Sony is in some serious hot water, with the /r/technology subreddit seeing countless posts in a thread titled "(PSA) Sony removes 90+ pages thread on their community forums with users reports on input lag issues with 2016 Bravia models, any new threads regarding it instantly locked--amid holiday season".
There was an original thread created on Sony's own community forums, but it was closed - the second thread was locked after 5-10 minutes, and the third thread was "instantly deleted". The post from 'GivingCreditWhereDue' adds that "Any new threads regarding the issue are getting locked".
The issue? Sony's new 2016 line of Bravia TVs aren't ready for 4K gaming... with the post saying "as their flagship models have really high levels of input latency. Sony advertises their x930D bravia model as best fit for the PS4 Pro, but users who actually have it face a sever disadvantage when it comes to competitive and even casual games like Battlefield".
The company promised an update for their 2016 line in October, but it still hasn't arrived. GivingCreditWhereDue added that "Sony is trying to censor any bad press regarding their 2016 TVs for the holiday season, so I want to get the word out". Well consider the word out, man.
Last June in the US, Samsung began adding interactive ads to the menu bars of its high-end smart TVs. Soon, the initiative will expand to Europe, where it will not only affect new TVs, but old ones through an update.
The Wall Street Journal reports the initiative is very much a calculated response to Samsung's ailing television business. While it will offer the company an extra revenue stream, it's difficult to imagine it not deterring would-be customers from purchasing a new Samsung TV, or turning off customers who already own one from buying another in the future, or possibly other Samsung products.
Apple unveiled its new MacBook Pro systems last week, and during the event the company introduced some new 4K and 5K displays that it worked with LG on. Now those 4K and 5K displays are 25% cheaper.
This means the LG UltraFine 5K Display and its original price of $1299.95 has dropped to $974, a decent $325 drop in price. LG's UltraFine 4K Display has dropped from its debut price of $699.95, to $524 - a $175 price cut.
You can buy the 4K display right now from Apple's online store, with shipping in 4-6 weeks, but the 5K display won't be available until December. The "Special Pricing" that Apple has applied to the displays will stay until the end of the year.
Today has been a big day for Apple, with the announcement of their next-gen MacBook Pro laptops coming in 3 models: two 13-inch MBPs, and a higher-end 15-inch MacBook Pro which rocks AMD's new Radeon Pro 400 series graphics - but the fun doesn't end there.
LG has unveiled its new 4K and 5K displays, specifically designed for Apple's new MacBook Pro models. The new UltraFine Displays feature 3 x USB-C ports that will power additional devices, with LG's new monitors rocking built-in stereo speakers, a camera, and a microphone.
LG's new 5K UltraFine Display requires a Thunderbolt 3 connection, and we originally reported that LG's new 5K display was an Apple exclusive, but our friends at Fudzilla have informed us that it's not exclusive to the new MacBook Pro. This is a big hint at Apple's future, as it seems as though the company won't be making any more monitors - gone are the days of Apple's Cinema Displays, guys... sob.
Samsung first teased its new Quantum Dot-based monitor at Gamescom and IFA earlier this year, with the CFG70 being the world's first curved gaming monitor with Quantum Dot technology, and a super-quick 144Hz refresh rate, backed by AMD's FreeSync technology.
How does Quantum Dot technology work? It's used to increase brightness, improve color accuracy, and reach higher color saturations - all good things for monitors. It uses nanoparticles that filter light from LEDs into primary colors for LCDs, which provides a much larger range of colors to display. Samsung has been using Quantum Dot technology inside of TVs for a while, but now we have the 24-inch and 27-inch gaming monitors that are the first to use Quantum Dot tech.
Samsung has used a 1920x1080 native resolution on both displays, with 125% sRGB, 3000:1 contrast ratio, and a massive 144Hz refresh rate that's backed by AMD's FreeSync technology. We also have an 1800R curved VA panel with 178-degree viewing angles, and something Samsung calls Eye Saver mode and Flicker Free technology that removes the blue light that as PC Gamer says "throws your body clock out of line when you're on your PC at night".
Sharp has just made me drool all over my keyboard with the tease of its 27-inch 8K monitor with a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR-capable. The 8K display was teased at the IGZO booth of CEATEC Japan 2016.
