The A9S is a Master Series BRAVIA OLED TV from Sony. So, is this 4K television set any good when it comes to displaying video games on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S as well as other gaming consoles?
You can find out in this buyer’s guide.
The Sony A9S is not suitable for the new consoles if you want to take full advantage of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. The television set lacks HDMI 2.1 ports and is missing support for variable refresh rate. Although it can play games at 120 frames per second, the A9S can only do so at 1080p.
The HDR brightness levels are a hit and miss as well. It can display darker scenes well but isn’t good enough when it comes to the brighter scenes.
The television set does offer low input lag; so, you will get a responsive experience on the new consoles as well as any of the older HDMI systems.
For even older consoles, the A9S comes with a composite input (although you need to buy an adapter to use it with the RCA plugs) as well as a cable/antenna input.
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Does the A8H have HDMI 2.1 ports?
The Sony A9S does not come with any HDMI 2.1 ports. Instead, the TV includes four HDMI 2.0 ports.
HDMI 2.1 is required if you want to play console games at 4K and 120 frames per second. With HDMI 2.0, you will be able to play at 1080p and 120 frames per second on this TV with the PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
Thanks to the OLED display, the A9S has an infinite contrast ratio.
A9S HDR Features
The XBR-48A9S supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision. HDR10 is supported by the new Sony and Microsoft consoles while Dolby Vision support will be added to the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X in a future firmware update.
The television set also features a wide color gamut with excellent DCI P3 color space coverage and pretty good Rec 2020 coverage.
The TV is not compatible with HDR10+.
A9S HDR Brightness
The Sony A9S BRAVIA OLED TV is inconsistent when it comes to HDR brightness. According to tests done by RTINGS, the television set is great in darker scenes but struggles to properly light brighter scenes.
For a good HDR experience, we recommend that a TV can produce at least 500 cd/m² of brightness in HDR mode. The A9S was able to achieve that at Real Scene Peak Brightness, Peak 2% Window, Peak 10% Window, Sustained 2% Window and Sustained 10% Window. However, it struggles greatly in more brighter scenes.
You can find the HDR brightness test results for the A9S below (via RTINGS):
- HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness: 633 cd/m²
- HDR Peak 2% Window: 786 cd/m²
- HDR Peak 10% Window: 693 cd/m²
- HDR Peak 25% Window: 486 cd/m²
- HDR Peak 50% Window: 255 cd/m²
- HDR Peak 100% Window: 140 cd/m²
- HDR Sustained 2% Window: 673 cd/m²
- HDR Sustained 10% Window: 633 cd/m²
- HDR Sustained 25% Window: 465 cd/m²
- HDR Sustained 50% Window: 253 cd/m²
- HDR Sustained 100% Window: 138 cd/m²
- HDR ABL: 0.099
A9S Input Lag
The Sony A9S has pretty good input lag when its game mode is activated. To avoid any noticeable lag, we recommend televisions with latency that is less than 30 ms. According to tests done by RTINGS, this OLED TV was able to achieve that requirement at 1080p/60Hz, 1080p/120Hz, 4K/60Hz and 4K/60Hz/HDR.
You will most likely play PS5 and Xbox Series X in 1080p/60Hz, 1080p/120Hz, 4K/60Hz and 4K/60Hz/HDR. For Xbox Series S, you will be using 1080p/60Hz and 1080p/120Hz most of the time. For the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, you will spend most of the time in 1080p/60Hz, 4K/60Hz and 4K/60Hz/HDR. For older HDMI consoles, you will be playing at 1080p/60Hz.
You can check out input lag test results for the A9S below (via RTINGS):
- 1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled): 18.5 ms
- 1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled): 110.2 ms
- 1080p resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled): 10.3 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled): 18.4 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate + 10 bit HDR (Game Mode Enabled): 18.4 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled): 93.5 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate with Interpolation: 85.3 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz at 4:4:4: 18.4 ms
Is the A9S good for PS5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X?
We don’t recommend getting the Sony A9S for the new consoles if you want to take full advantage of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Although it has a 120Hz maximum refresh rate, the television set lacks support for HDMI 2.1 and variable refresh rate. While the HDR brightness levels is good enough for dark scenes, it struggles in brighter scenes.
With that said, the A9S television set does feature excellent contrast and colors. It also has low input lag when its game mode is enabled.
For an OLED television set better suited for the new consoles, we recommend checking out the LG CX instead.
Is the A9S good for Switch, PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X?
The A9S is a great television set for older HDMI consoles (like the Switch, PS4 and Xbox One) due to the aforementioned infinite contrast, wide color space coverage and input lag reduction performances.
You may want to look elsewhere if you want to play HDR-enabled games with the PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One S and Xbox One X, however.
Legacy Consoles Support
While the A9S comes with a composite input, you need purchase an adapter to convert the red, white and yellow RCA plugs if you want to use it for consoles such as the PS1, PS2, Nintendo 64, Gamecube and Xbox.
The Sony OLED does come with a cable/antenna input that you can use for retro consoles such as the NES, Super NES and Sega Genesis.
You can check out the current price tag for the 48” television set on Amazon with the following link: