The X90J is one of several new televisions model released by Sony in 2021. So, is this 4K TV any good when it comes to playing games on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X as well as other home consoles?
You can find out in this Seeking Tech buyer’s guide.
The X90J is a good choice for the PS5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X as it features HDMI 2.1, 120 frames per second, HDR10 and Dolby Vision. When you used its game mode, you should also get decent HDR brightness levels and input lag reduction.
With that said, the X90J does not have a wide color gamut. It also currently does not support Variable Refresh Rate although that feature is expected to be added to the TV in a future firmware update.
If you are interested, you can purchase the 4K UHD television on Amazon with the following link:
You can also see how the X90J compares to the X85J and X80J with this link.
X90J Screen Sizes
The Sony X90J is available in four screen sizes. You can check out the different versions, as well as the associated model numbers, below:
- 50″ (XR50X90J)
- 55″ (XR55X90J)
- 65″ (XR65X90J)
- 75″ (XR75X90J)
Does the X90J have any HDMI 2.1 ports?
The Sony X90J comes with four HDMI ports, two of which is HDMI 2.1 while the other two are HDMI 2.0.
With the PS5 and Xbox Series X, you will be able to play games at 4K and 120 frames per second with HDMI 2.1. While the Xbox Series S can also support HDMI 2.1, you need to get a HDMI 2.1 cable as this system only comes with HDMI 2.0 port.
HDMI 2.0 is still good enough to play games at up to 60 frames per second in 4K as well as 120 frames per second in 1080p with the X90J.
Legacy Consoles Support
While the X90J comes with a composite input, you need to purchase an adapter to connect older consoles that uses that input, which includes the PS1, PS2, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, Saturn, Dreamcast and Xbox.
This Sony TV does include a cable/antenna tuner that you can use for connecting retro consoles, including the NES, Super NES and Sega Genesis.
X90J HDR Features
When it comes to HDR features, the X90J is compatible with HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision. It does not feature HDR10+ or wide color gamut.
Console games that currently support HDR use the HDR10 format. A few Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X games also support the Dolby Vision format.
X90J’s HDR Brightness in Game Mode
The HDR brightness of the Sony X90J is very good as, according to RTINGS.com, it can reach 775 nits when its Real Scene Highlight is measured.
The rest of the scenarios that were tested for this TV model also passed our recommended 500 nits minimum if you are looking for a good HDR experience.
You can take a look at the HDR brightness test results below (via RTINGS):
- HDR Real Scene Highlight: 775 nits
- HDR Peak 2% Window: 513 nits
- HDR Peak 10% Window: 778 nits
- HDR Peak 25% Window: 641 nits
- HDR Peak 50% Window: 557 nits
- HDR Peak 100% Window: 561 nits
- HDR Sustained 2% Window: 502 nits
- HDR Sustained 10% Window: 758 nits
- HDR Sustained 25% Window: 639 nits
- HDR Sustained 50% Window: 554 nits
- HDR Sustained 100% Window: 560 nits
- HDR ABL: 0.022
Adaptive Sync Support
The X90J currently does not support any of the three adaptive sync features (FreeSync, GSYNC or Variable Refresh Rate).
However, Sony has stated that this television model should be getting Variable Refresh Rate support in a future firmware update.
Variable Refresh Rate is currently used by both the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X to remove stutter and screen tearing on games that don’t have a stable frame rate. The PlayStation 5 should also be getting the same VRR support in the future.
X90J’s Input Lag
Although the input lag of the X90J may be a little higher when compared to similar television models, it is still very good.
We suggest getting a television set with latency of less than 30 ms if you don’t want a laggy gameplay experience.
According to RTINGS, the X90J is easily able to fall below that upper limit when game mode is enabled at 1080p/60fps, 1080p/120fps, 1440p/60hz, 4K/60Hz and 4K/60Hz/HDR.
You can find the input lag tests results below (via RTINGS):
- 1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled): 18.7 ms
- 1080p resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled): 10.0 ms
- 1440p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled): 18.1 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled): 18.1 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate + 10-bit HDR (Game Mode Enabled): 18.0 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz at 4:4:4: 18.1 ms
- 4K resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled): 11.1 ms
- 1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled): 161.7 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled): 144.9 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate With Interpolation: 137.5 ms
Is the X90J good for PS5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X?
The X90J is a solid television set for the new consoles. In addition to coming with two HDMI 2.1 ports, this Sony TV also supports Dolby Vision, HDR10 and 120 frames per second. Not to mention that it has decent HDR brightness levels and input lag reduction in game mode.
With that said, the X90J does not support a wide color gamut and is currently missing Variable Refresh Rate (although VRR is expected to be added in a future firmware update).
Is the X90J good for Switch, PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X?
The low input lag makes the X90J a great television set for older consoles that use the HDMI input, which includes the PS3, PS4, Wii U, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
The X90J should also be a good HDR TV for HDR-supported games running on the PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One S and Xbox One X.
You can find the current price tag for the X90J with the following Amazon link: