Sony’s X900H series is part of its 2020 TV lineup and comes with some cool features. At the moment, the smart TV runs on Android 9 and the company markets it as “Ready for PlayStation 5”, which should also go on sale in November.
Hence, this makes the new Sony X900H series a great choice for console gamers. The TV supports HDMI 2.1, which allows it to offer 4K resolution at 120Hz refresh rate along with variable refresh rate, automatic low latency mode and a few other features that help improve the gaming experience.
However, it’s not all black and white, as the Sony X900H series, at the moment, does not yet support HDMI 2.1 or any functionality associated with HDMI 2.1 out of the box. Sony has promised to push an OTA update to the TV that will enable the feature. But it’s been a while and there is no sign of an update.
Understandably, users who have spent more than a large one may be a bit disappointed, as the features for what they’re really paying for are still locked in by a promise that has yet to pay off. But it looks like Google might be more of a reason for the delay than Sony.
A Redditor has highlighted what could be the cause of Sony’s long wait to bring HDMI 2.1 support to the device. The screenshot shared on Reddit is from Google’s developer blog where the search giant provides some additional details regarding HDMI 2.1 and the features it brings.
Apparently, support for these features is expected to arrive with the release of the Android 11 TV update. In the blog post, Google goes on to mention that features like ALLM can be requested by a window in order to reduce post-processing, which in turn will reduce video output latency.
Simply put, that means you’ll notice a lot less lag between when you trigger an action and when it appears onscreen. Of course, this information is shared to help developers refine their games to be played on TV screens.
All of this also means that we can expect Sony to skip the Android 10 TV update altogether and release the Android 11 TV update when it’s ready. But before we get ahead of ourselves, it’s worth pointing out that this can just be taken as an educated guess.
Sony has yet to disclose further details regarding its promised firmware update that will reportedly enable HDMI 2.1 on the Sony X900H series. So, there is a slight chance that the feature could be activated via a standard OTA update without Android 11.
Fortunately, Sony has a good track record of updating its Android TVs. Speaking of which, the company recently released the Android TV 8.0 update for the Sony Bravia 2015 with the January 2020 security patch.
As usual, we’ll continue to monitor the situation and post an update when new details regarding the topic become available. So stay tuned to PiunikaWeb for more on this and other similar topics.
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