*Last updated on December 3.
You don't have to think twice when pushing someone off a cliff. What about 4K TV? Sony announced new PS4 Pro, and it’s capable of 4K HDR gaming. Now you are in the market for a good 4K UHD TV to connect with your new shiny console right? Which 4k TV to buy for PS4 Pro? Here we recommend good TV’s that’s 60"+ HDR TVs along with some info you should be aware of. Full list of supported TV list can be found in this guide as well (4K+HDR input lag added).
Before you buy
What Sony recommend (Unofficial)?
1. They recommend size of 60” and up for average living rooms
Bigger the better but it seems little weird. Room size, seating size and media types are all different for evryone. The price of UHD TV’s fall recently. But it doesn't mean its still affordable. Maybe a good time to pick one. But watch out for below points if you are getting TV for gaming because streaming and gaming on TV is a bit different.
best TV size for your living room?
Note:- The following applies to only 4K TV
3.5 to 5 feet - 49"
5 to 6 feet - 55" and 60'' are good. In doubt? Get the bigger one
6 to 7 feet - 65"
more than 7 feet - 75"
2. HDR10 capability
Apparently the above explains only the top of mountain. There are further information you should know to make sure you are spending for the right one. Afterall, you are paying for premium experience.
1. True Ultra- HD (4k)
UHD is a resolution of 3840 pixels × 2160 which is the consumer format.
Have a look at HDR Videos compared to HD format.The video is just a glimpse of what real HDR looks like. Because you are watching it through the standard HD monitor or non-HDR compatible device.
Now to the interesting parts. There are two standards. Dolby and HDR10. Some TV’s support only one standard. Some support two. But Sony recommends HDR10 capability.because they chose to go with it. Companies name it differently. LG calls it HDR Pro. Sony does have their branding and calls it 4K HDR. And Samsung adopted SUHD branding.That being said a lot of TVs that claim to have HDR can't use it well or at all. lot of them use 8-bit panels, but only the true 10-bit tv panels can use it to its full extent.That's explained next
3. 10bit panel
Get 10bit one to take full advantage of HDR. Why? What’s the difference between 8bit and 10bit? Here is the excerpt from 4k.com and check what they say. If you don't want to read it, then in short '8 bit is 16 million colour and 10 bit - 1billion colors!
4. Low input lag
Its where things get even complicated. The main problem of TV’s compared to monitors is high input lag. Once you turn on the HDR + 4K mode lag gets even highere. Don't freak out, anything less than 40ms is good to go. Some TVs does have Game mode to tackle this problem. Buy the one with very low input lag.
5. 8 Bit panel TVs
When you buy an 8-bit panel TV, it can receive and play from HDR video source but the content will not be HDR quality just downscaled to 8 bit.So you won't get the full experience of HDR.
6. 8-bit panel TV's with HDR10 (Dithering and AFRC (frame rate control))
AFRC is an 8-bit panel flickering rapidly between two shades of color to simulate an in between shade.Manufacturers often claim 8bit+ FRC as 10bit. But it is not good as true native 10bit panel TVs but come close.It's harder to tell the difference and notice it.
7.Wide color Gamut (WCG) & True HDR theory
4K TV's that don't have WCG support won't fully benefit from HDR because if everything about the TV is same and only difference is lack of WCG support then it won't do anything with HDR signal.The True HDR requires a very large color gamut (Rec. 2020), contrast ratio, and also maximum luminescence being able to output ~350 cd/m2 max. In reality, it should be able to produce extremely bright and dim element at the same time.
Based on official recommendation and high-end spec info already explained you should look at these models depends on budget.
And here is the PS4 pro display chart explaining what'll happen to the output?
I thought i should integrate this supported TV list. Ther's no point keeping it seprate. If you wanted to add anything into it, let me know.The following are TV's with native 10- bit HDR10 support in 2016 so far.
Rating and 4k+HDR input lag is from Rtings.
|SONY - Model Year 2016||4K + HDR Lag||Rating|
|XBR - Z9D||45 ms||NA|
|XBR - X930D||58.8 ms||7.9|
|XBR - X850D||57.4 ms||7.4|
|XBR - 800D||33.3 ms||7.9|
|Samsung Model Year 2016||4K + HDR Lag||Rating|
|LG - Model Year 2016||4K + HDR Lag||Rating|
|OLED E6||36.8 ms||NA|
|OLED B6||36.8 ms||8.9|
|OLED C6||36.8 ms||8.8|
P series (C1) (8.2) (?? ms)
Best 60"+ UP HDR TV's for PS4 Pro and PS4
The Best Under $5000 - Premium
Sony XBR65Z9D 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model)
Sony XBR75X940D 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV (2016 Model)
But wait.WTH? Sony thinks we are billionaires? That’s hell expensive. We need to spend more on the games and less on TVs. The next best option is LGOLEDB6.This one is top rated for its price and jaw dropping picture.The only downside is inconsistent input lag issue plagued OLED panels in general. people are reporting it works in some and not working in other. And now they launched a petition to LG to address the issue via change.org. Lg addressed this issue via latest firmware update lowering lag to ~36ms. (note, that it can't accurately display the chroma subsampling in any HDR mode). Also not all OLED Tvs got update. they'll get soon
The Best Under $3000 - Premium
LG Electronics OLED65B6P Flat 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV (2016 Model)
I've particular reasons to list this one. Some reports the 65" model has an input lag ~35ms. Some reports its over 50 ms. So,.........
Sony XBR65X930D 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart TV (2016 Model)
The Best Under $1500
The Best budget 4K TV with HDR10 - 50"below (Under $1000)
Samsung UN49KS8000 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model)
That’s still expensive dude! Gimme something cool? Wait I’ll work on this. Bingo. Next one that struck our eyes and that don’t break bank is
The Best Under $800 - 4K HDR10 for Everyone
This model doesn't advertise as a 10bit panel. But according to rtings, they confirmed it does have a 10-bit panel.Thanks to diabloblade for info.
Check on Amazon!
Still, can’t find what to get? Wait for the new TV’s to come out or price to fall. New models come out early March. You’ll get awesome deals and can save a lot of money. If you have any recommendation or wants to see any info next to each TVs, please let me know! Have fun!