Sony Software Update Adds HDR to Existing 4K TVs

By James O Malley on at

Sony has today announced that it will be bringing high-dynamic-range (HDR) technology to more of its 4K TV line via a software update. This means that you could soon be viewing HDR programmes without having to buy a new telly - brilliant!

Owners of TVs in the X91C, X90C, X85C and S85C ranges - as well as the previously announced X94C and X93C series should look out for a network update by the end of the year to extend the functionality.

Here's how Sony explains what the benefits of HDR will be to its customers:

"High dynamic range (HDR), reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity or brightness levels, bringing greater contrast to the screen. This increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colours. With HDR compatible TVs, customers will enjoy brighter colours, enhanced details and distinct highlights, resulting in more depth and detail than ever before."

At the moment the only way to watch HDR content is basically only Amazon Instant Video - and even then, only a handful of shows (such as Mozart in the Jungle) have been shot in HDR. Though much like the rollout of 4K and HD before it, we can expect the industry to slowly transition over the next few years. So if you have HDR support now, you're essentially future-proofed.