Is this the end of 1080p at home? Are we now in the age of 4K, never to go back? Probably not quite yet, but the announcement from Sony today of its first home-cinema 4K projector certainly heralds the coming of the new standard.
Cinema-goers have been benefitting from Sony’s 4K technology for many years now, but the unveiling of the VPL-VM1000ES signals the shift of the 4K standard into the home.
According to Sony, the new projector will be able to create a whopping 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast thanks to an SXRD 4K panel and Iris3 technology.
The VW1000ES will be able to throw 2,000 lumens of light onto a 200in screen as well as being able to up scale SD or HD, and 2D to 3D to 4K quality – so you can enjoy all your old movies on a scale never before seen.
"The VPL-VW1000ES is just the latest in a complete series of Sony home projectors. Last year at IFA, Sony released its first 3D home projector, the VPL-VW90ES, and in June of this year, the VPL-HW30ES projector joined the line as a high-performance, entry-level 3D model. Most recently, the VPL-VW95ES was announced at IFA as a mid-level 3D home projector option. And today with its truly advanced resolution, the new VPL-VW1000ES 4K home theatre projector delivers on the promise of the future of home entertainment – today,” said Tak Nakane, product manager from Sony Europe
The 4K projector will be shipping in January. Sony has yet to announce pricing but we would suggest that you start saving right now if you plan on purchasing the latest in home entertainment goodness at the beginning of next year.