Last February Sony announced already that certain top models would receive support for specific HDMI 2.1 functions. The Japanese manufacturer is now ready as Sony brings 4k with 120fps support to ZH8 and XH90 models. The ZH8 and XH90 top models are being provided with an update that, among other things, supports the display of 4K material at 120 frames per second.
As Sony brings 4k with 120fps support, both the XH90 if the ZH8 has HDMI 2.1 ports, but Sony still needed some time to activate various HDMI 2.1 functions. With the latest update, the bandwidth is increased on the compatible HDMI ports enabling video content support in 4K resolution and at 120fps and support for HDMI eARC is added. As a bonus, the Apple TV will also be available on both models after the update.
It is no surprise that both series now get this update, as Sony refers to them as ‘Ready for PlayStation 5’. That new console has 4k 120fps display as one of the important novelties. Unlike the XH90, the ZH8 series is an 8k series. These models can therefore display an even higher resolution. Via the HDMI 2.1 port, 8k at 60fps is not yet supported, even after the latest update. It is not clear whether Sony will make this possible in the long term.
ALLM and VRR, two others features of HDMI 2.1, according to the Japanese manufacturer, will be available for the XH90 at a later date through an update. It is not clear whether the ZH8 will get these functions. In addition, the ZG9 series will later be provided with 4k at 120fps via an update.