LG adds new gaming settings on this year's C1 and G1 OLED TVs
LG’s OLED TVs have been doubling as great gaming screens ever since the 9th series released back in 2019. The South Korean brand is really taking all the feedback from its gamer fans to heart and tries to improve upon each and every series with new features and options. Aside from the full-feature HDMI 2.1 support that cannot be found on many LCD monitors at the moment, LG has updated the TV UI on its 11th gen OLEDs to include an expanded Game Optimiser menu with quite a few new options that should improve the gaming experience on consoles, as well as on PC. Vincent Theo from HDTVTest got his hands on an LG G1 OLED TV and is breaking down each and every new option from the Game Optimiser in one of his latest Youtube videos.
Turning on the Game Optimiser option obviously enables Auto Low Latency (ALL) mode with Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Nvidia G-Sync (or AMD Freesync Premium) support. But the new models also come with additional picture quality settings. Last year’s screens were exhibiting some black crawling problems in gaming mode, so LG now offers a Black Stabiliser slider to correct the near-black gamma issues. Additionally, there is a White Stabiliser that affects the bright highlight details. These should remain at their default setting especially if HGiG HDR tone mapping is enabled, but gamers can engage in some fine tuning if they encounter any chromatic aberrations. LG also includes some presets for the two sliders based on the game genre (FPS, RPG, RTS) for ease of access.
Another welcome addition is the Prevent Input Delay feature that boosts the delay especially in 60 Hz modes. Theo notes that the lag can be reduced from 12.6 ms to 9.6 ms in 4K@60 Hz. Apparently the TV treats all 60 Hz signals as 120 Hz ones to shave off a few ms of lag.
Some other new features in the Game Optimiser menu include the Reduce Blue Light option for eye protection (not really recommended to activate it if you want accurate colors, though), plus a Fine Tune Dark Areas slider that tries to deepen or brighten the near-blacks in VRR games. Unfortunately, this latter slider does not fix the VRR flickering issue since it is a hardware problem, but the good news is LG will offer the slider in a firmware update for last year's models.