Best gaming TVs for PS4

When it comes to getting the greatest gaming experience for your PS4, the best gaming TVs play an important role.

There are numerous essentials when it comes to console gaming; the console, the controller, the game, a pair of quality gaming headsets or surround sound system,  a variety of gaming accessories, and the television.

You don’t need all of them, but again, these are instrumental in giving you the most complete and best gaming experience you can possibly imagine.

And it’s no secret that for gamers, one of the most important additions to have when you buy a new console is to own the best possible gaming television.

But if you’re looking for affordable, inexpensive televisions, you’re going to want to see our list for the best cheap gaming TVs for budget gamers. That’s because this Guide below deals with the more mid to high range TVs while still affordable, might not be for those with a limited budget.

Even though this guide is designed to provide information for the best gaming TVs for PS4, it can be used as a resource to buy a gaming television for any video game console you might have.

So if you own a Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One or a Wii U, then you can still use this buyer’s guide as a resource to help you purchase the best possible television for your gaming console.

Most of the time when a new generation of consoles releases, gamers tend to upgrade their television at some point during the generation migration.

We chose the best gaming TVs we could find. And the list of televisions we selected are based on research, reviews, and opinions.

The fact is that there is no ‘best television’ for gaming. It’s always going to depend on you.

This Gaming Television Guide was made by Nastassia Bushey and B.M. Garrett

Buying the best TV for console gaming

Buying a tv for gamingA lot of you have found this page because you’re looking for information on the best gaming televisions around. Casual gamers who don’t know much about video games and gaming televisions aren’t quite sure what to look for.

Even experienced gamers possibly don’t know what type of gaming television they need in order to better their overall video game experience.

When you shop for a quality TV for PlayStation 4 and other video game consoles, you’re most likely going to have to do a lot of unwanted research. We’re going to try to make it easier for you by combining all the information we’ve found into one useful resource.

Some of the things you should look for when buying a television for gaming:

  • Find a television that can display gaming actions quickly and do it in a way that is responsive to input from your gaming controller.
  • See if the television comes with a Gaming Mode. Not to be confused with the picture setting ‘Game mode’. Gaming Mode is a great feature to have but it is not necessary.
  • The television needs to be able to support images that remain static for extended periods such as mini maps, HUDs (Head Up Displays), and long periods of inactivity by the player.
  • Look for ‘burn-in protection’ on the television you plan to purchase.
  • Make sure the TV is at least HD ready for older consoles (Xbox 360, PS3).
  • Check that the TV has Full HD true 1080p resolution for new consoles (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U).

The last bullet point is really important for gamers. The Xbox 360, Wii, and PlayStation 3 come with component cables. But the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U all come with HDMI cables.

This means your new television must have an HDMI port. The majority of new televisions do, but if for some reason it doesn’t you won’t be able to connect any of the newer consoles.

And if you own multiple video game systems, you’ll want to make sure your new television has multiple HDMI ports. This way you won’t have to keep swapping out consoles with the one HDMI port.

Also, if you need to connect your satellite/cable box to the HDMI port, switching between multiple HDMI supported devices with only one HDMI port can become an absolute annoyance.

With these things in mind, let’s take a look at some of the gaming TVs you should buy.

Best LED Televisions for gaming

-Best Budget TV: Vizio E Series-

Vizio E420i A1 television for gaming on consoles

Featured TV: VIZIO E420i-A1 42-inch 1080p 120Hz LED Smart HDTV

The Vizio E420i A1 is a good mid-range budget HDTV. When stacking its features up against the true budget TVs of similar size and features, it really shines and beats the competition.

The clear picture surpasses that of similar and cheaper price point models. The E series comes in sizes from 39” to 55”, but the 42” model is a good size and price for what you get.

Its black frame gives it a minimalistic approach. But, the screen is thick and sort of clunky at just over 3 inches. Its thickness is due to the “direct LED” backlighting, but this also means the TV will be rather heavy. It includes a simple black stand, but lacks the ability to swivel.

Shop for Vizio E Series televisions now.


