Sony Ultra HDTV will ship with world's first 4K delivery solution

By on November 20, 2012, 11:05 AM

If you’re the type that likes to live on the cutting edge of technology, you’re no doubt familiar with the next generation of television sets that support 4K resolutions. The problem with most next gen technology, however, is a lack of initial support and unfortunately, 4K resolution TVs are no different.

That’s why Sony has taken some extra steps to ensure those that buy their upcoming XBR-84X900 Ultra HDTV won’t experience the typical early adopter pains that usually accompany brand new tech.

Ray Hartjen from Sony recently took to the company blog to outline some of the 4K resolution-specific features that will ship with this new set. For starters, the television includes three chipsets that help power the X-Reality PRO picture engine and upscales today’s programming to near 4K quality. That also includes content from the collection of Blu-ray discs you may already own.

The really interesting part, however, is Hartjen’s admission that the set will include the world’s first 4K Ultra HD delivery solution. He says it will come complete with pre-loaded, native 4K entertainment. It was clear in the post that this wouldn’t simply be some 4K video demo but instead, full length feature Hollywood productions that would only be available to those who bought the TV.

Unfortunately Hartjen didn’t go into any further detail about this 4K delivery solution so we will have to wait and see exactly what it consists of.

If you are unfamiliar, the 84-inch screen features a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160. It went up for pre-order back in early September for a staggering $25,000 and should begin shipping within the next few weeks.




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tomkaten tomkaten said:

Awesome display for the Forbes 500.

And who broadcasts at such resolutions ? Optical media, even ? Nope.

Which means that, save the screen size, it's reduced to a 500 $ TV once you grow bored of the pre-installed stuff.

Guest said:

It seems SONY will provide online content via the PSN Store.... which makes sense! But to dwnload such a size resolution will be a pain... maybe

Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

3840x2160 is great and all but it's 84 inches. I Would be interested in seeing the difference in ppi between this 84-inch screen and the average 1080p television.

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Jesse Jesse said:

Awesome display for the Forbes 500.

And who broadcasts at such resolutions ? Optical media, even ? Nope.

Which means that, save the screen size, it's reduced to a 500 $ TV once you grow bored of the pre-installed stuff.

For starters, the television includes three chipsets that help power the X-Reality PRO picture engine and upscales today?s programming to near 4K quality. That also includes content from the collection of Blu-ray discs you may already own.

Amigosdefox said:

According to this http://members.ping.de/~sven/dpi.html it would have a 52.45 PPI density compared to a 26.23 PPI density of a Full HD TV of the same size.

Guest said:

Useless...its like the 3D thing....it will take at least 6 years for this to be mainstream, even today, its useless to support 1080P when most of the content has not that resolution, for a couple of years you can be happy with your 720p TV.

Guest said:

Now it only needs to play 4D content to be compatible with the PS4.

Lionvibez said:

It will be great in 6-7 years when this is affordable.

And maybe then the broadcasters will finally be pushing 1080p content on all stations lol.

MilwaukeeMike said:

Awesome display for the Forbes 500.

And who broadcasts at such resolutions ? Optical media, even ? Nope.

Which means that, save the screen size, it's reduced to a 500 $ TV once you grow bored of the pre-installed stuff.

The 65mph speed limit has never stopped anyone from buying a car that goes 170mph.

This isn't a TV for anyone on the Forbes 500. This is a TV for professional athletes. $25,000 isn't a lot to many people.. .it's just a lot for a TV. If you make 2 million a year (not too crazy for a professional athlete) then this would be about 1/6 of your monthly income. That's the equivalent of $875 to someone who makes $70,000 /year.

Guest said:

That would actually be 972.00, which is 1/6th of 5833, which is 1/12th of 70,000. :-)

1 person liked this | Lionvibez said:

That would actually be 972.00, which is 1/6th of 5833, which is 1/12th of 70,000.

Get out of here you math junkie no one likes a smart ass

MilwaukeeMike said:

That would actually be 972.00, which is 1/6th of 5833, which is 1/12th of 70,000. :-)

Well.... 1/6 was rounded. 1/12 of 2,000,000 = 166,666.67, divided by $25,000 is 6.66. so it's not 1/6 of their income it's 1/6.66. 5833 * 1/6.66 = $875.

Either way, for an athlete, it's squarely in the 'bling' category of their budget.

Guest said:

4K tvs will be mainstream before OLEDs because they come from already exist structures and have the OLEDs push them. 2 years max.

Blue Falcon said:

"4K tvs will be mainstream before OLEDs."

No. A $25,000 TV will not become a $1000-1,500 TV in 2 years from now. It'll take at least 5 years before 4K TVs become "mainstream". Secondly, having 4K capability doesn't magically produce 4K content. Without 4K content, even if the devices are affordable, it will still take a long time before 4K content itself reaches mainstream.

Also, you can add 1 billion pixels if you want, but it still won't fix the inherent flaws of LED/LCD technology compared to Plasma or OLED. What we need are next generation displays, not 4K. Resolution is like megapixels on a digital camera - the average consumer buys it up but in practice, it's meaningless if you don't improve everything else around it.

To fully benefit from a 4K display at home, you'll need a screen a 2,160p TV over 154 inches diagonal before you'd be able to see the pixels.

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4K is just marketing for TVs. It would be far better for 30 inch computer monitors because we sit much closer to those screens.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

The 65mph speed limit has never stopped anyone from buying a car that goes 170mph.

This isn't a TV for anyone on the Forbes 500. This is a TV for professional athletes. $25,000 isn't a lot to many people.. .it's just a lot for a TV. If you make 2 million a year (not too crazy for a professional athlete) then this would be about 1/6 of your monthly income. That's the equivalent of $875 to someone who makes $70,000 /year.

Wow, that's a lot of math! And you didn't even touch on the fact that the inverse square law dictates that 2X the linear resolution equals 4X the pixel density. That said, in addition to the outlandish price of the TV, you'll also need the absolute top tier internet service, if you expect to download at least one movie in your lifetime.....

Guest said:

+1 yes please, better screen technologies over higher res numbers for me as well......still waiting for sonys personal viewers to hit 1080p with their two little oled panels....then if they include on board 2d to 3d conversion they can take my money.

Guest said:

For now I would be very happy with a little more 1080P content and a good sandwich.

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