Sony is rumored to be prepping some gaming monitors aimed at the PS5, and a new leak has detailed some alleged specs and pricing for the 27-inch displays, as well as a claim that these ‘InZone’ products will launch today. We know for sure that something is coming at a press event later today, with the slogan ‘Find your new zone’.
Talks about Sony’s new InZone gaming brand surfaced about a week ago, with the news that initial products could consist of some gaming headsets and the two aforementioned monitors that will be marketed as ‘perfect for PlayStation’. 5′ – but just as good for PC gaming purposes as you can imagine.
New Sony, Inzone M3 and Inzone M9 monitors with exclusive features for PS5.#FindYouNewZone pic.twitter.com/4qixEe2BzmJune 27, 2022
The new leak on Twitter reveals the alleged Sony InZone M3 and M9 monitors, along with the specs they can work with.
Both are 27-inch models, with the M3 apparently being a 1080p display with a 240Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and 400 nits brightness, as well as 99% coverage of the sRGB color gamut.
The M9 ups the resolution to 4K with 600 nits of brightness and 95% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut, offering a 144Hz refresh rate (with 4K/120fps support), plus they both sport a pair of HDMI ports. 2.1 with VRR (Variable Refresh Rates) aiming to make them among the best PS5 monitors for gamers.
These console gamers will also benefit from some PS5-targeted features (hence the ‘perfect for PS5’ labeling). This includes Auto HDR Tone Mapping (to better show detail in very dark or bright areas) and Auto Genre Picture Mode to automatically optimize screen settings based on the displayed content.
As for pricing in Europe, we’re rumored to be looking at €800 (about $840, £690) for the M3 and a predictably beefier spend of €1,300 (about $1,370, £1,120) for the M9 monitor .
Analysis: How can Sony fare in the world of monitors?
As mentioned, these 27-inch monitors can be great displays for PC gamers, not just PS5 junkies, and in fact we can see that at the higher levels the refresh rates have been pushed here (240Hz for the 1080p panel and 144Hz with the 4K screen). Sony is also including a KVM auto-switching feature, which allows you to easily switch between two different PCs at will (using the same monitor, mouse and keyboard on either computer).
We’ll certainly be interested to see how Sony’s monitors stack up against competition from existing, well-established gaming monitor brands. Of course, Sony is no stranger to quality panels when it comes to TVs, but monitors are something of a different kettle of pixels.
As for the extra features offered to PS5 owners, we’ve already seen them on some Bravia TVs. Auto HDR tone mapping is a nifty benefit, for sure, although the entire auto picture adjustment function is simply switching between game and movie modes on Sony’s supporting TVs. (Can be expanded to separate views for different game genres perhaps?)
The good news is that we should get a glimpse of these monitors in action very soon, and confirmation on the specs and pricing – assuming this rumor doesn’t get shaky at the last minute, of course.