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Buying A Gaming Television: Get The Best TV For Video Games Cheap

Updated on March 29, 2011

More and more dedicated gamers are moving up in the world and looking to take enjoyment of their hobby to the next level. Gamers leaving austerity behind and looking to buy a hot new gaming television should read this guide carefully so they can find the best deals on TVs for gamers.

Before gamers can investigate the types of televisions they should consider buying, there are a few things they should look for in any gaming television they purchase.

  1. Buy A HD Gaming TV - Don't bother buying a television that doesn't have high definition output. Modern games are all 720p or higher. Playing an HD game in standard def will cause the game to appear blurry. Any text that appears on screen will be nearly unreadable.
  2. Get Good Video Motion - If you're playing video games, you'll need a TV that can handle moving objects well. Don't get stuck with a gaming TV that ghosts images.
  3. Contrast, Contrast, Contrast - Make sure your new television for gaming has good black/white contrast. TVs with poor contrast result in washed out colors. Buying a gaming TV with great contrasts means you can enjoy the full range of deep blacks, stunning whites, and all the other colors on the palette of your favorite game designers.

Now that you know what any good television for gamers has to have, it is time to choose between Plasma Gaming Televisions and LCD Gaming Televisions. The main issue will be cost vs. quality.

Plasma TVs Provide The Best Picture For Video Games
Plasma TVs Provide The Best Picture For Video Games

Buy A Plasma TV For Gaming

There's a lot to love about plasma TVs for gaming. They feature the crispest picture, the blackest blacks, and the highest quality overall. However, they also tend to be more expensive than their LCD counterparts. Still, there are ways to get high quality plasma television sets for video games cheap if you know what to look at.

Take, for instance the Samsung PN42C430 Plasma TV. It features 720p high definition picture and very good color. It measures a hefty 42 inches, making it great for big screen gaming. Gamers can add this to their video game entertainment center for less than $600. Why? It is one of their older models and they are trying to push the latest tech on the consumer.

There are plenty of other great plasma TVs available. The Samsung 450 HD TV features all of the qualities of the cheaper 430 series but with enhanced sound options.

Of course, some gamers might prefer to go a little more expensive with their purchase which is great if you can afford it. The Samsung 550 Plasma television features stunning 1080p resolution, 50 inches of beautiful picture, and the sharpest of the sharp images. It runs a little more but if you're the type of video game fan who is all about creating the most epic entertainment center for playing your Xbox and PS3, this is a great option.

Panasonic is often regarded as one of the best manufacturers of plasma HD televisions. Their prices do tend to run a little higher, but for those who are willing to make an investment in a great television, the top of the line Panasonic plasma are definitely worth looking into. Check out the Amazon sale to your right for an amazing deal on a giant 54 inch, 1080p Panasonic Plasma TV set. Just think about what God of War III would look like on that bad boy and wipe the drool off your chin.

Imagine how great Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 would look on a giant HD TV
Imagine how great Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 would look on a giant HD TV

Buying A LCD Gaming Television

Most LCD televisions provide decent HD video. They do tend to feature more color bleeding and fading, but this is only compared to the more expensive plasma televisions. A LCD HD TV will still make sure all your favorite games look great. For those of you who are gung-ho about green living, LCD televisions consume less power making them an eco-friendly choice.

LG is known for making cheap, high quality LCD sets. The LG 32LH30 is a 32-inch LCD screen with amazing 1080p resolution. It is a bit smaller than some of the recommended plasma screens, but the price is absolutely amazing for this level of quality. Gamers looking to buy a TV on a budget should give some serious thought to picking up an LCD set from LG.

Another great television set for gamers is the Panasonic series of LCD televisions. Panasonic is dedicated to providing an integrated media experience, which sounds like a lot of gobbledgygook but what it really means is their TVs do so much more than just display images. They are designed from the ground up to interact with all your other hardware like your iPad, iPhone, PC, and yes, your gaming systems.

The links to your right show some great, cheap Panasonic TVs for sale. If you're setting up a video game room to wow your friends, consider buying a TV that will cater to your demographic. Panasonic LCD's are cheap and functional, although their screen quality pales ever so slightly when compared to their plasma counterparts.

Gaming In 3D: Sometimes, Mario Jumps On You
Gaming In 3D: Sometimes, Mario Jumps On You

3D TV: Television Sets For Gamers On The Cutting Edge

3D television is just starting to become mainstream. Companies such as Sony, Samsung, and Magnavox are all producing popular 3D TV sets. Gamers will want to look into these as, sooner rather than later, gaming is going to fully embrace the third dimension. By being an early adopter you can be the first on the bandwagon once gaming totally and irrevocably enters the third dimension.

Most 3D TV sets for gaming are extremely expensive, however. If you're trying to create a gaming center on a budget it is probably best to forgo the 3D set for now. However, those who have the means with which to fund their habit will be absolutely delighted with all of the amazing plasma and LED 3D TV sets available.

The best in the market are the Samsung 3D LED series and the Sony Bravia 3D Televisions. Check out some of the great new 3D sets to your right.

Create A Gaming Entertainment Center

This article is part of a series which explains how to buy create a home entertainment center for gaming.  For more information about how to create the ultimate gaming room for your home or apartment, continue reading one of the below articles.

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      5 years ago

      Great website, and thank you so much for all the info! I work at DISH and was referred to your site by a coworker of mine who knew I was looking not just for an excellent gaming TV, but just a good, overall set that would also be great for TV and movies, too. I’ve been on the hunt for a fourth set ever since I upgraded to the DISH Hopper, which give me full HD and DVR to four different HD sets. Right now we just have three, so we decided to pick up another TV and use the Hopper to its full potential. With just the three sets hooked up we still run into DVR timer conflicts, and since my in-laws moved in, there always seems to be someone having their show skipped. Once we get that fourth set, those problems will be a thing of the past, so if any of you have a suggestion on just a great all-around HDTv, it would be a huge help!

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      6 years ago

      Anyone know a good TV for playing Skyrim, my tv is weirdly made so I can't see my healthbar, compass, or really anything on the edge of my tv

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      Sima Ballinger 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Sony is my favorite, but since Samsung has stepped up, it certainly is worth a try - I think it will be my next. Thanks!

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      8 years ago

      Great tips, thanks

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      8 years ago from USA

      useful and detailed information for visitors

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      8 years ago from Kissimmee FL

      Good read. Do you know if any of these HDTVs that you've recommended have any display lag? In most cases its not a big thing, but for people who are competitive in things like fighters, and FPS, display lag can be a bit of an issue.

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      8 years ago from San Fernando Swap Meet

      Nice hub, have you made any money with amazon affiliate?

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Great research. Lots of details...

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      8 years ago

      Great advice thanks for sharing.


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