When HDTVs first arrived, they made standard definition TVs look rather dull indeed offering 4 times the resolution of regular TV sets. HDTVs, however, are also all set to be upstaged by Sony’s new 4K TV set which promises users 4 times the resolution of HDTVs! The first ever 4,000 pixel offering by the company, the Sony XBR-84X900 comes with a massive 84-inch screen that has a screen resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixel. Fronted by an LCD panel display, the 4K TV was showcased by Sony at the 2012 IFA via a press conference.
Currently, there is very limited video content in the market that is capable of matching the 4 times-higher-than-HD resolution of the new TV set. However, Sony remains optimistic that once the television is launched and is adopted by the public, the video content will follow just like it did for technologies like the CD and DVD. To make its 4K TV more suited to the HD content currently available, Sony has laced the set with a picture engine called 4K X-Reality PRO which upscales content to suit the screen resolution. The 4K TV set is also capable of displaying 3D images and videos. Users can also sync PS3 apps on the TV and manage on-screen playback with PlayMemories Studio or connect digital cameras to the TV to display pictures and videos.
The Sony XBR-84X900 comes with built-in Wi-Fi capabilities that allow it to connect to the internet and access Sony Entertainment Network services like Pandora, Netflix Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited. To use various internet-based apps on the TV set, a Media Remote app can be downloaded to smartphones and tablets. The Sony XBR-84X900 comes with virtual 5.1 surround sound provided via a 10-unit live speaker system housed in two vertical speaker bars. The sound system can also be connected to an existing home theatre setup. Sony has not yet revealed any information on pricing and availability for the XBR-84X900 though it is expected to be priced in the $15-20,000 range and may hit US showrooms around the holiday season.