Vizio Official HDTV and Sound Bar Partner for ‘Marvel’s Avengers’ Game

Vizio announced the launch of a partnership with Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics as the official HDTV and sound bar partner for the Marvel’s Avengers video game.

From the new line of IQ 4K HDR processors to Vizio’s ProGaming Engine, every new Vizio 4K TV is designed to optimize the gaming experience, according to Vizio.

The Vizio 2021 collection has started hitting retail shelves over the past four weeks and will continue to roll out through the fall.

“Today’s gamers want to enhance their playing experience,” Bill Baxter, chief technology officer at Vizio, said in a statement. “When they combine a new Vizio 4K TV and new 5.1 sound bar they increase their ability to win and raise their gaming position. We have created an entirely new lineup of 4K TVs with a dedicated gaming engine and immersive 5.1 sound bars that offer a best-in-class gaming experience. We’re excited to be the official HDTV and Sound Bar partner for the new Marvel’s Avengers game and to give gamers every advantage as they play the highly anticipated game upon its release.”

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“Video games are our passion,” Karl Stewart, head of worldwide strategic partnerships at Square Enix, said in a statement. “Now more than ever they are essential to bringing friends and family together. That’s why we are truly excited to work with Vizio and give gamers the perfect way to experience our game with Vizio as the official HDTV and sound bar for Marvel’s Avengers when it launches on Sept. 4.”

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Vizio delivers Quantum Color, Full Array LED with up to 3,000 nits of peak brightness, according to the company. The company is further enhancing its 4K TVs with next-gen gaming performance. Vizio V-Series 4K TVs include the new V-Gaming Engine, which utilizes Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Auto Game Mode to optimize performance upon identifying the game signal. Step-up models such as the M-Series, P-Series Quantum, P-Series Quantum X, and all new OLED include a ProGaming Engine, which offers support for variable refresh rate (VRR) and support for 4K at 120fps. Utilizing 64-bit image processing and offering HDMI 2.1 connectivity along with eARC passthrough, utilizing Vizio’s IQ Ultra and IQ Active processors adjust contrast at the level of individual pixels. The 1GHz CPU smooths contours and gradients in real time for more natural-looking graphics while accurately upscaling HD content to 4K resolution, according to Vizio. The Elevate Sound Bar features DTS:X and rotating speakers that blast sound overhead.

“We want Marvel’s Avengers to be a completely immersive gaming experience and VIZIO’s high performance takes everything to an entirely different level,” Crystal Dynamics creative director Shaun Escayg said in a statement. “The all-new Vizio ProGaming Engine in their TVs will make you feel like you’re a superhero.”

Marvel’s Avengers is a third-person action-adventure game combining a single-player campaign with online co-op action. Players must reassemble, rebuild, and customize their heroes’ roster to play an original Avengers single-player campaign, then enter the Avengers Initiative to battle solo or online alongside friends and continue the expanding story around the globe. They can also customize Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and master their unique powers to defend the world from escalating threats for years to come.

Marvel’s Avengers will bow for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC on Sept. 4, and will be available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X when the consoles launch in holiday 2020. The game is currently rated ‘T’ (Teen) by the ESRB.

Samsung Launches New QLED 4K and 8K TVs

Samsung March 5 announced that its new and expanded line of 2020 QLED 4K and 8K televisions are available for purchase or pre-order on Samsung.com and at select retailers nationwide.

The new line features an expanded 8K Series, larger screen sizes for 4K and 8K models and improved AI capabilities. The QLED line offers consumers instant access to streaming entertainment with Samsung TV Plus. With over 100 channels of content, consumers have access to genres such as news, sports, gaming and lifestyle. Samsung TV Plus is ad-supported without the need for additional devices or subscriptions.

The televisions also include Samsung Health — a fitness and wellness app that can integrate into people’s daily schedules. Users can track their physical activities and share fitness goals. The software also offers free content from partners, including Calm, Fitplan, Jillian Michaels, Echelon, obé Fitness, and barre3, among others.

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“Whether it’s the new ‘infinity screen’ that virtually eliminates bezels, the new Quantum Processors, or our Smart TV Powered by Tizen, our 2020 QLED line is perfectly positioned to deliver the personalized experiences our consumers care about the most,” James Fishler, SVP, consumer electronics, Samsung Electronics America.

The 2020 QLED 8K line has expanded to three series — Q950TS, Q900TS and Q800T — which are available in four sizes ranging from 65 to 85 inches. They are joined by the 2020 QLED 4K line, which spans four series — Q90T, Q80T, Q70T and Q60T — that range in eight sizes from 43 to 85 inches.

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In addition to Samsung Bixby, the 2020 QLED line will feature Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant – all built into the TV with added capabilities.

Samsung’s full 2020 TV screen sizes include:
QLED 8K
Q950TS: 65”, 75”, 85”
Q900TS: 65”, 75”, 85”
Q800T: 65”, 75”, 82”
QLED 4K
Q90T: 55”, 65”, 75”, 85”
Q80T: 49”, 55”, 65”, 75”, 85”
Q70T: 55”, 65”, 75”, 82”, 85”
Q60T: 43”, 50”, 55”, 58”, 65”, 75”, 85”

2020 4K televisions include:
Adaptive Sound (Q60) / Adaptive Sound+ (Q70 and up)
Real Game Enhancer+ (Q70 and up)
Active Voice Amplifier (Q70 and up)
Ambient Mode+ (Q70 and up)
Adaptive Picture (Q70 and up)
Samsung Symphony soundbar functionality
Object Tracking Sound aka OTS (Q80 and Q90)

2020 8K TVs include:
Object Tracking Sound+ aka OTS+ (All 8K models)
Local Power Distribution (All 8K models)
Infinity Screen (Q950 8K only)