A guide to finding the best settings for UHD gaming for your Samsung TV

Last Update date : Dec 14. 2021
Samsung TV - Best Settings for UHD Gaming

Ready to game in glorious UHD? Connecting your Xbox One, PC, or PlayStation 4 to your TV is simple enough, but for the best experience, first make sure you have tweaked your settings on your TV. Let us walk you through the most gamer-friendly settings.

Note: The provided information refers to Samsung Smart TVs sold in Canada. The available settings and options may differ for devices sold in other countries.

Activate Input Signal Plus

To get the best picture settings, you should first enable Input Signal Plus. This helps improve the picture quality for colors next to each other on the screen.

Press the Home button on your TV remote and open Settings. Select General, and then select External Device Manager. Scroll to and select Input Signal Plus.

Activate Input Signal Plus for the HDMI port that your gaming system is connected to.

Activate Input Signal Plus

Note: On some TV models, this setting is called HDMI UHD Color.

Enable Game Mode

Note: On some models, Game Mode is enabled automatically when a game console is the selected source. You should still enable it manually if needed, like for PC gaming. Some features, like FreeSync, are only available when Game Mode is on.

Game Mode removes picture processing from the TV. This may degrade the picture quality slightly, but it reduces input lag, which significantly improves the responsiveness when gaming.

With the game console connected and turned on, press the Home button on your TV remote and open Settings. Select General, and then select External Device Manager. Select Game Mode Settings, and then turn Game Mode on.

Enable Game Mode 1

On some Samsung TVs, you will need to navigate to Settings, and then select Picture. From there, you will need to select Special Viewing Mode to access Game Mode.

Enable Game Mode 2

If you stop gaming and want to watch a movie, increase your image quality again by switching back to a picture mode such as Standard or Movie.

Activate HDR+ Mode

Note: HDR+ Mode is available on select models only.

Did you know the human eye can see 10 million different colors? HDR (High Dynamic Range) displays many more shades of color than normal displays and you will definitely want it for your gaming. Not every console or PC supports it, but HDR+ will add an HDR effect to non-HDR content. So, use it to get closer to the real thing.

Press the Home button on your TV remote and open Settings. Select Picture, and then select Expert Settings. Select HDR+ Mode to activate it.

On some Samsung TVs, you will need to navigate to Settings, and then select Picture. From there, you will need to select Special Viewing Mode to access HDR+ Mode.

Activate HDR+ Mode

When viewing HDR content, your TV automatically enters HDR mode. Any settings you adjust in HDR mode will only apply while in HDR mode. These changes will not be reflected when you are watching SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) content.

Adjust Picture settings

Ultimately, your own eyes will tell you what looks best, so be sure to adjust the many picture settings available. Just press the Home button on your TV remote and open Settings. Then, select Picture.

Adjust Picture settings

From here you can change the Picture Mode, the Picture Size Settings, and the Expert Settings, which include important settings like Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, and the Backlight.

Note: Picture Mode will not be available if HDR+ is turned on.

Get more help

The information above will help you get your TV ready for UHD gaming, but if you have questions about your console, check out the links below:

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