Is DisplayPort Better for Gaming?
First releasing in around 2008, DisplayPort is one of the newer cable formats used for transmitting high-definition video and audio signals between a video source and display. For the most part, DisplayPort has always been a step ahead in terms of capabilities versus it’s main competitor HDMI however it is still frequently debated as to which connection is better for gaming. To answer this question, you will first need to take a look at the devices you need to connect then work out what exactly it is you need the cable to do.
Is DisplayPort Better for PC Gaming?
Physically similar to HDMI, DisplayPort is a connector far more likely to be seen on PC’s and monitors than TV’s especially when it comes to gaming. Depending on your graphics processor and monitor, DisplayPort has the potential to deliver superior graphics and gameplay. Over time there have been several improvements to the DisplayPort standard, the following of which you may find in your equipment:
DisplayPort 1.2: Supports 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz, 1920x 1080 @ 240Hz, (Some FreeSync Support)
DisplayPort 1.4: Supports 7680 x 4320 @ 60Hz with HDR, 3840 x 2160 @ 120Hz
DisplayPort 2.0: Supports 15360 x 8640 (16K) @ 60Hz with HDR, [email protected] without HDR
There are also a few other beneficial features putting DisplayPort a step head of the competition. AMD FreeSync as well as Nvidia G-sync are supported by DisplayPort, offering tear-free gaming regardless of which brand GPU you use providing your display supports it.
A feature known as MST (Multi Stream Transport) is also exclusively available with DisplayPort, allowing up to 4 displays to run from a single DisplayPort connection creating an extended workspace for work or play.
Another useful attribute is that most DisplayPort connectors feature a locking retention mechanism which ensures a secure connection between the cable and your devices, minimising the risk of connectivity issues.
Is DisplayPort Good for Gaming Consoles?
Unfortunately, all the latest gaming consoles like the Xbox Series X or S, PlayStation 5 (PS5), and Nintendo Switch do not include DisplayPort connectivity. With the use of converting cables or dongles it is possible to convert this signal from your consoles to be used on a DisplayPort monitor, which can sometimes open up the possibility of greater resolutions or refresh rates than your television may be capable of.
Should I Use DisplayPort or HDMI?
Both DisplayPort and HDMI have their place in the AV world, and your choice will ultimately depend on your application. Connecting your gaming console to your TV, 9 times out of 10, will require an HDMI connection. On the other hand, if you’re trying to connect your new high end gaming PC to a 144Hz display, DisplayPort is a no brainer.
The best cable is going to be whatever suits your setup. The most important thing is to check your source and display before making your purchase so that you are able to select the best cable to optimise your requirements.