A Gamer’s Guide to High-Definition TVs


When it comes to televisions for gaming, bigger isn’t necessarily better: A large flat screen TV might leave you with blurry figures. Get the most for your money by picking a television that works with your gaming system to deliver the best possible gaming experience.


Choose among four main TV types: Plasma, 3D, LCD or LED TV. LED and LCD are fairly similar, except the former includes backlighting that improves contrast and offers other tweaks that gamers will appreciate. Knock LCD TVs off the list from the start. TV enthusiasts are excited about the potential in 3D televisions, but right now the infrastructure really isn’t there. Sure, gamers will purchase 3D glasses and manufactures will develop 3D games, but the payoffs aren’t really there just yet. Since 3D television is the newest model, you’ll end up paying a premium if you want to try it. If you’re looking for a television that you can purchase for gaming right now, and especially if you’re shopping on a budget, think either plasma or LED.

Best Visuals

Sharpness and clean motion are key for the gaming experience. Plasma televisions tend to have fuzzier images, but work fairly well at capturing the fast motion common in the gaming experience. LED TVs, on the other hand, have crystal-clear resolution but can lag a big during those fast-motion sequences.

Image Retention

Image retention used to be more of a problem than it is, but it’s still something to be concerned with. Image retention or screen burn refers to images permanently or semi-permanently burned on to the screen when the screen isn’t in use. This is only a concern with plasma televisions, not LCD or 3D. If you pause the television for a game break while you make and eat your dinner, you risk coming back to a lasting still image burned onto your television. Plasma TV manufacturers have taken many steps to reduce screen burn, but they haven’t eliminated it completely. When you use the television, you won’t see the burned-on images so this is only a problem when the TV is off.

Personal Preference

Before you commit to either model, visit an entertainment store to see how LCD and plasma TVs look and feel in action. Your budget will play a hand in dictating what size, type and make of television you can afford, so calculate how much you can spend before you shop. To stretch your budget further, consider waiting to buy until a major sale, such as a holiday weekend sale or season closeout sale.

You may find some TVs connected to gaming stations, so you can test out the gaming experience and decide or yourself which type you prefer. You can find both plasma and LED televisions that offer a superior gaming experience by making your games look great and providing the right color balance to illustrate the nuances of the game board.

It’s okay to spend some time comparing TV models and reading online reviews from other games. Don’t let anyone pressure you into deciding on the right gaming TV if you’re not ready to commit. This is a modest investment, so you want to feel sure that you’ve chosen a product that’s right for you.


Lindsey is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area and she writes on behalf of Sears and other deserving brands. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.


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