Have you ever tried to grind your way through a 1v7 battle in Smash Ultimate and whined that there wasn't enough real estate? Or maybe everyone needs just a little more room for four-player Mario Kart. Well, a 100" TV might fix things.
The 100" monster was announced by Hisense last year, but ahead of the annual festival that is CES the company announced that their dual colour 4K laser TV would be sold in Australia this year. There's no announced pricing as of yet - that's due to be announced in the first half this year - but given that we're talking about an 100" TV, I'd expect a figure with at least four zeroes.
What's unusual about this, besides the fact that it's enormous beyond belief, is the fact that the TV is more of a projector than a traditional TV. The unit comes in three parts: a screen that is about two inches thick, a projector unit that sits directly underneath that has four in-built Harmon Kardon speakers, and the subwoofer. (Update: Hisense reached out to clarify that the entire TV unit has 14 speakers in total, not including the subwoofer.)
It's not especially equipped on the ports side - only two HDMI ports, a coaxial input and a VGA port - but a big advantage is that you can use the screen comfortably from four metres away. You'd need to be more than twice as far back to comfortably use an LCD or LED TV of the same size, and that's if you could install the thing in the first place: traditional TVs that size are heavy as shit. Sony's 100" X9D, for instance, weighs almost 145kg with the stand. The screen for Hisense's 100" laser offering, on the other hand, is a much more reasonable 25kg.
It'll be interesting to see how laser TVs fare when it compares to traditional offerings when it comes to input lag and response times. There's some wording about a microsecond processor response and a smooth motion technology that's designed for sports and fast action scenes, but it's not clear what that means in relation to refresh rates or high frame rate. The TV will be on show at CES this year, however, and it's expected that Hisense will show it offer further in Australia later this year.
I did bring Smash with me on the flight over. I wonder if they'll let me grind out some more World of Light as a test. As for more info on the 100" laser TV, Gizmodo's Hudson got a chance to spend some time with it last year. You can check out his thoughts here.
The author travelled to CES 2019 as a guest of Hisense.