Gam­ing TVS If you’re into gam­ing then a tele­vi­sion that gives you an ad­van­tage is vi­tal

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In­put lag

Tele­vi­sions come with their own built-in la­tency, and high la­ten­cies lead to less-re­spon­sive con­trols. Man­u­fac­tur­ers rarely men­tion th­ese fig­ures, but look on­line and you’ll find some use­ful sites that list tele­vi­sion la­ten­cies.

Lo­cal dim­ming

Lo­cal dim­ming works by dim­ming the back­light in the im­age’s darker ar­eas, re­sult­ing in deeper blacks. TVS with good dim­ming can have ex­cel­lent con­trast, mak­ing for more vivid, ex­pres­sive colours but they can also add to a TV’S la­tency.

Don’t be­lieve re­fresh rates

Higher re­fresh rates up­date the im­age faster, which should re­duce mo­tion jud­der. Con­sole games run no faster than 60 frames per se­cond, so re­fresh rates of 120Hz and more won’t hugely im­prove per­for­mance. A 60Hz set is more than ca­pa­ble.

Game mode

Game mode dis­ables pro­cess­ing modes thereby re­duc­ing in­put lag. That’s the good part. Less good is that con­trast and im­age qual­ity suf­fer, re­sult­ing in a drab-look­ing im­age. A game mode can be use­ful, but it can also com­pro­mise the im­age.

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