Sony's Latest Bravia TVs Finally Deliver The Full PS5 Promise

Unlike its disappointing 2020 range, Sony is supporting every HDMI 2.1 feature with all of its new TVs.

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Sony's Bravia XR TVs in 2020 were marketed alongside the company's PlayStation 5, despite a range of them failing to support many of the new HDMI 2.1 features that the console shipped with. In 2021, Sony has learnt from that mistake, announcing its latest range of Bravia TVs ahead of CES next week.

Irrespective of which of the new Bravia sets you purchase in 2021, every single model will support the full suite of HDMI 2.1 feature out of the box; no future firmware updates required. This goes for the new premium Z9J Master Series 8K down to the X90J 4K. This includes Variable Refresh Rate, eARC, 120Hz support at 4K, and more. Additionally, the entire range will support Dolby Vision HDR.

Unlike Samsung, Sony isn't drastically changing its display technology in 2021. The range of new sets still consists of a mix between OLED and LCD panels, with the Master Series Z9J 8K, A90J 4K, and A80J 4K range making use of the former. LCD sets will benefit from more local dimming zones to reduce blooming, especially with HDR content, but Sony hasn't specified exactly how many.

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Sony is also boasting big advances in its image processing technology, with a new Cognitive Processor XR chip that Sony believe will be better at enhancing images than traditional AI-powered solutions. The Master series OLED sets will also be able to adjust image brightness according to measured light levels in a room, but unlike this feature on LG's OLED TVs this can be turned off.

The full range of Bravia XR sets can be found below, with Sony promising release date and pricing information during spring later this year.

Sony Bravia XR 2021 Range

Z9J Master Series 8K (Full-array LCD)

  • 85-inch
  • 75-inch

A90J Master Series 4K (OLED)

  • 83-inch
  • 65-inch
  • 55-inch

A80J 4K (OLED)

  • 77-inch
  • 65-inch
  • 55-inch

X95J 4K (Full-array LCD)

  • 85-inch
  • 75-inch
  • 65-inch

X90J 4K (Full-array LCD)

  • 100-inch
  • 75-inch
  • 65-inch
  • 55-inch
  • 50-inch

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Ironically, still no VRR support out of the box - firmware update required.

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Does it matter if all last year's models do support all the HDMI 2.1 features now? If the new ones didn't you'd have a reason to pick an older model over the latest ones, and that would be really dumb. So I doubt anyone would have expected things to turn out any other way.

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8k for what? the system cannot handle anything at native 4k and lets not forget being stuck at 30fps with drops.

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@hardwenzen: And your top gaming PC can? Nothing currently supports 8K that I know of. Are there any movies available at that resolution? And what kind of internet connection would you need if you wanted to stream anything in 8K?

8K will probably replace 4K eventually. Though I'm not sure how many people will "upgrade" to one. There just won't be any 4K tvs available anymore eventually, so everyone will have an 8K tv at some point. But for consoles that's of no relevance as only the next gen after this one would be able to run anything at that resolution. Same as any PCs most likely. Ignoring any simplistic indie titles of course.

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@Atzenkiller: My PC doesn't have a 8k logo on the front of the box implying it can play games in 8k 🤣

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@hardwenzen:

You can watch movies in 8k on it it.

You are right about the games though.

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@braceyourself1: there’s no movies currently in 8k either. Some select movies that were either shot digitally near 8k or on 70mm film. But films have not been released above 4k to consumers. 8k TVs are a waste of money at the moment

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@nevrfearjbhere: Well, I assume those tvs have the same upscaling features as all 4K tvs did from the start. Though the question for me is if you can really tell a difference at all between 4K and 8K. I assume the imagine might look a little more lifelike than it already does on 4K. But how much more? It probably won't make much of a difference. Maybe if you buy a 100" tv and then get close enough to try and count any pixels. Which you couldn't on a smaller sized screen from what I've seen.

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@Atzenkiller: Yeah... It's hard to tell 4k from 1080 from 6" away if you're using less than a 50" display. What's 8k gonna need? How about 16k when TV manufacturers decide to try to make that a thing?

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@Atzenkiller: it’s probably a decent jump like it was 1080p to 4k if viewing naturally 4k content and not upscaled. The problem with 8k is there is going to be a serious shortage of natural content. Almost all films shot before the mid 2000s were shot on 35 mm film. That film is comparable to 4k quality. They look great on 4k uhd discs. A lot of films today are shot either at 4k or 2k digitally. The 2k digitally shot films don’t look as good and you can tell are being upscaled. Then you got movies such as parasite, joker and 70mm film movies that look absolutely gorgeous because those are shot closer to 8k resolution and are being held back by being only available in 4k. For gaming, I think we’re at least 5 years off from seeing games take full capability of 8k content

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Edited By Just1MoHr

Just bought the Sony X900H, but I gotta say that I have a love/hate relationship with it. Some scenes look phenomenal, while others just look disturbing. Meanwhile my 2016 Samsung UN50JU7100FXZA looks phenomenal no matter what is thrown at it.

Sony has become too greedy with their pickings of offerings on their mid-range TV's & leaving the good stuff on the higher range stuff, and this has left an opening for both Samsung & now even LG.

The biggest problem I have is some scenes just have this greyish film over it & it seems impossible to fine tune & adjust them to fit all games & video. BUT Samsung can do it though. I have 3 more weeks to decide to take it back & I am on the verge!

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@just1mohr: You're on the verge? Even though you've mentioned nothing but negatives about that thing? If your Samsung is so much better, then it only seems logical to get another one of those. Or does it ever make sense to keep inferior products? If you've got money to waste and plan to replace it in a year or two anyway I guess.

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@just1mohr: Yeah if I were you I'd take it back and get your money back. Then wait and see what the 2021 TVs are like and get one of them. In the meantime you can use your 2016 Samsung which you say has better image quality than the Sony. Overall I'd say you will be more happy in the long run if you wait. Alternatively you could have your X900H professionally calibrated and that could improve the image quality. But maybe it won't improve it enough to warrant you keeping. I don't know. You know deep down inside what feels right for you to do. Listen to your intuition.

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eh...I'm happy with my Vizio for now. My PS5 looks amazing on it.

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So all you folks who bought our 2020 tvs with advertised ps5 support to fucking bad

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@tbird7586: Read first sentence. Triggered. Write comment. (2.1 was added, it just required a firmware update)

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@tbird7586: Sadly. However, I’m a huge fan on “never buy on promises”. Sony is normally pretty good but if you wish to be certain that a combination of tech works make sure its in market first. Early addopters (i was one in the past) understand risks and rewards. Do like Sony TVs they are amazing lets hope this year they fulfil the dream.

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@realitybites: But last year's models have already received the fw upgrades that add all the new HDMI features long ago. So what are you guys talking about? Are you talking only about the state of those tvs at launch since you buy a new one every year anyway?

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@Atzenkiller: Well the v6.0384 update did add 4k@120Hz in October. The latest update in December v6.0414 tried to remove some of the blurriness but it would appear in the PS5s case its not as sharp as 4K@60Hz. VRR and ALLM may still come to 900H. I like Sony TVs I have one but the actual point I was trying to make is unless all the products your considering purchasing are working intended by all the vendors there maybe disappointment in being early adopters. With the new range of Bravias and a year under the belt by Sony we may see the best TVs for full 4K gaming.

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