While we quite rightly focus a lot on finding a great TV to play games on, making sure response times are low, HDR performance is strong, and colour reproduction is on point, it’s worth remembering that audio is a big part of gaming too. We’ve found a great Black Friday deal on a Sony soundbar that will enhance your overall gaming experience.
The Sony HT-X8500 is a mid-range soundbar, offering significantly better audio quality than the budget offerings. You’re not going to get the supreme audio performance of the high-end £500+ soundbars, but for most people this £250 bar will make a great addition to a home cinema and gaming setup.
If you are currently using your TV’s speakers, installing this soundbar below your set will likely be an ear-blowing experience. Sony’s HT-X8500 attempts to pump out surround-sound from a single bar, and it also supports Dolby Atmos. This relatively new audio offering is able to position audio in a 3D space (your living room, for example), in theory giving better positional audio when you’re running around in a virtual world. A bunch of games on Xbox One X and PC support Dolby Atmos, and it sounds superb with the right setup.
With a press of a button on the remote, the soundbar will switch between pre-set modes for movies, music, gaming, and sports, making it ideal for all your viewing and listening needs. Sony Bravia TVs with Bluetooth support will also connect wirelessly to the soundbar, eliminating messy wires from your TV and entertainment unit.