As consoles are becoming increasingly more powerful in their ability to display high-quality images, a gamer's TV needs to also be able to facilitate these increases in power. While many next-gen consoles will brag about being able to display games in 4K at 120 frames-per-second, if your TV can't facilitate this, then the true power of the console can never be achieved.
Unfortunately, this often means that a new console generation also means that gamers will need to buy a new TV if they want to get the most out of their gaming experience, something that most casual gamers won't realize unless they are told otherwise.
10 4K and 120 FPS
The biggest thing right now in gaming is being able to hit those golden numbers at a consistent rate. While there are plenty of gamers that know exactly what this means, there are far more who will see it as mere gibberish, while others may simply not care one way or the other. Fortunately, most TVs will advertise whether or not they are able to achieve this quality of picture on either the box or the in-store display, so it isn't something that gamers will need to spend hours researching before they chose the right TV for their needs.
9 Game Mode
While there are many different settings that can be altered on your TV to facilitate gaming, one that makes things a little easier (so long as your TV actually has this setting) is "Game Mode." For the most part, Game Mode will alter the picture displayed in order to lower input and image latency as much as possible, which is particularly beneficial if gamers are playing a lot of online first-person shooters that require fast input reflexes. Many modern TVs will have this setting, though many that were released more than five years ago will not have this setting.
8 Color Settings
The easiest way to facilitate gaming on a TV is to alter the color settings. Color settings are available on just about every modern TV, though how they should be altered depends on the TV itself and what exactly the player wants to get out of their gaming experience.
If it is available, Sharpness should be turned all the way down, Color should be set to 50%, while Tint, also sometimes shown as G/R, should be turned all the way down as well. With these settings, you should be able to get the best picture possible while keeping input latency as low as possible as well.
7 Brightness Settings
Many games these days, especially those that have a very dark aesthetic, have inbuilt brightness settings in order to facilitate the way that the developers intended the game to be played. Thankfully, nearly every TV also has a Brightness setting that can improve picture quality even further, which should be set to around 50% in order to get the best in-game lighting possible.
6 Dynamic Contrast
Sometimes also called Contrast Enhance, Dynamic Contrast, in a nutshell, makes dark colors darker and bright colors brighter, allowing the picture to "pop" and can make the picture look, for lack of a better word, very pretty. Unfortunately, this comes at the cost of detail in most cases and should be turned off if your TV has this option.
Anyone who has tried to play a GameBoy in the dark knows how important a backlight is to gaming, particularly if you are trying to play at night. The same can be said for gaming on a mainline console as well, as a backlight will help keep the picture from not only being washed out in darkness in particularly dark areas of gameplay, but also keep the player's eyes from becoming strained if they are playing in a dark environment. If your TV has a Backlight option, this should be turned on even if you aren't planning on playing in the dark.
4 MotionFlow and TrueCinema
Both MotionFlow and TrueCinema, found fairly commonly on Sony branded TVs, will keep the frame rate on-screen locked while it is turned on. While this has the effect of making films and TV series, particularly those that are older, look a little nicer, they can have a detrimental effect on gaming.
In general, if you are using your TV primarily for gaming, you want these settings turned off, as locking the frame-rate may make the game look a little more consistent, it can also hinder the performance of multi-player games and their input latency, particularly when it comes to games that require fast reflexes.
3 Noise Reduction
Unlike what the name suggests, Noise Reduction has nothing to do with audio settings. Instead, it makes the image less "noisy," removing some detail in an effort to make the image look a little better. While this is useful if you are trying to watch something in Standard Definition, such as older games or films, but for the modern gamer, it is best left off whenever possible in order to keep the picture looking the best it possibly can.
2 Super Resolution
Super Resolution, usually found on LG OLED TVs, fills in the gaps in pixels when the image is being displayed at a lower resolution than the maximum possible, such as when a TV that has the potential to display in 4K will display in 1080p instead. This makes the image look better, but at the cost of input and image latency due to the time needed to process the difference in pixels. In general, this will only affect much older games, but it can also negatively affect image quality and performance for online games and should be turned off if those are being played frequently.
1 Console Settings
Although they weren't around until the era of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, most modern consoles will have their own internal picture and audio settings to facilitate the TV they are being played on. For the most part, these settings are dependent on the TV being used, so gamers should experiment with these settings if they are finding their gaming experience to be lacking in any way. Console settings can also make sure that the image being projected is at the same maximum quality that the TV can handle, which is most necessary if you are using an Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 on a much older TV that may not support high definition pictures.
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