How To Choose The Best TV For Gaming Right Now: A Complete Guide

Best TV For Gaming

Buying a great gaming TV is paramount as it can make or break your gaming experience despite spending heavily on your latest and greatest tech like Play Station 5, Xbox Series S/X or even your mammoth PC build.

If you aren’t sure what to look for while buying the best TV for gaming, do not worry, we have got you covered. We have laid out the points you need to keep in mind which could help you get the best gaming experience.

Without further ado, let us now get on with the guide.

Overview

A good gaming TV is always a good TV, however, not every good TV is a great gaming TV. For example, every good TV nowadays is built following the same basics like 4K resolution, high contrast ratios which support deep and uniform black tones, good brightness, wide viewing angles and colors that have the right balance between accuracy and saturation. However, a good gaming TV will also ensure there is minimum input lag, no blur, fast motion support and also make sure there are no to minimal unwanted artifacts when objects are moving on the screen.

Looking out for an 8K supporting gaming TV could be a good thing if you are looking for a good, long-term investment, however, not everyone needs to get an 8K gaming TV. We know that PS5, Xbox Series X and many new powerful GPUs in your PC are capable of 8k gaming, there are very limited games as of today which are made for that resolution and given the high price of an 8K TV today, the benefits are far less compared to a 4K TV.

Additionally, an OLED panel will offer the best picture quality today both for gaming and normal usage, however, a good OLED TV is very expensive despite the first commercial OLED TV being over 20 years old. Also, some OLEDs may not get bright enough for players who generally have a well-lit gaming room.

Things To Look Out For While Choosing The Best TV For Gaming In 2024

HDMI 2.1

If you want the get the most out of what you have spent, be in PS5, Xbox Series X/S or a powerhouse PC, your TV should support HDMI 2.1 because the latest hardware has now a maximum bandwidth of 48 Gigabits per second while HDMI 2.0 has a maximum bandwidth of 18 Gbps.

HDMI 2.1 can transmit 4K video at a maximum of 120Hz refresh rate with PS 5, and Xbox Series X and can go up to 144Hz with a powerful PC. HDMI 2.1 also comes with support for Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) that allows you to pass higher-quality lossless audio from a source device connected to the TV to a compatible soundbar or receiver.

Having said this, ensure your TV has more “full” HDMI 2.1 ports as the TFT Central claimed that the TV and monitor manufacturers have been given a green flag to brand HDMI ports as HDMI 2.1 even if they lack full (or partial) support for the spec’s upgraded features because HDMI 2.1 is backwards compatible with HDMI 2.0.

ALLM

ALLM, which stands for Auto Low Latency Mode, allows the source (PS5, PC or Xbox) to tell the display to switch into picture mode which reduces the lag between receiving and displaying of each frame of the image on the TV.

This difference could be of milliseconds, but any serious game out there would know the value of every millisecond.

HDR

HDR, which stands for, High Dynamic Range, is the TV’s ability to display a wide range of colors from the darkest to the brightest in the picture. This ability to show a broader range can bring out the details which you would not see in a Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) TV. HDR also show improvements in color reproduction as it displays a wider palette of colors that comes close to real-world representation.

VRR

VRR stands for Variable Refresh Rate and is not a new category for PC gamers. VRR help keep things in sync at 30 and 60 fps on the TV wherein a majority of the players experience slowdown, stuttering or screen tearing as the system struggles to render every frame at the target speed. With VRR, the TV would not show the next frame until it is ready making things a lot smoother and responsive.

There are some implementations of VRR in the market like G-Sync from Nvidia, FreeSync from AMD and the HDMI Forum’s VRR spec which is standard on full HDMI 2.1. both the input device and the TV need to support the same VRR tech given different devices might just support VRR within a specific refresh rate.

A good gaming TV must support all VRR implementations or at least the one based on the system you would use. As, PS5 supports HDMI Forum VRR, FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR are supported by Xbox Series X/S while PCs’ support would depend on the graphic card they use whether it is from Nvidia or AMD.

HGiG

HGiG stands for the HDR Gaming Interest Group with Sony and Microsoft members among several other TV makers and game developers. This means that all the members of the group communicate information so when the gamer starts up the game on a PC or a console it automatically recognizes the TV. As soon as this happens, the game adjusts the internal settings as per the TV’s capabilities giving you the best gaming experience. With this, we conclude our list of things you must keep in mind while choosing the best TV for gaming. As you would have read, choosing the right gaming TV demands a thoughtful blend of performance considerations, technological features, and your system. We hope our guide would help you make the right decision faster giving you an optimal gaming setup tailored to your preferences and requirements leading to a great overall gaming experience.

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Kumkum Pattnaik
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