Posted: By Jon Peddie 06.18.20
Samsung says their new OLED giant TVs are primed and ready to be played with. With 8.3 million pixels, super-bright colors, and a lot of them, and fast response time, the company thinks they are offering the ultimate in living room gaming. And, as you know all too well, more folks are doing exactly that—playing games at home.
Since introducing Auto Game Mode to its TVs back in 2018, Samsung says it has made delivering next-level gaming experiences a key priority for TV development. Today, the fruits of the company’s considerable efforts include three consecutive “Best of Innovation” nods in the gaming category of CES’s annual Innovation Awards.
Samsung claims it was able to minimize QLED TV’s input lag by enhancing the way the TV processes image signal, which consequently reduces video processing time.
On QLED TVs, racing games, which can be graphics-heavy and require lightning-fast gameplay—run smoothly, without screen freezes or delays says the company. Incorporating FreeSync Premium, a technology that eliminates screen tearing and stuttering enabled this ability to manage graphics-heavy games. Also, Game Motion Plus, which minimizes motion blur and halo effects helps smoother gameplay. “We prevented the screen from becoming distorted by syncing the performance of the graphics card with the output of the display,” said Youngho Jung, from Samsung’s Panel R&D Group.
|Members of Samsung Electronics’ Visual Display Division (from left): Hyun Mook Choi and Jessica BeomEun Kim, from the TV Product Planning Group, Sungchang Jang, from the Software R&D Group, and Youngho Jung, from the Panel R&D Group.|
Exploiting OLED’s inherent HDR capabilities, the company says spotting enemies and objects in the dark is easy with its built-in Dynamic Black Equalizer. This technology utilizes the TV’s AI Quantum Processor to enhance image quality in real-time by analyzing a game’s dark scenes and detecting objects within them. It then optimizes black levels to help you see things that weren’t so clear before.
Samsung also has a unique MultiView screen-splitting function that allows users to simultaneously game on one side of their screen and mirror videos from their phone on the other.
The ability to game and watch a favorite streamer on a single screen eliminates the inconvenience of having to switch back and forth from focusing on your TV to focusing on your phone. The function can even detect when your phone has switched to landscape mode, and reflects this adjustment in real-time.
Auto Game Mode is another clever built-in function that enables QLED TVs to automatically analyze connected devices and optimize settings accordingly says the company. All one has to do is connect a console to the TV, and a message will automatically pop up on the screen to tell you “game mode is turned on.” Jessica Beom Eun Kim, from the TV Product Planning Group, explains that the message emphasizes the TV’s transformation into a gaming device when connected to a console.
Samsung put six speakers in its newest QLED TVs—two more than previous models. Built-in Object Tracking Sound (OTS) technology will give gamers’ an immersion feeling by allowing them to sense where sounds are coming from and how far away they are.
A 65-in OLED from Samsung is about $3,200.