New gaming consoles can deliver such stunning imagery and graphics that you would have never imagined. To compliment your game console, you must have a TV that not only has a low input lag but it also has to have the technologies necessary for those gorgeous eye candies to pop. In this article, I am going to talk about the best TVs for gaming. Because let’s face it, a TV is one-half of the console gaming experience. The TVs I am about to recommend in this article all have varying display technologies and I will explain them as simply as I could so that everyone can understand.
Below you will see the entry-list of the selected TVs for gaming purposes.
|Samsung UN65KS9500||65-Inches||4K-Ultra HD||LED TV|
|LG E6||65-Inches||4K-Ultra HD||OLED TV|
|Vizio P65-C1||55-Inches||4K-Ultra HD||LED TV|
|Samsung UE40KU6400||40-Inches||4K-Ultra HD||LED TV|
|LG B6||55-Inches||4K-Ultra HD||OLED TV|
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Best TVs for Gaming 2016
If you want the best HDR TV for gaming, then the Samsung UE65KS9500 is definitely something that you need to look into. This TV is touted to have the best HDR implementation among other TV sets on the market and it even rivals the LG’s flagship OLED TVs. The biggest selling point of the Samsung UE65KS9500 is its impressive 4K resolution display. The display has a maximum brightness of 1400 nits and it also has the company’s “Quantum Dot Technology”, which promises to deliver up to 90% DCI-P3 cinema color range. In simpler terms, this technology improves the color performance of the TV.
The Samsung UE65KS9500 comes in two sizes: 65 and 75 inches. Both of these sizes offer a pretty big screen real estate which makes it immersive; whether you’re playing games or enjoying movies. This TV is a curved one and it might put off some TV enthusiasts. If you use the stand of the TV, the curvature becomes more prominent. But, if you will mount this on the wall, it will not be that big of an issue at all.
Since this is a Smart TV, it comes with the company’s Tizen Smart TV interface. Now, before you scoff at the TV, the Tizen is actually much improved now and it is much easier to use. That is thanks to one additional row at the bottom of the screen that makes the process of selecting your favorite apps much smoother.
Now, a great TV for gaming would require low input lag to make it really useful. That is where the Samsung UE65KS9500 shines. When its gaming mode is turned on, you will only experience 25ms input lag, which is said to be one of the lowest values among other TVs for gaming. Furthermore, couple that with the HDR capabilities of the TV and you’re not only in for a fast and smooth gameplay, but you’re also going to be immersed in a visual treat as well. One thing to note here is that because of the high brightness levels this monitor can achieve, there will be the occasional light halos when watching content with HDR enabled. However, this is not a deal-breaker at all as the picture is still very good. With an impressive HDR performance, only 25ms input lag, and a gorgeous TV to look at, the Samsung UE65KS9500 is definitely one of the best TVs for gaming that you can buy today.
If you want OLED TV, then the LG E6 is not only affordable for the masses but it is also one of the sexiest TVs in existence.
For those of you who do not know, OLED (short for “Organic Light Emitting Diode), produces the best contrast there is. It is also bright as well and the black colors are more pronounced thanks to the technology. Before I delve to its picture quality and gaming performance, I want to talk about the design first. The aesthetics of the LG E6 is like no other. The screen is actually very thin, like we’re talking about pencil-thin form factor here. Where the Samsung TV above is a curved display, the E6 has a flat design. It is so flat that you can pretty much cram this even on a cluttered desk. Because this TV is an OLED one, the contrast is much more powerful than the Samsung TV I’ve mentioned earlier. How powerful, you ask? Well, if you play games that have a predominantly dark environment, all of the detail can be seen without any problems. Blacks are punchier and whites are also prominent as well.
Aside from the contrast, the picture quality is superb as well. Whether you’re playing Destiny or watching a movie like Lord of the Rings, it is just a delightful treat to watch. Games will look splendid with the LG E6 but what about its performance? Well, when you set the resolution to 4K and turn on its HDR mode, the input lag will be at 36-37ms. If you decide to turn off HDR, the input lag drops to 34 seconds. It might not be as fast as the Samsung TV, but it is still one of the fastest TVs on the market. As for the inputs, there is a total of 4 HDMI ports, 3 USB ports, a Cable/antenna port, and a component in and out port.
