Microsoft has been involved in the console market since 2002 with the Xbox and quickly climbed the ladder of success with it. Now the powerful Xbox Series X and the slimmed-down Xbox Series S have been released. But are the new consoles any use at all if my TV can’t display the whole thing properly? Here you can find the best TVs to get everything out of the Xbox Series X!
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The best OLED TV for the Xbox Series X: LG C1 OLED
LG’s C1 OLED is one of the best TVs of 2021. The OLED panel offers the usual infinite contrast ratio and perfect blacks, resulting in a superior picture. So not only movies look great, but games are also displayed excellently. In addition, there is a very wide viewing angle, which also makes gaming with several friends a fun experience.
The motion handling of the C1 leaves nothing to be desired. The 120Hz display and an almost instantaneous response time ensure that almost no motion blur is visible. In combination with an input lag of ~5ms, games run smoothly and without any delays. The four HDMI 2.1 ports also provide everything else you need for the Xbox Series X: ALLM and VRR via G-Sync and FreeSync. Furthermore, Dolby Vision gaming is possible with the C1 OLED at [email protected], which makes games look even more realistic.
The LG G1 OLED evo is probably the better choice for anyone who places a lot of value on an unusual design. However, you really have to like and want the Gallery design here, since you can otherwise get an almost identical TV at a cheaper price with the C1. The interesting thing here, however, is the Evo panel, which makes the OLED TV brighter and more power-efficient at the same time. When turned off, various artworks can be displayed in gallery mode, which makes the G1 act as a classy picture frame.
The OLED evo G1 also offers fantastic motion handling and in combination with an input lag of ~5ms, it is in no way inferior to the C1. Games therefore run smoothly and without any delays. The four HDMI 2.1 ports deliver ALLM and VRR via FreeSync, G-Sync and HDMI Forum. In addition, the G1 is the second TV that supports Dolby Vision gaming at [email protected] with the Xbox Series X.
The best QLED TV for the Xbox Series X: Samsung Neo QLED QN90A: Samsung
If you prefer daytime gaming, you should rather go for a QLED TV. The best one that is great for gaming with the Xbox Series X is the Samsung QN90A Neo QLED.
The QLED can get much brighter and achieves a great 26000:1 contrast ratio and deep, even blacks thanks to the built-in mini LED backlight in combination with Full Array Local Dimming. Furthermore, it has a very wide viewing angle despite the installed VA panel, since an Ultra Wide Viewing Angle has been installed.
However, it also has to be said that the QN90A artificially brightens HDR content. This should be noticed negatively when playing horror games, since the right atmosphere does not really want to emerge.
Motion handling is excellent here as well. Thanks to the 120Hz panel and a response time of ~3ms, there is hardly any motion blur and together with an input lag of ~5ms, games run incredibly smoothly. In addition, four HDMI 2.1 ports offer all the features you need for the Xbox Series X: ALLM, VRR via FreeSync Premium Pro, HDMI Forum VRR and G-Sync support. Furthermore, Samsung offers additional gaming features like a Game Bar and a Panorama mode.
Mid-range all-rounder: Samsung Q70A QLED: Samsung Q70A
If it doesn’t have to be high-end, the Samsung Q70A QLED is also a good choice for gaming on the Xbox Series X. It is rather a good average TV, but it offers excellent gaming features that do not have to hide behind the expensive models. The Q70A cuts a good figure in bright rooms, but you have to settle for a narrow viewing angle due to the VA panel.
Motion handling is very good thanks to the 120Hz panel and the response time of ~5ms. With an input lag of ~6ms at [email protected], the Q70A is perfectly suited for gaming and one HDMI 2.1 port provides the rest: VRR via FreeSync and G-Sync and an Auto Low Latency Mode. Thus, the Q70A is something for everyone who doesn’t want to spend too much on a new TV.
An alternative that scores well especially in gaming is the NANO90 made by the Korean manufacturer LG. It does not deliver as good a picture as Samsung’s Q70A, but it has a very wide viewing angle in comparison thanks to the IPS panel.
The motion handling of the NANO90 is really good thanks to the 120Hz panel and a response time of ~4ms. Together with an input lag of ~5ms, games run smoothly and without input delays. An HDMI 2.1 port is also present and delivers VRR via FreeSync and G-Sync.
While the gaming features all sound good, the NANO90 unfortunately falls by the wayside when it comes to picture quality. The contrast is only 1140:1 and the poor local dimming feature unfortunately cannot get more out of the TV. Thus, you should not use the TV if you mainly want to play games in the evening or in dark rooms.
Best TVs for the Xbox Series X in comparison
Other noteworthy TVs for the
The Chinese manufacturer is known for releasing TVs that are affordable but also have great features other TVs in the same price range do not have. This is also the case with the Hisense U8G.
With a high contrast ratio of 7900:1 thanks to a well working Full Array Local Dimming and a peak brightness of 1600 nits, the U8G is an excellent choice for bright rooms. It also supports the dynamic HDR formats Dolby Vision and HDR10+. Unfortunately, the TV comes with a very narrow viewing angle which is why you should stick to playing on your own.
Motion Handling on the U8G is also great. The 120 Hz panel and a response time of ~4 ms hardly cause any motion blur and combined with an input lag of ~15ms, games run smoothly and without delays. The HDMI 2.1 port also provides ALLM, VRR via FreeSync, HDMI Forum and G-Sync compatibility.
Powerful gaming with the Xbox Series X
Microsoft on the way to the throne of the next gaming duel
When the Xbox Series X|S was released in November 2020, it sold out in an instant. The rush was as huge as never before, and a year later, the situation doesn’t look any better. The ongoing pandemic and the associated chip shortage continue to keep the Xbox Series X in particular out of stock on the market.
Microsoft was able to bring out a real competitor for the PlayStation with its Xbox years ago, and the battle between the two camps continues. With both the X and S models, Microsoft managed to launch versions for different needs and budgets. While the Series S version is an “all digital” console that comes with slimmed down specs and at a cheaper price, the Series X version is the next level gaming console par excellence. With groundbreaking performance and an excellent graphics processor that even puts PCs in a corner, the console can really hold its own against the Sony competitor and even steal first place from it most of the time.
Because the Xbox has one ace up its sleeve that no other console can keep up with: The Xbox Game Pass. This is a digital game library that is constantly updated and can even be accessed from the PC. Thus, you always have access to the latest games, which is why the S version has its raison d’être. Although the subscription service costs a monthly fee, it is really insignificant compared to what is offered.
Despite the Game Pass, the Xbox Series X also needs a suitable TV to show its full potential. An HDMI 2.1 port and a 120Hz panel are especially important here, since only then [email protected] is possible. The Xbox Series X can even make use of Dolby Vision gaming, since it is the only console that supports this kind of image optimization so far.
Questions about the Xbox Series X
The risk of burn-in, of which many are afraid, remains very low. In the meantime, there are many different protection mechanisms to prevent burn-in and even if you play the same game for 8 hours a day, it takes years before anything could really burn in.
No, because the console can also be connected to older TVs with the HDMI interaface. However, [email protected] is only possible with an HDMI 2.1 connection.
At the end of September, an official update was released that makes Dolby Vision gaming with the Xbox Series X possible. Theoretically, this is now possible with every TV that also has Dolby Vision. In practice, however, only LG’s OLED C1 and OLED evo G1 are capable of displaying Dolby Vision gaming at [email protected] All other TVs can only manage [email protected] at most.