There’s no point in running a game on ultra-high graphics if your screen doesn’t do it any justice. And looking at the latest tech in the world of gaming displays this year, it may be well worth considering treating your eyes to new gear.
The rise of the gaming TV
In the past, TVs were never really considered an option for serious gamers because of their slow response times and high input lag. Gaming monitors offered gamers better performance when it came to the responsiveness needed for split-second decision making, but that has changed. In recent years, some TVs have emerged with new gaming features and capabilities that make them the preferred option for gaming.
LG’s groundbreaking OLED TVs were an evolutionary leap forward for display technologies as they use more than 100 million self-lit pixels that can turn on and off on an individual level. Unlike conventional LED displays that rely on backlighting, which means that darker areas are never truly dark, OLED can produce perfect blacks and infinite contrast because the darker pixels are completely turned off.
The fact that LG’s OLED TVs don’t need to process any backlighting means that they now outperform most gaming monitors, boasting an impressive response time of 1 millisecond. With OLED’s near-instantaneous response time and low input lag, gamers can enjoy the versatility of having a gaming TV without giving up their competitive edge. This is one of the many reasons why LG’s flagship gaming TV, the OLED 48-inch C1, was awarded the most innovative product in the gaming category at CES 2021.
Made for modern gamers
When looking for a good gaming display, there’s more to keep an eye out for than just the response time or resolution. For example, to get the most out of a next-generation console, you might want a display that can support 4K content at a 120Hz refresh rate. An HDMI 2.1 port is essential for this, which not every monitor has, but LG’s OLED C1 has four.
LG was also the first manufacturer to release a firmware upgrade for their OLED C1 and G1 series TVs that supports Dolby Vision HDR in 4K at 120Hz. Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Vision IQ optimise picture quality based on the game genre and the ambient light conditions of the room using built-in light sensors. The Xbox Series X and S are the first consoles to use these technologies and Dolby Atmos.
On top of Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision’s intelligent optimisation, OLED TVs have their own built-in AI processor that can detect specific game genres and optimise the picture and audio accordingly. They are also the world’s first Eyesafe certified TV displays, producing low levels of blue light while maintaining optimal colour performance. This allows gamers to enjoy prolonged gaming sessions with less eye fatigue – without having to compromise on picture quality.
Bigger screens, better gaming
Whether you’re a hardcore PC gamer or a casual console enthusiast, the right gaming TV can go a long way to elevating your gaming experience. A display is the window to the world of gaming, and that world is only getting bigger and better each year.
Gamers need displays that are not only made for gaming but can also keep up with the pace of industry innovation, and that’s where the LG OLED C1 delivers.