You wouldn't listen to Zeppelin on a Fisher Price cassette player. Don't use your Xbox One on a Magnavox!
We've all been there. Ancient mystic is advising you on how to defeat the dragon, but the text is indecipherable and the next thing you know you're pot roast.
The Xbox One isn't just a gaming console; for many, it's an entire entertainment hub.
We've rounded up some of the best TVs on the market to help you find the right one for your Xbox One.
- LG EG9600
- LG EG9100
- Samsung KS9500 7-Series
- Samsung J6200
- Sony X940C/X930C
- Vizio D55U-D1
- Vizio E Series
Things to remember when choosing a TV
Here are a few tips to consider when buying your next Xbox One display (because that's all it's going to be, let's be honest).
Sure, we all want a GIANT TV, but if you're sitting too close, then your viewing will be significantly less than optimal. You'll have to whip your neck around when watching tennis.
A good benchmark is that optimal viewing distance for a 50-inch TV is about 10 feet away. If you're any closer than eight feet, then you'll want to stick closer to 42-inches. 70-inch TVs should be reserved for even larger spaces.
Displays are getting better and better and manufacturers are trying to come up with better speakers, but they're still just a step behind. If you're going big, then you'll probably want to pick up a sound bar (unless you're going with the Sony X930C), since most down-firing TV speakers aren't so powerful. You'll especially want an external sound system if you're mounting the TV on the wall.
Never pay retail for a new TV (unless you're somewhere where haggling isn't an option). It's true that markup on televisions isn't huge, but the bigger the TV, the higher the margin Most TVs, 55-inches and bigger, are priced around $300 or $400 above cost (depending on the retailer). If the retailer isn't budging on the price of the TV, try to get some accessories thrown in for "free". They'll just take the cost of them off the TV anyway.
Play with it before you buy it!
In most stores, TVs are set to Dynamic mode, which enhances the brights and crushes the blacks to give the illusion of contrast and detail. Set the TV to Standard mode and see what it's like before leaving the store with one. Leaving your TV on Standard instead of Dynamic will enhance details and hopefully lengthen its lifespan.
Does 4K matter to you?
If you're someone who has to have the latest and greatest at all times, then you probably want a 4K TV for that reason alone. However, is a 4K TV even worth it? Yes and no.
4K TVs display a 3840X2160 resolution, which is four times that of a 1080p TV. Sounds amazing, right? It is and it would be even more so if there was 4K content available to the average consumer. At the moment, the best you can get in terms of video games, Blu rays, and cable is 1080p. Netflix has an Ultra HD streaming service, but it's upscaled and not true 4K.
That being said, a 4K TV does upscale 1080p content, to a degree, by stretching and duplicating pixels, so 1080p content does look significantly better on a 4K TV.
If money's a bit tight, then the question you really have to ask yourself is: "Do I want a budget 4K TV or do I want to spend that money on a great 1080p TV?"
We've included both 4K and 1080p options below to give you a sense of bang-for-your-buck to help you decide which is going to be best for you, your budget, and – most importantly – your Xbox One.
LG EG9600 4K
LG is one of the most innovative TV brands in the world, pioneering technology like passive 3D and their subsequent Dual Play mode. The EG9600 is the epitome of their innovation. It has an OLED panel, which provides vibrant color and a contrast ratio that cannot be matched by standard LED televisions. This set displays 4K, which is more than the Xbox One can output, but it makes for a beautiful gaming experience.
This LG model is also a smart TV, which you may not need with your Xbox One, but it does mean that the graphics processor is that much better. The 3D panel offers you the ability to turn regular television and any game you play into 3D, with passive 3D glasses (that don't use batteries). You can take your 3D glasses home from the movie theater if you want.
The best feature of higher-end LG 3D TVs is Dual Play. If you're playing a split-screen game, you each don a pair of Dual Play glasses and get the entire screen to yourself! No screen-peeking allowed!.
Only comes in 55 inches or 65 inches.
LG EG9100 1080p
At just over half the price of the LG EG9600, the EG9100 is the best LG has to offer in the 1080p realm. It's got 3D capabilities that go beyond watching 3D Blu rays; you can watch regular TV in 3D and use LG's Dual Play technology for the ultimate split-screen gaming experience. With Dual Play, each player gets their own full screen, thanks to dual-pane 3D.
The 120Hz refresh rate is ideal for gaming, though 240 would be optimal for 3D. That being said, since each Dual Play screen is taken care of by each pane, you shouldn't notice any hiccups or lagging.
The EG9100 provides excellent viewing angles, with little to no change in color, no matter where you're sitting. If you've got a bunch of friends sitting around gaming, no one will be able to use their view as an excuse for being terrible. This model only comes in 55 inches, but that's optimal if you're sitting between 10 and 15 feet away; even a little closer won't matter too much.