Some people are very particular about the sound of their games and they want to have a TV that has a good enough sound. Fortunately, the LG E6 does not have a “good enough” sound; it has a great sound. The audio output is pretty good; the highs and mids are prominent and the bass, although a bit lacking for my tastes, are still okay. If you want a punchier bass output, you may need to hook up an external boombox.
The LG E6 uses the “WebOS 3.0” which is actually intuitive and very easy to use. When you click on a certain app, it takes about 1-3 seconds to fully load it, which makes it one of the fastest Smart TV implementations. It comes preloaded with the media “big three” which is the Youtube, Amazon Video, and Netflix apps. Of course, you can download more applications from the LG App store if you want.
If you want a TV for gaming that has superb contrast, an intuitive interface, and a gorgeous design, the LG E6 is something that you should definitely consider.
If great picture quality and great gaming performance are what you value most, then the Vizio P65-C1 is a great choice. There are various sizes for this TV but the one I am going to talk about is the 65-inch variant. It has an impressively low input lag which I am going to talk about later. Anyway, the design of the Vizio P65-C1 is, well, okay. I am not really that impressed due to the fact that it is one of the bulkiest displays on the market. Even though this is the case, the actual front of the TV is good. It sports a metallic color scheme on the sides which makes it look premium. The stands look like it might break at some point but they are actually sturdy and will hold the TV in place without any problems.
Now, when it comes to gaming, the Vizio P65-C1 is actually one of the best out there. That is because the display output is quite nice to look at, especially when viewed in a dark environment. When the HDR mode is turned on, that is where the real viewing experience begins. The colors are punchy and when you play games that have an amazing scenery, you will marvel its scenes when using the Vizio P65-C1. The Vizio P65-C1 also has an impressive 10-bit color depth which makes it use more colors than any other TV. Furthermore, the color gamut is also impressive at a solid 90%.
Now, there is something interesting when it comes to the input lag of the TV. Although this is one of the fastest TVs on the market with a low input lag of only 19ms, you need to be using the fifth HDMI port which has the “Game Low Latency” feature. Unfortunately, when you use the fifth HDMI port, you cannot use the HDR feature as that port doesn’t carry HDR signals. So, the question is, are you going to go for the lowest input lag possible? Or, are you going for more visual fidelity? There is hope, though, as the company is working on a new firmware update that will reduce input lag even when HDR is turned on. Despite this minor setback, the Vizio P65-C1 is still a very solid choice. It has one of the lowest input lags in a TV and it also produces punchy pictures thanks to its impressive color performance.
4K Displays are not cheap; they are one of the most expensive TVs on the market. Be that as it may, there are actually ones that are affordable, albeit, with some minor drawbacks.
The Samsung UE40KU6400 is a 40-inch Smart TV with a 4K resolution. The biggest selling point of this TV is its low input lag which is the same as the Vizio display I talked about earlier at 19ms. Now, since this is considered to be an affordable 4K TV, there are some compromises (which is really to be expected when there is a huge price cut). For one, the color performance of the Samsung UE40KU6400 is not that great, at least, when compared to other 4K displays. Second, although there is an HDR mode present, the TV is not that bright enough for it to be of good use. Despite the drawbacks, the price and the gaming performance of the Samsung UE40KU6400 pretty much makes up for it.
People might not like this TV that much when it comes to viewing movies because of its smaller 40-inch form factor, but for gamers, it is actually pretty good. Now, since a lot of console gamers play FPS games, the Samsung UE40KU6400 is definitely something worth considering. And, I am pretty sure this TV is going to be a hit because it is affordable at only $500. So, if you want an inexpensive 4K display with a low input lag of only 19ms, the Samsung UE40KU6400 is definitely worth the try.
Another OLED entry on this list and another LG TV. The LG B6 offers an amazing picture quality with an “infinite” contrast ratio and it is able to handle fast-paced motion without any problems. LG seems to know how to create visually stunning displays. The LG B6 is no different. The company basically just shows us that a TV can be powerful in a very small form factor. The B6 is quite thin. Its dimensions are 57.1x 34.7x 8.9 with the included stand. Of course, you can also mount this on the wall by using a 300×200 VESA wall mount to enhance your viewing experience.
OLED TVs are highly favored by gamers due to the fact that they have impressive contrast ratios and that is truly evident in the LG B6. This TV, like the E6, provides punchier blacks compared to non-OLED Television sets and it is amazing. Like I’ve said earlier, this is perfect for people who are playing games that are usually in poorly-lit environments. Games like Bloodborne, for example, will surely look nice with the LG B6. And, since we’re on the topic of great TVs for gaming, how does this perform? It has a bit higher input lag than the other TV’s I’ve mentioned in this article but it is still within a respectable range.
