If you're lucky enough to have gotten an Xbox Series X or a PlayStation 5, you'll be well aware of the delights of new-generation console gaming.
But if you're not playing on a super modern television, it could be even better.
The thing about these latest gaming consoles is that they're so advanced, with an older or lower quality TV, you're missing out on a lot of what they can do.
LG is the only TV brand with models available in New Zealand right now that offer everything you need to maximise gaming experiences on an Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5.
Never before have we been able to enjoy console gameplay in 4K resolution at 120 frames per second (fps) and it really is a blast - once you've tasted gaming that good, you won't want to go back.
The LG OLED range is able to deliver the best new-generation gaming experience by offering the following features:
HDMI 2.1 ports - and at least two of them, so you can run both new-generation gaming consoles or high-specced PCs into your one television.
VRR - Variable Refresh Rate. This technology enables the TV to adjust its refresh rate dynamically to match the frame rate output by your gaming console, so games can have floating fps without screen tearing.
ALLM - Auto Low Latency Mode. This means the TV will automatically switch to the best latency setting to match the input - so basically, you don't have to turn "game mode" on and off, it'll sort all that out for you.
Ultra-Fast Response Time - An ultra-fast 1ms response time with low input lag is crucial for fast-paced gaming and will give you an advantage over people playing on slower TVs.
For PC gamers - The TV supports both AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync, with RTX 20-series and GTX 16-series or newer GPUs.
Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos - The Xbox Series X and Series S are the first ever gaming consoles to support both of these formats. LG OLED TVs also support both, which means truly superb picture and audio experiences.
So what does all that mean in practice?
Newshub has been using an LG CX and it's hard to explain just how good it is - you do really have to feel it. But imagine the jump from DVD to Blu-ray combined with the jump from ADSL to fibre and you're on the right track.
That super high frame rate and super low response time are particularly important for some game types - like shooters. On the Series X with an LG OLED, you can play Call of Duty: Warzone in 120fps which is so blazingly fast it will give you a clear advantage in those all-important Gulag faceoffs.
Playing Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War with either new-gen console allows 120fps and it's immediately clear what an improvement it is. Just be warned: it may mean during the starting countdown of every Team Deathmatch or Domination you find yourself waving your gun back-and-forth from left to right, just marvelling at how lightning quick it all feels. That novelty doesn't really wear off, either.
Playing Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales on an LG OLED is really quite special. The game forces you to choose 30fps with ray-tracing on or 60fps with it off, and both modes look completely gorgeous - try flicking between them and seeing which is your favourite.
Cyberpunk 2077 on the Series X is jaw-dropping on an LG OLED, with the neons of Night City looking just incredible. The extreme fidelity makes the game's notoriously huge amount glitches even more jarring, however.
Perhaps unexpectedly, one of the most dazzling Series X games to play on an LG OLED is Tetris Effect: Connected. There's something about just how fine each of the floating particles looks that makes it all feel enchantingly beautiful. The massive contrast and pure, true blacks of the OLED just make it so gorgeous.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla also looks simply amazing with a new-gen console and LG OLED. The scenery is so impressive, you find yourself often stopping to peacefully drink in all the gorgeous vistas - which is really saying something as it slows down your getting to the next bit of super fun viking action.
LG has partnered with Microsoft to be the official TV partner of the Xbox Series X in multiple regions around the world, including New Zealand. National Marketing Manager for LG Electronics NZ Kieran Chapman points out that in Aotearoa there has been exceptional demand for the LG OLED TV range.
"We believe the combination of self-lit pixel technology and the ability to show 4K games at 120 frames per second make LG OLED TVs the perfect choice for New Zealand gamers looking to experience the new Xbox Series X," he says
Of course, when you don't want to game on your TV but rather kick back with movies or a TV show, the LG OLED range makes watching those about as good as it gets - and thanks to ALLM it'll automatically change to the right mode for you.
These TVs have self-lit pixel technology which delivers supreme picture quality with vibrant, natural colours and infinite contrast, delivering a wide colour gamut and superb HDR performance.
Other TV brands are lagging behind with the new-generation gaming technology, but LG is leading the pack and delivering it all in their premium OLED range.
If you're into gaming on an Xbox Series X or a PlayStation 5, an LG OLED is the best way to do it.
This article was created for LG NZ