The best TV settings for gaming

Find out which TV settings are the best to make the most of your games.

09 Apr 2019

You might have noticed that there’s loads of ‘settings’ for your TV, but how do you know which ones are right for what you’re doing?

When it comes to gaming, especially online, the difference between winning and losing can be a fraction of a second, and it might not even be your fault! It could be down to the way you’ve got your TV set up, so let’s take a look at the best settings to protect your hard-earned kill-to-death ratios.

 

Finding Game Mode and combatting input lag

‘Input lag’ is the slight delay between your TV receiving a signal to do something, and then actually showing it on the screen. Most TVs offer the choice of a few preset settings, and one of them is ‘Game Mode’.

Game mode TV setting

Depending on the manufacturer, Game Mode can change different parts of the display. Some will turn off any process-heavy settings (like motion smoothing) to make sure input lag is at a minimum, whereas some might just simply change the colour settings. While these colour settings might look more appealing, it’s not actually doing anything for the input lag, so you might have to change some other settings manually.

When Game Mode does change the right settings, it might reduce the quality of the images you see as well. For fast-paced games where every second counts, speed is more important than image quality - just remember to change things back when you want to watch regular telly.

 

What if my TV doesn’t have Game Mode?

Not all TVs give you the option to switch to Game Mode, and sometimes all it does is change the colour profile. If that’s the case, here are some common settings you can find and adjust yourself:

  • Backlight:100%
  • Contrast:100%
  • Brightness:50%
  • Sharpness:0%
  • Color:50%
  • Tint (G/R):50%

If your TV has advanced settings too, you’ll want to turn off anything that’s heavy on the processor to reduce input lag as much as possible. Different manufacturers do things in their own way, so here’s what to look out for:

Samsung TVs:

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

Sony TVs:

  • 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

LG TVs:

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

 

Don't Forget Your Console Settings

As well as your TV settings, you’ll want to check the ones on your console too. It works best on a ‘progressive’ signal rather than an ‘interlaced’ one, and an easy way to check is by going to the TV output settings on your console. Make sure it’s set to 720p or 1080p - the higher the better - but it’s the ‘p’ part that’s important (for progressive). Just avoid any with ‘i’ at the end.

That’s everything you can do to make sure your setup doesn’t affect your gameplay. All that’s left is to fire up your favourite title and hone your skills, whether you prefer the battlefield in Call of Duty or the green pitches of FIFA 19.

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