5 tips for optimal gaming on your television
Before you start
The settings that are needed to achieve the best gaming experience can be found in various places in the menu. Take your time going through your television's menu and keep the manual at the ready.
Tip 1: use a new HDMI cable
With a new cable, you're sure that all of the latest video standards are supports and that you can achieve have the best image quality. Because the latest video signals like 4K and HDR take up a lot of data, there's a chance that an older HDMI cable can't properly transmit these signals. A new cable is usually included with your console.
Tip 2: set your TV to Gaming Mode
New television are packed with technology that lets you improve the image. It can make the image much smoother and colors much brighter, for example. These techniques only a have a minor affect on your console's image, but they come with a major downside: they can lead to input lag. This means that your television needs time to perform all of the calculations, causing the image to fall behind on the action that's happening in the game. With the Gaming Mode, you can disable all of the features with the push of a single button.
Tip 3: set the picture format to Full Screen
By default, your TV is set to a picture format of 16:9. In this format, your screen is zoomed in. This is also called overscan, which causes you to lose a part of the screen. If you set your TV's picture format to Full Screen, you zoom out, allowing you to see much more information. This gives you a better overview of what's happening in your game. Try switching between Full Screen and 16:9 to find out which setting you like best.
Note: In the menu, Full Screen is also called Just Scan, 1:1, or Screen Fit.
Tip 4: choose the correct color settings
Each television has a different color depiction, and each gamer has a different preference. That's why you should take the time to calibrate the colors and the contrast exactly to your liking. Your TV usually has a couple of presets. For the Picture Mode setting, select the one you like best. Most gamers go with Movie, Natural, or Cool. Adjust this setting after you've set the television to Gaming Mode.
Tip 5: adjust the audio delay
Are the image and audio not in sync? You can easily adjust this with the Audio Delay option. Adjust this option after you've set your television to Gaming Mode. If you're using a soundbar or receiver, set up the audio delay option on these devices instead.
From now on, you'll only game in the highest quality. Besides gaming, do you also use your television to watch movies or series? Read our tips on how to enjoy your television even more.