In our house the TV is used for two things. Binging the latest US TV shows via Netflix, and console gaming (and when we are feeling energetic enough to lug our rigs up and down the stairs, we use the TV for PC gaming too). My partner and I are both gamers and so we are always on the look out for new technology that can enhance the gaming experience.
We recently bought an Xbox One and plan to buy a Steam Machine later this year. While the Xbox One’s graphics look okay on our current LCD TV, it’s just not going to cut it for the upcoming Steam machines or Nvidia’s new Shield console which are both capable of producing 4K graphics. So in preparation I’ve been on a mission to hunt down the perfect gaming TV, and I think I may of just found what I’m looking for from this range of Panasonic 4K TVs.
So what’s the big deal about 4K? Well, simply put, 4K is the new HD. A 4K image is 4 times larger than a regular HD one (HD is 1080p. 4K is 3840p), meaning you will see the content you are playing or watching 4 times clearer than you would on an average HD TV. In fact, the Panasonic website says that the on-screen picture will “appear as real as the one outside your window”!
With such a high resolution you can see why 4K TVs are perfect for gaming, but that’s not the only reason this range is going to be favourable to gamers. The TV’s are equipped to deliver 50/60 frames per second via HDMI 2.0 connectivity. The TVs also have some of the lowest input lags seen in a 4K TV so far. This means that when playing games that require precision timing (i.e. rhythm games like Rockband, first person shooters like Call of Duty, fighting games like Killer Instinct etc) you are more likely to hit that note, get that kill or make the move you intended, meaning more victories over your opponents. Happy days!
When we’re not gaming we like to binge watch TV via services like Netflix and Youtube who both stream portions of their content in 4K with more to come in the future. That’s the keyword here. Future. Panasonic’s 4k TVs are fully future proof, ready for 4k broadcasts from the likes of Sky Box and BT Sport this summer along with 4k movie and game streaming from Netflix, Nvidia and Amazon Instant Video. They also feature HDMI 2.0 ports which you will need if you want to connect the next generation of Blu-ray players and hard drives to your TV.
The TV range comes with a whole host of awesome features that I haven’t mentioned above, like facial recognition, 4K upscaling, an SD card slot, metal frame, THX 4K certification, 2000hz backlighting, 3D, USB 3.0 slot, 4k swipe and share, and much more that you can read about over on Panasonic’s 4K TV site, here.
What do you think of Panasonic’s 4K TV range? What do you look for in a gaming TV? Let me know below!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. My thoughts and opinions are my own.