Sony has talked about the synergy between its divisions for well over a decade, but it’s finally delivering. You’ll no doubt be aware of the various collaborations between PlayStation and Sony Pictures, which will see the likes of The Last of Us adapted into a live action series. But point your peepers at the organisation’s marketing campaign for its latest range of Bravia XR televisions: they’re being billed, quite literally, as “perfect for PlayStation 5”.
What makes these panels ideal for gamers, then? Well, they’re actually adding a bunch of PS5 specific features: Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture Mode. The former will automatically calibrate your console and television for optimum performance when you plug it all in, so you won’t have to fiddle around with menus or search Google for the best settings. It’s a minor convenience in the grand scheme of things, we suppose, but should help out less savvy users.
Meanwhile, here’s what Auto Genre Picture Mode does: “The TV automatically switches into Game Mode when gaming, which minimises input lag to make the action more responsive, or to Standard Mode when watching movies via a streaming service or from an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc on the PS5, which shifts focus to picture processing for a more expressive picture.” Presumably you’ll be able to turn all of this off if you’d still prefer to set things up yourself.
The features will be available across the Z9J, A90J, A80J, X95J, and X90J models in the Bravia XR range. These screens share a new “Cognitive Processor”, which Sony says “works the same way as our eyes, detecting the main focal point in a scene and enhancing each detail in an object so it stands out with a natural sense of depth”. For the layman, the panels will support up to 120 frames-per-second in crisp 4K, with input lag as low as 6.0ms.
The press release does mention that the PS5 specific features will be added as part of a software update by the end of January 2022, and you will need to ensure both your console and television are running the right version in order to take advantage of them. Who’s in the market for a new TV, then? Use your cognitive processor and let us know in the comments section below.