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What’s the difference between the Sony X80K, X85K, X90K and X95K for gaming?

In 2022, Sony released the X80K, X85K, X90K and X95K 4K LED television sets. So, how do these TVs compare against each other when it comes to gaming, especially if you have a high-end PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, Xbox Series X and/or Xbox Series S?

You can find out in the comparison guide between the X80K, X85K, X90K and X95K.

Quick Summary

Unlike the X80K, X85K, X90K, the Sony X95K offers great peak HDR brightness output, which should make HDR-enabled games pop on the screen. Therefore, it is the best Sony TV out of this group when it comes to playing videogames.

Although the X85K and X90K support the same advanced display features (120 frames per second, FreeSync and Variable Refresh Rate) as the X95K, both of these television sets are noticeably dimmer when it comes to HDR brightness.

The X80K actually features the lowest input lag out of this group of TVs. However, this cheaper model does not come with any HDMI 2.1 ports. Not to mention that it does not support 120 frames per second, FreeSync or Variable Refresh Rate.

X80K vs. X85K vs. X90K vs. X95K Comparison Chart

You can take a look at your comparison table regarding the gaming features of the Sony X80K, X85K, X90K and X95K below.

 Sony X80K 4K LED TVSony X85K 4K LED TVSony X90K BRAVIA XR Full Array 4K LED TVSony X95K BRAVIA XR Mini 4K LED TV
Screen Sizes43-inch (KD-43X80K)

50-inch (KD-50X80K)

55-inch (KD-55X80K)

65-inch (KD-65X80K)

75-inch (KD-75X80K)

85-inch (KD-85X80K)
43-inch (KD-43X85K)

50-inch (KD-50X85K)

55-inch (KD-55X85K)

65-inch (KD-65X85K)

75-inch (KD-75X85K)

85-inch (KD-85X85K)
55-inch (XR-55X90K)

65-inch (XR-65X90K)

75-inch (XR-75X90K)

85-inch (XR-85X90K)
65-inch (XR-65X95K)

75-inch (XR-75X95K)

85-inch (XR-85X95K)
HDMI PortsHDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #4: HDMI 2.0
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
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 with adapter (sold separately)
Antenna/cable input

Composite input with adapter (sold separately)
Antenna/cable input

Composite input with adapter (sold separately)
Antenna/cable input

Composite input with 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
Dolby Vision

HDR10

HLG

Wide Color Gamut
Peak HDR Brightness in Game Mode354 nits514 nits586 nits639 nits
Native Refresh Rate60 Hz120 Hz120 Hz120 Hz
Adaptive Sync SupportNot supportedFreeSync

Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

Variable Refresh Rate
Input lag at 1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)11.8 ms16.0 ms17.8 ms18.0 ms
Input lag at 1080p resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)N/A7.1 ms9.3 ms9.4 ms
Input lag at 1440p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)11.4 ms15.9 ms18.0 ms17.9 ms
Input lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)11.4 ms16.0 ms17.8 ms17.9 ms
Input lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate + 10-bit HDR (Game Mode Enabled)11.5 ms16.0 ms17.8 ms17.9 ms
Input lag at 4K resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)N/A7.0 ms10.1 ms10.0 ms
Input lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz at 4:4:411.4 ms16.0 ms17.7 ms17.9 ms
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Screen Sizes

This guide should cover the following screen size variants of these 2022 Sony 4K LEDs:

X80K:

  • 43-inch (KD-43X80K)
  • 50-inch (KD-50X80K)
  • 55-inch (KD-55X80K)
  • 65-inch (KD-65X80K)
  • 75-inch (KD-75X80K)
  • 85-inch (KD-85X80K)

X85K:

  • 43-inch (KD-43X85K)
  • 50-inch (KD-50X85K)
  • 55-inch (KD-55X85K)
  • 65-inch (KD-65X85K)
  • 75-inch (KD-75X85K)
  • 85-inch (KD-85X85K)

X90K:

  • 55-inch (XR-55X90K)
  • 65-inch (XR-65X90K)
  • 75-inch (XR-75X90K)
  • 85-inch (XR-85X90K)

X95K:

  • 65-inch (XR-65X95K)
  • 75-inch (XR-75X95K)
  • 85-inch (XR-85X95K)

HDMI Ports

When it comes to HDMI ports, the Sony X80K features four HDMI 2.0 ports. On the other hand, the X85K, X90K and X95K all feature a pair of HDMI 2.0 ports to go along with a pair of HDMI 2.1 ports.

The PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S use the full bandwidth of HDMI 2.1 for advanced display features.

Both PS5 consoles, as well as the Xbox Series X, come with a HDMI 2.1 cable. For the other compatible HDMI 2.1 platforms, you will need to get a HDMI 2.1 cable.

You can find a breakdown of the HDMI port versions for each of these 4K LED television sets below:

X80K:

  • HDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.0
  • HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.0
  • HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.0
  • HDMI Port #4: HDMI 2.0

X85K:

  • HDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.0
  • HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.0
  • HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.1
  • HDMI Port #4: HDMI 2.1

X90K:

  • HDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.0
  • HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.0
  • HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.1
  • HDMI Port #4: HDMI 2.1

X95K:

  • 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 Support

The X80K, X85K, X90K and X95K all come with a Cable/Antenna input, which you can use to connect retro systems like the Super NES and Sega Genesis.

A composite input is also included for these television sets although you need to get a Video AV Component Adapter Cable if you want to directly connect consoles like the PS1, PS2, N64, GameCube, Wii Saturn Dreamcast and/or Xbox.

HDR Features

All four of these Sony 4K LED televisions support the following HDR features:

  • Dolby Vision
  • HDR10
  • HLG
  • Wide Color Gamut

Peak HDR Brightness in Game Mode

When it comes to peak HDR brightness when using the game mode settings of these television sets, only the X95K performs well out of these 4K TVs.

According to hands-on testing from RTINGS.com, the Sony X95K is able to reach a brightness peak at 639 nits. The next highest is the X90K, which can only output a measly 586 nits. The X85K is even dimmer, outputting at 514 nits. The dimmest out of this group is the X80K as it can only reach 354 nits.

For HDR colors to really pop, your screen needs to output at least 600 nits, which only the X95K is able to do out of these television sets.

Native Refresh Rate

The native refresh rate refers to the maximum frame rate your Sony 4K LED is capable of displaying. The X80K is limited to 60 Hz, which means it won’t be able to display games running at more than 60 fps.

On the other hand, the X85K, X90K and X95K all feature a 120 Hz refresh rate as games can be played at a maximum of 120 fps. Currently, there are several PC, PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S games that can run at a frame rate of 120 frames per second.

Adaptive Sync Support

The X80K does not support any adaptive sync mode, which helps smooth out frame rate and screen tearing, whatsoever.

The X85K, X90K and X95K support both FreeSync (which is used by AMD graphics cards on the PC) as well as Variable Refresh Rate (which is used by the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles).

Input Lag in Game Mode

Input lag refers to the delay of pressing the button on the controller to seeing the action appear on the screen. To reduce the latency, it is highly recommended that you play your games in the game mode picture settings on your Sony X80K, X85K, X90K and X95K.

According to hands-on testing done by RTINGS, the X80K offers the best input lag reduction out of this group, followed by the X85K. The latency between the X90K and X95k are basically identical.

To enjoy a lag-free gaming experience, a television set should have an input lag of less than 30 milliseconds. Thankfully, all four of these screens are comfortably below that upper limit.

You can find the latency test results for the X80K, X85K, X90K and X95K below:

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

  • X80K: 11.8 ms
  • X85K: 16.0 ms
  • X90K: 17.8 ms
  • X95K: 18.0 ms

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

  • X80K: N/A
  • X85K: 7.1 ms
  • X90K: 9.3 ms
  • X95K: 9.4 ms

1440p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • X80K: 11.4 ms
  • X85K: 15.9 ms
  • X90K: 18.0 ms
  • X95K: 17.9 ms

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

  • X80K: 11.4 ms
  • X85K: 16.0 ms
  • X90K: 17.8 ms
  • X95K: 17.9 ms

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

  • X80K: 11.5 ms
  • X85K: 16.0 ms
  • X90K: 17.8 ms
  • X95K: 17.9 ms

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

  • X80K: N/A
  • X85K: 7.0 ms
  • X90K: 10.1 ms
  • X95K: 10.0 ms

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

  • X80K: 11.4 ms
  • X85K: 16.0 ms
  • X90K: 17.7 ms
  • X95K: 17.9 ms