The next generation of game consoles are out in the wilderness and with it comes a new generation of video technology. HDR and 4K resolution are not new, the previous generation consoles had support for both, but this is the generation where we hope to see it shine.
The LG OLED CX series which could be the OLED55CX5LB or the 65 inch version with the product code OLED65CX5LB is one of the best TVs when you balance an affordable price and the range of features available. 4K gaming at 120fps is best you will be able to squeeze out of the Xbox Series X. This TV will be able to display the best these consoles can throw at it.
If you are new to HDR, 4K and frame rates, all of the settings and options can get quite confusing. These smart TVs have several other features that do extra processing on images which can make things even more confusing. If you are feeling a little lost about it all, this guide will explain everything you need to know about it to help you get your LG OLED setup for gaming with the Xbox Series X.
LG OLED CX Best Picture Settings For Xbox Series X
The best picture settings will depend on the room that you are in and a little bit down to personal preference. One of the nice things about this TV is the auto contrast, brightness and even some automatic color balance settings. This will give you the optimal picture based on the picture that is on screen at the very second. No need for one size fits all settings here.
With this being said, you still need to do some manual tweaking to get this right. Set the OLED backlight based on the brightness of your room. If you are in a very dark room, there is little need to have this brightness high. It is up to you.
The video above will guide you through all of the best settings. Here are all of the important steps that were mentioned in the video.
- Set the HDMI to use PC mode from the home menu
- Disable Eco mode
- Enable HDMI Deep Color
- Disable Freesync premium
- Color -> 50
- Sharpness -> 0
Xbox Series X Setup
Once the TV is good to go, head into the picture settings on the Xbox Series X console and you will find that there is a HDR calibration wizard. This will allow you to modify some settings to ensure the best possible HDR output for your TV. This is essential if you want to get the best picture quality as possible.
One of the good things about the Series X is that the OS will figure out what your TV can do and will enable all of the features automatically. There is little setup and configuration that you will need to do in the settings.
The only thing to be aware of is the dropdown for the refresh rate. It is likely set to 60hz by default. If you want to get the best out of the TV, you will be able to change this to 120hz. It won’t make a big difference for games that are capped at 30 or 60fps but as games get turbocharged to make use of the power of the X, you may be able to make use of this feature in the future. There is a good chance the Xbox will automatically set it for a game that supports 120 fps, it does everything else automatically after all!
You may also want to click into the video fidelity & overscan menu and enable 10bit color depth. This will also give you some added benefit and you will see that from the video above, this is enabled when he is showing the current output from the Xbox console.
There are lots of confusing sections of the UI on this TV. A lot of things are not well documented either. The list below will cover a lot of the common issues and questions that people have when they are trying to get their TV setup for gaming.
Why Is TruMotion Disabled?
TruMotion, along with some other of the advanced picture options on this TV will be mysteriously disabled when you are playing video games. There doesn’t seem to be any reason for this? The TV sure doesn’t tell you why anyway.
The reason for this is due to game mode features. TruMotion might make a more smooth picture but it creates input lag. Not a big deal when you are watching a movie but when you are playing a video game, you will want the character on screen to move the second you press the button on the controller. The default features for the instant, low latency game mode of this TV will disable all of these laggy features to make sure there is the smallest amount of lag as possible.
If you want to enable TruMotion for gaming, you will need to go to the picture options and disable “Instant Game Response” for the HDMI port you are using for the PlayStation or Xbox. When this is disabled, you should be able to turn this feature on.
From the tests I have done, this feature causes quite a bit of screen tearing making it a worthless feature to use for video games.
Screen Tearing Is Suddenly a Problem
If you have been playing around with the settings menu and have found there is a lot of screen tearing going on, you are in a tough spot. Do you reset all of the picture settings that you modified, or do you try to fix it. In most cases, this is caused by one particular feature of this TV.
Go to the picture settings and go into the picture options menu. At the bottom, you will find a feature called TruMotion. If you disable this feature, it should solve the problems you are having with screen tearing with the LG OLED CX TV.