Sony is starting a new lineup of “Ready for PlayStation 5” TVs, highlighting models that have special integration with PS5 and gaming-friendly specs. The first two models in the “Ready for PlayStation 5” line are already available in the mass market: the XH90 4K HDR Full Array LED, which retails starting at $999.99, and the ZH8 8K HDR Full Array LED, which retails starting at $5,999.99.
On top of their specific benefits for gaming, both monitors feature Bravia Game Mode. This allows PS5 to automatically play games on the TV’s lowest latency setting, lets you wake both the PS5 and TV simultaneously with a single press of the DualShock 5 controller, and even control your PS5 with your standard TV remote. You may not get very far playing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla that way, but it sounds pretty handy if you just want to load up Netflix real quick.
Sony says supported games will be able to play at 120 frames per second on both TVs, with the XH90 going for a low input lag of 7.2ms. Meanwhile, the ZH8 will let you play supported games at 8K resolution. We don’t know how many upcoming PS5 games will support that mega-high resolution, but the possibility is nonetheless intoxicating. While Sony’s happy to recommend you some fine Sony televisions to play on your PS5, the console will still be compatible with the usual range of monitors. They just won’t be quite so tightly integrated.
Interestingly, in theory, all TVs will be PS5 compatible – and most modern TVs will have game modes with low latency, the difference that Sony wants to highlight – is that the TVs in its 2020 lineup that come equipped with HDMI 2.1 ports that support 4K/120Hz and can cross-talk between the upcoming console and Sony TVs. You’ll be able to find HDMI 2.1 on a number of screens this year – including some from Samsung, LG, Panasonic, and others, so keep an eye out for them if you’re not on board with spending $5,999/£5,999 on that flagship Sony screen.
However, at first glance, the new ‘Ready For PlayStation 5’ Bravia TV campaign by Sony looks to be both a no-brainer and a win-win. Sony’s TV division must be rubbing its hands in glee at the prospect of being able to attach its products to the upcoming release of Sony’s hugely anticipated PlayStation 5 console. Especially since, unlike the original PlayStation 4, the PS5 is promising to push even the best of the latest TVs to the edge of their capabilities.
The idea that Sony TVs must be particularly great at unlocking the full capabilities of the PS5 is an easy sell. It’s not hard to persuade consumers that the two divisions of the Japanese brand must have worked hand in hand to deliver some sort of special synergy between their TVs and consoles. Look a bit closer, though, and in selecting just a couple of ranges from its 2020 TV range for ‘Ready For PlayStation 5’ status, Sony has also cast an awkward light on the surprising limitations of other parts of its 2020 TV offering.