As excitement escalates for the launch of the next-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles later this year, Samsung has taken the opportunity to launch new documentation about its popular range of 4K and 8K Smart TVs and the technology under the bonnet that makes these ideal panels for gaming – not just bingeing boxsets and movies.
According to the documentation from Samsung, there has never been a better time to make the leap to its QLED range of televisions. Samsung believes gamers who are thinking about upgrading to the latest round of home consoles should also consider upgrading the TV they’ll be using to play their new PS5 and Xbox games.
The South Korean firm highlights its Auto Game Mode, which is built into the Tizen-based operating system that powers all of its modern Smart TVs. This mode enables consoles to automatically optimise TV settings whenever it powers-on – so that you’re stuck with movie-like colour grading and slower refresh rates when racing against rivals online.
Samsung uses the processor included in its QLED TVs to reduce motion blur and halo effects in real-time to improve gaming, the company adds. Another feature picked out by Samsung is the ability to have two windows playing side-by-side on your TV.
That means you’ll be able to play your console from a HDMI input in one window, while the other can be used to watch a favourite YouTube star playing the same title. This saves you the need to precariously balance a smartphone or tablet nearby if you’re relying on a walkthrough to get you through a particularly tough boss battle.
For those who don’t know, QLED stands for Quantum Light-Emitting Diode. In an nutshell, QLED panels work in the same way as standard LED TVs – meaning there is a backlight built from hundreds or thousands of LEDs that light the individual pixels. QLED improves on standard LED by employing nanoparticles – known as quantum dots – to super-charge the brightness and colour of these individual pixels. The result is more vibrant colours.
However, QLEDs aren’t able to produce quite the same level of inky blacks as pricier OLED TVs. That’s because OLED – or Organic Light-Emitting Diode – panels doesn’t use a uniform backlight. Instead, each individual pixel is an LED which can be switched on and off to create colour or total darkness. By switching the LEDs off completely, OLED avoids the light pollution from the backlight that makes things look a little grey on LED TVs. It’s also the reason smartphone and tablets with OLED panels can save battery by using apps with primarily black user interfaces.
In terms of audio benefits from these TVs, Samsung says its focus on 3D sound will be particularly beneficial for gamers. Sony has already confirmed that its PS5 will not use Dolby Atmos for its surround sound output, instead, it will use a proprietary Tempest Engine to output native 3D audio. Sony thinks this will allow the console to do a better job of leveraging current TV technology and surround setups.
Published at Sun, 14 Jun 2020 05:41:00 +0000