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Sony BRAVIA XR TVs are ‘Perfect for PlayStation 5’

New campaign is keeping the Sony connection alive

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Sony Electronics is elevating the way PlayStation 5 users can experience console gaming as it is introducing new exclusive features to its BRAVIA XR TV line.

Sony calls the new BRAVIA XR features ‘Perfect for PlayStation 5’. The company seeks to offer PS5 gamers the absolute “fantastic gaming experience with immersive picture and sound.”

Sony’s ‘Perfect for PlayStation 5’ TVs will bring in two brand-new PS5 exclusive functions — Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture Mode.

The BRAVIA XR TVs will also deliver unique sound-from-screen technology that puts you right in the heart of the action whether you’re playing a game or watching a movie.

Auto HDR Tone Mapping

Auto HDR Tone Mapping instantly optimizes HDR settings on your PS5. Your PS5 will automatically recognize individual BRAVIA TV models and select the best HDR setting for the TV accordingly.

The optimized HDR tone mapping level to your BRAVIA display specification will allow users to witness crucial details and colors even in high contrast scenes. This ames everything more tailor-fit towards their viewing experience.

For instance, you will get the addition of detailed objects on the track in Gran Turismo 7. This will let you know what next move to make.

The BRAVIA XR TVs support frame rates up to 120fps in a super-crisp 4K resolution. This is as specified in HDMI 2.1 in compatible games, for more stunningly realistic pictures with vibrant colors and complementary contrast.

Additionally, with input lag as low as 6.0ms on the Z9J models, gamers are now expected to achieve extraordinary smoothness and responsiveness in first-person shooter, sports and high-performance games with instant on-screen action.

Auto Genre Picture Mode

When it comes to Auto Genre Picture Mode, BRAVIA XR TVs can detect whether you are playing a game or watching movies and shows. It’s a hassle-free experience without needing to keep toggling settings controls.

The TV automatically switches into Game Mode when gaming. This minimizes input lag to make the action more responsive. It then switches into Standard Mode when watching you’re movies.

In Standard Mode, picture processing becomes the priority. This prioritizes a more expressive picture when watching movies, using a streaming service or from an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc on the PS5.

The smarter and more advanced Auto Genre Picture Mode feature will be made available via future software updates on PS5 and BRAVIA TVs by the end of January 2022.

Soundbars for better audio

Sony recommends to partner the BRAVIA XR TVs with its array of sound products to elevate the experience. These include the HT-A9 Home Theatre System or the HT-A7000 and HT-A5000 soundbars.

These can directly be connected to your PS5 as you experience the innovative Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture Mode BRAVIA XR functions.

With these features coming in early 2022 exclusively to the BRAVIA XR TVs, Sony hopes PS5 users will get the perfect gaming experience at the comfort of their own homes, gaming corners or entertainment areas at home.

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Sony, Xbox, Nintendo are skipping E3 2023

Might hold their own events

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E3 used to be one of the most anticipated showcases for the gaming community. However, since the pandemic, the event’s impact gradually shrank especially because of in-person cancellations. Now, despite the return of in-person events, E3 still has a massive uphill climb to bounce back from the past. This year, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have officially pulled out from the event.

For the first time in four years, E3 is holding an in-person event at the Los Angeles Convention Center this June. Unfortunately, according to IGN, three of the biggest companies to grace the show floor will not make an appearance for the event this year.

In an interview with the source, Microsoft says that Xbox will still hold a showcase around the same time. However, the company will likely skip the floor itself and hold its event concurrently in another location.

IGN also reports that Sony and Nintendo will follow in Microsoft’s footsteps and skip E3 this year. Nintendo usually holds its own Direct events online. Holding its own outside of an in-person event is just what you’d expect for the Switch’s growing library of games.

Sony, on the other hand, has not shared any official plans during June’s showcase yet. If anything, the PlayStation 5 is in for an optimistic year, given the console’s upcoming games. An exclusive event sounds possible, too.

SEE ALSO: E3 is finally returning to in-person events next year

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It’s easier to get a PlayStation 5 now, Sony says

More supplies worldwide

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Still struggling to get a new PlayStation 5? If dwindling console stocks are keeping you down, Sony has announced a reprieve for queue waiters. The company promised that supply for the console will greatly increase ahead of the PlayStation VR2’s launch in February.

Since the console’s launch back in 2020, scalpers and bots have persistently plagued the industry, taking supplies away from most gamers. Over the years, the impact of supply problems gradually dissipated. Today, it’s easier to buy a PlayStation 5, but supply can still be an issue in some parts of the world.

During CES 2023, Sony initially hinted that PlayStation 5 stocks should increase even more this year. Now, Sony is making it even more official. Today, the company officially posted that it’s easier to find one in retailers globally.

For users hunting for the console in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe, Sony recommends going to the official PlayStation store to buy one.

To promote the increased supply, Sony has also released a new promotional video for the PlayStation 5’s exclusives set to imitate a news show.

Only a month into the year, 2023 is already looking to be a great year for the platform. Later in February, Sony is set to launch the new PlayStation VR2. The console will also host a flurry of notable exclusives including Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, and Street Fighter 6.

SEE ALSO: PlayStation launches ‘The Year of Play’ campaign

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Concept Nyx: Dell working on intelligent game controller

The future of gaming

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Dell Concept Nyx

Dell Technologies is working on an all-in-one intelligent game controller that shall interconnect devices and screens while providing a whole different level of gaming experience.

Called the Concept Nyx game controller, Dell’s project aims to provide easy access to gaming libraries across multiple devices and screens for effortless sessions at home.

Here’s what we know so far about Concept Nyx:

To kick things off, the design-making process took lots of turns. Developers explored adding tons of buttons, attachments, sensors, and more.

This has led to the potential final design that gives users personalized settings at their fingertips. It’s composed of the following parts:

  • Dual thumb control wheels
  • Light ring
  • Adaptive thumbstick
  • Omnipad
  • Left and right scroll bumpers
  • Fingerprint sensor in the middle
  • Left and right adaptive triggers (underneath)
  • Shift buttons (underneath)

The fingerprint reader detects who is using the controller specifically, to be able to load their games right where they left off instantly.

Dell also prioritized the device’s haptics. They come with self-adjusting variable resistance thumbsticks that can be tailored to user preferences and specific game play.

PC gaming musts have also been included in the concept. Shift buttons underneath the controller allow for more front button options, mimicking the shift combos from PC keyboards.

The innovative scroll wheels give users an easier time to navigate and select weapons, while the intelligent touchpad allows for instant access to customizable controls in-game, without having to toggle a menu screen which disrupts your real-time gaming view.

Concept Nyx dashboard

The era of tug-of-wars at home may soon be over as well. The Concept Nyx controller is being designed to accommodate simultaneous gaming.

For instance, while connected on two different headsets, two separate Concept Nyx controllers may be used to play two different games on a split screen.

Streaming to other devices and screens and wi-fi connectivity are also some of the capabilities of the controller by simply pulling the thumbstick.

All these factors have been the foundation for the development of the Concept Nyx’s intelligent edge ecosystem beyond gaming.

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