Time to Upgrade Your TV

Sony X850D 4K HDR

Did you get a new Xbox One S or Playstation 4 Pro for Christmas you lucky dog you? Do you want to get the most out of your new console? Do you want to see just how pretty Forza Horizon 3 and Uncharted 4 look in 4K HDR?!


Then write down Sony XBR-X850D TV into Evernote or on a piece of paper like a weirdo and head on down to the store to pick up a brand new shiny 4K HDR TV.

I got my hands on a XBR-X850D and the difference in quality is incredible. 1080p is so 2016. It’s truly a treat for your eyes. “2016 was a terrible year“, says every click bait article on the internet (I’m looking at you Buzzfeed) and you deserve the best in 2017.

Now would be a good time to say if you haven’t upgraded your console yet, then I’d say do that first. The new line of consoles run much faster and smoother than before and take up much less space on your shelf.

But for those who like new toys, then a 4K TV should be in your future.

Both the PS4 Pro and Xbox One S console bring 4K resolution to the forefront. The X850D 4K HDR delivers better graphics, contrast, and color but unfortunately does not play games in true 4K yet. That’s not to say certain games don’t look incredible on the TV. Final Fantasy XV, Gears of War 4, Forza Horizons 3 look absolutely mindblowing in upscaled 4K. Seriously, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor a few times while driving through the beaches of Australia in Forza.

It’s not the TV’s fault either. It’s the new line of consoles which marketing campaigns have been a little blurry. Using the new, more powerful hardware isn’t mandatory. Developers can use it if they want, or not, depending on their preference (or more likely, their development budget). They can also pick and choose, adding additional rendering resolution, upping the frame rate, better anti-aliasing. or adding in things like HDR.

No, it’s not true 4K but your game collection will look better than ever before. Sony has also promised all first-party titles released in or after 2017 will support 4K. Those include games such as Horizon Zero Dawn, Days Gone, Spider-Man, God Of War, and Detroit. The only game so far that renders in 4K is The Elder Scrolls Online. I’m too afraid to lose any more hours of my life via video games so I haven’t checked it out. I put in over 200 hours on Skyrim and I’m terrified what would happen to me if I went online.

Right out of the box the X850D 4K HDR TV is extremely easy to set up. I had it mounted with the help of a friend in minutes. The TV is equipped with an amazing user interface in the form of Google’s Android TV OS. The great thing about the Google OS is you won’t have to waste time fiddling with the remote trying to type out what you’re looking for. The voice command works exceptionally well. Play me Family Guy, and voila, I’ll have the option to pick up right where I left off on Netflix.

The TV picture is great, and the actual device itself is a beauty. Last year’s model had big bulky side-mounted speakers which have since been replaced in favor of internal sound technology giving it a much prettier look. Bring out some red velvet rope and place it around the TV to give it a very museum feel and let your friends and family know how classy you are.

The TV comes in a variety of sizes including 55, 65, and 85-inches. I have a 65-inch in my living room and it sure does look good. I’d recommend getting some external speakers though for full theater effect. I also didn’t have to worry too much about where I put it as it’s possible to see from all angles. Hell yeah!

You will find that old programs that haven’t been remastered and restored do look absolutely terrible on new screens so if you wanted to dive in on some old Frank Sinatra films you’re going be in for an eyesore. Better off watching that on your old TV in your storage locker.

I’m excited to see how games will look on this TV come the end of 2017. With so many HUGE titles coming out this year as well as Xbox’s Project Scorpio, we’re about to see a huge difference in the quality of our games. I’ve been using a 4K monitor for computer gaming and regular work for a long while now, but having it on display in my living room is a real treat. That fireplace Christmas log looks dope in 4K. Guests will almost believe you actually have a fireplace in your 400 squre foot bachelor apartment!

Now go and enjoy your next 10 hour House Of Cards binge in 4K. Don’t worry I won’t judge.

Sony sent me a unit to review, but no I’m not making any $$$ off of this review. I’m just giving you my honest thoughts for free!

Brock McLaughlin

Brock McLaughlin

Brock McLaughlin 🕹 🎮 Twitter @brockmclaughlin New Media (B)Rockstar. Blogger. Video Gamer. Podcaster at the Game Moose. UnBrocxer. Host/Producer at @comedygamers4u. Somewhat Charming.

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