Gaming has become so widely popular, there are even gamers making money online as they play. Naturally, this means the competition has skyrocketed, and the smallest of details matter. You could also join other gamers, by monetizing an account on Twitch and using SubscriberZ to boost your profile (and earnings). However, to get ahead of your competitors, you might need to upgrade your hardware as well.
Apart from the gaming console of your choice, you need to consider the TV you are using to play. There are several important features to look for when searching for the best gaming TV. In general, if it isn’t good enough for watching movies then it is definitely not good enough to play anything on. So what do we look for in a TV?
Brightness, Contrast, and Color Definition
Even if you’re just watching Netflix, you’ll want the picture quality to be perfect. If you can’t change the settings to your liking, then look for another TV. For best results, look for one that is HDR-compatible.
Resolution and Size
Needless to say, a higher resolution TV will allow you to be better immersed in a movie or game. Also, no one ever wants the smaller set, so get one as big as you can afford, and have space for. Most gamers these days prefer to play at a resolution of 1440p, but go as high as your graphics card can handle. For smooth gameplay, you need 60 frames per second (as a minimum), and if you are buying a TV with a higher resolution than your graphics card can handle, you risk losing some of those frames. For example, using a 4K screen could be more than your graphics card can deal with, and result in high-quality images that are too slow for smooth gameplay. That is, the images are clear, but the video is slow.
Specific to Gaming: Input Lag
To begin with, we need to define input lag. It is a delay between your controller (or any other input device) and the TV’s corresponding response. This may not be noticeable when you are watching a movie. You might notice it if you were watching a live event; only if you compare the real-time events with what you see on the screen. For example, you might get a notification on your phone saying a touchdown was scored, but your TV is yet to show it.
In gaming, a high input lag means there is a significant amount of time between the moment you pressed a button on your controller and the corresponding action on-screen. For competitive gamers, this is a great disadvantage. With an estimated 2.7 billion gamers worldwide, a few milliseconds delay is an enormous disadvantage. Look for a TV set with less than 30ms input lag.
Depending on the console you are using for gaming, you might need a different set of connections. Always make sure that any TV you are thinking of buying has the required connections such as HDMI, co-axial Inputs, etc. This is not usually a big issue, as most consoles and TVs offer the same standard connections. However, the number of HDMI inputs is important, to avoid buying an HDMI switch, which may not give you the same result.
There are many things to consider before purchasing a TV for gaming purposes. With a little research on the set you have in mind, and your console, you can make an informed decision and purchase the most suitable TV for you. Remember, a gaming TV is good for watching movies and shows, but the opposite isn’t always true.