If you plan to purchase a brand new Ultra HD 4K TV mainly for gaming, then there are a few things that you need to know and must consider. Buying a brand new Ultra HD 4K TV is not as easy as it seems. There are a number of things that you need to look into such as the features and specification of the TV.
We do not plan to go into deep technicality for this article. So we narrowed it down to 5 things, and these things will affect your video gaming experience.
In terms of video gaming, there are a lot of different ways to play video games via different platforms. However, we can’t deny that majority of the people who play video games are playing on PlayStation or XBOX. While some of them have a dedicated gaming monitor, majority surely use their TVs as their gaming monitor.
So if you plan to buy a new TV for your gaming needs, here are the things that you need to know:
Display Panel Type
One of the first features that you should be looking for from a TV is the display panel. There are a total of 4 different display panel that can be found on different models of TV and those are TN, VA, OLED, and IPS. In terms of gaming, what you would want is either OLED or IPS.
Don’t get confused though. The video above may be referring to computer monitors but the technology and panels that are used on TVs are basically the same.
So, if you have the budget, OLED Ultra HD 4K TVs are the go for. If your budget is tight, then IPS is your best choice. These panels are capable of producing the highest level of colour accuracy. Giving you an immersive experience when playing video games.
Here are a few TV’s that offers such feature that is available on Amazon:
Refresh Rate and Frames Per Second
The second feature that you should look into is the refresh rate. The refresh rate is how often a TV changes the image, a.k.a. “frame”, on the screen. Majority of the TV’s on the market usually offers 50Hz refresh rate and that technically means 50 frames per second. What you should want is a TV that is capable of at least 60Hz refresh rate. Cross out those TV’s that are offering less than 60Hz.
To get the general idea, here’s a comparison of a 60Hz against a 30Hz panel.
If you noticed, the video on the right, 60FPS, is far smoother than the video on the left. 30FPS. To achieve such feat, a TV should have a native refresh rate of 60Hz and above.
Input Lag or Latency
The third feature or specification that you should be looking into when purchasing a 4k Ultra HD TV is the input lag rating. The input lag is basically the amount of time that elapses between a picture generated by a source and that generated picture appearing onscreen.
When gaming, it’s the time between making an input and seeing the reaction appear on the screen. So when planning to buy a brand new 4K TV, we highly recommend TV’s that has the lowest input lag time in game mode.
HDMI 2.0 or 2.1
This is probably the most important feature that you need to fully enjoy an immersive gaming experience on any Ultra HD 4K TV. As we previously mentioned above, the high refresh rate is an important specification that a TV must possess in terms of video gaming. However, that feature has a prerequisite. A TV must support or offer an HDMI 2.0 port because HDMI 1.4 port is limited to 30 frames per second for a 3840×2160 resolution or Ultra HD 4K.
With HDMI 2.0, you can play video games on a TV at a native resolution of 3840×2160 running at 60 frames per second or higher (depending on your console or system). Fortunately, the majority of the latest Ultra HD 4K TV that are available in the market already features HDMI 2.0 ports. Just make sure that whatever TV you decide to purchase, it has an HDMI 2.0 port. Otherwise, you pretty much wasted some money on whatever you bought.
High Dynamic Range
The last feature that you need to consider is not that important but can dramatically affect your gaming experience. HDR or High Dynamic Range makes the displays light to be lighter and dark to be darker. HDR expands the range of contrast and colour of the TV in a good way. That means that the bright parts of the display will be brighter, to have more depth. Furthermore, colours get expanded to show brighter or deeper blues, greens, reds and a more realistic colour accuracy.