Gaming On TV
TV Specifications To Consider If Your Are A Gamer
If you are an avid gamer you'll appreciate the quality of an HDTV. Consider these specifications
if you are a serious gamer looking to buy a new HD television.
Type Of Screen
The risk of image burn on plasma screens is more prevalent. If you leave your game paused for
long periods you will notice that the paused image becomes embedded on a plasma screen. While that image will
usually disappear it explains why many gamers prefer LED or LCD screens over plasma.
Energy Usage And Consumption
While a movie might only last a couple of hours, a serious gamer can play for much longer
periods than that. Ideally look for a TV that uses less power to save you money in the long run. Consider TVs with
other energy saving settings or modes - for example, screens that dim as the room gets darker.
The quality of the gaming picture will improve with better resolution, just as your television
or movie picture will.
It pays to note that the Wii is not an HD gaming console. So if you intend to play the Wii on
your new TV ensure you are buying an HDTV that displays standard definition in high quality.
Before you buy check individual reviews on the quality of standard definition playback on an HD
television. Look for a review that specifically relates to Wii gaming on that particular TV if that is a gaming
console you use a lot.
Check the TVs inputs are sufficient for your gaming needs before you commit to a purchase. Most
games consoles will require an HDMI slot, however you may also need an HDMI slot for your DVD player etc. Make a
list of the inputs you need for each device so you know you are buying a TV with the right ones.
Many flat screen TVs have various picture pre-sets so you can tailor the picture to your needs.
You may wish to ask if the TV has a games mode preset. It is not necessary to enable gaming on the TV but if you
have specific requirements ensure you can tailor the picture settings to your needs.
If you choose a TV with a response rate of 4ms (no slower) and a refresh rate of 60Hz (no lower)
you should have no issues with motion blur.