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The Sony BRAVIA A9G 4K HDR OLED TV Preview

The Sony BRAVIA A9G Premium 4K HDR OLED TV Preview!

Sony will be introducing the BRAVIA A9G premium 4K HDR OLED TV very soon! But we can already share with you a preview of this smashing new OLED TV, and what’s new under its immaculate 4K HDR display!

 

The Sony BRAVIA A9G Premium 4K HDR OLED TV

This is Sony’s new flagship 4K HDR OLED TV. Available in 77-inch, 65-inch and 55-inch display sizes, the new 2019 Sony BRAVIA A9G pairs the clarify of 4K with the colour and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR).

The new BRAVIA A9G  boasts over 8 million self-illuminating pixels controlled by the brand new Picture Processor X1 Ultimate, with Pixel Contrast Booster for more colours and greater contrast in bright areas. It offers a Netflix Calibrated Mode, and supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

The BRAVIA A9G also boasts the new Acoustic Surface Audio+ feature, which is designed to envelope viewers in an expansive soundscape. It also has a TV Centre Speaker mode, that literally turns the TV into the centre speaker!

  • OLED panel for unprecedented blacks, and a wide viewing angle
  • Picture Processor X1 Ultimate with Object-based Super Resolution, Object-based HDR Remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and dual database processing
  • Pixel Contrast Booster delivers a richer visual experience with unprecedented blacks
  • Acoustic Surface Audio+ features two actuators and two subwoofers, with a TV Centre Speaker Mode and Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Netflix Calibrated Mode to deliver the creator’s vision directly to the TV.
  • Supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

Continue below to learn more about the Sony BRAVIA A9G, and its key features!

The Sony BRAVIA A9G Key Features

Picture Processor X1 Ultimate

Picture Processor X1 Ultimate is a new, faster processor that adds Object-based Super Resolution to the features of the previous-generation 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme. It can detect hundreds of different objects on screen and intelligently enhances brightness, detail and colour.

Acoustic Surface Audio+

The Sony BRAVIA A9G has two actuators that vibrate the panel to create the audio output. Together with its two powerful subwoofers, it can create a multi-dimensional soundscape.

TV Center Speaker Mode

If you have a multi-speaker setup, you can set the Sony BRAVIA A9G to function like a centre speaker!

Cinematic Experience

The Sony BRAVIA A9G supports Dolby Vision HDR capability, as well as Dolby Atmos for immersive surround sound. It also comes with a Netflix Calibrated Mode to ensure you will enjoy Neflix originals the way they were meant to be!

Object-based Super Resolution

Object-based Super Resolution technology detects individual objects in a picture and individually enhance their resolution to add or preserve detail.

Object-based HDR Remaster

Object-based HDR Remaster analyses the colour of individual objects and dynamically adjusts the contrast. This is superior to the usual method of adjusting along a black-to-white contrast curve.

Super Bit Mapping HDR

Super Bit Mapping HDR reveals brings out the gradations of the light in a picture, creating a smooth, natural image without the “banding” that can occur in other TVs.

Dual Database Processing

The Sony BRAVIA A9G has two image improvement databases, with thousands of references. One database is used to clean the picture and reduce on-screen noise. The other database is used to upscale the resolution to improve clarity.

Motionflow XR

The Motionflow XR technology creates and inserts extra frames between the original ones. It compares key visual factors on successive frames, then calculates the split second of missing action in the sequences.

 

Sony BRAVIA A9G Price + Availability

The Sony BRAVIA A9G OLED TVs are scheduled to hit the market in the second quarter of 2019. Their prices will be announced later.

 

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The 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED + LED TV Line-Up Revealed!

At an exclusive event in Singapore, Sony officially launched and showed off the 2019 Sony BRAVIA range of OLED and LED TVs. They include the latest addition to the Sony MASTER series – the new Sony BRAVIA A9G 4K HDR OLED television! Check them out!

 

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED + LED TV Line-Up Revealed!

Introducing the new 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED and LED TV line-up was Mr. Benjamin Ng, the Assistant General Manager of the Sony SEA TV Marketing Division.

It was followed by the official launch of the new Sony BRAVIA A9G 4K HDR OLED television!

 

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED + LED TV Showcase

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED and LED TV line-up consists of two 4K OLED TV models, four 4K LED TV models and two 2K LED TV models. Let’s check them out!

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA A9G Premium 4K HDR OLED TV

This is Sony’s new flagship 4K OLED TV. Available in 77-inch, 65-inch and 55-inch display sizes, the new 2019 Sony BRAVIA A9G pairs the clarify of 4K with the colour and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR).

