The Best TV Settings For Gaming

Your TV can feature several features and improvements to help you process your image and video for gaming. This post would teach you the right settings for the most popular TV brands.

Game Mode and Combat Input lag

The ‘Input Lag’ is the small pause between your TV and something, then display it on the screen. Most TVs deliver the option of selecting certain default modes, and ‘Game Mode’ is one.

The game mode will adjust different parts of the monitor depending on the manufacturer. Many of them would remove any strong process settings (like motion smoothing) to ensure that the input latency is minimized, while others may merely change color settings. Although these color settings look more attractive, the input lag doesn’t really work, and you can manually adjust any other settings.

If Game Mode adjusts the correct setting, the accuracy of the pictures you display can also be reduced. Speed is more critical than picture quality for short action games when every second counts-just remember to change it when you decide to play them online.

See Also: Best 32 Inch TVs for Gaming

General Picture Settings

  • Picture mode: Cinema or Movie
  • Sharpness: 0%
  • Backlight: 100% for daytime
  • Contrast: 100%
  • Brightness: 50%
  • Color: 50%
  • Hue: 0%
  • Gamma: 2.2 (or 0 if the TV doesn’t have it in a range of 1.8-2.9 but uses whole numbers instead)
  • Tint (G/R): 50%
  • Picture Size or Aspect Ratio or Overscan:
    • Screen Fit (Samsung)
    • Just Scan (LG)
    • Wide Mode: Full (Sony) and Display Area: Full Pixel (Sony)

What is the Downside to Game Mode?

The game mode is perfect in that it prevents any bottlenecking required for creating the fastest possible picture on TV. But the downside of this is that it also slightly degrades the overall graphical quality of the game for game mode of produce a super snappy picture with almost no input lag.

Other Settings

Switch off any interpolation, picture/image manipulation or other items that claim to “boost” the quality of the image. The only exception is “Game Mode” or occasionally “Computer Mode,” which usually allows higher frame rates (it bypasses a lot of the processing we don’t like), so you’ll want to be ON with an application like Highfive in real-time if your TV has it.

Samsung:

  • Dynamic Contrast: Off
  • Black Tone: Off
  • Flesh Tone: 0
  • Gamma: 0
  • Motion Lighting: Off
  • Digital Clean View: Off
  • Smart LED: Off

LG:

  • Super Resolution: Off
  • Dynamic Color: Off
  • Clear White: Off
  • Motion Eye Care: Off
  • TruMotion: Off
  • Real Cinema: Off

Sony:

  • Noise Reduction: Off
  • MPEG Noise Reduction: Off
  • Dot Noise Reduction: Off
  • Reality Creation: Off
  • Smooth Gradation: Off
  • Motionflow: Off
  • CineMotion: Off
  • Black Corrector: Off
  • Auto Light Limiter: Off
  • Clear White: Off
  • Live Color: Off
  • Detail Enhancer: Off
  • Edge Enhancer: Off
  • SBM: Off

Sources: Recommended TV Picture Settings (all brands)

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