Last week, Sony announced pricing and availability of the FMP-X10 4k Ultra HD Media Player. The FMP-X10 effectively replaces the FMP-X1 that hit stores a year ago, and is currently available for pre-order with an estimated ship date of July 15, 2014. The older X1 model is currently on backorder from Sony, so getting either one of these players at this point in time isn’t as easy one would hope.
The Sony X1 and X10 play a major role in the evolution of 4k video, also known as “Ultra HD” or “UHD.” The media players are essentially DVRs that download digital movies to play on a 4k TV. Without a digital service to download 4k movies from, how else would consumers get to enjoy 8.3 megapixel video? There is no standard 4k disc format, and online 4k content is limited.
Sony’s FMP-X10, unfortunately, does not solve all the problems with lack of content. For one, the player (like its predecessor) is only compatible with select Bravia 4k TVs. And, Sony’s Unlimited 4k digital movie service only stocks Sony-owned movies. (Let’s not forget there are other studios besides Sony/Disney.)
Nevertheless, the Sony players make the best attempt so far at giving consumers quality 4k content to watch. And, Sony and FIFA have partnered to produce some of the 2014 World Cup in 4k. Now there’s something to look forward to!
The most notable differences between the two players start with the shape — the new X10 is a square box rather than a cylinder. Hard drive capacity has also changed. The older X1 has 2TB while the newer X10 has half the amount with 1TB. However, each model can be expanded with an external drive connected via USB. Another big difference is the X10 has built-in Wi-Fi, the older X1 requires an Ethernet connection. And, the new X10 comes with a remote, while the X1 requires you have a compatible Sony TV remote.
Let’s take a closer look at how the two players compare.
Sony 4k Media Players Compared
|Internal Hard drive||2TB||1TB|
|External HDD support||Yes||Yes|
|SD Card Slot||1 Front||No|
|USB 2.0||1 Rear||2 (1 Front, 1 Rear)|
|USB 3.0||1 Front||No|
|HDMI Video/Audio Output||1 Rear||1 Rear|
|HDMI Audio Output||1 Rear||1 Rear|
|LED||Network, HDD, Power||HDD, Power|
|Video Signal Output||2160p (3840×2160)||2160p (3840×2160)|
|Supported Media Formats||X||XAVC S, AVC (H.264), HEVC (H.265)|
|HDMI AV Separation Mode||No||Yes|
|Video Compression Resolution||3840 x 2160/30p, 3840 x 2160/24p||Up to 3840 x 2160/60p|
|Wi-Fi (Built-in)||No||Yes (802.11 a/b/g/n)|
|TRILUMINOS Color Enhancement||Yes||Yes|
|Remote Control||No||Yes (RMT-D304)|
|Size||9.8 x 2.1 x 9.8 in (250 x 54 x 250 mm)||9 13/16 x 2 x 9 13/16 in (250x50x250 mm)|
|Weight||4.84 lbs (2.2 kg)||not available|
|Preloaded movies/videos||50 free videos/Elysium download||50 free videos|
|Movie Storage Capacity||About 45 (Average 38GB per title)||About 20 (Average 38GB per title)|
|Feature||Push Download Contents||X|
|Feature||X||X10 Music & Media Player|
|Feature||X||Web Help Guide|
|Compatible Sony 4k TVs||XBR-X850A, XBR-X900, XBR-X900A||XBR-X850A, XBR-X900, XBR-X900A|
*Please note this chart may be modified/expanded as we learn more about the FMP-X10.