The new A9G  boasts over 8 million self-illuminating pixels controlled by the brand new Picture Processor X1 Ultimate, with Pixel Contrast Booster for more colours and greater contrast in bright areas. It offers a Netflix Calibrated Mode, and supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

The A9G also boasts the new Acoustic Surface Audio+ feature, which is designed to envelope viewers in an expansive soundscape. It also has a TV Centre Speaker mode, that literally turns the TV into the centre speaker!

  • OLED panel for unprecedented blacks, and a wide viewing angle
  • Picture Processor X1 Ultimate with Object-based Super Resolution, Object-based HDR Remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and dual database processing
  • Pixel Contrast Booster delivers a richer visual experience with unprecedented blacks
  • Acoustic Surface Audio+ features two actuators and two subwoofers, with a TV Centre Speaker Mode and Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Netflix Calibrated Mode to deliver the creator’s vision directly to the TV.
  • Supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA A8G 4K HDR OLED TV

  • OLED panel for unprecedented blacks, and a wide viewing angle
  • 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme with Object-based HDR Remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and dual database processing
  • Acoustic Surface Audio with Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Supports Dolby Vision

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA X950G 4K HDR LED TV

  • Picture Processor X1 Ultimate with Object-based Super Resolution, Object-based HDR Remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and dual database processing
  • Full-array local dimming backlight, with X-tended Dynamic Range PRO
  • X-Wide Angle minimises colour change when viewed from the side (85-inch and 75-inch models only)
  • X-Motion Clarity keeps fast action clear and smooth, minimising blur
  • Acoustic Surface Audio with Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Netflix Calibrated Mode to deliver the creator’s vision directly to the TV.
  • Supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA X900G 4K HDR LED TV

  • 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme with Object-based HDR Remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and dual database processing
  • Full-array local dimming backlight, with X-tended Dynamic Range PRO
  • X-Motion Clarity keeps fast action clear and smooth, minimising blur
  • Acoustic Surface Audio with Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Supports Dolby Vision

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA X850G 4K HDR LED TV

  • 4K HDR Processor X1 with Object-based HDR Remaster
  • TRILUMINOS display for vibrant, expanded range of colours
  • Acoustic Surface Audio with Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA X85G 4K HDR LED TV

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  • 4K HDR Processor X1 with Object-based HDR Remaster
  • TRILUMINOS display for vibrant, expanded range of colours
  • Acoustic Surface Audio with Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA X6G 2K HDR LED TV

  • X-Reality PRO picture processing for superior upscaling capability
  • ClearAudio+ fine-tunes the audio output for a more immersive experience

 

2019 Sony BRAVIA Price + Availability

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED and LED TV line-up is scheduled to hit the market in the second quarter of 2019. Their prices will be announced later.

 

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The Sony BRAVIA A1 HDR OLED TV Revealed!

Sony Malaysia just unveiled the new Sony BRAVIA A1 HDR OLED TV at their lifestyle-themed Slice of Living roadshow in Mid Valley Megamall. Let’s check out its key features, and take a quick look at this new Sony OLED TV that features the One Slate concept!

 

A Slice Of Living With The Sony BRAVIA A1 HDR OLED TV

Sony introduced the Slice of Living concept to the products that are designed to harmonise with the interior of the modern home. These Slice of Living products focus on minimalist aesthetics, while maintaining the Sony emphasis on leading edge proprietary technologies. This led Sony to introduce the BRAVIA A1 OLED TV that is designed around the One Slate concept.

The Sony BRAVIA A1 HDR OLED TV arguably looks like a very large tablet with a stand. Let’s take a quick look at it…

Here is a summary of the Sony BRAVIA A1 HDR OLED TV’s key features :

4K High Dynamic Range (HDR)

The BRAVIA A1 pairs the clarity of 4K resolution with the brightness, colour and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR). It can handle a variety of HDR formats, including HDR 10, Hybrid Log-Gamma and Dolby Vision.

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4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme

The 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme processor is Sony’s most powerful processor, with 40% more performance than their earlier 4K Processor X1. This allows the BRAVIA A1 to handle not just 4K, but also HDR, images and videos in real-time.

Acoustic Surface Technology

Instead of using separate speakers, the Acoustic Surface Technology uses two actuators to turn the entire display into a massive speaker. A subwoofer integrated into the stand behind delivers powerful bass.

