Nextech | Television

Maybe you will find the title of the article strange, but yes, this time we will not choose a monitor for a gamer, but a TV. Finally, TVs have also been used for gaming in the past, when game consoles provided RF or video output to connect to a TV


After the arrival of monitors and powerful PCs, this trend stopped a little, but modern game consoles started to revive it again, with which the best experience is to play from the couch on the big screen. However, televisions have long suffered from high input lag compared to computer monitors. As a reminder, input lag is an input delay. This indicates the time between the command issued by the player using the controller and the manifestation of the action on the screen. For example, it is the time between pressing the shutter button and firing the shot. The delay is caused by several processes, but the biggest part of it is rendering, and it can be found on all rendering devices, whether it is a monitor, TV or projector. However, it depends on how big the delay is. It is measured in milliseconds and basically decides whether the TV is suitable for games. Of course, these are primarily various action titles where the game takes place in real time and depends on the speed of reaction. A slow display in such a case can mean not only a worse gaming experience, but also the impossibility of winning.

Modern TVs solve this problem with a special game mode, in which the TV adjusts not only the input delay values, but also other parameters, such as color rendering, contrast or HDR mode. The reason for the higher input lag in televisions compared to monitors is usually more demanding image processing, upscaling, noise suppression and the like, which the monitor does not need. Therefore, even in some televisions specialized for games, some of these “enhancers” are turned off in game mode. Unfortunately, input lag is not listed by most manufacturers for regular TVs, but you will find it listed for specialized gaming models. So, you can use such models to choose, or be guided by reviews that occasionally deal with it.

If you are looking for a TV for one of the most modern game consoles, you should also look at other parameters. Of course, we’re only talking about 4K TVs. You can rarely buy Full HD models these days and they are only run-of-the-mill models that cannot be counted on for any special parameters. The latest versions of PlayStation or Xbox are already equipped with HDMI version 2.1 with support for variable refresh rate 4K 120 Hz with eARC with variable refresh rate (VRR) and automatic low latency (ALLM). Some models also offer an increased refresh rate of up to 144 Hz or more, which further contributes to gaming comfort. Of course, if you’re using an older game console, a TV with HDMI 2.0 support that can handle 4K 60p will suffice, but in perspective, it won’t be a very smart purchase today. If you switched to a newer game console model over time, the TV will be the weakest link in the chain. It is therefore good to monitor these parameters. Of course, when choosing, do not forget about the correct diagonal. Some manufacturers currently also offer specialized game models with diagonals of 43, 48, 55 or 65″. Here, you must primarily consider what games you play most often and whether you will play several of them on one TV. If so, then you should reach for larger diagonals, if you play alone, even a smaller model will suffice.

When it comes to panel technologies, there are basically two to choose from, LCD and OLED. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. With an OLED TV, you get better blacks and generally better contrast. On the other hand, high-end OLED TV models achieve a brightness of 1000-1500 nits, with lower models up to a maximum of 800 nits. LCD and QLED models have the upper hand here, which currently reach luminosity of up to 2000 nits and are therefore more suitable if you need to play in rooms with daylight.

The advantage of using TVs for games is mainly a large diagonal and, in the case of higher models, high brightness and HDR support. In addition to game consoles, some TVs can also work with NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards and are compatible with G-Sync and FreeSync technologies.

If you’re serious about gaming, then it’s a good idea to choose between specialist TVs that have these features right in their descriptions and read expert reviews before buying.

The best gaming experience with a Panasonic OLED TV

Immerse yourself in the top picture of Panasonic 4K OLED TVs and enjoy the latest games to the fullest. Panasonic OLED TVs have been designed to capture the fast action on the screen without any choppiness. Fast response, incredible details and immersive sound will draw you into the game. These TVs are equipped with Game Mode Extreme, support AMD FreeSync Premium technology and have an HDMI 2.1 interface for a high frame rate of up to 120 Hz in 4K resolution with a variable refresh rate. A great gaming experience will be provided by the Panasonic TV JZ980 series or its more advanced version Panasonic LZ980.

You can buy Panasonic LZ980 and JZ980 TVs with diagonals from 42 to 65 inches at your favorite retailer.


Led Android TV The One (PUS8807) from Philips will allow players to fully use the equipment of the new generation. The P5 Engine processor ensures a great image with bright colors, deep details and sharp contrasts, which together with 3D sound offers a realistic gaming experience. Players will be delighted by incredibly smooth graphics and ultra-fast response for any type of console, which will guarantee extremely responsive playing of various types of games. The Ambilight function with the option to set the game mode reacts to the game with colored backlight and thus increases the tension during the game. The TV supports HDMI 2.1, VRR and FreeSync technologies.

Recommended price of the 65″ model: 1199 eur
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TCL 50P616

Smart Android TV with a 50″ diagonal and 4K Ultra HD resolution. HDR support is a matter of course. SMART HDR technology using artificial intelligence can increase the dynamic range of even normal SDR content. A wide range of applications and entertainment, including games, are available for Android TV in the Play Store , which you can play using the included controller or a gamepad connected via bluetooth. The TV also supports Google Assistant, including voice control. You can use voice commands in Slovak when searching.

Cena: 339 EUR


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