We’re going to take you through the parts that matter most when shopping for a TV to match your games console. We’ll tackle aspects like why a 120Hz refresh rate matters, what VRR means, why you might choose an LCD or OLED TV, and which screen size you should get.
Incredible visuals can be cranked out by the Sony PS5. Tn this game, dazzling HDR and textures worthy of the title “next-gen” will be witnessed by anyone with the most realistic reflections. A great home entertainment center can also be presented by it. You need the right TV, to get the most from a PS5. The TV world is packed with jargon and other techy terms which most people don’t know, finding that TV can be more difficult than picking a phone.
1. Screen size
65 inch sets are even better if you have the room, and 48-inchers are the step down. These are the three sizes we recommend to about 98% of people.
If you haven’t upgraded your TV in many years, you may think it’s time for a change in size. 55 inches is the default these days. This is not just about popularity. It also means you tend to get the best value from a 55-inch set, not least because more of them are produced.
What your PS5 wants is pretty simple. It wants more because, just like movies, games tend to only look more impressive when the picture is bigger. However, your TV has to get on with the room as well as your console.
The best way to see if the set you have in mind will fit is to use a tape measure. You’ll find the dimensions for just about any TV on its manufacturer’s website.
This should be the point for AR, augmented reality, to step in, but there aren’t actually many great AR TV-fitting apps that let you point your phone at a wall to see how it will look in reality.
However, it’s worth giving LG TV & Audio AR Experience a download on your phone if you don’t have a tape measure to hand. It lets you map a TV into your room through your phone’s camera. And as 55-inch and 65-inch TVs are roughly similar in size, it doesn’t matter that much if you don’t end up picturing the exact set you’ll buy.
2. Refresh rate Here is an important one for big gamers. You ideally want to match a PS5 with a 120Hz TV. This means it can fresh its screen image up to 120 times a second.
The PS5 plays some games at 120 frames per second, so you need a TV with a 120Hz refresh rate to actually serve up the action at same pace as the console. Such high refresh rates are great for twitch response and competitive games, and 120fps modes are seen in titles like Borderlands 3, Destiny 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. VRR is just as important. This stands for variable refresh rate, and it lets the TV effective sync-up with the frame rate of your games. It avoids the tiny stutters that can otherwise occur, and that’s crucial because a consistent frame rate is actually more important than an ultra-high one when it comes to your actual experience.
The PS5 does not support VRR at the time of writing, but an update to enable it is expected very soon. 3. Panel type: LCD or OLED?
When we boil the TV decision down to its fundamentals, there are two types of TV panel, LCD and OLED. And while the TV companies come up with all kinds of sub-technologies and terms to make their sets seem unique, the core appeals and drawbacks of OLED and LCD largely remain. For playing in dimmer rooms you cannot beat an OLED. They have light-up pixels, leading to cinema-beating black levels and technically infinite contrast.