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Sony 3D TV and Blu-ray range launches tomorrow

First Sony 3D TV Bravia KDL-HX803 in stores

Sony Bravia HX803 series

Sony Bravia HX803 series

Sony’s first 3D TV will be available to buy tomorrow (11th June) Sony has revealed. The LED Bravia KDL-HX803 will be available to purchase from almost 600 retailers, including John Lewis.

At a press event held by Sony this morning, the electronics giant revealed that its entry level 3D TV would be available to purchase within the next 24 hours. 

Priced at around £1800, Sony’s entry level 3D TV will not come with glasses or a 3D transmitter, which you will have to purchase separately. 3D glasses typically cost around £100 a pair. 

Sony will also offer bundled entertainment packages, including 3D capable Blu-ray players and a Blu-ray 3D DVD.

3D TVs from rival TV manufacturers Panasonic and Samsung are already available to buy from leading TV retailers.

Before you purchase a new television, be sure to check our expert TV reviews on the latest models.

Sony 3D TV range 2010

Sony confirmed that more 3D models will follow in July, including the Bravia KDL-HX903, and their flagship 3D TV the KDL-LX903. The higher-spec LX903 has a fully integrated 3D transmitter, and comes packaged with two pairs of 3D glasses. 

As well as 3D and standard Sony TV features such as net capabilities, the LX903 also comes with a few other interesting functions, including:

  • A tool which recommends shows to the viewer based on what they have watched previously, and tailors these to the number of people watching. Suggestions when watching TV alone will be different to those when watching with the family. 
  • A presence sensor, which detects when the viewer is too close to the screen. The image will then be blurred, only to become clear again when the viewer is at a safe viewing distance.

The HX903 will be available in 46-inch and 52-inch sizes, with the LX903 available in 40-inch and 60-inch. Prices have yet to be confirmed for these models.

To help you find the best TV for you,  watch our video guide to LCD and Plasma models.

3D Blu-ray 

The first 3D Blu-ray DVD ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ will be available to purchase from the 14th of June. At this mornings event, Sony revealed that seven out the eight models from their 2010 Blu-ray range are 3D compatible. 

If you want to get ready to watch 3D Blu-ray DVDs as they’re available to buy, Sony 3D Blu-ray players available to buy tomorrow include the BDV-S470 and BDP-S570 models, as well as the home cinema kits BDV-E370 and BDV-E870.

Sony confirmed others 3D Blu-ray DVDs would follow later in 2010, including the films ‘Open Season’ and ‘Monster House’, as well as a feature about the 2010 World Cup.

3D Games on Playstation 3 

Sony also revealed the availability of four 3D games from the Playstation Network Store. Full games ‘Pain’, ‘Wipeout HD’ and ‘Super Stardust HD’, as well as a demo of ‘Motorstorm Pacific Drift’ have all been given the 3D treatment, and can be downloaded from the 11th of June. 

A firmware update will be made available to Playstation 3 owners later in the year to allow them to play 3D Blu-ray discs on their consoles. 

Cameras and 3D images

As well as watching 3D movies, Sony revealed that owners of it’s NEX-5 and NEX-3 digital cameras would also be able to display photographs on Bravia 3D televisions in 3D, including those taken using the panoramic feature. This function will be available following a firmware update in July.

Which? will be putting all 3D TVs that come on the market through tough lab tests to see if they justify the hype. Test results of the first 3D TVs from Sony plus rivals LG, Panasonic and Samsung will be available to read on Which? online soon, so keep checking back for the latest news. 

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