Two Sony TVs will soon be compatible with HDR content. Sony will release a software update for the Bravia X93C and X94C 4K Ultra HD TV sets sometime in the summer.
Sony had previously announced the sets would be compatible with HDR content, but not how or when. Now we know.
HDR is a nascent TV technology that allows a wider range of brightness levels to be displayed. Basically, it means there’s a greater difference between very dark areas and very light ones in an image.
The same tech is used in standalone cameras and those found in smartphones to give better photos.
“Sony has always been the leader in 4K and our exclusive Sony technologies have been at the core of providing TV lovers with the best picture quality, no matter what content they are watching,” Neil King, head of home entertainment, Sony UK and Ireland, said in a statement. “Our decades of experience allow us to introduce emerging industry standard HDR to our 4K Ultra HD TV series and to reinforce contrast thanks to Sony’s unique technology X-tended Dynamic Range PRO.
“And now, by pairing our unrivalled picture quality with Android TV, we are setting out to provide our customers with the best user experience possible.”
Both TVs are available to pre-order now, with deliveries expected in May.
Amazon has announced HDR content will arrive on its Prime Instant Video streaming service before the end of the year.
Netflix has also announced it will support the format, but hasn’t specified a date.