Possibly the best TV in its price range for gaming, it features a 120Hz refresh rate, 4K screen, and support for the latest Variable Refresh Rate (VRR).
But with new models looming, is it worth the upgrade today?
The Sony Bravia XR X90J was originally released in May 2021, so we’re approaching a year since its launch. But it’s not “old” by any means.
It is full of characteristics; From a clear and vibrant 4K display to the inbuilt Google TV (also known as Chromecast).
But when it comes to gaming, there are a few things needed to get the best next-gen experience.
A software update at the beginning of March unlocked a variable refresh rate for Sony’s 2021 TV models, but VRR support for the PlayStation 5 has yet to reach the console.
This does not mean that you are unable to enjoy an amazing PS5 gaming experience without VRR. To be perfectly honest, the average player wouldn’t even notice.
If you play games on Xbox, VRR is fully enabled on both your TV and console.
There is no surprise in seamlessly pairing Sony TVs with Sony’s gaming console, the PlayStation 5.
The Bravia X90J knows exactly when to plug in your PlayStation, as expected. Connecting the controller through the HMDI will instantly recognize the device.
It has been a pleasure to experience all the modern games in the best possible quality; Forbidden horizon westAnd elden ringand recently Ghost Wire: Tokyo All reviewed on Sony’s Bravia X90J.
Picture and sound quality in the X90J
For a mid-range TV, it is without a doubt one of the best that you can buy. The screen is vibrant, the blacks are excellent compared to other similarly priced models and it has a great display refresh rate and response time – you won’t see a flicker on this TV.
It’s a significant upgrade compared to the Samsung Q70T, which has been installed on the living room wall since late 2020.
When it comes to sound, the speakers in the X90J will do the job well. Although they are not the best TV speakers on the market, they are certainly capable of producing great sound.
I recommend using a loudspeaker or at least any external audio system.
Streaming from your mobile phone or tablet to your TV is simplified with the built-in Google Chromecast. As long as your device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the TV, you’ll be able to cast videos from streaming apps, including YouTube, directly to your screen.
Google TV is the line touted with the current Bravia lineup, but it’s not the only smart software included.
The X90J also comes with an inbuilt Apple TV (with Apple HomeKit enabled) and Amazon’s Alexa. So, no matter how your smart home is connected, the Sony Bravia X90J covers all the big players.
What does the future of TV technology look like?
All about OLED technology.
In a statement to 9News.com.au, Sony confirmed that Quantum Dot technology, aka QD-LED, also known as OLED, is the new standard for home theater and gaming TVs.
“All OLED technologies are improving year by year and consumers will always be able to find the OLED that best suits their needs within the Sony range.
“Sony will have a cinema-quality QD-OLED A95K, a gaming-oriented A90K and our best-in-class for any living room, the A80K OLED series.” Sony Australia said in a statement to 9News.com.au
Sony has brought in more models within an additional 40 inches of space to accommodate gamers, including OLED gaming which has the ability to place a console underneath the stand design.
“Technologically, Sony is providing full-bandwidth HDMI 2.1 ports for next-generation consoles along with 4K120, VRR, and ALLM.
“For those using PlayStation 5, Sony offers an exclusive BRAVIA mode that enhances the HDR experience for the series connected to the console.” They said.
The 2022 Bravia lineup was announced earlier this year, but pricing and availability are still being announced.
Sony’s new lineup of TVs includes the X95K 4K Mini LED models, the MASTER Series A95K, the MASTER Series A90K and A80K 4K OLED models, as well as the X90K 4K LED model – each with their own features and upgrades.
If you’re looking for something right now, the 55-inch Sony BRAVIA X90J TV retails for just under $2,000, the smaller 50-inch X90J is about $1,650, and the larger 70-inch X90J goes for $3,000.
For the 2022 models, we just have to wait and see.
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A Sony Bravia X90J has been loaned to 9News.com.au for the purpose of this review.