LG Electronics said Tuesday that it is teaming up with NVIDIA to add NVIDIA G-SYNC compatibility to 2019 OLED TVs (65/55E9 and 77/65/55C9 models) for enhanced video game play.

Once updated with a forthcoming firmware update, the new LG OLED models will provide gamers with improved lag time and color reproduction when connected to PCs equipped with NVIDIA G-SYNC video graphics cards and other G-SYNC devices. LG said compatibility with G-SYNC has been verified through NVIDIA G-SYNC compatible testing.

When connected to compatible gaming devices, G-SYNC will allow the C9 and E9 model 4K OLED TVs to present smoother and even more immersive gaming experiences, while minimizing flickering, tearing or stuttering in game graphics, LG said.

G-SYNC is designed to lock frame rates to the upper limit of a monitor or display. By syncing the refresh rate of the display with the frames being produced by the graphics card, image tearing is prevented.

Gamers will benefit from not only improved graphics presentation and low input lag but an ultra-fast response time; The TV’s response time is provided with an up to 120Hz refresh rate.

According to LG: “input lag – which can make the difference between victory and defeat – is barely perceptible at a 6 milliseconds range for 1440p content at 120 Hz and 13 milliseconds range for 4K content at 60 Hz.”

The company added that the input lag equates to “less than a frame, with no loss in picture quality.”

LG’s OLED televisions are based on a self-emissive white light technology, instead of LED back or edge lighting used in LCD-based televisions. This enables producing pure black by controlling light at the pixel level for greater realism and richer, accurate colors. The televisions are said to enable “infinite contrast and highly accurate color reproduction.”

For both game and movie lovers, the LG OLED TVs are also compatible with a wide range of high dynamic range (HDR) profiles, including HDR10 and Dolby Vision (at up to 120 fps for Full HD content). The sets also take advantage of various HDMI 2.1 features such as auto low latency mode (ALLM), enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC), and variable refresh rate (VRR). The latter is similar to G-SYNC but is compatible with Microsoft’s Xbox One X console.

The televisions also support the Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG), and Technicolor Advanced HDR HDR profiles.

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For audio, the 2019 LG C9 and E9 OLED TVs support decoding and playback of Dolby Atmos and Dolby TrueHD lossless sound technology. These models also incorporate LG’s deep learning-based AI sound for virtual 5.1 surround.

In the G-SYNC announcement, Sam Kim, LG Home Entertainment Co. TV product planning senior VP, said: “It’s no secret LG OLED TVs are coveted by gamers world over and we are committed to optimizing the OLED gaming experience for them. With NVIDIA G-SYNC adoption, we are showing that OLED TVs have the support and backing of the world’s top gaming hardware brand to make their products look their best.”

Matt Wuebbling, head of GeForce marketing at NVIDIA, added that in tandem with LG’s OLED TV support, NVIDIA is bringing HDMI Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) support the company’s GeForce RTX 20-Series GPUs.

“Gamers will be blown away by the responsiveness and the lifelike visuals on these TVs when playing the latest PC games featuring real-time ray-tracing powered by GeForce,” Wuebbling stated.

LG said NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible support will added to the indicated 2019 C9 and E9 models in select markets via a firmware upgrade coming “in the weeks to follow.”

By Greg Tarr

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