If youíre planning to amp your video gaming experience, itís worth investing in a bigger and brighter TV with deeper blacks for an immersive experience. However, finding the best gaming television at an affordable price is an uphill task though all gaming consoles are relatively equal.
Here are the top three best gaming TVs to pair with your Xbox One, Nintendo or PS4 headset.
1. Best Overall: LG OLED55E8PUA 65-Inch 4K TV
If you have a huge bank account balance, itís worth considering treating yourself to this 65-inch OLED TV. This 4K TV is among the most beautiful traditional-looking television sets on the market, offering better value than its predecessor, the LG W8. The TV is clear, with an ultra-skinny stand designed to appear like the picture is floating mid-air to make it easy to enjoy an immersive experience with games like God of War or Forza 7.
LGís Series 8 comes with an impressive Alpha 9 processor, making it HDR pictures brighter than any other OLED TVs this South Korean firm. Additionally, games appear more dynamic in HDR10 mode provided the Dynamic Tone mapping is switched on. Even better, the E8 doesnít dim the picture in HDR game mode, unlike the series 7.
2. Best High-End TV: Samsung QE65Q90R
If youíre looking for an android-based TV that can support mobile apps like Betway, the Samsung QE65Q90R is a product that ticks all the right boxes. Its QLED technology gives it a punchier and brighter look that its OLED competitors, though itís also naturally realistic and well-balanced.
The TVís Input lag is low, supporting both ALLM and VRR with various extra neat features for the game mode. That includes a black detail enhancer and a motion smoother. Itís essentially the most gaming-friendly television that money can buy, and itís excellent with all sorts of entertainment options too. However, the price tag can be hefty, so it helps to have a significant amount of cash at hand or consider trying your luck at Betway.
3. Best Under a Budget: TCL 55R617 55-Inch 4K TV
Though TCL isnít a popular name in the TV market, their latest 55-inch LED screen will appeal to anyone who loves a bargain. Retailing within the $500 range, no television in this price bracket delivers such a brilliant balance in price and performance. It comes with punchy overall brightness, winning contrast performance and decent blacks, easily holding the pace against expensive rivals like Sony, LG and Samsung.
Considering its low price, the TCL 55R617 is super impressive with full-array local dimming instead of inferior edge-lit backlighting. It also comes with convincing blacks, allowing it to be even more outstanding thanks to its wide colour gamut. Additionally, the panel has a supremely speedy input lag measuring 17.9 ms with the game mode enabled. That comes with Dolby Vision and HDR10, which is borderline ridiculous at its price range.
If you want the best gaming TV, there are all sorts of things to consider, but you canít overlook the above options. Youíll need a 4K TV thatís HDR enabled, but you can find one with as little as $400 so you donít need to worry if youíre under a budget. Nonetheless, itís worth considering either the Sony and LGís OLED range or Samsung QLED TVs for premium pictures.
Kodi is widely known for being an open source media software that allows users stream all kinds of media stored either locally or on the internet. It is highly customizable and optimized for streaming across multiple operating systems and platforms including TVs. With add-ons that literally give access to all kinds of content including Live TV, it's no wonder millions of users worldwide are cutting the cord and using Kodi across their devices.
Kodi first sprung on the scene over a decade ago and has been a major entertainment fixture since then. However, there have been numerous misconceptions regarding Kodi over the years making it somewhat confusing for newbies to truly understand it. Even some of the most popular Kodi builds in the past have either been blacklisted or gone offline for various reasons.
This article aims to address some of the key facts about Kodi, the stats behind its huge success over the years and also how it has evolved since it first emerged. Happy reading!
History of Kodi: How it all started
In 2002, Xbox Media Player or XBMP was launched and served as a media player for the Xbox gaming console. Kodi's journey, however, started in 2004 when the Xbox Media Center (XBMC) was launched as a replacement for XBMP. XBMC was created by completely rewriting the source code for XBMP. The media player grew very popular, so much that it was subsequently created for other operating systems including Windows and Linux, and subsequently Android and iOS.
Due to the XBMC's inability to claim ownership to the name (Xbox Media Centre) and also to show a clear distinction between the media player and Xbox. It's worth pointing out that The XBMC Foundation, however, claims they never received any warnings to stop using the name from Microsoft Xbox.
Kodi is currently being run by the XBMC Foundation which is legally registered in the US as a non-profit organization. With over 500 official add-ons and around 40 million users worldwide, Kodi nowstands out as one of the most effective media players worldwide.
The next time you access the Netflix app through Xbox LIVE, youíll enjoy the following new features:
Skip Forward/Skip Back allows you to move through movies quickly and between TV episodes easily. And with Kinect, just use your voice or the wave of your hand to activate this function.
Zoom function lets you enlarge letterboxed video content to full screen.
Better color contrast makes content more vivid and black levels darker.
Single sign on with cloud profile makes it easier to access your Netflix account on another Xbox, wherever you are.
Also, for all members in Canada, Latin America, the UK and Ireland, you can now share TV shows and movies and discover what your friends are watching and rating too. Just connect your Netflix account to Facebook and youíre set.
In addition, the latest update has made it easier to decide what you want to share with your Facebook friends when enjoying Netflix on your Xbox:
Single sign on with cloud profile makes it easier to enjoy Netflix on another Xbox 360, wherever you are. For example when visiting a friendís house you can use their Xbox 360 with Netflix after signing on with your Xbox LIVE credentials
Donít have Netflix? You can easily download the application from Xbox LIVE Marketplace on your console today to begin enjoying movies and TV shows instantly.
