Author Topic: Recommendations for budget gaming TV  (Read 1079 times)

Offline Hiro

Recommendations for budget gaming TV
« on: March 06, 2018, 04:14:17 PM »
Hullo all

I currently have an old Samsung Plasma 55" which i picked up around 6-7 years ago. Mainly using it for gaming, X1 and PS4.  The problem is, whenever I watch youTube videos (on my PC) of guys playing sames games as the ones I am jamming, their's always look MUCH better than mine.  The detail seems crisper and better and the colours look sharper.

Its possible that my TV isn't setup correctly , but maybe i need to get an LED/UHD?

What would you guys recommend for a budget around 10k-12k ?

Offline PaganMcLoud

Re: Recommendations for budget gaming TV
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2018, 09:01:08 PM »
Hullo all

I currently have an old Samsung Plasma 55" which i picked up around 6-7 years ago. Mainly using it for gaming, X1 and PS4.  The problem is, whenever I watch youTube videos (on my PC) of guys playing sames games as the ones I am jamming, their's always look MUCH better than mine.  The detail seems crisper and better and the colours look sharper.

Its possible that my TV isn't setup correctly , but maybe i need to get an LED/UHD?

What would you guys recommend for a budget around 10k-12k ?

*The grass is always greener on the other side.   :giggle:
Seriously though...  chances are they have UHD tv's.  Your plasma has a great image but isn't ideally suited for gaming.  I'm not referring to the input lag here which probably hasn't bothered you before because it's barely noticeable. I'm referring mainly to image retention and possible burn-in that is inevitable with certain types of games.  If your Xb1 is the S model maybe you should consider a 4K TV upgrade.  Might just inspire u to post some Youtube videos of your own. 

*Full HD 1080p TV's are dirt cheap now, and still more than good enough for console gaming.    :2c:
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Offline Simango4

Re: Recommendations for budget gaming TV
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2018, 08:41:33 AM »
The problem is, whenever I watch youTube videos (on my PC) of guys playing sames games as the ones I am jamming, their's always look MUCH better than mine.  The detail seems crisper and better and the colours look sharper.

I think you're not comparing their displays with yours, instead, you're comparing your Plasma TV with video that's not at the output stage of their displays, this is because software and external devices are normally used for intercepting the video from consoles before it goes to the display and record it for either storage or direct upload depending on the software used.
« Last Edit: April 17, 2018, 08:53:29 AM by Simango4 »
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Offline ScottulusMaximus

Re: Recommendations for budget gaming TV
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2018, 08:50:37 AM »
So the videos you see from other gamers on Youtube has nothing to do with their displays.

That ^^^

It also entirely depends on what you are actually watching the YouTube videos on, a 1080p video is always going to look better on a 22" laptop screen vs a 55" TV.

The gamers could also be playing on PC which looks a lot better than any console can manage.
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Offline Simango4

Re: Recommendations for budget gaming TV
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2018, 08:56:04 AM »
That ^^^

It also entirely depends on what you are actually watching the YouTube videos on, a 1080p video is always going to look better on a 22" laptop screen vs a 55" TV.

The gamers could also be playing on PC which looks a lot better than any console can manage.

Sorry, I modified the post as I assumed he was gaming on a PC which was connected to the Plasma, and watched youtube videos on a separate display. My bad  :nfi:
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Offline Simango4

Re: Recommendations for budget gaming TV
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2018, 09:02:49 AM »
That ^^^

It also entirely depends on what you are actually watching the YouTube videos on, a 1080p video is always going to look better on a 22" laptop screen vs a 55" TV.

Very true...

I think it's not very clear what his setup looks like based on the post...

To me it now seems like both the X1 and PS4 are connected to the Plasma, while the PC uses a separate display - which its type is not mentioned.
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Offline KenMasters

Re: Recommendations for budget gaming TV
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2018, 09:14:45 AM »
For whatever reason, people seem to think all plasmas are made equal, as though all plasmas have good black levels, colour reproduction and motion - this is not the case. The budget 500 series Samsung plasmas that used to be so popular don't have black levels that compare favourably to modern VA LCDs, colour wasn't great and noisy to boot, you had image retention to contend with and the input response for games on some of those panels felt like slogging through mud.

I used to recommend them to people with the right viewing conditions because motion was better than LCDs at the time and you couldn't beat the screen size for the money. If gaming is a big focus for you though and you've got the itch, I'd say it's time to let go. You can get very accurate LCDs with lighting fast input response times without worrying about image retention as well as support for aspects of Ultra HD at very competitive prices these days. There are negatives though, you will be saying goodbye to your current screen uniformity and though the motion processing available today is far better at improving resolution without overt SOE, it's not usually practical in game mode (and the better options are reserved for more expensive panels).

I can't speak to options in your budget, but if you have some patience and can wait until year end sales, the new midrange NUs from Samsung look like fantastic gaming TVs - input lag in the region of 15ms.
« Last Edit: April 17, 2018, 09:16:58 AM by KenMasters »