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Gamers should pair Xbox Series X with an OLED TV, says LG

LG CX OLED 48-inch
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Wondering what the best gaming TV for your next-gen console might be? We've just caught word of an official partnership between LG and Xbox, to assure gamers of the benefits of playing on the next-gen Xbox Series X on an LG OLED TV – seemingly backing the organic LED panel technology over competing QLED or LCD TVs.

The Xbox Series X has got a massive boost in processing power over current-gen consoles, so it's no surprise that you'll need a TV capable of showing off those improvements at their best.

Many TV brands have been courting the gamer crowd this year, with the specter of the now-launched consoles leading many to wonder if their gaming TV setup is quite enough. Few have gone to such lengths as LG Electronics, with its entire 2020 OLED TV range sporting four HDMI 2.1 ports, rather than the more hesitant single port on certain new Samsung TVs.

That means you're getting gamer-centric features such as Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), which reduces screen tearing by smoothly adapting to the refresh rate required in your game, through every HDMI port – as well as 4K resolution at 120fps for compatible titles.

You also get Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), which drastically lowers input lag (the delay between inputs on your gamepad and their corresponding action onscreen) at the expense of some other processing technologies. Having four ports that support all of these features means you hook multiple next-gen consoles too, if you've been lucky enough to get them.

But what does an official partnership even mean? We're told that the companies will be hosting "special events held at participating retail locations" across Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific – though not, it seems, the US – which may suffer somewhat from ongoing lockdowns.

The point of the partnership is relevant regardless – that pairing an Xbox Series X with an LG OLED TV shouldn't disappoint.

“We take the needs of gamers very seriously when developing our OLED TVs so to be able to be an official partner to Xbox Series X is a partnership that is very meaningful to us,” said S.P. Baik, head of the TV product planning division of LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “We’re confident that the heightened visual quality from combining LG OLED TV and Xbox Series X will blow gamers away.”

Master monitor

Let's not forget the specific benefits of an OLED panel either, making for exceptional color and contrast thanks to its self-emissive pixels. Whether you're clearing zombies from dark basements in The Last of Us 2 on PS5, or talking your way into trouble in The Outer Worlds on either platform, you can be sure an OLED panel is going to elevate the experience.

LG's 2020 TV range has some real high flyers in it, with the popular LG CX OLED topping our best OLED TV guide – as well as coming in a compact 48-inch OLED size that may well work better as a solo gamer monitor. The CX has been seeing some sizable discounts in this year's Black Friday deals, too, meaning anyone who has yet to upgrade their TV for next-gen gaming may find now is the time to do it.

Other LG OLED models include the LG BX OLED (an entry-level model that takes a hit to processing), the LG Gallery Series OLED (a stylish wall-mounted set), and the LG WX OLED (a TV and soundbar pairing).

Henry St Leger

Henry is TechRadar's News & Features Editor, covering the stories of the day with verve, moxie, and aplomb. He's spent the past three years reporting on TVs, projectors and smart speakers as well as gaming and VR – including a stint as the website's Home Cinema Editor – and has been interviewed live on both BBC World News and Channel News Asia, discussing the future of transport and 4K resolution televisions respectively. As a graduate of English Literature and persistent theatre enthusiast, he'll usually be found forcing Shakespeare puns into his technology articles, which he thinks is what the Bard would have wanted. Bylines include Edge, T3, and Little White Lies.