  • LED display technology
  • Smart TV with apps
  • 60Hz refresh rate (officially 120Hz, but behaves as a 60Hz)
  • Local dimming of backlight
  • Built in Wi-Fi
  • Native resolution of 1920×1080
  • 3 HDMI ports and 1 component video port
  • USB port


  • Good picture quality for the price
  • Excellent Smart TV apps and selection
  • Affordable
  • Decent Wi-Fi connection


  • No gamma presets in the picture controls
  • Smart dimming does not help the picture quality
  • No dejudder processing
  • Minor jitter in action sequences
  • Minor white washout at times

-Vizio M-Series Razor-

VIZIO M601d-A3R is an M series television that's good for video games

Featured TV: VIZIO M601d-A3R 60-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Smart LED HDTV

The Vizio M series offers excellent picture quality and value for a mid-range television. It is a step above the E series in both price and features. Up until the P series, the M series is the best looking TV that Vizio has produced by far. This series comes in a wide range of sizes from 32” to 80”.

Picture quality and performance are excellent in this series. Considering the lower price point (high $900s, low $1,000s), the picture is surprisingly good.

The color palette is rich, but the M series offers up too much red. Blacks and shadows come out looking good and in detail, but it still lacks the deep, rich blacks that a plasma can produce.

Shop for Vizio M series televisions now.


  • LED display with LED edge-lighting
  • Local dimming
  • Smart TV
  • Passive 3D technology
  • 240Hz refresh rate
  • Built in Wi-Fi
  • VIZIO Internet Apps
  • Dejudder processing
  • Multiple viewing modes


  • Great picture for the price
  • Excellent shadow details
  • Decent deep black levels for an LCD model
  • Excellent processing
  • Dedicated game mode with a score of 38ms
  • Almost no lag
  • Great sound quality


  • Lacks the deepest black level
  • Slight red push
  • Screen is too reflective
  • Apps are not great
  • Remote sensor is not very responsive
  • No advanced color calibration

-Sharp Series 6 LC-70LE650-

Sharp LC-70LE650 70-inch Aquos 1080p 120Hz Smart LED TV

Featured TV: Sharp LC-70LE650 70-inch Aquos 1080p 120Hz Smart LED TV

The Sharp Series 6 LC-70LE650 is a great HDTV in terms of picture quality versus price. This series is made up of 60” and 70” TVs.

The bezel of this TV is relatively thin and it sits close to the stand, appearing as if it is squatting. The sound suffers because of this change in design, with the speakers facing the back, rather than sitting on the bottom.

What makes this one of the best gaming HDTVs is the color management system. It is fully customizable, with an included gamma slider. Another added control is the ability to adjust the dejudder (a process designed to smooth out motion in HDTVs).

The excellent picture quality and level of the blacks and shadows really makes this HDTV stand out. It outperforms other similar TVs such as the Vizio E series and the prior Sharp LE640 series.


  • Photo-alignment technology
  • Smart TV
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Edge-lit LED
  • Built in Wi-Fi
  • Dejudder processing
  • 4 HDMI and 2 USB port


  • Better picture quality than most comparable LCD models
  • Black levels are deep
  • Shadows are detailed and dark
  • The color is very accurate
  • Image still looks good in a bright room


  • Sound quality is not great
  • Black levels are not uniform
  • Price is high ($1,500+)
  • Processing of interlaced content is not as good as other models

-Samsung UNF8000 Series-

Samsung UN60F8000 60-Inch

Featured TV: Samsung UN60F8000 60-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Ultra Slim Smart LED HDTV

When looking at design, features and quality, the Samsung UNF8000 series LED TVs hit top marks. If you take a look at the overall pros and cons, you’ll notice that the cons are relatively subjective and limited to design features.

The excellent picture and processing makes this a great gaming HDTV for all of the new consoles. For a non-4K TV, this one really performs.

The series offers sizes ranging from 46” to 75”. Each TV in the series offers a set of features that are advanced and cannot be matched for the price. This is one high end TV that you do not want to pass up, especially if you do not want a plasma.

Shop for a Samsung UNF8000 series television


  • LED technology
  • Smart TV
  • Active 3D technology
  • 240Hz refresh rate
  • Edge-lit LED
  • Local dimming
  • Touch pad remote
  • Built in Wi-Fi
  • Gesture Controls
  • Dejudder processing
  • Built in camera and microphone
  • Cable box integration


  • Excellent picture quality
  • Deep black levels
  • Accurate color
  • Great video processing
  • Excellent design, with low profile stealth stand
  • Touch pad remote
  • Very capable smart TV platform
  • Motion and voice command


  • Very expensive ($1,650+)
  • Stand is very wide
  • Cable box control scheme is inadequate

-Sony Bravia KDL-55W802A 3D LED-

This Sony TV is one of the best gaming TVs for PS4

Featured TV: Sony KDL-55W802A 55-Inch 120Hz 1080p 3D Internet LED HDTV

For a lower priced mid-grade HDTV, the Sony Bravia 802A is not a bad deal. It offers a decent picture for the price with exceptional deep black levels for an LED. The interface and controls are simple, yet effective in this TV. For a basic HDTV, what it offers is all you really need.

