Sony is in serious trouble following discoveries made by folks at the /r/technology subreddit. A thread was opened on Reddit recently claiming that Sony has been ‘locking’ and removing posts on its support forums regarding input lag issues on its new 2016 4K Bravia TV models – indicating that Sony is trying to cover-up something.
Interestingly, Reddit users claim that Sony has indeed removed a complaint thread on its official support forum, which apparently had more than 90 pages worth of reports by numerous troubled consumers. The ‘controversial’ thread in question was initially named as “HDR Capable TV line up from Sony are trash for 4K and HDR gaming” – before it was removed.
Reddit user “GivingCreditWhereDue” mentioned the following “Sony advertises their X930D Bravia model as best fit for the PS4 Pro, but users who actually have it face a severe disadvantage when it comes to competitive and even casual games like Battlefield.”
It seems rather odd, however, that Sony 4K TVs are accused of having noticeable input lag on its TVs, especially since the PlayStation 4 Pro also comes from the same company. Out of all 4K HDR TVs in the market, console gamers would, naturally, least expect Sony TVs to be problematic.
That said, Sony has at least released a firmware update a few weeks ago to address the input lag issue. Folks at RTINGS was able to benchmark Sony’s Bravia X850D TV and it was found that the input lag, in 4K, had been reduced to 57ms after the firmware update. Prior to the update, the same TV had a 4K resolution input lag of 94ms.
Whilst the input lag issue may not bother folks who are simply using Sony’s new 4K TVs to watch their favourite shows on Netflix, it still remains as an important factor for console gamers.