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Sony's 4K TVs get priced

Sony has announced the official price and availability for its new XBR 4K Ultra HD LED TVs. The line includes the XBR-55X900A and the XBR-65X900A, which have screen sizes of 55-inches and 65-inches respectively. While some other manufacturers have offered ultra HD television sets at prices ranging all the way up to $20,000 or more, Sony is actually offering “reasonable” prices, at least comparatively.

The 55-inch TV will sell for $4,995 with the 65-inch version going for $6,999. Both TVs will be available for pre-order on April 21, but the final shipping date is unannounced. Along with pricing and launch information for the TVs Sony is also unveiled its 4K Media Player called the FMP-X1. This device will deliver movies and video shorts in 4K resolution for $699. The media player will be available later this summer.


55" XBR-55X900A
 
The media streamer itself will come bundled with 10 feature-length films and users will be given access to a fee-based distribution service offering a library of titles from Sony Pictures Entertainment and other production studios. The films that are included with the purchase include Bad Teacher, Battle: Los Angeles, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Karate Kid (2010), Salt, Taxi Driver, That's My Boy, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Other Guys and Total Recall (2012).

FMP-X1 4K Media Player

Sources: Sony [1], [2]



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RE: Dear computer monitors
By MrBlastman on 4/8/2013 11:56:16 AM , Rating: 2
I can wait. Framerate > Resolution in gaming.

More pixels = more upgrades more often.


RE: Dear computer monitors
By mcnabney on 4/8/2013 12:21:29 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, if you drop the AA (because 4K has over 8 million pixels) even moderate GPUs should be able to handle it. I suspect that the AA that is part of the Ultra settings provides a massive hit to performance, but might not even be visibly beneficial due to the tiny pixel size. AA is great on displays that have easily visible pixels, but unnecessary when there are no pixels to appear 'jaggy'.


RE: Dear computer monitors
By MrBlastman on 4/8/2013 12:43:00 PM , Rating: 2
Well I'm not worried about handling it now, I'm worried about being able to handle it a year or two later after upgrading. The bad economy means things have to last longer than ever before.

I'll admit that it'd be a nice screen. :) Stuff would look sharp on it. Especially sims.


RE: Dear computer monitors
By inighthawki on 4/8/2013 3:55:03 PM , Rating: 2
The hit from AA will be nothing compared to the extra pixels. AA works by executing the pixel shader multiple times over edge pixels. The number of extra samples on edge pixels will be nowhere close to 4x the resolution in shader costs. I would be way more interested in being able to use the 4k monitor for better desktop productivity while being able to do a perfect linear scaling of 1080p by 2x in both directions, meaning no blurring effect from scaling the backbuffer to the monitor resolution.


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