Sony announced three series of 3D-compatible TVs at CES in January, and on Wednesday the company filled in the remaining details with pricing, availability, and a list of included 3D material. The principal throw-in is "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" on 3D Blu-ray, as well as vouchers for 3D games on the PS3.
Pricing, as with that of rivals Samsung and Panasonic, is pretty high. Sony's 3D models, all with
One of the three Sony series, the flagship XBR-LX900, includes two pairs of the necessary 3D glasses, which is more than Panasonic (1 pair) and Samsung (zero pair). The other two, dubbed HX909 and HX800, require you to buy the glasses ($150 a pair--the same as Panasonic and Samsung) as well as a separate emitter to synch the glasses to the TV ($50--both Samsung and Panasonic build the emitters into their TVs).
Sony does offer the most extensive throw-in bundle of the three at the moment, at least for PS3 owners. According to the press release:
Consumers who purchase and register one of the new 3D Bravia models will receive a copy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's Blu-ray 3D title "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" as well as Blu-ray 3D title "Deep Sea." The sets will also include a PlayStation Network voucher enabling 3D BRAVIA purchasers to download stereoscopic 3D gaming experiences on the PlayStation3 (PS3) System (sold separately). The titles include Pain (partial game) and MotorStorm: Pacific Rift (demo) and full game downloads of WipEout HD and Super StarDust HD.
If you're keeping track, Panasonic's
Content aside, the real question is how well Sony's sets deliver the 3D experience, something we don't know for sure until we've had a chance to review them. In the meantime here are Sony's 2010 3D TVs in a nutshell, including LED backlight schemes. All are available for preorder at the prices listed.
KDL-HX800 series: Entry-level 3D; edge-lit LED with local dimming;
Sony Bravia KDL-55HX800: 55-inch ($3,400) Sony Bravia KDL-46HX800: 46-inch ($2,700) Sony Bravia KDL-40HX800: 40-inch ($2,100)
XBR-HX909 series: Formerly HX900; full-array LED with local dimming;
Sony Bravia XBR-52HX909: 52-inch ($4,000) Sony Bravia XBR-46HX909: 46-inch ($3,500)
XBR-LX900 series: Flagship with glasses and emitter; edge-lit LED backlight without local dimming;
Sony Bravia XBR-60LX900: 60-inch ($5,000) Sony Bravia XBR-52LX900: 52-inch ($4,000)
In non-TV news, Sony also announced that the 3D firmware upgrade for its compatible update on when we'll see the PS3's 3D Blu-ray firmware upgrade, but the console's