The overall best feature of this TV is the very low input lag. This puts it on the list of the best HDTVs to play video games on. Especially if you’re looking for a Sony television for gaming.

The passive 3D panel allows the use of split-screen gaming with SimulView, something that past models did not offer. The color settings offer a pretty decent amount of fine-tuning, which makes a difference when you calibrate the colors.


  • X-Reality PRO picture engine
  • Smart TV
  • Passive 3D technology
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Edge-lit backlight
  • Built in Wi-Fi
  • Motionflow XR 480 technology
  • S-Force Front Surround technology
  • MHL port


  • Great for gaming, very low input lag
  • Deep black levels for a LCD
  • Enhanced connectivity


  • Pricey ($1,200+)
  • Picture processing is not that good
  • Issues with color fidelity


Best Plasma TVs for video games

-Samsung F8500 Series-

Samsung Plasma TVs for gaming

Featured TV: Samsung PN51F8500 51-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV

Samsung F8500 series plasma TVs are the closest competition to the discontinued VT60 from Panasonic, arguably one of the best plasma TVs out there. It has a great picture and is paired with the most extensive selection of features available. This series comes in only 3 sizes, 51, 60 and 64 inches.

The picture settings are fully loaded on this HDTV. The settings come with a “Black Optimizer” that actually works, and well. It also has several picture modes, including Film Mode.

On the back of the TV is an Evolution Kit. This allows the TV to be updated, with a new update kit rumored to be released in mid-2014. The input lag was high on this model (107.5ms), but there is a workaround. If a HDMI input is selected from the input menu, going to Options and renaming the input to “PC” seems to clear the issue. The new input lag will be closer to 53.1ms, which is much better.


  • Plasma technology
  • Smart TV
  • Active 3D technology
  • 600Hz refresh rates
  • Touchpad remote
  • Built in Wi-Fi
  • AllShare technology
  • Cinema Smooth+


  • Outstanding picture
  • Great image- even in a bright room
  • Deep black levels
  • Great shadow detail
  • Excellent features


  • Extremely expensive ($2,000+)
  • Calibration leaves the black levels not as deep
  • Remote is too basic
  • Consumes a lot of power

-Samsung F5500 Series-

Best Plasma television for video games

Featured TV: Samsung PN51F5500 51-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV

The Samsung F5500 series is a cheaper version of the F8500 series. The lower priced HDTV does have some drawbacks, but overall its features and excellent picture make it a good value. The most obvious problem is the poor picture when in a bright room. Outside of that this TV hit very high marks.

The F5500 comes in sizes ranging from 51 inches to 64 inches. This Samsung model lacks the advanced color management system, but still offers grayscale and adjustable Gamma settings. It also has just three picture modes, Vivid, Standard, and Movie. Image processing was sketchy in this model, but the input lag was low, at 38.8ms.


  • Plasma technology
  • Smart TV
  • Active 3D technology
  • 600Hz refresh rate
  • Touchpad remote
  • Built in Wi-Fi
  • Voice recognition


  • Great selection of features
  • Great performance
  • Appealing design
  • Good black levels
  • Energy efficient for a plasma
  • Great price


  • Poor picture quality in bright settings
  • Red is inaccurate
  • Sound quality is poor


Best OLED and 4K TVs for gaming

-Sony XBR-65X900A 3D LCD Ultra HDTV-

Sony XBR-65X900A 3D LCD Ultra HDTV

Featured TV: Sony XBR-65X900A 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D LED UHDTV

The Sony XBR 900 class of 4K TVs promises to be the next generation of HDTVs, and this holds true to some extent. But, even with advances in technology, these TVs still have a far way to go, especially when it comes to models with a smaller screen size.

For HD gaming, you would need the 84” model for the picture to look sufficiently better than the normal, run of the mill LCD TV.

This particular TV model was making waves with the $25,000 price tag in 2013. If the price tag was lower, this would be the ultimate gaming HDTV. However, it is not- at least not with the current limitations of technology, but it is still worth it to mention.


