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Optimal TV Settings for Gaming

Today’s video games are more realistic than ever. When it comes to truly immersing yourself in the gaming experience, having a great TV isn’t enough. Settings that look great for movies and TV shows may not translate as well with popular video games. If you’re a serious gamer, you’re going to want to make a few adjustments to your TV to ensure the most exciting experience possible. The good news is that most modern TVs can be adjusted in a variety of ways. The bad news is that there’s no standard gaming setting. What works for one TV may not work for the next.

Settings Vary by Model

As nice as it would be to have a clear list of guidelines for adjusting a TV’s settings for optimal game play, it simply doesn’t work that way. For one thing, different TVs have different options. On some sets, you can fine-tune your settings to an incredibly detailed degree. On others, the settings are a little more general. The right settings will also depend on the capabilities of your TV. Screen size plays a role as well. Get to know your TV by reading its manual thoroughly. By being aware of all of the options, you’ll have an easier time adjusting the settings for gaming.

Environment Affects Video QualityVideo gamer with controller in his hand looking at TV

The location of your TV plays a role in the types of settings you’ll want to make when playing video games. If your TV is located in a room that gets a lot of direct sunlight, for instance, you’ll probably need to adjust the contrast a lot more. If it’s down in the basement and isn’t exposed to a lot of light, you’ll probably have to tweak the brightness settings a little more. This is another reason why there are no hard and fast rules for adjusting a TV’s settings when playing video games.

Personal Preferences Matter Too

If you’ll be playing video games alone most of the time, you can adjust the settings according to your own preferences. Some people prefer the screen to be darker while others prefer it to be brighter. Gamers who have less-than-perfect vision may require different settings than those who have perfect vision. When playing video games with others, a few compromises may be necessary. Of course, you may not want to make any adjustments at all if you have things precisely how you want them.

Check for a Video Game Mode Option

Video games are wildly popular, so it comes as no surprise that many modern TVs have special settings that are designed to accommodate them. Check to see if your TV has a game mode or video game mode. If so, give it a try. The nice thing about a game mode is that it automatically adjusts a variety of settings to produce the best results. Things like color, brightness and contrast are all instantly adjusted to ensure the clearest, crispest video. However, this option can be pretty hit or miss. Even if it comes close, additional adjustments may be necessary.

Try a Calibration Disc

If you’ve never used a calibration disc for your TV, now may be the time. That’s especially true if video quality just doesn’t seem up to par. Depending on the type of game console that you’re using, you may be able to run the disc through it. Whether you run it through your game console or through something like a DVD player or Blu-ray player, you should be able to achieve optimal quality in a matter of minutes. Even if it doesn’t get you precisely where you’d like to be, it should be a good start.

Adjust Brightness, Contrast and Sharpness

After trying everything else, a few additional manual adjustments may be necessary. Pause your favorite game on a scene that includes plenty of blacks, whites and grays. Adjust the brightness and contrast until the blacks are truly black and the grays are truly gray. If your brightness setting is too high, blacks may appear to be gray. If your contrast is too extreme, grays may appear to be black. As for sharpness, turn it all the way down and then slowly move it back up until all haziness at the edges has been eliminated. With these tips in mind, you should be able to achieve optimal TV settings for gaming in no time.

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