Sony’s first gaming monitor is under $1,000 and all-in on HDR

Known for televisions, Sony is now entering the PC gaming market with a new InZone brand. Coming this summer and winter are both the InZone M9 and InZone M3, Sony’s first gaming monitors designed with PC and PlayStation gamers in mind.

Priced at $900, the InZone M9 is Sony’s new 27-inch flagship monitor, intended to rival other gaming displays like the LG Ultragear 27, as well as the 28-inch Samsung Odyssey G7. The screen features DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.1, USB-C connections, an IPS panel with 4K resolution and a refresh rate of 144 Hz, as well as a response time of 1 ms.

Since this is a gaming monitor, you’ll also find support for variable refresh rates, G-Sync compatibility, and full-array local dimming. There’s even a KVM switch and certification for VESA’s DisplayHDR 600. Sony says full-array local dimming should provide brighter highlights and deeper blacks for better depth perception in games like Elden Ring or CS:GO where it matters.

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Other gaming features on the InZone M9 include an FPS game picture mode that can optimize brightness and contrast, a black equalizer, reticle options, and a frame rater counter. There’s even automatic HDR tone mapping for PS5 consoles and a feature that selects different picture modes on the PS5 based on what you’re doing. These modes can be used to reduce input lag to make movies and games look more expressive.

As for the design, Sony has kept it simple to match the white design of the PlayStation 5. The monitor has joystick controls for navigating menus, and there’s also an app that can be used on a PC to control picture settings. The stand is quite minimalistic and the monitor has full tilt and swivel controls, with the monitor arm extending out at a unique angle. Dual 2 watt speakers also come with this monitor, along with an LED light ring on the back.

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The InZone M9 is coming this summer, but the budget monitor, the InZone M3, is scheduled for this winter. It’s also a 27-inch monitor, but with a lower Full HD resolution, DisplayHDR 400 certification, and without features like full-array local dimming. The InZone M3 costs $529.

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