Sony CES Highlights: Everything Announced for 2021
Despite the fact that we’re all stuck at home, CES 2021 is in full swing, albeit an online-only event. However, these restrictions haven’t stopped companies from announcing a deluge of new products. Sony in particular had a big day that featured new TVs, release dates for highly anticipated games, and a drone with a giant camera.
Here’s everything Sony has announced so far at CES 2021.
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Smarter TVs with improved sound
If you’re looking for a new TV, Sony’s updated TV schedule is a good place to start for 2021.
The biggest news from Sony TV at CES this year is the launch of the Cognitive Processor XR, which powers every TV in Sony’s new line of products. This new processor has a lot going for it and should be delving deep into its processes and strengths in the coming days. Suffice it to say, however, that we believe he will seriously change Sony’s televisions. The new processor uses information about how people watch TV and see pictures to optimize the picture. This may seem easy, but it takes a lot of grunt work, and from what we’ve seen, it makes a huge difference in terms of image quality.
The biggest model announcement is likely the Master Series Z9J. It’s an 8K full-array LED monster that can do pretty much anything and includes Sony’s contrast-enhancing technology, speakers with acoustic multi-audio, X wide-angle to increase off-axis performance, and Google TV (an upgrade for Android TV). . It’s available in 75- and 85-inch options and has a three-way kickstand for versatility, HDMI 2.1, VRR, 4K 120, and more.
Sony’s Acoustic Surface Audio technology has also seen some improvements that could potentially make Sony’s new OLED models some of the best sounding televisions out there. Of particular interest in this category is the Sony Bravia Master Series A90J. This TV has everything you can expect from an OLED TV, and it goes one step further with the introduction of an 83-inch model alongside the usual 55 and 65-inch models. The OLED panel is also new and uses a new technology Sony calls XR OLED Contrast. It intensifies the highlights and offers better black values.
The best prospect, however, is probably the Bravia X90J, the replacement for the popular X900H. It comes with the same processor as the other new TVs and comes in screen sizes from 55 to 100 inches. While this 4K TV does not offer some of the brightness and audio upgrades found in the other models, it still offers acoustic multi-audio and should be well below the other models in this range.
Check out our breakdown of all the TVs Sony unveiled at CES 2021, and don’t forget to check out all of the other major TV announcements at CES.
A pair of 360 RA speakers
Sony launched the 360 Reality Audio (360 RA) format two years ago, but there is no evidence of a Sony-branded 360 RA-supported speaker – so far. The SRS-RA5000 and SRS-RA3000 will hit the market in the spring, but neither will activate intelligently, although you can control both speakers with Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant.
If you’re not familiar with the concept of 360 RA, it’s likely because it’s never been particularly well supported. Amazon’s $ 200 Echo studio was the only speaker that could previously stream 360 RA tracks, even if Sony had released headphones and earbuds to fill the void a bit. Hopefully the launch of these two speakers means we’ll see more of this format. If you need a quick explanation, 360 RA creates a full 3D soundscape so you can effectively feel like you are in the middle of the sound instead of letting it play on you. It has to be experienced to be believed, but trust us when we say it is very impressive.
Release dates for a number of PS5 games
Gaming fans received some welcome (and unwanted) news with a confirmation of the release dates for some major PlayStation 5 games. Ghostwire: Tokyo, a horror game from Bethesda, is said to be exclusive to PS5 despite Microsoft’s purchase of Bethesda. The big news, however, is that this horror game is set to be released in October now. Ratchet & Clank: Drift Apart also got a release window for 2021, but no specific month was mentioned. Square Enix’s Project Athia – a relatively unknown game by the same team that developed Final Fantasy XV – is slated to launch in 2022. So don’t expect to see it anytime soon.
But not all game news was welcome. Pragmata, a science fiction game by Capcom, has been postponed until 2023.
Sony also confirmed the release dates for some high-profile indie games. Stray, a game about a cat, is due out in October. Kena: Bridge of Spirits is out in March, Little Devil Inside is out in July, and Solar Ash, the latest game from the developers of Hyper Light Drifter, is out in June.
A drone for your expensive camera
Sony’s Airpeak drone Sony
If you’ve ever looked at your expensive camera and thought, “I wish I could hang this from a great height,” then Sony has your back with its first drone, the Sony Airpeak.
The Airpeak is the smallest drone that can carry the weight of a full-screen DSLR like Sony’s Alpha cameras. The Airpeak can carry such a heavy load thanks to its quadcopter format. We joke that you might not want to risk such an expensive part of the kit, but in all honesty, Sony has done an excellent job of making sure this drone is as safe as possible – and you’re sure to get some exceptional footage from the camera.
Unfortunately, there is still no word on price, specs, or a release date, but be careful.