will own 8K TV sets.
8K will be a tough nut to crack, however. First the new resolution will require new and much faster graphics hardware as well as much improved computer hardware plus software support. Speaking of this 8K will need a new connector too. Currently there are two proposals – the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) bets on its proposed Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) 1.4a connector, while TV makers suggest the new SuperMHL connector for 8K video content.
No matter what 8K is the future and we will see when it comes around. As to Windows 10, the new OS is expected this summer.