Getting A Next-Gen Console This Holiday? Play It On The Best Screen Possible


Olivia Munn plays Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla on an LG OLED TVLG

We’re barely out the gate with the next generation of consoles and already there’s a clear winner. Not on consoles (though, as much as I love Spider-Man, I’ve got a Series X in my living room) but on what to play them on.

LG sent over a care package so that I could experience Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla on their next-gen OLED screen. 

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While usually I’d roll my eyes at the claim that a certain game plays better on a certain TV (after all consoles are purpose built to be screen-agnostic), I can’t deny that Valhalla looks better on the LG OLED48CXPUB than any other TV in my home. The playback is crystal clear, the blacks are astonishingly deep, and there’s zero lag or stuttering. Paired with the XBox Series X, which practically eliminates loading times. There’s nothing to distract you from playing the game. 

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When you plug the X Box Series X into the LG set, the onboard AI prompts you to let it automatically find the best possible display and sound settings. Sure, you could manually switch to gaming mode but why not let the set do it for you? This ensures that every setting is optimal whenever you switch over to the Series X.

So what is the LG set doing to make itself so perfect for Valhalla? It’s NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync providing an insane 120fps refresh rate. The OLED screen enables pixel-level control of lighting providing the deepest blacks I’ve ever seen on a TV, vibrant, realistic colors, and crisp contrast that makes the characters (and bloodspray) really pop. 

The LG’s HDMI 2.1 VRR and Auto Low Latency Mode ensures that there’s no image tearing and that lag is minimized. Its α (Alpha) 9 Gen 3 AI Processor uses advanced deep learning algorithms to boost the picture and sound quality even further (it also has profiles for movies and sports). 

To demonstrate that their set provides the ultimate next-gen gaming experience, LG’s even partnered up with celebs like Olivia Munn and Richard Sherman for a YouTube series that highlights how their Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla experience was enhanced on LG OLED TVs (you can watch all the spots here). 

The LG OLED48CXPUB is an impressive television no matter what you’re doing on it. Even just setting it up out of the box, I appreciated the little things like the cord organizer built into the base. 

Once you turn it on, you’re met with LG’s webOS. I’ll be honest, it’s not my favorite TV operating system but that’s mostly because I’m all streaming now. I prefer navigating full-screen tiles (like on a Roku set) instead of selecting from a stripe of apps and functions at the bottom of the screen. And I do appreciate that it recognizes things like gaming consoles and offers to adjust settings automatically (though you need to be ready to hit that OK button, the prompt goes away quickly). 

As I mentioned up top, playback and performance are better than I’ve seen on any set. The picture is impressively clear and the color contrast is stunning. The blacks on the LG set make every other screen in my house look light grey. 

If you’re an Apple aficionado like me, you’ll appreciate that Apple TV is built into the set. You can screen mirror or cast from your iDevice without any additional hardware. The exception is, sadly, Fitness+, which requires a physical Apple TV to cast to your set (though that’s more Apple’s fault that LG’s). But for everything else, you’re good to go. 

Gaming on the LG OLED48CXPUB is immersive in a way that I haven’t experienced since I was a kid with my face up against the screen, trying to memorize boss patterns in original Nintendo games. Once you fire up your X Box Series X and start playing, you’re not going to want to put the controller down. 

You can find out more about LG OLED set on their website.

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