Panasonic Announces New TV At CES 2021 With AI That Gives You Best Picture/Sound
The new Panasonic TV promises to make things easier by having its AI auto-detect what you're watching or playing.
CES 2021 is officially underway, and while the show might look different this year with its online-only setup, it's still bringing lots of news. Technology giant Panasonic has announced a new TV set as part of the show, and it's powered by AI that may make your life easier.
Panasonic's flagship OLED TV for 2021 is the JZ2000, which will be available in 55-inch and 65-inch sizes. The new model is billed as having low latency and support for HDMI 2.1 variable refresh rate and high frame rate. Inside the TV is a new AI processor that can automatically detect what you're watching or playing and select settings that is best for it.
"Perfect for audiences and gamers who prefer a frictionless experience, the JZ2000 eliminates the guesswork of finding ideal settings for a variety of content," Panasonic said in its announcement. "It features a new AI-driven processor that automatically identifies and optimizes the content being played for ideal picture and sound so audiences always enjoy a high-quality experience without having to adjust settings manually."
As an example, Panasonic said the new JZ2000 TV can detect, say, a football game and adjust the picture accordingly to help accentuate things like the grass on the field or how players look. The AI system will also give you a sound setting that feels like you're in the stadium, Panasonic said.
The new set also said side- and upward-firing built-in speakers, with Dolby Atmos support, while the OLED panel itself is said to offer "significantly better peak and average brightness levels."
"The JZ2000 is a symbol of what we at Panasonic want to achieve," Panasonic boss Yasushi Murayama said in a statement. "Building on the superb accuracy which makes Panasonic's TVs ideal for watching films, we are further improving the experience in other areas such as gaming too. Through the use of AI, we want our viewers enjoy the best picture and sound settings automatically. Our aim is simply to support our customers to really, truly experience their favorite contents. Whether they are into films, games, sports, or something else, we want them to enjoy heightened visual and aural experiences which leave them feeling happy and satisfied."
For gaming specifically, the AI processor inside the TV promises to "significantly" reduce latency, which is how long it takes after pressing a button to when you see the action on the screen. The new JZ2000 TV has a "Game Mode Extreme" architecture, which delivers the following:
- Low latency
- Support for HDMI 2.1 variable refresh rate (VRR) and high frame rate (HFR)
- A dedicated picture mode for gaming ("game mode")
- Support for HDMI Signal Power Link, which will improve the experience and ease of using Panasonic TVs with CEC non-supported devices like old Set Top Boxes or PCs
What's more, the JZ2000 TV comes with Panasonic's newest TV OS, My Home Screen 6.0. This includes a new "My Scenery" option that gives you a variety of photos to help you calm down after a stressful day or just enjoy a nice image in the background of your room. The OS also lets you connect two Bluetooth devices simultaneously. Panasonic said this might be useful if two people want to watch TV or a movie with Bluetooth headphones late at night and not disturb anyone else in the house. The OS also includes an updated menu and some voice controls.
Panasonic did not announce a price or a release date for the new JZ2000 TV.
For lots more on CES 2021, keep checking back with GameSpot and sister site CNET all week long. GameSpot's Lucy James and others will discuss the future of video games during a panel on January 12, so check back soon for that!