Television review | Sony’s Bravia X90J is “the perfect gaming companion”

It’s probably the best TV in its price range for gaming, with a 120Hz refresh rate, 4K display and, more recently, variable refresh rate (VRR) support.

But with new models on the horizon, is it worth upgrading today?

The Sony Bravia XR X90J was originally released in May 2021, so we’re getting to a year since launch. But this is by no means “obsolete”.

It is packed with features; from a crisp, vibrant 4K display to built-in Google TV (aka Chromecast).

But when it comes to gaming, there are a few things needed to have the best next-gen experience.

The Sony Bravia X90J is an ideal companion for the PlayStation 5. (Sony)

A software update in early March unlocked variable refresh rate for Sony’s 2021 TV models, but VRR support for the PlayStation 5 has yet to arrive on the console.

That’s not to say you can’t have an amazing experience playing on the PS5 without VRR. To be completely honest, the casual gamer will hardly notice it.

If you’re playing games on Xbox, VRR is fully enabled on both the TV and the console.

It’s no surprise that Sony TVs pair perfectly with Sony’s gaming console, the PlayStation 5.

The Bravia X90J knows exactly when a PlayStation is connected, as expected. Connecting the console via HMDI will instantly recognize the device.

It was a pleasure to experience all the latest games in the best possible quality; Forbidden Horizon West, Ring of Eldenand more recently Ghostwire: Tokyo were all tested on the Sony Bravia X90J.

It’s no shock that Sony’s new TVs were designed with PlayStation in mind. (Sony)

Image and sound quality on the X90J

For a mid-range TV, it’s definitely one of the best you can buy. The screen is vibrant, blacks are excellent compared to other similarly priced models and it has an excellent display refresh rate and response time – you won’t see that TV flicker.

It’s a significant upgrade over the Samsung Q70T, which has been hanging on my living room wall since late 2020.

When it comes to sound, the X90J’s speakers 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 would recommend at least using a soundbar or any external sound system.

Streaming from your mobile or tablet to your TV is made easy with built-in Google Chromecast. As long as your device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the TV, you will be able to stream videos from streaming apps, including YouTube, directly to the screen.

Google TV is the line promoted with the current Bravia range, but it’s not the only smart software included.

The X90J also comes with built-in Apple TV (with Apple HomeKit enabled) and Amazon Alexa. So no matter how your smart home is connected, the Sony Bravia X90J has all the big players covered.

What does the future of television technology look like?

It’s all about OLED technology.

In a statement to 9News.com.au, Sony confirms that Quantum Dot, aka QD-LED, aka OLED, technology is the new standard for their home theater and gaming TVs.

“All OLED technologies are improving year on year and consumers will always be able to find an OLED that suits their needs in the Sony range.

“Sony will offer the cinema-grade QD-OLED A95K, the gaming-oriented A90K, and our best-in-class all-living room A80K OLED series.” Sony Australia said in a statement to 9News.com.au

The 2022 Sony Bravia XR lineup. (Sony)

“Sony has brought more models into the 40” more space to accommodate gamers, including a gaming OLED that has the ability to mount a console below the stand design.

“Technically, Sony provides two full-bandwidth HDMI 2.1 ports for next-gen consoles, as well as 4K120, VRR and ALLM.

“For those using the PlayStation 5, Sony is offering an exclusive BRAVIA mode that optimizes the HDR experience for the series plugged into the console.” They said.

The 2022 Bravia lineup was announced earlier this year, but pricing and availability are still TBD.

Sony’s new range of TVs includes the X95K 4K Mini LED models, the MASTER Series A95K, MASTER Series A90K and A80K 4K OLED models, as well as the X90K 4K LED model – each with their own unique features and upgrades.

If you’re looking for something right now, the 55-inch Sony BRAVIA X90J TV is just under $2,000, their smaller 50-inch X90J is around $1,650, and their larger 70-inch X90J is over $3. $000.

As for the 2022 models, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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9News.com.au was loaned the Sony Bravia X90J for the purposes of this review.

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