  • 4K Ultra HD
  • 4K X-Reality PRO Picture Engine
  • 65W front speaker system
  • Edge-lit LED
  • TRILUMINOS display
  • Built in Wi-Fi
  • Active 3D technology
  • Magnetic Fluid Speaker technology
  • 3,840×2,160 pixels
  • Smart TV
  • SimulView


  • Four times as many pixels than 1080p TVs
  • Very sharp picture
  • Many picture-quality enhancements
  • More accurate color
  • Great speakers
  • SimulView allows player to have two full screens when gaming.


  • Lack of 4K content
  • Picture only looks good at close distance
  • Questionable video quality on screens smaller than 80”
  • Huge price tag ($5,000+)

-Samsung S9C Series-

Samsung KN55S9C Curved Panel Smart 3D OLED HDTV

Featured TV: Samsung KN55S9C Curved Panel Smart 3D OLED HDTV 

The Samsung S9C series is a completely different animal, and a different technology compared with LCD and plasma HDTVs. This new technology is called OLED, which stands for organic light-emitting diode.

The picture quality on these TVs surpasses that of LCD and plasma. Yes, this is better than a plasma television. This technology might possibly be the best for HDTV console gaming, but only time and price drops will tell.

For now, with the little information that is had, the OLED TVs seem to win out if you want the best picture experience with price not being an option. Otherwise, a plasma will suit you well.


  • OLED technology
  • Multi View Mode
  • Active 3D technology
  • Smart TV
  • Separate connection box
  • 4 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports
  • Voice and gesture control
  • Built in camera
  • Built in Wi-Fi


  • One of the best pictures you will ever see
  • Curved, looks stylish without affecting the picture
  • Black levels are absolute
  • No blooming or local dimming when white is displayed on the screen
  • The separation and contrast of black white is unmatched
  • Great detail in shadows
  • Anti-reflective screen
  • Watch two shows at once with MultiView Mode using included 3D glasses
  • Excellent motion resolution


  • With distance the curved screen makes a difference in viewing
  • TVs do not come in flat screen
  • Does not wall mount
  • Extra-large price tag ($9,000+)
  • Game mode input lag of 60.3ms
  • Blue diodes tend to burn out fast

-LG EC9800-

LG EC9800

The LG EC9800 is LG’s newest creation. It was unveiled at all of the recent electronics shows in mid-2013. The TV itself won’t be out until the summer of 2014, but from what is currently known, this could be the next big thing.

The HDTV itself is 77”, joining smaller models from other 4K lineups from LG. It has 4K resolution with the OLED technology, meaning that it is a hybrid between the two types of TVs.

LG has been hush-hush about much of the specs and other details for this TV. From what information is available, it seems like a great high-end model to rival the ones already released.


  • 4K OLED technology
  • 3,840×2,160 pixels resolution
  • Curved screen
  • Motion remote
  • HEVC decoding
  • HDMI 2.0 ports


  • Excellent contrast and color
  • UHD detail that cannot be beat
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent black levels


  • Expensive (no price hinted at yet)
  • Curved screen is problematic for some people
  • Reflections on the screen were problematic

Issues to be aware of when buying gaming TVs

Most uninformed people buy their television in a variety of wrong ways.

  1. They buy a TV that’s a reasonable size and looks the prettiest.
  2. They buy the cheapest TV that they can find with a good enough picture quality.
  3. They just walk into a store and buy a TV, only relying on the information a sales rep gives them.

None of these examples are the right way to approach buying a gaming TV as there’s a lot of minute details that can hinder your overall gameplay experience.

For those of you who play a lot of first-person shooters like Battlefield 4, Halo or Call of Duty, these are the type of games that require millisecond-fine responses.

One of the biggest problems that can ruin your gaming experience is a television that produces a large amount of input lag.

Input lag

TV input lagInput lag is a term referring to the delay between a television getting a signal and the results of that signal appearing on the TVs screen, broken down by milliseconds. For most people who play games, input lag goes unnoticed. And the milliseconds of delay won’t really affect your gaming.

If you’re playing games that require quick reflexes, fast input, and is fast paced, then input lag could be a huge problem. For most first-person shooters and fighting games, the amount of input delay could be the difference between winning and losing. Especially when it comes to online multiplayer games.

Typically, Game mode on televisions help to reduce the amount of input lag during gameplay.

