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Best settings for UHD gaming on Samsung TVs

Gaming with UHD settings on Samsung TV

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've tweaked your settings on your TV. Let us walk you through the most gamer-friendly settings.

Activate HDMI UHD Color

First, enable HDMI UHD Color. This helps improve the picture quality for colors next to each other on the screen.

Navigate to Settings, and then select General > External Device Manager. Scroll to and select HDMI UHD Color. Activate HDMI UHD Color for the HDMI port your gaming system is connected to.

HDMI UHD Color menu

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, navigate to Settings > General > External Device Manager > Game Mode Settings. Turn Game Mode on.

Special Viewing Mode menu

On some Samsung TVs, you will need to navigate to Settings > Picture > Special Viewing Mode to access Game Mode.

If you switch off from 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

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'll definitely want it for your gaming. However, not every console or PC supports it. HDR+ will add an HDR effect to non-HDR content; so use it to get closer to the real thing.

Navigate to Settings, and then select Picture > Expert Settings. Select HDR+ Mode to activate.

Expert Settings menu

Adjust Picture Settings

Ultimately, your own eyes will tell you what looks best, so be sure to adjust the many picture settings available to tweak the picture to perfection. Just navigate to Settings, and then select Picture.

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.

Picture menu

Get More Help

If you have questions about your console, check out these links:

More information for Xbox One X.

More information for PlayStation 4  Pro.

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