 

Sony BRAVIA A1 Price & Availability

The Sony BRAVIA A1 is available right now in 65″ and 55″ sizes at the following prices:

  • 65″ KD-65A1 : RM 29,999 / ~US$ 7,139
  • 55″ KD-55A1 : RM 16,999 / ~US$ 4,039

Both models will come a free Sony PlayStaton 4 Pro (CUH-7000) console.

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The Ultra-Thin LG SIGNATURE OLED W7 TV Revealed!

LG Malaysia just launched the award-winning LG SIGNATURE OLED W7 TV, and it was easy to see why – it is incredibly thin! Let’s take a look at the new LG SIGNATURE OLED W7 TV, and find out what else is great about it… and how much it costs!

 

The LG SIGNATURE OLED W7 TV

The LG SIGNATURE OLED W-series won more than 20 awards at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Touting a Picture-on-Wall design, the 77″ SIGNATURE OLED W7 won the CES Best of Innovation Award. Due to limited supplies and the understandably astronomical price point, LG Malaysia will only be bringing in the 65″ SIGNATURE OLED W7 TV.

Thanks to the LG OLED display technology, the 65″ SIGNATURE OLED W7 TV boasts an ultra-thin profile of just 3.8 mm. This allows it to be directly mounted onto any wall or glass panel using only four magnetic brackets. To demonstrate this, we placed a Malaysian 50 sen coin (new type) on top of the panel, so you can better see how thin it really is.

Here is a quick video tour of the 65″ LG SIGNATURE OLED W7 TV. Check out the six magnetic brackets and the ultra-thin cable at the back.

It’s not just about looks. The LG OLED display technology not only do away with backlights, it produces perfect black, thanks to its self-lighting pixels that can be turned on and off. The SIGNATURE OLED W7 TV also supports Dolby Atmos surround sound, and HDR formats like Dolby Vision, for the ultimate cinematic experience.

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The LG SIGNATURE OLED W7 TV Price & Availability

LG Malaysia is only bringing in the 65″ SIGNATURE OLED W7 TV. It has an official MSRP of RM 44,999 / ~US$ 10,699.

However, you can pre-order one at a very special price of RM 39,999 / ~US$ 9,499. The offers end on 6 August 2017.

In addition, the first ten customers will receive a free travel voucher worth RM 2,000 / ~US$ 470.

 

Vegetable Orchestra Live Performance

In conjunction with the LG 2017 Roadshow in Pavilion, they hosted the first-of-its-kind Malaysian Vegetable Orchestra performance by the Malaysian Buskers Club. Yes, they actually used vegetables as musical instruments. Check it out!

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The 2017 LG Showcase – Signature 4K OLED, CordZero & More!

The theme of the 2017 LG Showcase was “Innovation That Goes Beyond“, and it showed in the products they showed off. This year, they revealed a wide range of new consumer products, from the new LG Signature 4K OLED TV and CordZero vacuum cleaners to the LG Smart InstaView refrigerator and the LG TWINWash washing machine. Find out what’s new from LG this year!

 

The 2017 LG Showcase – OLED & Super UHD TV

This year, LG introduced a slew of new OLED and Super UHD TV models, including the new LG Signature 4K OLED TV. They all feature Active HDR and support both HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR formats.

The new LG Super UHD TV line-up features the Nano Cell technology that allows for a wide colour gamut that is 64x richer than that of a conventional TV. The Nano Cell technology also helps to absorb unnecessary light waves, resulting in purer and cleaner colours.

LG also took us on a tour of the 2017 LG OLED and Super UHD TV models, which we will share with you shortly.

 

The 2017 LG Showcase – Home Appliances

LG also showcased the new home appliances, from the new LG TWINWash washing machine and the LG InstaView refrigerator, to the new LG CordZero family of cordless vacuum cleaners. They also introduced a new range of air conditioners with a dual inverter compressor, and a new Mosquito Away technology.

Make sure you check out the amazing RoboSense technology, which lets the compressor of the LG CordZero vacuum cleaner follow the user automatically. The Mosquito Away technology is also very interesting, because LG claims it will repel up to 82.5% of mosquitos using ultrasound.

Finally, LG showed off their latest LG PuriCare air purifiers, which feature a PM1.0 sensor and WiFi controls. It also has a Clean Booster fan, which allows it to quickly filter the air in a larger room.

Be sure to check back for the product tours of these new LG home appliances!

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LG 4K UHD TV Now Come With 3 Months Of Netflix Premium!

