Finding the best TV for gaming can be a simple task, but there are some things to consider. We all experience games in a number of ways. Some gamers opt to play on their phones. Phones host a number of different games spanning numerous genres, so they’re never out of options. We can take them anywhere, our home, job, or school, it’s also easy to interact with friends. I prefer to play on a good gaming PC, sitting at a desk in my comfortable gaming chair with a keyboard at my fingertips. I enjoy the fantastic frame rate and the cheaper–sometimes wider–selection of games it provides.
On the other hand, you probably prefer the more traditional approach, to play on console. You want to lay back in something comfortable, controller in hand, and let your TV take you into another realm. Many TVs are designed to give an optimal gaming experience. To pick out the best TV for gaming, it’s going to have to meet a few requirements.
What Is The Best Screen Size For Gaming?
First and foremost, the TV has to meet all of the standards necessary to be considered a “good” TV. What would that be, you ask? Well, the TV needs to have a great display. A TV with washed-out color quality is just not going to cut it. You need to have something that’s going to compliment the vibrant and vivid images that your gaming glasses and console are designed for. You also want to make sure your display is the correct size for your needs. The best screen size for gaming depends on how far away you are resting from it. The minimum size for big TVs seems to be about 49 inches, much like the TCL 49-Inch 4K Ultra seen on amazon.
Are 4k TVs The Best For Gaming?
When considering your TV, you need to take into account the base power of the console. Most TVs come with 4k resolution and HDR (high-dynamic-range imaging) now. This means they display images with a greater number of pixels (3,840 by 2,160 to be precise) for a clearer image. Just because the TV can display that doesn’t necessarily mean your console can. However, 4k TVs will upscale images to fit the screen and possibly improve the image quality.
The original PS4 and Xbox One systems don’t have the ability to run games in 4K. They run in HD (1080p) when sending the video images to the TV. The PlayStation Pro and Xbox One S or X, on the other hand, are capable of running games in 4K. However, not every game is made to run in 4K (I know, a lot of restrictions, right?) on those systems. So, you won’t have to worry about all of this since 4k TVs can upscale images like we mentioned earlier. However, if you want true 4k while gaming you will need to upgrade to a PS4 Pro or Xbox One S or X. While 4k TVs are becoming commonplace, most video images from gaming, cable satellite etc. aren’t the standard just yet.
What Is The Recommended TV Refresh Rate For Gaming?
The TV refresh rate for a gaming monitor is another aspect to look at. TV refresh rate is the duration of time it takes for it to go from one image (frame) to the next. Refresh rate represents the amount of motion blur reduction a TV has. Motion blur is the blurring of an object or image on TV whenever it moves. The most common TV refresh rate for gaming on a modern television is about 120Hz. Typically, the higher the number the better, but most TVs only go up to about 240Hz. If you find a TV advertising anything higher, it’s more than likely just the advertisers trying to catch your attention. As far as gaming goes, you should be perfectly fine with a TV that has a 120Hz rate.
What Is An Acceptable Input Lag For Gaming?
Input lag is the delay between you pressing on your controller and seeing the intended effects on screen. It’s the same thing as “frame delay.” It can be a real annoyance when you’re playing things like shooters, fighters, action RPG’s, or any game really. No point in having a nice TV to play on if it offsets your timing because it can be one of the most jarring things to deal with.
Generally, an acceptable input lag for gaming is between 10 to 80 milliseconds. You can probably put up with about 25ms before it drives you crazy, and anything below that shouldn’t be noticeable. If you want input lag that’s around the 10 to 15 range though, you would have to get a gaming monitor. You can’t really lounge on your couch or bed to play games on a monitor though. A monitor is also more expensive per square inch.