This Black Friday is a good time to advance Christmas shopping and buy a next gen console … nope, because they have flown. But if you are one of the lucky owners of an Xbox Series X or a PS5, or plan to buy them soon, it is worth investing in a television that allows you to fully squeeze its potential. And more when we are finding offers of up to 50% on TV this year. These are The best televisions to play the new PS5 and Xbox Series X on sale the week of Black Friday.
What your future TV needs for next gen consoles
Apart from a good diagonal to enjoy it, that it reaches 4K resolution and supports HDR10 (the vast majority already do) and, if your console is the Xbox Series X, have support for Dolby Vision, if you are looking for a television to take advantage of the new Playstation Xbox Series X it is necessary to pay attention to certain specific technologies to ensure that lives up to even the most demanding titles. Roughly speaking:
The input latency or input lag refers to the time that passes since we execute an action on the remote and is transferred to the TV. The lower the better (less than 20 milliseconds). It is not a piece of information that is easily found, but if the manufacturer provides it, it is a good sign. One orientation: the best LCD TVs offer less input lag than the best OLED TVs
The response time This is what it takes for a pixel on the TV panel to change color. If it is not low enough, blurring may appear. The best OLED panels are capable of offering lower LCD response times in this parameter.
It is essential that they implement the HDMI 2.1 standard to achieve a much higher data transfer speed than the usual HDMI 2.0, which opens the doors to enjoy resolutions and refresh rates from the hand of the games that arrive for the new console of Sony and Microsoft. Currently, only LG implements the full 2.1 standard on all HDMI ports on its high-end TVs.
Hand in hand with the previous one we find the adaptive refresh VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), which is used to achieve smoother and more fluid images thanks to the synchronization of the images from the console with what is reproduced on TV. LG’s models with HDMI 2.1 are high-end, two LCD models from Sony (more TVs with HDMI 2.1 from the Japanese firm will be coming soon via a firmware update) and some high-end Samsung models incorporate this technology.
With the low latency auto mode o ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) the aforementioned latency is automatically reduced, something present in some high-end models from LG, Panasonic and Samsung (soon Sony).
For the most generous budgets, the Sony ZH8 is an ambitious candidate with a 10-bit panel LCD type with Full Array LED backlight scheme with Triluminos and 8K resolution available in large diagonals. It is compatible with Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos sound and has the HDMI 2.1 standard in its four ports.
The 75-inch model is lowered in Media Markt from 7,000 euros to 5,499 euros and the 85 “model, which has a RRP of 10,000 euros, is available at FNAC for 8,999 euros.
LG OLED CX
With the LG OLED CX you are buying one of the most complete models to play, since its 4 HDMI ports offer full support of the 2.1 standard, which is why they implement VRR and ALLM, in addition to being compatible with the adaptive synchronization technologies of the refreshment FreeSync from AMD and G-SYNC from NVIDIA, but also a TV with great image quality as we testify in our analysis
And it is an off-road model that offers a high-level content experience, thanks to its 10-bit OLED-type panel with HDR10 + and Dolby Vision with Dolby Atmos sound and the intuitive WebOS 5.0 as an operating system.
Right now it is reduced in various sizes: the 65 “goes from 3000 euros to 1699 euros and the 55” drops from 1799 euros to 1199 euros, for performance and cost, it is the most interesting model of the firm.
LG OLED BX
The more modest brother of LG’s OLED family for this year It is also on sale, although the reduction makes the CX worth betting on. In this case it goes from 1499 euros to 1149 euros, 50 euros less than the previous one but identical specifications for gaming, only that in two of its four ports, unlike the previous one, which integrated them in all of them. It also implements a lower image processor
LG OLED GX
If the CX and its 2.2-channel, 40-watt acoustic proposal falls short, the GX family model maintains all its features (including gmaing) and go up a rung in sound, with a configuration of 4.2 channels and 60 watts. Usually the 55-inch one exceeds 2000 euros, but right now it can be found for 1649 euros.
From OLEDs we go to QLEDs, specifically Samsung’s most ambitious model in 4K resolution for this 2020, which is available almost at half price: 1,199 euros in El Corte Inglés, Media Markt and Amazon, although in the latter case it is temporarily out of stock.
In terms of gaming technologies, the Samsung QE55Q95T includes the HDMI 2.1 interface, low latency automatic mode, variable refresh rate, AMD FreeSync and Game Motion Plus. But as we detailed in our review, it also stands out for its overall image quality thanks to colorimetry, blacks and brightness delivery capacity, how fast Tizen is and a sound on par with a high-end model.
It features a 55-inch 4K UHD QLED panel with a 10-bit VA LCD panel with FALD backlighting scheme and HDR10 +, HDR10 and HLG support, as well as a maximum brightness delivery of 2000 nits. In the sound, 60W of power in a configuration of 4.2.2 channels compatible with Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby 5.1.
LG’s 9 series features gaming technologies such as HDMI 2.1 interface, low latency auto mode, variable refresh rate, and AMD Freesync. This family implements IPS panels with FALD backlighting scheme to achieve more impressive colors, it is compatible with HDR10 + and Dolby Vision, with Dolby Atmos sound and WebOS as the operating system.
There have been reductions in several diagonals: the 75-inch, which is usually for 1800 euros, costs 1499 euros in Media Markt and the 55-inch has gone from 1199 euros to 999 euros in Media Markt
One step below the previous one, the 8 series family, also equipped with an HDMI 2.1 interface and low latency automatic mode, although in this case IPS-type panels with a lower backlight scheme (Direct LED) and compatibility with HDR10 + and Dolby Vision. As always, WebOS as an operating system. Very attractive for gaming from a quality-price point of view.
The 75 “model has dropped from more than 1,500 euros to 999 euros in El Corte Inglés and if you prefer a lower diagonal, the 55” model has dropped from a thousand euros to 699 euros.
The other proposal (more modest from Sony comes with this XH9096, which comfortably exceeds a thousand euros in other stores but that in Mielectro is for 749 euros in the 55-inch version, the 65-inch version goes from 1,400 to 1,111 euros in Mielectro and Media Markt.
We are before a quality television belonging to the high-end Sony in LCD format, with 10-bit panel with Triluminos, Full Array backlight scheme compatible with high dynamic range HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos sound and Android TV as the operating system. For gaming, the HDMI 2.1 interface and low latency automatic mode.
Samsung QLED Q70T
For For those on a tighter budget, the Q70T family is a great option this Black Friday. The 55 “model, which is usually above 800 euros, on Amazon has remained at 699 euros and the 65” model also has a good discount: from more than a thousand euros in other stores to 939 euros.
It stands out in its price range for the gaming technologies implemented, such as the HDMI 2.1 interface, ALLM automatic low latency mode, eARC, AMD Fressync or Game Motion Plus. It features an Edge LED backlit VA panel with wide HDR mode support (HDR10, HLG, HDR10 + and Quantum Dot) and Tizen 5.5 as OS. It also includes the latest innovations of the brand of 2020 such as Adaptive Picture to adapt the brightness, Objecting Tracking Sound + to synchronize the spatial sensation of image and sound, Multi-View to easier cast content from the phone.
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