Panasonic hopes to win gaming audiences with its flashy new flagship OLED device. Get a ticket, my friend.
Panasonic says the new JZ2000 OLED device, which will be shipped in 55in and 65in sizes, will have higher peak and average brightness, an audio system with side and top speakers, as well as player-focused features such as Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). It’s not clear if the display also supports other HDMI 2.1 features like Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM). (We asked Panasonic and we’ll update when we hear it again.) But it will have features through its Game Mode Extreme that cut latency and give a smoother gaming experience.
OLED will also be released with an all-new processor called HCX Pro AI, which Panasonic says analyzes and boosts picture and sound quality in real time. Like other hype-making TV makers New powerful processors And raising the level of artificial intelligence this year, Panasonic says its TV will be able to adjust the sound and images to make them look more realistic. It also comes with a Filmmaker mode that adjusts image settings based on the surrounding lighting environments.
As for its audio capabilities, Panasonic says the 2021 OLED flagship will include both side-firing speakers that can deliver a Dolby Atmos experience. That’s quite an allegation, and it’s pretty difficult to take height without adding surround speakers. But the company says the JZ2000 can emit “directional sounds” thanks in part to the addition of more speakers than those included on its predecessor models.
On the feature front, the JZ2000 will come with the latest version of the original My Home Screen OS, which also features a new UI. OLED also supports Dolby Vision IQ, Dolby Vision, HDR10 +, and HLG Photo, along with voice control features. Additionally, a nifty feature called Dual Bluetooth Connection allows two people to connect two different Bluetooth devices, such as headphones, to the TV at the same time for co-quiet listening.
Panasonic says it has not finalized its distribution plans in the US, and no prices have yet been announced. But at least on the gaming front, Panasonic definitely has some competition.