For gaming plasma flat panel will surely outperform LCD technology. Unlike LCD, plasma have deep black level [good for better contrast], do not create motion blur, and viewing angle is not a constrain.
The potential drawback here is that the plasma TV undergoes image retention. It means when images get displayed onscreen for longer time, they leave behind the faint imprint in the background. Image retention is an issue with games using static images, head-up displays, onscreen radars and health bars.
The current plasma models have efficiently reduced this issue, but it occurs at times. It takes some time to get rid of persistent image. However, plasmas are slowly become extinct, because OLED is latest technology, which blends the benefits of both plasma and LCD. OLEDs deliver bright image like LCD and maintains deep black level like plasma. This a new technology very expensive with limited options.
Therefore, for gaming fans, it is recommended to purchase LG or Sony LCD TV with LED backlight. Viewing angle need not be an issue because gamers sit close to screen center. The matter will only be an issue, if a game is played with group of friends surrounding the TV.
What features to consider in LCD to minimize issues discussed above?
- Refresh rate – It is per second image update time. Technically, high refresh rate is good but not relevant for gamers as console games play at frame rate 60 frames/sec. It means a new frame will be sent 60 times/sec. TV with high refresh rate are capable to handle low frame rate [sent by source device]. They introduce new dynamically created frames in between those propelled by source device.
Due to this, significant motion lag gets introduced. If you use the same TV to watch movies, shows, and play casually then a unit with 120Hz refresh rate is recommended.
- Local dimming – The LED backlight on dark screen areas gets dimmed with this feature. You have an image with deep dark level and balanced bright parts, at the same time with this feature.
- Game mode – Game mode decreases input lag by eliminating some processing form like dynamically creating frames. You can even turn off settings of picture quality like edge enhancement and digital noise reduction.
Will 4K enhance gaming experience?
Currently, consoles are designed to support Ultra HD content but games are not available in Ultra HD. However, games with HD content can benefit from 4K display. You get to sit close to screen and get to play on large screen without seeing pixel structure. It may enhance your gaming experience as far away objects and small text can be identified easily with improved details.
How big TV set to choose?
Competitive gamer will opt for small screen for quick response. There is no need to look around large screen. In addition, small screens display less motion lag.
Casual player can enjoy visuals on big screen. The same 50” screen can be used for watching movies and gaming.
What about 3D?
Some gaming consoles focus strongly on 3D but new generation consoles are not motivated with 3D technology. There is not much reason to purchase 3D TV.