3 May 2017 — Consumers who purchase an LG Electronics (LG) 4K UHD TV will receive 3 months of Netflix Premium included through an exclusive promotion beginning this May. LG’s full 2017 lineup of OLED, SUPER UHD and UHD TVs provide an excellent Netflix streaming experience because they are HDR compatible and have a host of features that make watching your favorite shows easier and faster than ever.

 

3 Months Of Netflix Premium

Through this exclusive promotion, owners of LG 4K UHD TVs can enjoy the wide range of UHD 4K and HDR titles featured on Netflix. In addition, consumers can rest assured that their latest LG TV will support all HDR content offered by Netflix.

LG’s 2017 TVs are equipped with 4K HDR technology allowing Netflix titles to stream in superb picture quality with greater definition and more vivid colors, giving viewers a more immersive experience. The recently launched Netflix series Marvel’s Iron Fist and other popular shows such as The OA and Chef’s Table can now be viewed in 4K and HDR with incredible picture quality.

LG has ensured that its entire 2017 lineup of premium TVs support the full palette of HDR formats; Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG content [1], with Active HDR to render brighter scenes and greater shadow details when displaying any HDR content.

LG 4K UHD TVs combine incredible picture quality with ease of access while consumers are using their complimentary three-month Netflix subscription. For example, LG’s acclaimed Magic Remote now comes equipped with a dedicated Netflix button which launches the streaming service instantly with a single tap, ensuring your next Netflix binge is more convenient (and tempting) than ever before.

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LG TVs, with their dramatic improvements in ease of access and speedy performance while streaming Netflix, have earned designations as Netflix Recommended TVs for the third consecutive year.

Consumers can easily register for Netflix on their LG TV by selecting the Netflix promotion wedge banner. Then, consumers can use the Magic Remote to ‘Access My Content’ and conveniently install the Netflix app directly from the LG Content Store. After entering the Netflix promotion page, consumers will instantly get a three-month Netflix Premium gift subscription.

[1] The schedule to support specific specs of each format such as HDR 10 RF and HLG HDMI etc. can differ by regions.

 

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The 2017 Sony BRAVIA TVs & AV Products Revealed!

The new 2017 Sony BRAVIA TVs and AV products was recently revealed in a private media event. Sony showcased their latest 4K HDR BRAVIA X Series and A Series TVs, as well as their latest sound bars and speakers. We will share with you their full details, as well as an exclusive Sony product tour and demonstration. Enjoy!

 

The 2017 Sony BRAVIA TVs Revealed!

Sony launched two new BRAVIA 4K HDR TV series during this launch event. Find out what’s new about these new 2017 Sony BRAVIA TV models in this presentation by Benjamin Ng, the Head of TV Marketing, Sony South East Asia.

Here are the key takeaway points :

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  • The new 4K HDR OLED TVs will be branded as Sony BRAVIA OLED.
  • The new Sony BRAVIA X94E Series (75″), BRAVIA X93E Series (55″), BRAVIA X85E Series (75″ and 65″) and BRAVIA A1 Series (65″ and 55″) TVs feature the new 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme processor, which allows for Object-based HDR Remastering, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR, and Dual Database Processing.
  • The Sony BRAVIA A1 Series (65″ and 55″) will boast the new Acoustic Surface technology, which allows the entire screen to resonate with greater sound output.
  • The Sony BRAVIA X93E Series (55″) features Slim Backlight Drive+. This is an improved LED backlight technology that allows for more precise and accurate local dimming control.
  • Both BRAVIA X93E and BRAVIA A1 Series will support Dolby Vision.

 

The 2017 Sony BRAVIA TV Tour & Demonstration

Catch this exclusive product tour and demonstration of the new 2017 Sony BRAVIA TV models.

 

The 2017 Sony Sound Bar Tour & Demonstration

Sony also took the opportunity to show off their new sound bars that are designed to complement the 2017 Sony BRAVIA TV models.

 

The 2017 Sony Speakers Tour & Demonstration

Finally, Sony showed off their new wireless speakers, and one box speaker solutions. Check them out!

