The TV that you choose for gaming is one of the most important choices you'll make as a gamer. The PS4 looks incredible, but only when it's allowed to run free across the pixels of a top-notch HD television set. It's an investment, yes, but one that should not be taken lightly. Going out and buying the first thing you see, or the cheapest option, isn't the best idea.
Think about it: you're stuck with this TV for years! This is a major life decision, especially if its expensive, because you'll be paying it off for a long time to come. That being said, when you finally find that perfect pairing of console and television, let me tell you my friends, it is magical.
So, today we'll take a look at five of the best TVs for gaming and show you a range of prices and models to choose from. I'm also going to make sure you know where gaming is heading, and how or if you should future-proof your television of choice.
The 5 Best TVs for PS4 and PS4 Pro
Let's get right into the meat of this, shall we? We're looking for televisions with a couple of key features:
Take a look at these five incredible televisions:
We're coming out of the gates with an incredibly strong opener in the form of Sony's flagship 4K TV for 2016. While the price is pretty high, the features are all here.
Even if you don't have a PS4 Pro yet, this TV has excellent 4K upscaling with a new X1 extreme processor that handles upscaling. The 4K HDR Super Bit Mapping also ensures that you're getting best possible color range, something that's compatible on both the Pro and the standard PS4.
Having a smart TV is also great for the connected apps like Netlix, Hulu, and all your other favorites. After all, the PS4 needs a break every once and a while.
Bringing down the price just a smidge, we've got LG's OLED offering. This type of screen offers incredible depth to color and black levels. This particular model supports HDR10 and the game mode provides an input lag of 33ms.
The stunning contrast levels that an OLED screen provides make this television an incredible experience on both standard and 4K HDR gaming. While the main HDR is advertised as Dolby, it does support HDR10 for PS4 purposes.
Next up, we have a 4K HDR compatible set with upscaling features using an X1 processor. While 3D content may not be as prevalent as it once was, this television has active 3D features to go with the 4K and HDR options.
It comes in a bit lower on the price side of things than our other televisions on this list, but it does offer many of the same features. Some of these features come in a mid-range selection for this price. It's also an LED screen, instead of an OLED like another higher TV on this list.
Even so, for gaming purposes you'll get your 4K and 10-bit HDR with this set.
Samsung brings a strong argument to this sub $1500 4K set. Here we have a full 4K resolution with Quantum Dot Color Drive which has over a billion extra colors compared to standard HD.
The Triple Black Technology provides deep black levels, and the HDR 1000 tech gives you the color range you're looking for in a television like this. Finally, the Smart TV features are all here with a universal remote that controls all your apps.
While this one falls beneath our size requirements above, it's a 4K TV with HDR for less than $800, so we're willing to let the size slide. Reports have stated that this TV supports up to 10-bit HDR, though the advertisements would have you believe it's only 8-bit.
While not the ideal size, if you're looking to see what all the fuss is about, and you don't have the cash to get a high-end option, this is a great way to see 4K for yourself without breaking the bank.
A Word Concerning 4K...And 8K?
The PS4 Pro is here, and it supports both 4K and HDR gaming. While it's not native 4K in every case, the resolution is much higher than 1080p. Not every game is compatible, but over 50 titles have been added, and the list continues to grow.
The standard PS4 also supports HDR through a firmware update. Now is the time to upgrade to 4K if you've been waiting for the consoles to catch up.
But wait, what about 8K? Yep, it's real, and Sony has plans to start selling TVs with it in October of 2015! The new tech won't come cheap though as it starts at $130,000 for a 85-inch display. Apparently the resolution is so high than you can stand right up to the screen and not see the pixels.
Purchasing a TV is no small decision, and with new technology constantly emerging, many would want to ensure they have a future-proof model. 4K is going to be the new standard eventually, but the PS4 won't support it. Perhaps the PS5 will, but we'll just have to wait and see.
Don't forget to also look into warranty options if you're buying one of the higher-end models. Don't want something to happen and you be out of luck. Many retailers will offer such extended warranties, so be sure to browse your options.
Which TV do you own? Do you recommend it?
What do you think of our list? Do you own any of these gaming TVs? Which TVs for PS4 are the best in your opinion? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert date - 10/3/15
Updated - 11/18/16
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