Until that nightmarish day when we start plugging VR goggles straight into our brains, we are gonna need televisions to play video games. Here are two recently released boob tubes that purport to be perfect for gaming.
Panasonic Viera G10 series
Price: $1,199 to $1,999
Why it’s good for gaming: Not only is the picture crisper than an Ikea cracker, these units also offer a mode specifically for video games. This mode minimizes the lag that sometimes comes with gaming on an HD set. It really does work and the Wii and Xbox 360 games that were tested ran as seamlessly as advertised. Panasonic also boasts of a 100,000-hour panel life for you gamers who don’t know when to quit. The Viera can’t make your friends and family not worry about you, though.
Other goodies: These beasts plug right into the Internet, allowing you to finally watch that keyboard cat video on the big screen.
Samsung LN series
Price: $999 to $1,799
Why it’s good for gaming: The LN series features 1080p native resolution which takes full advantage of the graphical capabilities of the PS3 and Xbox 360. Lag is not a huge problem with these units, but it offers no mode to specifically eliminate it. Samsung also offers a 32-inch model for under a grand, which is perfect for you hermits who like to game in your room.
Other goodies: These sets offer enough inputs to make your head spin: four HDMI ports, a PC port and two USB ports for MP3 playback and picture viewing.