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Sony unveils Ready for PlayStation 5 TV campaign, despite not having many sets actually ready…

Sony has created a new promotional tag for TVs in the run up to the launch of the PlayStation 5.  Its new ‘Ready for PlayStation 5’ tagline has been created to make it easier for gamers to select the best TV for the next gen game console.

The brand’s first ‘Ready for PlayStation 5’ TVs comprise the XH90 4k HDR Full Array LED LCD range and its high-end ZH8 8k HDR Full Array LED models. The sets are ‘ready’ because they have an HDMI input able to display games at their highest frame rate, with a low input lag. This HDMI functionality will be enabled via firmware update, rather than be onboard straight from the box.

The key spec to look for is an ability to display 4K resolution at 120 fps. The chosen Sony sets have a quoted low input lag of 7.2ms (measured at 4k/120p). 

The key spec to look for is an ability to display 4K resolution at 120 fps…

Sony gears up for PS5 launch…but is it ready?

These Ready for PlayStation 5 TV models also boast a dedicated BRAVIA Game Mode, which allows users to automatically play games on the PS5 console with low latency, without having to manually select inputs, and even turn on both the TV and the console using just the DualSense controller.

Perhaps what’s most interesting is the number of Sony sets which don’t make the Ready for PlayStation cut, including all its 4k 2020 OLED models announced so far, which seem unable to display video at 4k/120fps.

For example, Sony’s new cute-as-a-button 48-inch Master Series A9 OLED would seem to be an ideal high-end telly for next-gen gaming, but it’s limited to 4k @ 60fps. When TLR quizzed Sony about the possibility of a firmware update to enable a higher UHD frame rate, we received this official response:  “There are no current plans for any update.” Which seems unequivocal. 

Samsung and LG TVs ready for PS5

Ironically, this marketing wheeze might well aid Sony’s rivals, as LG’s 2020 OLED fleet, led by the mainstream CX model, do offer 4k @120fps, ironically making them more ready than Sony’s OLED TVs. 

Samsung has also introduced high-end QLED TVs which are also capable of 4k @ 120fps, all bar the cheapie Q60T and 49-inch Q80T in fact.

And buyers, whose interest has been piqued by Sony’s PS5-ready marketing, might also quickly realise that both those rival TV makers have even more game-friendly features than the showcased Sony models, niceties like NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD Freesync VRR, as well as game-centric motion interpolation for better picture quality when playing.

It can only be a matter of time before all makers with capable sets start plastering them with ‘Ready for PlayStation 5 (and Xbox Series X for that matter)’ stickers. Game on!

About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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