Image burn-in

So what is image burn-in? When an image on your television screen is static for a long period of time, it can cause permanent damage to the screen.

Image burn in on tvsPausing a video game, network logos or other static images will cause a faint outline or ghostly image to appear on your screen if left on for too long. Even when you change the channel or turn the television off, the image will still remain. It’s as if it’s “burned in” your screen and in some cases, it won’t ever go away.

Luckily, modern televisions are less likely to receive this problem due to anti-retention features. And older TVs are much more susceptible to this type of problem than newer models. Older Plasma televisions, CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) TVs and monitors are a lot more likely to get burn-in from still images.

An LCD based-screen can suffer from short term burn-in called image persistence which unlike image burn-in, is not permanent. In most cases, the chances of having image persistence on your LCD television is rare, and image burn-in even rarer, but it does happen on LCDs and OLEDs.

Although modern day televisions have features that help lower the risk of image burn-in and image persistence, proper care should still be taken.

See the section below for more details.

Best ways to protect your new gaming television

Buying a brand new television is a pretty sizable investment. And nobody wants to see his or her investment ruined. Your new gaming television should be able to provide you with thousands of hours of gameplay and entertainment. It shouldn’t become defective shortly after you purchase it.

Simple tasks and safety advice

Protecting your new television isn’t complicated. By taking these preventative measures and doing these simple tasks, your TV should last you quite a while.

  1. TV Mounts can protect your television from damage and hurting othersPlug your television into a surge protector.
  2. Dust and clean your television regularly.
  3. Don’t use harsh chemicals to clean you television screen.
  4. Use a mount or TV strap to secure your television.

Doing things like plugging in your television into a surge protector and using proper cleaning solutions for your screen can save you a lot of headaches. And if you have children, especially young kids who like to grab and push things, getting a wall mount or $22 TV strap to secure your television would be a very smart investment.

“The Consumer Product Safety Commission says 43,000 people are injured each year in TV- and furniture-related incidents”.

If you’re thinking about setting your new television on a TV stand use caution as chances are your kids will knock it over. It’s a good idea to mount your television to the wall or use a quality TV strap. It’ll not only protect your new investment, but it will also help to prevent your kids from getting hurt as well.

Cleaning products for your television screen

As we mentioned before, taking care of your television can mean the difference between a short and long lifespan. One of the easiest ways to do this is by simply taking care of your TV screen. Using cleaning cloths and television wipes without harsh chemicals can help to not only keep your TV screen clean, but you also lower the risk of streaking and scratching your television.

Buying a screen cleaning kit is something you definitely should invest in if you want to keep your television screen looking flawless.

Preventative measures against image burn-in

When you buy a new TV, the first 100 to 200 hours of use can be highly susceptible to image burn-in/image persistence. The best way to help protect your television against problems like image burn-in or image persistence is to use the following advice:

  • Keep your Contrast below 50% for the first 100 to 200 hours.
  • Use screen savers if your television is equipped with one.
  • Use automatic shutdown options for your TV when not in use.
  • Be cautious about watching letterbox movies/TV shows during the first 200 hours.
  • Take breaks from video games that display static images (maps, HUDs).

All the advice we just provided for prevention isn’t necessary but it helps. Chances are your new television is equipped with features to prevent a lot of problems that were common issues long ago. But it’s always better to be safe than sorry and doing what we listed above can only benefit your TV in the end.

If the problem does occur, don’t panic. The best thing to do is to keep watching television. Change the channels or play other video games and eventually, the image on screen will disappear in a matter of minutes to hours.

Remember, image burn-in is permanent but less likely to happen with modern televisions. Image retention (temporary form of image burn-in) or image persistence is short-term and much more common. It’s nothing to worry about and should go away after a while.

Should I buy an Extended Warranty?

The best way to make sure your television has a long life is to protect it. By practicing some of the preventive measures and tasks we’ve outlined above, your gaming TV should outlast your console.

Just in case though, bad things do happen regardless. Accidents are quite common especially if you have children. So is it worth it to get an extended warranty for your new television?

There are a couple of things to consider. Does the manufacturer’s warranty cover accidental damage, and certain issues like image burn-in? Some manufacturers consider image burn-in the fault of the owner and do not cover it. And accidental damage in certain cases might not be covered at all as well.

So do your research regarding the manufacturer’s warranty to see what they do and do not cover. If you want extra protection or added protection that covers what the manufacturer’s warranty won’t, then invest in an extended warranty.