Samsung KS9500 7-Series 4K
Curved is where it's at these days. Samsung has brought UHD to the forefront with their curved OLED displays, which offer intense color and perfect viewing at most angles. Traditional LEDs and LCDs typically have inconsistent viewing angles, but OLED performs significantly better —and the curved Samsung panel sweetens the deal, and the display.
This particular TV also has a quad-core processor. Yeah, TVs have multi-core processors now. OLED also has a better Clear Motion feature than regular LEDs, which remove motion blur almost entirely, so that everything you're watching or playing is 100% crisp.
The KS9500 also has "Ultra Black" which provides true blacks to give you a seemingly limitless contrast ratio, allowing fine details to stand out. You might as well be watching real life.
Only comes in 55 inches and 65 inches.
Samsung J6200 1080p
Want a 60-inch 1080p TV with a 120Hz refresh for under a grand? Boom, Samsung has you covered in a big way. The J6200 comes in sizes ranging from 40 inches up to 65 inches, so you can find one to fit pretty much any room.
This might not be the sleekest-looking Samsung model of all time, but what it lacks in physical appearance it makes up for in performance. This is an LED TV, which is a little behind the times for Samsung, but it doesn't mean your gaming and viewing experience will be any worse for it. If you jack up the Clear Motion rate, you'll notice very little motion blur, and the blacks are incredibly uniform, so if you're playing a darker game or watching "Game of Thrones," there won't be any visual noise in the black spots, which means better detail all around.
The lack of motion blur also means quick response time between when you input a command and when you see it executed on screen. Those times where you thought you shot first but died anyway? Say goodbye to them.
Since you'll have your Xbox One set up, you likely won't bother with this TV's smart features, which is probably for the best, since they're a little on the slow side. That being said, who cares? You can get a massive 1080p TV for under $1,000.
Sony X940C/X930C 4K
This TV is only offered at 65-inches, but it packs a wallop. Sony was the first brand to hit the market with 4K TVs and they knocked it out of the park right away. That's not only because 4K displayed on Gorilla Glass is like looking out a window; the X930C has front-facing speakers with HD Audio support, meaning that playback is at a higher sample rate than CDs, so everything's crystal clear.
The X940C (X930C) has a native refresh rate of 120 hertz, which is great for gaming and streaming content. The motion enhancement can simulate refresh rates of up to 1440 hertz, which is ideal for gaming and watching sports, since it all but eliminates motion blur entirely, leaving every detail visible at all times.
Rather than sit on a central stand, this TV stands like an easel, with feet on each end, giving it a narrow footprint.
It only has two HDMI ports, so if your Xbox One is all you plan on plugging in, then you're golden. Otherwise, you'll need a splitter.
Vizio D55U-D1 4K
Fair enough, we've been talking about dream TVs this whole time, so let's discuss an affordable option that's still going to give you 4K resolution without completely breaking the bank.
The Vizio D55U-D1 is 55-inches of affordable and perfectly efficient television. It offers 4K resolution and smart features, which means it's got a dual-core CPU and a quad-core GPU. I'm just going to say it: for such a cheap TV, it's actually pretty great.
No, you won't get the color depth that you'd see in the above-mentioned sets, but if you're looking for a big 4K TV and don't want to spend more than a grand, you can have it with Vizio. It still has a 120 hertz refresh rate, which is the very least you should have if you're gaming anyway. Save a little money by buying Vizio and save up for an LG or Samsung for your next one, when TVs are all as thin as posters.
Vizio E Series
The Vizio E series is a solid 1080p budget TV option that ranges in size from 32 inches all the way up to 70 inches. So if you're looking for a bedroom TV to game on alone or a living room TV that can handle a gaming party, they've got you covered and on the cheap to boot. Best Buy offers the 60-inch version for only $700.
Vizio TVs are a great option if you're trying to save money but still want a decent smart TV that offers solid picture. You likely won't care about the smart features, since you'll be using your Xbox One, but the smart features mean that the TV has at least a dual-core processor, which is far better for picture quality and gaming overall. You'll have to grab a 65 or 70-inch model if you want a higher refresh rate than 60Hz, but you shouldn't notice much input lag when gaming on the smaller models. There is also a distinct lack of motion blur, which is what sets this TV above some Sony models (funnily enough).
The one downside of Vizio's E Series is the sound quality. The speakers are tinny and cheap-sounding, so you'll want an external speaker setup if sound is of any importance to you.
Keep in mind that we're recommending the E Series because you can get a lot of TV for little money, but you do get what you pay for, to a degree. Don't expect LG or Samsung-quality color depth and responsiveness.