The displays are part of Sony’s line of Crystal LEDs, which are modular panels that use MicroLED and have been previously marketed as being used for signage.
Screen technology means you can create huge screens using a collection of panels connected to a controller, a useful feature if you are trying to create a virtual set of displays.
Crystal LED line consists of two series, so that the C series has high contrast, while the B series has high brightness.
The screens announced today are part of the new B series and are being marketed as being useful for film production, as they include an anti-reflective coating, and are bright.
Sony stated that the B Series was developed in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment to reflect production needs.
The screens are equipped with the newly developed Sony X1 image quality processor for Crystal LED to provide optimum picture expression and incorporate the same Crystal LED technology used in the Bravia TVs.
Features include the ability to display high dynamic range images, high frame rates of up to 120 fps and stereo 3D, and it is fanless for quieter operation.
Sony says: It can work at brightness of up to 1800 nits per square meter, and by comparison, Apple’s Pro Display XDR works at brightness of up to 1600 nits per square meter.
One of the benefits of creating the background from display screens is that the light they emit makes it easy to convince the audience that actors are present.
The background is flat in traditional green screen groups, and you have to light the actors as if the background is present, but when using Sony screens, the background is present and provides light.
Sony plans to make it available in the summer, but has not released a price yet. Given that these are professional-grade products, the price for them is likely to be quite high. Even if you don’t buy one, you may soon see movies and shows produced with it.