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Dolby Vision 4K120 & VRR support is coming to more TV brands in 2023

14 Apr 2022 | Rasmus Larsen |

LG is currently the only TV maker to support Dolby Vision gaming in up to 4K120 and VRR, but support will expand to TV models from other brands starting next year.

Dolby and MediaTek announced that the upcoming Pentonic SoC (System-on-Chip) for 8K and 4K TVs will be the first MediaTek chip to support Dolby Vision's gaming enhancements, i.e. 4K120, ALLM, VRR and reduced latency (Dolby Vision Game mode), that first launched last year in Xbox Series X.

- "MediaTek Pentonic also improves gameplay with support for features designed for gaming in Dolby Vision. This includes advancements TV OEMs will be able to offer their customers such as gaming in Dolby Vision at 4K 120Hz. In addition, Pentonic chips will further improve latency and display enhancements when gaming in Dolby Vision through Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) to notably improve the gaming experience for players."

 Also read: No 120Hz Dolby Vision gaming on Xbox? LG, Sony & Panasonic respond

The company has previously said that "more than 60% of all TVs worldwide are powered by MediaTek" including TVs from Panasonic, Philips, Samsung and Sony. Other TV models use Realtek, a custom SoC or a different solution.

Xbox 120Hz Dolby Vision

To enjoy games in 4K120 Dolby Vision you currently need the Xbox Series X and a compatible TV

Starting in 2023 or late 2022

MediaTek confirmed that its Pentonic SoC series will be available for both 4K and 8K Smart TVs "starting in 2H 2022 for TV OEMs to begin adopting", which means that the TVs will be available for consumers to buy by late 2022 at the earliest but more likely in 2023. MediaTek originally targeted 2022 TV models when it announced Pentonic in November 2021. Also read: MediaTek's new powerful Pentonic 7nm SoC will power 2022 flagship TVs - "We look forward to working with MediaTek and our OEM partners to bring stunning Dolby Vision images for more use cases to the next generation of 8K and 4K smart TVs," said Mathias Bendull, VP, Living Room at Dolby Labs.

Dolby Vision IQ with Precision Detail, too

In addition, the collaboration will bring Dolby Vision IQ with Precision Detail support to TV models from manufacturers that adopt the Pentonic SoC. - "With our industry-leading chips, paired with astonishing visual and audio technologies powered by Dolby, MediaTek and Dolby are making truly immersive and cinematic entertainment experiences more accessible," said Alex Chen, GM of TV Business, MediaTek. "MediaTek’s Pentonic series will make it easy for OEMs to bring Dolby Vision IQ with Precision Detail to the next generation of 8K and 4K smart TVs." Check FlatpanelsHD's TV Database to see which TV models currently support Dolby Vision in 4K120.

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