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The 2017 Sony BRAVIA TV Price & Availability

The Sony BRAVIA A1 Series will be available in Malaysia from June 2017 onwards, at the following launch prices :

  • 65″ BRAVIA A1 : RM 29,999 / ~US$ 6,666
  • 55″ BRAVIA A1 : RM 16,999 / ~US$ 3,777

The Sony BRAVIA X94E and X93E are available in Malaysia from May 2017 onwards, at the following launch prices :

  • 75″ BRAVIA X94E : RM 25,999 / ~US$ 5,777
  • 55″ BRAVIA X93E : RM 11,999 / ~US$ 2,666

The Sony BRAVIA X85E Series will be available in Malaysia from May 2017 onwards, at the following launch prices :

  • 75″ BRAVIA X85E : RM 16,999 / ~US$ 3,777
  • 65″ BRAVIA X85E : RM 9,999 / ~US$ 2,222

The Sony BRAVIA X80E Series will be available in Malaysia from May 2017 onwards, at the following launch prices :

  • 55″ BRAVIA X80E : RM 6,999 / ~US$ 1555
  • 49″ BRAVIA X80E : RM 4,499 / ~US$ 999
  • 43″ BRAVIA X80E : RM 3,899 / ~US$ 866

Here are the availability and launch prices for the Sony BRAVIA X70E Series :

  • 65″ BRAVIA X70E : RM 7,199 / ~US$ 1599 (June 2017)
  • 55″ BRAVIA X70E : RM 4,999 / ~US$ 1109 (June 2017)
  • 49″ BRAVIA X70E : RM 3,699 / ~US$ 819 (May 2017)
  • 43″ BRAVIA X70E : RM 3,099 / ~US$ 688 (May 2017)
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The Sony BRAVIA W75E Series will be available in Malaysia from May 2017 onwards, at the following launch prices :

  • 49″ BRAVIA W75E : RM 3,199 / ~US$ 709
  • 43″ BRAVIA W75E : RM 2,499 / ~US$ 555

The Sony BRAVIA W66E Series will be available in Malaysia from May 2017 onwards, at the following launch prices :

  • 49″ BRAVIA W66E : RM 2,799 / ~US$ 619
  • 40″ BRAVIA W66E : RM 2,199 / ~US$ 488

 

The Complete 2017 Sony AV Product Tour

For those who want the complete tour and demonstration of the 2017 Sony BRAVIA TV models and AV products, here it is!

 

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The AMD FreeSync 2 Q&A With David Glen & Syed Hussain

AMD is going to expand their royalty-free FreeSync technology this year with the introduction of Radeon FreeSync 2. If you have already read our FreeSync 2 tech briefing earlier, you know that FreeSync 2 promises to offer HDR gaming with minimal input lag.

While waiting for AMD to finalise Radeon FreeSync 2 and its certification program for their partners, let’s share with you our Q&A session with the two key AMD engineers in charge of the Radeon FreeSync 2 project – David Glen and Syed Athar Hussain.

 

The AMD FreeSync 2 Q&A With David Glen & Syed Hussain

AMD Senior Fellow Architect David Glen and AMD Display Domain Fellow Syed Athar Hussain are  the main guys heading the Radeon FreeSync 2 project. In this informal Q&A session held on the last day of the AMD Tech Summit in Sonoma, they give us more details on FreeSync 2.

An interesting point in this Q&A session is how the wide colour gamuts that many monitors support these days are not being utilised at all. Hope you enjoy it. Sorry about the noise though. There seemed to be some interference from nearby devices.

For those who prefer a summary of what they discussed and answered, here are the key takeaways :
  • Radeon FreeSync 2 is an AMD proprietary standard, but they will eventually push for it to be an open standard.[adrotate banner=”4″]
  • Radeon FreeSync 2 is not an AMD Vega-specific technology. It is a backward-compatible technology.
  • All GPUs that support FreeSync will support FreeSync 2, via a driver update.
  • FreeSync 2 will not be part of the Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition. It will only be introduced in the following Radeon Software edition.
  • FreeSync 2 will support the FP16 and 2-10-10-10 colour buffer formats, that current AMD Radeon Software drivers already support.
  • The AMD FreeSync 2 API will allow developers to quickly add FreeSync 2 capability to their games and game engines.
  • Games that do not integrate the AMD FreeSync 2 API, or use game engines that support it, will not be able to automatically switch to HDR mode, or use the FreeSync 2 transport.

  • The AMD FreeSync 2 monitor certification program will include stringent requirements for low latency (for native and scaled resolutions) and colour space, with an AMD lab to ensure that those monitors meet the minimum requirements.
  • FreeSync 2 will not deliver the colour space of HDR10 or Dolby Vision, but it’s designed to greatly expand the colour space with minimal input lag.

