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If you want to see 8K resolution on a screen today, you probably have to settle for ogling a demo TV at a consumer electronics show. But while we wait for 8K TVs to hit the mainstream market, the approval of a new video standard may pave the way for more companies to start developing 8K screens on laptops.

The Video Electronics Standards Association recently approved Embedded DisplayPort 1.4a. This format will enable the use of 8K screens on both laptops and all-in-one desktop computers. That handily top the 4K screens you can find on some laptops today or the 5K display on the iMac.

The new 8K standard allows computers to compress more data while also segmenting the screen into two or four sections to help manage the flow of video to the screen, according to VESA. The association says the new standard will start being built into systems in 2016.

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