Console gaming set-up (TV etc)

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Console gaming set-up (TV etc)

Post by PopeFormosus » June 11th, 2019, 9:05 pm

Hi everyone,

I’m a new poster and was looking for input regarding set-up. With the next gen of consoles around the corner I want to tick off this current cycle’s best games in good style (and hopefully leave me in good shape for 2020 onwards).

1) Is there a specific thing I should be worried about when considering a 4K HDR TV? (I’m thinking about getting a LG C9 OLED as recommended by Digital Foundry)

2) Is there a better class of HDMI cable I should be looking at to support the TV?

Note: I’m only using PlayStation at the moment but looking to get Xbox One and Nintendo Switch so I guess I’m coming from an all-round perspective.

Thanks for any help you can offer. I struggle with tech and its jargon.

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Post by ratsoalbion » June 11th, 2019, 9:36 pm

1. If DF recommends it and you can afford it it’s probably a good buy. I went for a Sony Bravia 49” 4K HDR set about a year ago and I love it. A bargain at under £600. But I’m no AV guru.

2. Do not waste money on snake oil HDMI cables: https://www.cnet.com/news/4k-hdmi-cables-are-nonsense/

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Post by duskvstweak » June 11th, 2019, 11:01 pm

ratsoalbion wrote:
June 11th, 2019, 9:36 pm
1. If DF recommends it and you can afford it it’s probably a good buy. I went for a Sony Bravia 49” 4K HDR set about a year ago and I love it. A bargain at under £600. But I’m no AV guru.
Would you suggest the same thing for someone only using it for blu-ray movies?

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Re: Console gaming set-up (TV etc)

Post by Suits » June 12th, 2019, 5:57 am

The two current big boy consoles use a specific type of HDR, called HDR10.

So just make sure the panel you are buying supports that - most do.

Generally buying any sort of panel now, in 2019 will garnish good results.

Most input lag has been reduced to a un-noticeable level when put into game mode and viewing angles are wide enough on these LED screens - although there are variables.

Any OLED panel will be stunning.

Digital cables are pretty much lossless, so don’t bother consider getting anything special regards those - it’s nothing like as important as with analogue cables.


Finally, if you’re sensitive to visuals, consider setting up your non-4K consoles, on a different input setting. As the Switch can look a bit blown out and overly sharp on an input configured for 4K.

Also find a good calibration setting for your TV and spend some time setting it up, the difference can be quite pleasing once you find an optimum setting for your room and inputs.

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Post by PopeFormosus » June 13th, 2019, 7:25 pm

This has really helped me out everyone, thanks for chipping in

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Re: Console gaming set-up (TV etc)

Post by Alex79uk » June 14th, 2019, 5:08 am

Yeah as Leon said you can buy HDMI cables for upwards of £50 but It's not worth it. As long as the cable supports HDMI 2.0 you'll be fine. Mine was less than a fiver. Same rule used to apply for speaker cable when I was in to home stereo stuff. You'd see gold plated stuff for like £14 a metre or whatever, when the 50p a metre stuff did the exact same job.

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Re: Console gaming set-up (TV etc)

Post by countstex » June 19th, 2019, 11:17 am

One thing to check once you have the TV, many need you to 'turn on' 4K/HDR on the HDMI connections on the TV itself before the consoles will recognise your TV as 4K/HDR compatible, so be sure to look into that.

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