We recently wrote a post about the future of HDTV: 2160P. Sony has decided to leap frog 2160p and go straight to 4K. At the CEDIA show, they demonstrated their new projector, the 4K VPL-VW1000ES. Sony has pushed 4K technology in the cinema from acquisition (filming) to delivery to the cinema projector. Now, that technology has trickled down to the home theater. Oh yeah, it does 3D too. There’s no exact price available yet, but Sony said it should be under $25,000 at retail. It’s only for sale by their ES dealers so don’t think you can pick up one cheap at the Dollar Store.
While there are currently no 4K video sources available for the home, the projector will upscale Blu-rays to 4K. In the demonstration we saw, it did a good job of it. Probably the best use for 4K today in the home will be for still pictures. For today’s demo, we saw an upscaled Resident Evil Blu-ray as well as a preview of the new 2012 Spiderman flick in 4K / 24 FPS. Yeah, that looked pretty awesome. If you’re at CEDIA, I suggest you go to the Sony booth early as there was a line to see the demo most of Wednesday.
|Sony VPL-VW1000ES Projector|
|Spiderman in 4K|