You may need a new HDTV to get the most out of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox X

September 24, 2020
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Both Sony and Microsoft introduced new gaming systems this year, with the PlayStation 5 ($399-$499) and Xbox X ($499) and S ($299) series now in pre-order and available in stores next month (November 2020). Both consoles bring more graphical horsepower than their predecessors and that means you might need to upgrade your TV to get the most out of them. Two terms you'll see a lot when shopping for a TV are resolution and refresh rate.  Quite simply, the higher resolution and faster picture refresh rate are needed to fully enjoy these new gaming systems. A decade ago, 1080p (1920x1080) was the HD picture standard, with resolution  meaning 2.7 million little dots, or pixels, were simultaneously changed to create a real-life picture. 4K or ultra HD (3840x2160) launched in 2014 and increased resolution to 8.29 million total pixels and is now becoming the minimum standard. That a 207% increase in picture quality, which is why your new PlayStation and Xbox will perform better on a newer TV supporting 4K. While both system will work on the emerging 8K (7680x4320) resolution TVs, with over 33 million pixels, it may be a little early to jump on those as 8K sets are much more expensive and harder to find (plus no one streams/broadcasts at this speed quite yet). Now that you've got the resolution, let's look at the refresh rate or how quickly the picture changes those millions of pixels. Most console games run at somewhere between 30Hz and 60Hz frames per second (FPS).  The new PlayStation and Xbox offer 120 FPS. Why it’s important is that if your TV's refresh rate can't match a video game's frame rate, you'll get bad visual glitches.  So look for TVs with 120Hz refresh rate. And with all this new data being transmitted, you'll need a new cord.  HDMI 2.1 can handle 4K and a 120Hz refresh rate, but you need to buy new HDMI cables. The good news are the HDMI 2.1 cables are priced about the same as the regular HDMI. And with many 4K HDTVs start in price from $225, with a 120Hz refresh starting around $400, it isn't too expensive to upgrade for a more life-like experience.

SOURCE: Mashable

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