If you happen to game with the HDR enabled, you will roughly experience 38-45ms input lag, which is still quite fast. Although, if you’re aiming to be a competitive FPS gamer, you might need to look for another TV (probably one of those TVs I mentioned that has a 19ms input lag). Still, the picture quality is impeccable. It has a color depth of 10-bits and it had a high score on the color gamut test at 98%. Like its more expensive brother, the E6, the LG B6 also comes with the WebOS 3.0 which is a very responsive and user-friendly Smart TV operating system. Apps load as quickly as 2 seconds and you can even download more apps via the LG app store.
Whether you’re going to use this TV solely for gaming or if you want to stream media content over popular streaming apps, the LG B6 will not disappoint.
How to Maximize Your TV for Gaming
Now that I’ve listed the best TVs you can buy for console gaming, what are the things that you need to do in order to maximize it? Well, I feel that this is important because most people just don’t know how to get the most out of their TV sets. In this section, I will go over some popular tips on how to improve your TV for gaming.
- Enable the TV’s Game Mode. All of the TVs in this list come with some sort of “Game Mode”. What this feature does is reduce the input lag of the TV so you can enjoy your games better than without it. However, it is important to note that some TVs tend to have compromises when the Game Mode feature is turned on. Some of the downsides of enabling the feature include the inability to turn on the HDR mode, slightly lower picture quality, just to name a few. Read the TV’s manual first if there are any side effects of turning its Game Mode on.
- Always Update the Firmware. This is probably something that most people overlook. Always update the TV’s firmware. That is because firmware updates usually offer improvements and fixes. For example, some TVs after being updated have improved its HDR capability as well as reduce input lag. So, as much as possible, check if there is a firmware update for the TV and if there is, always update.
- Turn off Post-Processing Features. Some TVs increase input lag because of its post-processing features. Although these features improve the picture quality of the display, it also increases the input lag which gamers do not like. Turn off some of these features to ensure that input lag is at the minimum.
- Calibrate the Display. Some TVs work great out of the box but most of them are not set to their optimal picture settings. If you buy one of the TVs I’ve mentioned in the article, there are a lot of resources out there that give you the best picture settings you can use to make the most out of the display. Once the TV is calibrated, you can now enjoy your games even more with superb picture quality.
- Full or Limited? A lot of people set their Color range to Full by default not knowing what this really does. To make the most out of your display, you have to make sure that your TV supports this. For example, if you have a Playstation 4 game console and you set the RGB Range to Full and your TV doesn’t support it, you will get washed out colors because your display will disregard other values not within its color range. To know if your TV supports the Full or only the Limited RGB Color Range, please refer to the display’s manual. Always set this accordingly so that you get the most out of the display.
- Place Your TV in the Correct Place. What I mean by this is place the TV where it does not come into contact with direct sunlight. Some TVs are not coated with a reflective material that reflects incoming light, making it hard to see during broad daylight. Place the TV correctly so that you will not suffer from this issue.
Console gaming is going to evolve through the years but one thing you should never overlook is the TV you’re going to use. There are going to be new consoles coming in the near future, with Microsoft’s Xbox Scorpio being released during the Holiday season in 2017. To ensure that you get the best, crisp, and smooth visuals, a great TV is what you need. The TV and game console are basically best buddies because one without the other won’t be a complete experience. The TVs that I’ve mentioned in this article all have a 4K resolution display because it is not only great for gaming but it is also great for viewing movies and TV series and what have you.
Input lag is important for gamers because it is the delay between your game console’s inputs and the time it takes for it to be seen on the screen. The lower the input lag, the better. You would want to have an input lag that is less than 50ms. Fortunately, you do not have to scour the internet for such TVs because I’ve already done the job for you. For the most part, the Samsung UE65KS9500 provides the best picture quality among the rest, although, it is not the fastest. If you want the lowest input lag, you can either get the Vizio P65-C1 or the Samsung UE40KU6400 (the former is much larger while the latter is much cheaper).
Don’t forget to tweak the display to ensure that you’re getting the most out of it. Again, you do not have to search the internet for tips because I’ve already outlined the most important things you can do to improve the quality of the TV exclusively for gaming.If you’re into console gaming, you definitely need to have a great TV. Fortunately for you, this article has got you covered.