Televisions have been the go-to method of viewing gaming content ever since the first gaming console became the in-thing. Technology has improved quite a bit since then (as you would expect) with new features, like variable refresh rate (VRR), drastically changing how users experience games.
In the gaming world, different scenes require different levels of framerates. VRR therefore is able to adjusts the display’s refresh rate to match the graphics processing unit (GPU)’s outputting frames on the fly. Gamers enjoy it when every single frame is displayed as soon as possible to prevent input lag and not repeated, therefore avoiding game stuttering and screen tearing. Most of the new features that include this incredible VRR can be found in Samsung’s newest addition to its Neo QLED TV range – the QN90B that is able to take normal home-viewing and gaming experience to the next level.
The More LEDs, the Better
Samsung has been a significant player in display technology, and it continues its extended innovative stride with the QN90B using mini-LED backlighting technology for a richer viewing experience. With local dimming zones, the bloom around bright subjects in dark scenes are vastly reduced. This also means that HDR content will look its best, further improved with an HDR10+ certification to display the content as the developers intended. As any gamer will tell you, framerates are important and can mean the difference between taking an L and winning the chicken dinner.
The QN90B offers a native refresh rate of 100Hz and thanks to the full array of HDMI 2.1 ports – it supports 120Hz with the current-gen consoles at its native 4k resolution. Plug into a gaming PC to the 43in and 50in models and they will even manage to get up to 144Hz. The combination of a high refresh rate and AMD’s Free Sync Premium Pro VRR technology means that your eyes are protected from screen tearing.
Just as important as a high refresh rate for gamers is low pixel response time and input lag. On displays with a high pixel response time, fast-moving objects can appear blurry and lose some definition. And doing anything with high input lag is incredibly frustrating and can ruin your immersion. The QN90B features Samsung’s Motion Xcelerator Turbo Pro so fast-moving objects look clear and with no discernible input lag.
When deciding on a TV for gaming, an aspect that is often overlooked is viewing angles. Only one or two lucky viewers will get the prime seat right in front of the TV with the rest of the team off to the sides. With the QN90B positioning doesn’t matter (unless they are behind it for some reason) so colour accuracy and contrast will be fantastic for everyone.
A Game-Worthy Control Centre
The Samsung QN90B features Samsung’s Game Bar, a UI overlay that gives gamers the tools they need to make the most out of their games. It displays current settings like input lag, real-time FPS, high-definition resolution, variable refresh rates and available Bluetooth pairing sound devices. It also allows gamers to change the display settings they care about most without having to dig through menus. Also, it offers switching between the default 16:9 aspect ratio to the ultrawide 21:9 or 32:9 in supported games.
The Samsung QN90B delivers amazing gaming experiences that you can currently buy. The increased refresh rate, low pixel response time and more-than-capable HDR performance will make for an immersive gaming experience.