The use of TV’s for gaming is not something new. You surely remember the times in which the best gaming experience was playing Super Mario on a Nintendo console. Back then, there was a huge difference between the way an image was displayed on a computer monitor and the picture provided by a TV screen. The difference was noticeable for the refresh rate, the image quality, the way pixels were displayed on the screen and other factors. There are many reasons to get a gaming TV and the idea that only monitors are designed for gaming is becoming obsolete.
Computer monitors were always made specifically to make computer games look great. Console games were always designed to look good on TV’s and to behave well on television screens. Things changed a drastically during the transition from cathode ray tube displays to TFT screens. TFT’s were the first versions of what is now known as LCD. These displays had a little problem: their response times were quite long and the picture looked like it had motion blur. Newer LCD screens fixed the problem of TFT’s but they still had response times that made games less playable.
Today, LCD screens are used for both types of displays: televisions screens and computer screens. When LCD technology was first used for television sets, the response time was even greater than 30 milliseconds, but now the response times are comparable to the ones of computer LCD screens. This means that TV’s can have response times of even 5 milliseconds. The refresh rate is also very important and this feature has also evolved over time.
Plasma TV’s were available from the times of cathode ray tube devices, but now they have become amazing. While an LCD TV can have a native refresh rate of 50 to 200 Hz, a plasma can reach a refresh rate of 600 Hz. This means that the picture quality is closer to what people see in reality with their eyes. Plasmas were not very good for gaming in the past because of an issue called image retention. But, now this issue is not longer something noticeable. In fact, most of the problems that flat screen television sets had in the past are no longer considered, because the technology is constantly improving.
There is one important thing to keep in mind if you want to be prepared for 4k gaming (ultra HD resolutions). When you need to acquire a 4k gaming TV, you should go for the larger screens. The reason is that ultra HD resolutions are only visible for real if you have television set of at least 50 inches in diameter. For smaller screens, you may only see the difference if you stay closer to the screen. But, most people prefer to watch TV from a distance.
Television sets have remote controls, which is not the case for computer monitors. It is easier in this way to adjust the settings for a gaming TV than it is for a computer screen. TV manufacturers have already realized that their devices are no longer used just for television and movies. Today, the devices are more and more used by gamers and by people who surf the Internet.