What is the best TV or monitor

What's the best TV and monitor for gaming?

Gamers include both the casual gamers who pass the time on the bus and the hardcore enthusiasts with high-performance gaming equipment and high expectations. Figuring out which is the best gaming screen depends on many factors. But let's focus first on the enthusiast who knows the specs and likes to enjoy the full experience of the most advanced games and hardware.

Major developments have changed the definition of the gaming experience. An important development is the impact that HDMI® gaming technology is making with the latest HDMI 2.1 specification.

Up until now, advanced gaming screens were thought of as specialty gaming monitors. Now, however, HDMI 2.1-capable televisions can support powerful gaming functions that can extend the audio-visual gaming experience to the living room; and smaller TV screens can now be used with gaming desktops. And more and more PC monitors are being introduced with support for HDMI 2.1 gaming features.

"The ability to use televisions for extreme gaming changes everything," said gaming professional and HDMI gaming ambassador Sanchovies. "And with games that support Dolby Atmos, you can easily get the most out of the sound system."

HDMI 2.1-enabled TVs that support games have VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)

VRR has only been associated with G-Sync and FreeSync, but now with HDMI VRR enabled TVs, monitors, graphics cards, and game consoles, the benefits of VRR are more widely available. VRR reduces or eliminates lag, stuttering, and frame distortion for smoother and more detailed gameplay. With VRR, a game source such as a console or computer can deliver video images as quickly as possible, but in many cases it is slower than the normal static refresh rate.

In the auto-low-latency mode, the ideal latency time can be set automatically, which ensures smooth, delay-free and uninterrupted visualization and interactivity. Often times this is referred to as game mode and usually needs to be set manually. To do this, you need to go through the menus and settings and then return to normal display later.

HDMI 2.1 also supports 8K at 60 Hz and 4K at 120 Hz, both of which are available in the market. Many TV manufacturers have released 4K 120Hz TVs along with VRR and ALLM that are now ready for advanced gaming. They can also support both static and dynamic HDR for enhanced game detail with expanded contrast range and expanded color spaces.

And don't forget that sound reproduction is part of the overall gaming experience. HDMI 2.1 provides an extended audio return channel (eARC) that supports 24-bit audio up to 192 kHz, including support for Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. Many televisions have been launched with eARC, as well as AVRs and sound bars, and several games support these advanced audio formats.

What's the best HDMI cable for gaming?

To ensure all new HDMI 2.1 gaming features are supported, you need the new Ultra High Speed ​​HDMI® Cable, which supports all HDMI 2.1 features including 48Gbps bandwidth. Certified cables must have the Ultra High Speed ​​HDMI® certification label. Make sure you have it before buying.

With the upcoming Xbox Series X and Sony PlayStation 5 and powerful new graphics cards like the GeForce RTX 3080, there are a number of TVs, monitors, and sound options for HDMI 2.1 that will really help you get the most out of your gaming resources.

Further information: https://hdmi.org/spec21sub/gaming