Learn more about the most recent update by visiting the official Netflix blog.
Xfinity customers will soon be able to access their favorite HBO content in yet another way: through the Xbox 360.
Starting early next week, customers will be able to access HBO GO on Xbox LIVE in addition to the number of ways HBO programming is already available for Xfinity TV customers, including on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android phones and tablets; through HBOGO.com and XfinityTV.com; on Video-On-Demand and of course, on linear TV!
To access HBO GO on Xbox LIVE, customers can use the same username and password that they use for Xfinity TV on Xbox. With these launches, it's been an exciting couple of weeks as we continue to branch out and deliver more ways for our customers to access their favorite entertainment. We're committed to continually evolving the experience to bring customers more ways to search, find and watch the content they love in more places, on more devices.
Here's a list of some the most helpful things to be mindful of before you get started:
First, the Xfinity TV on Xbox service is available to Comcast customers who subscribe to both Xfinity High-Speed Internet and Xfinity TV with On Demand. That means you can't log into the app in your dorm if you don't have your Xfinity Internet connection there. You also need to be an Xbox Live Gold subscriber to use the app.
Importantly, you'll need to use the username and password for the primary user on the account. In most cases, this is the adult in the household, so you might have to ask your parents for that info. Chances are though that once they know you can watch Xfinity TV on Xbox, they're probably going to love it, too.
And since the Xfinity TV on Xbox 360 app is an extension of your cable subscription, you'll be able to view On Demand content that's available within your subscription. So if you don't subscribe to Showtime for example, you won't be able to access that channel's On Demand content on your Xbox 360.
Following up on last weeks Xbox 360 system update, Microsoft has now released the following twelve customized entertainment apps via the Xbox LIVE service.
Most importantly the new YouTube service for Xbox LIVE is now available in 24 Xbox LIVE regions worldwide. Check out the complete list of services now available just below:
YouTube (Available in 24 countries globally**): From your favorite web original video to gaming tips, a universe of compelling content is available through YouTube on Xbox LIVE.
blinkbox (UK): blinkbox gives access to a wide range of movies online. With more than 10,000 movies titles movie fans can watch their favorite films immediately with no additional subscription required.
iHeartRadio (U.S.): Listen to more than 800 of the nationís most popular live broadcast radio stations from 150 U.S. cities or create your own Custom Stations with the New iHeartRadio.
MSN (Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, US and UK): MSN brings you the latest breaking news, sports, celebrity gossip and more from around the globe. MSNBC content is available in the U.S. version of the app only.
MUZU.TV (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and UK): MUZU.TV the music video site, offers nearly 80,000 music videos at your command. Brand new releases from the worldís biggest artists, great music videos from every decade, up and coming bands and the latest music news and interviews.
Rogers On Demand (Canada): Rogers On Demand provides select TV shows and movies to everyone for FREE. Rogers customers can also catch up on their favorite premium programming anytime, from anywhere in Canada.
SBS ON DEMAND (Australia): SBS ON DEMAND is a catch up TV service that lets you watch full episodes, of your favorite SBS television programs.
TMZ (Canada, U.S.): Your all-access pass to the latest TMZ entertainment stories and breaking news videos everyone is talking about!
RTVE (Spain): Complete episodes from series, news programs, documentaries and the best Spanish audiovisual content from RTVE.
Verizon FiOS TV (U.S.): Get Verizon FiOS TV with 26 live channels like MTV, Spike, Food Network, Comedy Central, HBO, CNN and Nickelodeon Ė with more to come. Plus with Kinect, change channels with your voice.
*Xbox LIVE Gold membership and/or additional subscriptions/fees may be required. Kinect functionality available with select Xbox LIVE content and varies by feature and country. For additional details and availability, see http://www.xbox.com/live.
** YouTube available in the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany , Hong Kong, Ireland, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, South Africa.
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The next generation of TV entertainment begins with the announcement by Microsoft Corp. of the launch of an all-new Xbox 360 experience including the first group of new, custom applications from world leading TV and entertainment content providers on Xbox LIVE.
You Say It, Xbox Finds It
How long does it take you to search and find your favorite movie or TV show? Do you find yourself searching hundreds of channels and multiple services and TV inputs? What if the entertainment you craved was simple, discoverable and exactly what you wanted at that particular moment?
Now, finding your favorite entertainment is easier than ever. Last year, Kinect for Xbox 360 revolutionized controller-free entertainment by letting you use your body and voice to play your favorite games and entertainment, turning you into the controller. The power of Kinect combined with the intelligence of Bing search is turning your voice into the ultimate remote control. With Bing on Xbox, you can use your voice to effortlessly find the games, movies, TV shows and music you want and discover the best offerings on Xbox LIVE, by simply saying what youíre searching for. You say it, Xbox finds it. Beginning tomorrow and over the coming weeks, Bing on Xbox voice search will initially be available in English in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. for Zune video, Xbox LIVE Marketplace and select content partners. For those who do not have a Kinect for Xbox 360, text search will be available in Xbox LIVE markets.
To view the latest list of partners and apps that are coming soon to Xbox 360 please click the link to view the entire article.