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Former All Black Andy Haden — a towering lock credited with helping drag rugby union into the professional era – has died aged 69 after battling cancer. | All Blacks great Andy Haden dies at 69

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Rina Sawayama Says Mercury Prize Eligibility Rules Are Like ‘Border Control’

Rina Sawayama Says Mercury Prize Eligibility Rules Are Like ‘Border Control’

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British-Japanese artist Rina Sawayama made one of the best albums of the year, but she was ineligible for entry to the coveted Mercury Prize due to its narrow entry terms.

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How to Play the Work-from-Home Megatrend

How to Play the Work-from-Home Megatrend

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Cryptocurrencies for example are getting a lot of attention as one of the few securities free from institutional influence.

As the U.S. government continues to prop up the economy with millions in stimulus, the fate of “safe havens” like gold and the U.S. dollar become more and more uncertain.

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The Trouble With Sony’s ‘Ready For PlayStation 5’ Campaign

The Trouble With Sony’s ‘Ready For PlayStation 5’ Campaign

At first glance, the new ‘Ready For PlayStation 5’ Bravia TV campaign just announced by Sony looks to be both a no-brainer and a win-win. Sony’s TV division must be rubbing its hands in glee at the prospect of being able to attach its products to the upcoming release of Sony’s hugely anticipated PlayStation 5 console. Especially since, unlike the original PlayStation 4, the PS5 is promising to push even the best of the latest TVs to the edge of their capabilities. 

The idea that Sony TVs must be particularly great at unlocking the full capabilities of the PS5 is an easy sell. It’s not hard to persuade consumers that the two divisions of the Japanese brand must have worked hand in hand to deliver some sort of special synergy between their TVs and consoles. 

Look a bit closer, though, and in selecting just a couple of ranges from its 2020 TV range for ‘Ready For PlayStation 5’ status, Sony has also cast an awkward light on the surprising limitations of other parts of its 2020 TV offering.

The PS5 is promising to represent a serious performance challenge to many of today’s TVs.

That Sony’s new Z8H (US)/ZH8 (UK) 8K TVs should meet the Ready For PlayStation 5 terms described in this earlier article isn’t surprising. You’d expect nothing less from such a cutting edge TV. In fact, with its native 8K resolution it even supports the 8K output the PS5 is still continuing to promise (despite Sony not yet showing any 8K content to back this promise up).

The fact that the only other 2020 Sony TV range that makes the Ready For PlayStation 5 grade is the mid-range X900H/XH90 series, though, raises some eyebrows. Why this range and not Sony’s 2020 flagship 4K LCD models, the X950H/XH9505s? And why do neither of Sony’s new A8/A8H and A9/A9S OLED TV ranges for 2020 also get the PS5-ready nod? 

The practical answer to all this is actually quite straightforward. Basically neither of Sony’s new OLED ranges nor its XH9505/X950H sets carry any HDMI ports/chipsets with enough bandwidth to support the sort of data throughputs and two-way features associated with some of the features Sony deems necessary for full PlayStation 5 support. 

We’re talking here about such key things as 4K resolution at 120Hz frame rates; variable refresh rates to prevent screen tearing (though actually it appears even the ‘Ready For PlayStation 5’ Z8H/ZH8 8K models may not support this one); and automatic low latency mode switching, whereby a TV can tell when it’s being fed a game rather than a video signal, and automatically switch into its Game preset.

Even Sony’s cute new 48-inch OLED TV, the 48A9, isn’t among Sony’s ‘Ready For PlayStation 5’ models.

This auto game mode switching feature matters because it’s only in their Game mode that Sony’s TVs deliver their lowest numbers for input lag (the time it takes a screen to turn incoming picture data into an actual picture). This is obviously a big deal for gamers, who don’t want the time it takes a TV to render a picture to cost them a life in a twitch reaction FPS game, or miss a jump in a pixel-perfect platformer.

As well as Sony not including support for the above PS5-friendly features on many of its high-end TVs for 2020, it’s a bit disappointing, too, to find even Sony’s Ready For PlayStation 5 models not joining other brands in providing a few extra gaming features. 

For instance, it doesn’t appear that Sony is joining LG in offering an ‘HGiG Mode’ that might work with the performance-boosting measures proposed by the inter-brand HDR Gaming Interest Group (the aims of which are discussed here). Measures which, ironically, gave rise to the HDR calibration menu Sony added to PS4s via firmware update 7.0.0 almost exactly a year ago…

Nor has there been any evidence so far to suggest that Sony’s Ready For Playstation 5 models will support either the NVidia G-Sync or AMD Freesync variable refresh rate systems – even though both of these systems are now supported on LG’s latest OLED TV range. Instead, it seems that Sony’s Ready For PlayStation 5 models will just get the more general VRR system supported by the HDMI 2.1 standard. 

The Sony XH90/X900H range’s HDMI 2.1 features mean it’s Ready For PlayStation 5, even though some … [+] more expensive 2020 Sony ranges are not.

There aren’t any special gaming features on Sony’s Ready For PlayStation 5 TVs of the sort Samsung has introduced for its premium 2020 TVs either. I’m thinking, for instance, of Samsung’s game-friendly motion processing option, which increases motion resolution a little without increasing input lag as much as such motion-related features normally would. Or there’s Samsung’s Dynamic Black Equalizer option, which raises the brightness in dark areas of the picture without impacting bright areas, so that enemies hiding in dark corners become easier to spot.

In the end, however hard Sony’s TV division might be trying to suggest with the Ready For PlayStation 5 initiative that it’s been working hand in glove with Sony’s console division, it’s hard not to feel as if in truth the two groups only really started talking together and finding common ground in earnest AFTER the technical specification of Sony’s 2020 TV range had already been defined. 

The situation becomes even harder to fathom when you think that the sort of PS5-friendly features Sony itself has highlighted as being useful for TVs in 2020 were actually being widely discussed throughout 2019. As early as CES in January 2019, in fact, LG caught every other brand on the hop by announcing that it was building a full suite of next gen console-friendly full bandwidth HDMI 2.1 ports into its 2019 OLED TVs. And then Sony itself started including talk of 4K/120Hz and even 8K in some of its early 2019 PS5 hype. 

In other words, Sony’s TV division can hardly claim that it didn’t have plenty of warning of the sort of features gamers would be hoping to get on premium TVs in 2020. I myself wrote an article on exactly this subject back in June 2019.

The only explanation I can think of for the weird feature disparities between different 2020 Sony TV ranges is that they’re down to some quirks in Sony’s product design and manufacturing system. It’s notable in this respect that the X900H/XH90 models use a different chipset to the Sony’s new OLEDs and X950H/XH95 LCD sets. 

Even if this explanation is correct, though, it still seems a pretty bizarre state of TV affairs for the brand responsible for the PS5 console to find itself in. Particularly when you consider that a much wider range of sets from Samsung and LG – including LG’s relatively monitor-like 48-inch OLED48CX – carry not only all the really important ‘Ready for PlayStation 5’ features, but quite a few more game-friendly tricks besides.

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