TV vs Gaming Monitor for Console Gaming

TV vs Gaming Monitor for Console Gaming

For the ultimate console gaming experience, the debate between a TV and a gaming monitor goes on. While TVs offer a larger screen for a more cinematic feel, gaming monitors bring a new level of responsiveness and precision. If you are wondering why a gaming monitor could be your secret weapon to console gaming victory, let’s take a quick look. 

3 monitor setup with PX277 pro

Less Lag & Fast Response Times

Imagine this: you're lining up for a headshot, only for your shot to register late. That's input lag. TVs prioritize image processing and often suffer from higher input lag. Gaming monitors have lower input lag for near-instantaneous response. This is further enhanced by a monitor's fast response time, minimizing ghosting or blurring for sharp visuals and fast reactions.

For competitive gamers, every millisecond counts. Gaming monitors often come equipped with features specifically designed to give you that edge. FreeSync and G-Sync eliminate stuttering and tearing, creating unparalleled smoothness.

Some monitors also offer customizable settings like overdrive to further reduce response time and customizable crosshairs to enhance your targeting accuracy.

High Refresh Rates & Smooth Gameplay

Refresh rate determines how many times per second the image refreshes. A higher refresh rate translates to smoother visuals. At refresh rates of 144Hz and up, it ensures that gaming monitors can keep up with your console, delivering a buttery smooth gameplay experience that eliminates screen tearing. Most consoles can output games at well over 60 frames per second. However, a standard TV with a 60Hz refresh rate can only display 60 frames per second, leading to screen tearing (monitor displaying half of an old image and half of a new one simultaneously). 

screen tearing vs no screen tearing

Taking PS5 as an example, the monitor or TV needs to be HDMI 2.1 compliant to achieve 120Hz at 4k resolution. While the more common HDMI 2.0 ports can support 4K, it is capped at  60Hz. Not all TVs or monitors support HDMI 2.1, so be sure to check the specifications before you buy. Additionally, not all games currently support 120Hz on PS5. With the growing popularity of next-gen consoles and high refresh rate displays, this is likely to change in the future.

60hz vs 144hz

Screen Size & Proximity 

Smaller monitors (24-27 inches) are great for console gaming on a desk. The closer viewing distance lets you see every detail of the game. Fast-paced action games where you need to track enemies and react quickly benefit from smaller screens as well. Everything is within easy viewing distance, hence reducing eye movement and allowing you to focus on the action.

TVs are designed for a further viewing distance (6-10+ feet depending on size). Sitting farther back allows your eyes to take in the entire screen. This creates a more cinematic feel, perfect for open-world games where you want to soak in the visuals. 

Audio Considerations

TVs designed for media consumption often have better built-in speaker systems compared to gaming monitors. These can be sufficient for casual gaming sessions. However, competitive console gaming often hinges on precise audio cues – footsteps of approaching enemies, weapon reloads, or voice communication with teammates. For competitive or immersive experiences,  both monitors and TVs benefit from external solutions like headsets. 

Ultimately, the choice between a monitor and TV for console gaming depends on your priorities.  For competitive or fast-paced games where responsiveness and immersion are key, a gaming monitor with a closer viewing distance is ideal.  For a more casual gaming experience, especially for larger screens and shared viewing, a TV might be the better choice. So experiment, find what works best for you, and get ready to take your console gaming to the next level!

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