Again, do your research on the extended warranty.

  • What exactly is covered and for how long?
  • Who is behind the actual extended warranty?
  • Are they a trusted and reputable company?
  • How is their customer service?
  • Will they send someone to my residence to fix the issue?
  • Will they replace my TV if the problem can’t be fixed?

Your new television is an investment. And it is better to be safe than sorry. Ask the right questions and get the right answers when it comes to the protection coverage on your TV because most likely, you’ll be keeping it for a long time. Try taking a look at Square Trade as they offer some really great warranties for televisions.

Does TV size matter for gaming?

TV size matters when buying a television for gaming.When you are looking for the best gaming TV for the PS4 or other console systems, you will probably have to wade through a lot of reviews before you find the right television. One important factor when choosing a new television will be the size of it before you make a purchase.

The consensus among many gamers is that a larger TV is generally better—if the specs are right. But buying a huge HDTV that has a large amount of input lag is like buying a large paperweight. As in, the TV is useless for playing anything other than a really old game system on it.

With that said, purchase the largest TV that you can fit into the space you have. A larger TV will be able to show you more detail in your games, plus playing on a huge screen is just fun.

A larger screen will give you a better sense of immersion when playing your games. Plus, with the larger TVs, if there are issues in resolution, you are likely not noticing it heavily when closer to the screen.

How to Choose the Right Screen Size – Additional information on how to choose your TV size.

Television size vs. your budget

When choosing your new TV, it is best to set a budget and then go from there. Once you have your budget, you should choose a television for video games specifically. Meaning a TV that offers the best specifications for gaming first while providing the largest size that fits within the budget you set.

For smaller budgets, finding an overall good HDTV for gaming might be difficult. You really want to spend about $700 to $1,500 for a good mid-range television. Larger budgets will yield better TVs at almost any size up to 75”.

No matter what your budget is, try to stay at 40” or above for the HDTVs size. Any smaller and you will have to sit too close to the television to play the video game system comfortably.

A good size for your gaming television would be 55”. This size is easy to find, fits well in most rooms and you can find a stand or wall mount kit for it very easily (and a little cheaper).

Don’t forget essential accessories for your HDTV

HDMI cables

When you purchase a new television for console gaming, make sure it comes with everything you need in order to have the best video gaming experience. You are going to need HDMI cables, stereo cables and all other cables/hookups for anything else you have set up in your entertainment center.

If you have more than two or three gaming consoles, you should purchase a HDMI switch. This device allows you to hook up multiple consoles with HDMI cables to just one of your HDMI slots, leaving the others clear for different devices.

Some of the older consoles use regular component cables, so make sure you have some of those on hand if this applies to you.

The best gaming headsets to compliment your gaming TV

Then there’s the essential pair of gaming headsets you’re going to want to buy. No matter what television you purchase, you’re going to want to experience surround sound at its best. A TV just can’t do this.

One of the best solutions is to buy a gaming headset so that you can experience incredible 7.1 surround sound while playing your games. All without disturbing neighbors, roommates or any other people that might be around you. This also makes late night gaming a lot more doable.

We’ve put together a list of the best-selling gaming headsets for PS4 and other gaming consoles. Head over to the page and see why these are the most popular gaming headphones that are best suited to compliment your gaming TV.

HDMI: So many options

New HDTVs use HDMI ports to connect most devices. This means that you will need to purchase the HDMI cables for your older video game consoles in order to take advantage of this.

These type of cables do not come with the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. The Wii U, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 all come with HDMI cables included. But having extras on hand is not a bad idea as some owners have reported having issues or receiving bad HDMI cables with their system.

You can purchase the cables for relatively cheap. Do not let the electronics clerk tell you that a $60 or more HDMI cable is the answer for better picture quality. The truth is that even the more expensive cables offer not much of a difference in picture than off-brand varieties. But buying a more expensive HDMI cable does have its benefits over a cheaper cable.

  • A longer lifespan
  • Can withstand twist and turns better than cheaper cables
  • Better video and audio reliability than cheaper HDMI cords

If you’re planning on running the HDMI cable over a long distance, it’s best to go for a more expensive brand. The greater the distance, the more the signal will degrade so in this case quality wins out. And don’t forget to make sure the HDMI cables have the gold tip connectors, because that feature does matter. Gold allows for a better connection, especially when you have to have a longer cable.

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