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What’s the difference between the Sony A80K, A90K and A95K for gaming?

In 2022, Sony launched the A80K, A90K and A95K BRAVIA XR 4K OLED television sets. So, how do these TVs perform when it comes to gaming, especially if you have a high-powered PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, Xbox Series X and/or Xbox Series S?

You can find out in this comparison guide at Seeking Tech.

Quick Summary

When compared to the other two models, the A95K is the only one out of the 2022 Sony BRAVIA XR 4K OLEDs to have decent HDR peak brightness output.

All three of these television sets support HDMI 2.1, 120 fps, GSYNC, Variable Refresh Rate, HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG. Furthermore, these screens are virtually identical when it comes to input lag as you should be able to enjoy a relatively latency-free gameplay experience.

Overall, the A95K is the best of the 2022 Sony BRAVIA XR 4K OLED TVs. If you don’t mind the dimmer HDR output, then the A80K and A90K are the more affordable options.

A80K vs. A90K vs. A95K Comparison Chart

You can take a look at our comparison table for the A80K, A90K and A95K below.

 Sony A80K BRAVIA XR 4K OLED TVSony A90K BRAVIA XR 4K OLED TVSony A95K BRAVIA XR 4K OLED TV
Screen Sizes55" (XR-55A80K)

65" (XR-65A80K)

77" (XR-77A80K)
42" (XR-42A90K)

48" (XR-48A90K)
55" (XR-55A95K)

65" (XR-65A95K)
HDMI PortsHDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.1

HDMI Port #4: HDMI 2.1
HDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.1

HDMI Port #4: HDMI 2.1
HDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.1

HDMI Port #4: HDMI 2.1
Legacy Consoles SupportAntenna/cable input

Composite input (adapter sold separately)
Antenna/cable input

Composite input (adapter sold separately)
Antenna/cable input

Composite input (adapter sold separately)
HDR FeaturesDolby Vision

HDR10

HLG

Wide Color Gamut
Dolby Vision

HDR10

HLG

Wide Color Gamut
Dolby Vision

HDR10

HLG

Wide Color Gamut
Real Scene Peak HDR Brightness in Game Mode421 nits324 nits593 nits
Native Refresh Rate120 Hz120 Hz120 Hz
Adaptive Sync SupportGSYNC

Variable Refresh Rate
GSYNC

Variable Refresh Rate
GSYNC

Variable Refresh Rate
Input lag at 1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)17.8 ms17.5 ms17.5 ms
Input lag at 1080p resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)9.3 ms9.1 ms8.9 ms
Input lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)17.6 ms17.5 ms16.9 ms
Input lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate + 10-bit HDR (Game Mode Enabled)17.6 ms17.6 ms16.8 ms
Input lag at 4K resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)9.6 ms9.2 ms9.4 ms
Input lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz at 4:4:417.6 ms17.4 ms16.9 ms
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Screen Sizes

The A90K has smaller size options when compared to the other two BRAVIA XR OLEDs. The A80K is the only model out of the three to offer a 77-inch variant.

You can find the screen sizes, as well as the model numbers, below:

A80K:

  • 55″ (XR-55A80K)
  • 65″ (XR-65A80K)
  • 77″ (XR-77A80K)

A90K:

  • 42″ (XR-42A90K)
  • 48″ (XR-48A90K)

A95K:

  • 55″ (XR-55A95K)
  • 65″ (XR-65A95K)

HDMI Ports

The A80K, A90K and A95K all feature four HDMI ports. The first two ports are HDMI 2.0 while the remaining two are HDMI 2.1 ports.

For the uninformed, the newer PlayStation 5, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles support HDMI 2.1.

While the other aforementioned systems come with a HDMI 2.1 cable, the Series S only include a HDMI 2.0 cable in the box. So, you need to find your own 2.1 cable if you want to take advantage of the extra video bandwidth.

Legacy Consoles Support

If you want to hook up older gaming systems to these TVs, then all of the 2022 BRAVIA XR OLEDs come with a cable/antenna tuner.

There is also a composite input available although you will need to get your own video AV component adapter in order to connect consoles that use the composite video connection.

HDR Features

When it comes to HDR features, Sony’s A80K, A90K and A95K all support the Dolby Vision and HDR10 formats. These televisions also feature HLG as well as a wide color gamut.

For the uninformed, most video games on the PC, PS4, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, PS5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X use HDR10. The usage of Dolby Vision for gaming is currently limited to select Series S and Series X games.

Real Scene Peak HDR Brightness in Game Mode

Most OLED screens currently struggle when it comes to providing sufficient peak HDR brightness output and the A80K and A90K are no different in this case. To get a quality HDR picture quality, the TV should be able to output at least 500 nits.

According to hand-on testing from RTINGS, the A95K is the only screen out of this group to be able to output at least 500 nits when it comes to real scene HDR peak brightness.

You can find the brightness output test results for the A80K, A90K and A95K below:

  • A80K: 421 nits
  • A90K: 324 nits
  • A95K: 593 nits

Native Refresh Rate

All three of the Sony BRAVIA XR 4K OLEDs have a 120 Hz native refresh rate, which means that you can play select PC, PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S games at a maximum of 120 frames per second.

Adaptive Sync Support

The A80K, A90K and A95K support GSYNC and Variable Refresh Rate but not FreeSync. GSYNC is used by NVIDIA graphics cards while VRR is utilized by the PS5, Xbox Series X and S consoles.

FreeSync is used by AMD graphics cards. So, if you have one of these GPUs in your computer, then you are better off getting another TV if you want to get smoother looking games that don’t screen tear.

Input Lag in Game Mode

According to testing from RTINGS, the input lag is virtually identical for all three of these OLED screens when you used the game mode settings. In the various scenarios tested, the biggest difference is still only 0.8 millisecond.

These televisions are comfortably below the 30 milliseconds upper limit if you don’t want to play games with any noticeable lag.

You can check out the input lag tests for the A80K, A90K and A95K below:

1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled):

  • A80K: 17.8 ms
  • A90K: 17.5 ms
  • A95K: 17.5 ms

1080p resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled):

  • A80K: 9.3 ms
  • A90K: 9.1 ms
  • A95K: 8.9 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled):

  • A80K: 17.6 ms
  • A90K: 17.5 ms
  • A95K: 16.9 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate + 10-bit HDR (Game Mode Enabled):

  • A80K: 17.6 ms
  • A90K: 17.6 ms
  • A95K: 16.8 ms

4K resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled):

  • A80K: 9.6 ms
  • A90K: 9.2 ms
  • A95K: 9.4 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz at 4:4:4:

  • A80K: 17.6 ms
  • A90K: 17.4 ms
  • A95K: 16.9 ms

If you mount any of these three Sony OLEDs to your wall, then you can take a look at this compatibility guide.