OLED TVs are popular, but very expensive, display solutions if you want to play at 4K HDR with your Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. The tech has matured in the last year more than it did since its development, allowing big brands to sell various models at friendly prices. Today’s devices can handle the unmatched contrast levels along with HDR imaging’s extra bright and vibrant imaging with aplomb.
Facts Before Buying OLED TVs for Gaming
-OLEDs are prohibitively expensive than their LCD counterparts or PC Monitors. There is no other way to go about it, but at least pricing has come down to brackets that even the middle class can afford.
-The newer OLED TVs have, up to some extent, solved the long-standing issue with TVs used for gaming such as input lag. The models we chose for this guide fall below 25ms of latency which is suitable only for console gaming.
-Taking care of OLED TVs can be challenging since they are prone to burn-in or image retention. Avoid using this type of display for static images such as news banners and pictures since the OLED film can retain the colors permanently. Also, each model comes with a refresh time before turning it off to prevent this defect. Allowing the device to cycle correctly as designed will prolong its lifespan.
Best OLED TVs for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro
1. LG OLED C7 Series
The LG C7 Series OLED TVs are considered as the best value options in the market since they offer every important aspect you can run across in viewing HDR media. For starters, this model supports all the crucial standards such as Dolby Vision. The LG C7 TVs also sport some of the best brightness ranges and most comprehensive color spectrums in the market enabling it to put out the inky blacks and eye-popping color we all crave.
Design-wise, the LG C7 can be considered a slouch even if you set it next to its upmarket cousins. The slim chassis makes it easy to wall this device, making it look like a moving work of art is on your wall. This variant can also decode Dolby Atmos audio which makes it a tremendous value, although we think you will still need a better audio setup since TV speakers aren’t truly capable.
2. LG OLED B7 Series
If you want something a bit cheaper than the C7 without sacrificing all that oozing imaging sexiness, the LG B7 series should be your next pick. Like its subtly pricier sibling, the B7 use the same type of OLED panel which is capable of excellent brightness ranges and vibrant colors. For around the current price of the Dell UP2718Q, you get a 55-inch OLED-equipped display that can maximize your Xbox One X or PS4 Pro’s output.
The only aspect that changed for the B7 is it sports silver bezels instead of the C7’s black strips. While this has no detrimental effect on the performance, some may dislike the fact they can be noticeable during the TV’s operation. This variant also cannot decode Dolby Atmos audio, but for those of us who want to buy into OLED tech without spending too much, these misgivings shouldn’t matter.
3. Philips 55POS9002
Philips has been making waves in the monitor industry, but we simply can’t ignore their OLED TV offering that also carries the brand’s Ambilight technology. What’s superb about this model is its P5 Picture engine which is sufficiently powerful to process a lot of image stages in real time. This ability helps the 55POS9002 to improve all aspects of the picture, such as its color, contrast, and clarity.
The only downside of this model is it’s middling audio, although we think that’s forgivable since we never really liked built-in speakers. At least, you do get to enjoy the Ambilight feature which synchronizes its glow’s color with the images on the screen. This add-on enhances the immersion viewers experience while also doubling as a bias light for eye safety and comfort.
4. Sony A1E Series
The Sony A1E is almost identical to the LG B7 TVs in terms of performance save for a few advantages in image quality and accuracy. However, it’s trump card lies in the ability to strobe the backlight which improves motion clarity by reducing blurs. This feature is essential for FPS fans on the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro since 60FPS doesn’t do a sufficient job at curing these image defects.
We like the Sony A1E’s sophisticated design for its ultrathin borders and a svelte form factor that makes it suitable for wall mounting. The build quality is superb thanks to Sony’s prowess in the industry, although we still can’t decipher why the stand makes the screen tilt by a few degrees. So far this is the only complaint, although you can cure this by adding a 400 x 200 VESA mount to your purchase.
Thoughts on OLED TVs for the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro
OLED TVs can get expensive, and not all of them are ideal for gaming and movie enjoyment at the same time. Some older models have slow pixel transition times and bad image retention, but some of the newer models which cost more without offering substantial improvements. These four models we presented are the best at being the middle ground of everything while having easy to swallow price tags.
There are more OLED TVs coming this year, but these are the ideal candidates if you want to upgrade now. OLED TVs are also your best alternative if you want to game or watch movies in HDR on the PC since reliable and capable monitors are still in the works.