  • The input lag as specified in the AMD FreeSync 2 specifications is defined as the lag from the display flip to when photons are emitted.
  • There will be two-way communications between the monitor and the graphics card. The monitor’s capabilities are conveyed to the graphics subsystem, and the graphics subsystem will instruct the monitor to go into its “native operation mode” to make full use of its native colour space.
  • FreeSync 2 will support both active (two-dimensional) backlights and global illuminating backlights.

MORE : You can read more about Radeon FreeSync 2 in our article – The Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR Gaming Tech Report.

 

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The Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR Gaming Tech Report

We were fortunate to be amongst the few invited to the AMD Tech Summit held in Sonoma, California from December 7-9, 2016. Today, we are finally allowed to reveal the third major technology update from the AMD Tech Summit – Radeon FreeSync 2. AMD also revealed a major feature upgrade to the current FreeSync technology. Get the full details below!

Updated @ 2017-02-06 : Added the AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 Tech Briefing video.

Originally posted @ 2017-01-03

Don’t forget to catch our follow-up article – The AMD FreeSync 2 Q&A With David Glen & Syed Hussain!

 

Fullscreen Borderless Windowed Mode Is Here!

AMD fans who have been clamouring for FreeSync to work in windowed mode will be ecstatic to learn that their request has been heard and answered. FreeSync will now work in the fullscreen borderless windowed mode!

So watch out for a driver update to start playing your games in the fullscreen borderless windowed mode very soon!

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HDR Gaming

The big story though is Radeon FreeSync 2 and the next killer feature it enables – HDR gaming.

Current monitors are mostly built around the sRGB colour space, which limits the richness and vibrancy of the scene. Colours look dull and washed out, and details are lost in the shadows and highlights.

New HDR transport technologies like HDR10 and Dolby Vision aim to solve this limitation, offering 8X or better perceivable range of the sRGB colour space. They also make much better use of the display’s maximum brightness levels, which are left unused in sRGB mode.

There is a problem with both HDR10 and Dolby Vision though – they are not optimised for gaming. The tone mapping performed by these displays has a long input lag.

This input lag is not a problem for cinematic movies or video clips that render at 24 to 30 fps. However, it will be a problem for gamers who want high frame rates of 60 fps or better. AMD attempts to address both problems through Radeon FreeSync 2.

Next Page > Introducing Radeon FreeSync 2, Radeon FreeSync 2 Tech Briefing and Demo Videos

 

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Introducing Radeon FreeSync 2

Optimised for HDR gaming, Radeon FreeSync 2 is a compromise between the wider colour gamut of HDR10 / Dolby Vision, and the low input lag of sRGB.

It offers a limited HDR colour gamut that is over 2X the perceivable brightness and colour volume of sRGB. The FreeSync 2 game can then tone-map to the display’s native colour space. This allows the monitor to skip the tone mapping step, which greatly reduces the input lag.

For this to work, both the monitor and the game must support FreeSync 2. Here are some characteristics of a FreeSync 2 monitor :

  • Low Framerate Compensation (LFC) is mandatory
  • Low Latency is mandatory
  • The monitor will provide its native characteristics to the game through the FreeSync 2 Transport

For game support, AMD will provide a FreeSync 2 API that will :

  • support the FP16, 2-10-10-10 colour buffer formats
  • automatically switch between sRGB and FreeSync 2 native modes (when a FreeSync 2 game loads)

All AMD Radeon GPUs will support FreeSync 2 via a new driver. However, it won’t be in the recently launched Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition.

 

When Will FreeSync 2 Be Available?

AMD will launch Radeon FreeSync 2 in 2017. They are aiming to get it out by the first half of 2017, but there is no firm date yet.

 

Will FreeSync 2 Replace FreeSync?

No, Radeon FreeSync 2 will exist in parallel with FreeSync. FreeSync 2 will merely be a higher standard that offers HDR gaming, on top of stutter- and tear-free gaming.

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The Radeon FreeSync 2 Tech Briefing

AMD Senior Fellow David Glen is the man in charge of the Radeon FreeSync 2. This was his full presentation on Radeon FreeSync 2 at the AMD Tech Summit. Enjoy!

 Don’t forget to catch our follow-up article – The AMD FreeSync 2 Q&A With David Glen & Syed Hussain!

 

The FreeSync 2 HDR Gaming & Video Demos

AMD also showed off some HDR gaming and HDR video demos at the AMD Tech Summit. Check them out below :

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The Complete Radeon FreeSync 2 Presentation

If you have not had enough, here are David Glen’s Radeon FreeSync 2 presentation slides for your perusal.

Don’t forget to catch our follow-up article – The AMD FreeSync 2 Q&A With David Glen & Syed Hussain!

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