The mammoth 8K resolution slams your graphics card with a huge 7680x4320 native res, while the even bigger 120Hz refresh rate will have your GPU under more pressure than ever before. 120Hz is a high refresh rate for lower resolution panels like 1920x1080 and 2560x1440, but 8K at 120Hz would require far more GPU horsepower than triple-monitor 4K 60Hz setups at resolutions like 11,520x2160 (which I personally use as the highest GPU load thanks to the insane native resolution). Throwing HDR onto the table makes the monitor look better, and require even more GPU power.
But rendering 120FPS minimum at 8K is absolutely impossible right now, no matter the GPU hardware - I would dare say that even the next-gen offerings in the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2080 Ti, or the future Volta-based graphics cards (or even the crazy Volta GPUs with 48GB of HBM2 or GDDR6) - nor AMD's next GPU architecture in Vega, or even their next Navi GPU will handle 8K 120FPS in games on a single card.
Sharp's 8K monitor prototype is quite thick right now.
Here we have the rear of the 8K monitor, with a bunch of cables coming out of it - final versions of 8K monitors won't be like this, as this is a very early prototype from Sharp.
ASUS is ramping up towards the launch of its ROG Swift PG258Q gaming monitor, as it's the world's first LCD with a native refresh rate of 240Hz. Up until now, the maximum refresh rate is also found on an ASUS gaming monitor with the PG248Q rocking a 180Hz refresh rate. On the ROG Swift PG258Q website, ASUS teases that the 240Hz gaming monster will be available in "early 2017".
The new ROG Swift PG258Q is a 24.5-inch display that rocks a native resolution of 1920x1080 alongside the 240Hz refresh rate, with a 1ms GTG response time meaning it is the next leap that eSports and enthusiast gamers have been after - myself included.
The physical look of the ROG Swift PG258Q resembles the mean-looking PG348Q monitor, so we have a twisted tri-spoke stand and ROG lighting alongside the new Armor Titanium and Plasma Copper color scheme.
Sony has been making the headlines for the past couple of weeks with the announcement of their new PlayStation 4 Pro console, with my video rant available right here, but now they've just announced a new high-end projector.
Sony's new VPL-VW675ES is an enthusiast-level 4K HDR-capable projector, which is the world's first to support Hybrid Log-Gamma, a new standard that will be used to broadcast 4K content. For now, Sony's new projector streams content from 4K content providers like Netflix and Amazon, and works with 4K Blu-ray players and I'm sure, the upcoming PS4 Pro.
The new projector utilizes Sony's own SXRD panels, which are capable of displaying each and every pixel required for true 4K. If you're looking for a new high-end 4K HDR projector, this could bleed your wallet quite a bit when you buy it, but it's going to be so worth it.
Dell has just released a new 30-inch display, which has a 16:10 aspect ratio that is aimed towards professionals and content creators.
The new UltraSharp UP3017 has a 30-inch IPS-based panel with 1.07 billion colors, covering 99% of the Adobe RGB, sRGB, and DCI-P3 color spaces. Video editors will have a sparkle in their eye seeing the sRGB and DCI-P3 support, with the DCI-P3 color space very important in digital movie projection throughout the US movie industry, on more and more Apple devices, and will eventually be rolled out into TVs and home cinemas.
Specs wise, we have the older 2560x1600 resolution (up from the usual 16:9 displays with 2560x1440), a 60Hz refresh rate, 1000:1 static contrast, 350 nits of typical brightness, W-LED backlighting, and 178-degree viewing angles. The UP3017 also rocks a 4-port USB 3.0 hub, with 1 x DP 1.2, 1 x mDP 1.2, 1 x DP 1.2 (out) with MST, and 2 x HDMI 1.4 ports for display connectivity.
Dell's new UltraSharp UP3017 is available right now from Dell for $1249.99.
Google is reportedly working on a high-end successor to the Chromecast, with Android Central reporting that the search giant is working on an upgraded Chromecast capable of 4K video.
The new 4K-ready will reportedly be called Chromecast Plus or Chromecast Ultra, and will arrive with 4K capabilities. We should expect HDMI 2.0, and 4K videos on YouTube, as well as Chromecast support to playback Netflix content in 4K. We should expect Google to unveil the new Chromecast during their next-gen Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone unveiling.