Is 4K gaming worth it without HDR?

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5 minute read

While the amount of households with a 4K TV has soared over the past few years, the process of upgrading is hardly cut and dry.

With technical jargon like Ultra HD, HDR, local dimming, and 10 bit color depth, it’s hard to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into, and whether or not the TV you’re about to buy is the right fit for your needs.

HDR, 4K’s partner in crime, makes things particularly puzzling for home theater setups – many TVs on the market lack HDR and those that do offer the new color standard often miss the mark.

If you’re someone just venturing into the land of higher fidelity, you might be wondering whether 4K, on its own, carries the same punch independent of all the developing TV tech.

Keep reading for a dive into what makes the jump in resolution worth it and whether it should be considered for gaming without HDR.

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How 4K HDR Affects Input Lag And FPS: Is The Jump Worth It?

how 4k hdr gaming affects input lag and fps

6 minute read

The constant chase for butter smooth FPS and jaw dropping visuals is half the fun for the technically inclined gamer, so it should come as no surprise that the move to 4K has caused quite a stir in the community.

Ultra HD resolution, in addition to HDR, the next step in color reproduction and contrast, have given Sony and Microsoft a unique selling proposition for their “beast mode” mid generation consoles.

Whether you’re looking to buy an Xbox One X, PS4 Pro, or enthusiast grade PC, you might be wondering whether or not the next evolution of visuals comes at a performance cost.

Does 4K HDR increase input lag? How does it affect framerate?

The short of it: opting for 4K HDR on your PS4 Pro and Xbox One X can increase latency, but it will ultimately depend on the TV or monitor that you are using. Gaming at 4K will also lower FPS in most cases.

Read below for a deeper dive on how the resolution bump will affect your overall experience and how to minimize the impact it will have on your enjoyment.

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Fast WiFi Gaming: Your Guide to 5GHz on the PS4

Your guide to 5GHz on the PS4

5 minute read

Looking to boost your PS4’s internet speeds? 5GHz may be the solution you need.

Not to be confused with 5G, the hottest new networking infrastructure making waves, 5GHz is a wireless networking band that offers a higher bandwidth than 2.4GHz at the cost of range.

It’s another one of those PS4 features that’s sometimes confusing due to variance of support across models.

Does the regular PS4 support 5GHz? How can I start using 5GHz? Will it actually make a huge difference in speeds?

Read below for answers to these questions and more as I dive into the realities of 5GHz console gaming.

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What I’ve Been Playing: 11/24/18

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4 minute read

The non-stop bombardment of new game releases continues, and the realization that I won’t play the majority of them never lets up.

You take what you can get (or have time for), and roll with what you’ve got. I haven’t been playing a ton of games, but below is where I’ve been investing my time when I do.

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