TVS FOR GAMING
Looking for a TV that will give you the best gaming experience? This section of our buyers guide will help you find the perfect TV for your gaming needs.
HOW IMPORTANT IS INPUT LAG?
Input lag is the amount of time it takes for the action you take on the controller to display on your TV screen.
If you’re serious about gaming, you’re bound to be aware of this issue. When precise timing and fast reactions are required, high input lag can be frustrating. If you’re into role-playing games, it might not be an issue, but for First Person Shooters (FPS) or sports, it does make a difference.
With modern TVs packing in more features, many models need more time to carry out complex video processing, which unfortunately increases input lag.
To combat this, some TV manufacturers have developed a Gaming Mode feature on their HD TVs. Gaming Mode is designed to cut down lag by reducing the video processing applied to the image when this mode is selected.
If input lag is something you’re concerned about, do some research before you buy. Unfortunately, models with less lag may also have lower image quality.
With modern TVs packing in more features, many models need more time to carry out complex video processing.
IT’S ALL ABOUT PICTURE QUALITY
If one of your main TV uses is gaming, the picture quality is likely to be a big deal for you.
Most TVs these days have HD technology, which can create realism and take your gaming experience to a new level. Most PS4 and Xbox One games output in 1080p, which is the same as Full HD.
Features such as LED backlighting can make images seem more lifelike, with amazing colours and contrast. Or if you have the money, choose an OLED TV, which produces bright images without a backlight at all. You’ll probably want to avoid older style LCD TVs.
Many modern TVs also have a decent refresh rate, which is the number of images that your TV can show per second. High refresh rates virtually eliminate motion blur on moving images. Plasma screens were traditionally the best for this, but LED sets have now caught up.
THE BEST SCREEN SIZE TO SUIT YOU
Bigger screens are usually better, giving you a clear view of the action.
If you’re playing a FPS, for example, a bigger screen makes it easier to see the enemy – up to a point. You might find it hard to take everything in if you sit too close to a large screen.
You’ll need to take into consideration the space you have available and the appropriate viewing distance before making your choice.
If you play in your bedroom, you’ll probably need a smaller set than your living room TV.
Check out our section on TV screen sizes for more information.
Most TVs these days have HD technology, which can take your gaming experience to a new level.
MAIN THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A GAMING TV
Choose a TV with:
• The lowest input lag for your budget
• A decent refresh rate to eliminate motion blur
• A Gaming Mode
• The appropriate resolution to support your console
• The capability to display non-moving images for long periods of time, to avoid screen burn-in. Primarily a problem with plasma TVs, screen burn-in can impact other models if an unmoving heads-up display, health bar or menu is displayed.
• Multiple HDMI ports, if you want to avoid swapping cables when you want to play on a different console.