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C1 vs. X95J: Which is the Better Gaming TV?

The C1 and X95J are both 4K Ultra HD TVs that were released in 2021. So, which of these sets are better when it comes to playing games on the PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch and other systems?

You can find out in this comparison guide for these televisions.

Quick Summary

The LG C1 is a much better television set than the Sony X95J when it comes to gaming.

The C1 offers two additional HDMI 2.1 ports, better contrast, lower input lag, FreeSync, GSYNC, Variable Refresh Rate in addition to 120 fps support at 1080p, 1440p and 4K.

The only advantage the X95J has over the C1 is that the Sony TV can output a much brighter HDR picture. Otherwise, it has a worst contrast and higher latency.

The X95J also limits 120 fps support to just 1080p and 4K. While the Sony television currently does not support any adaptive sync, it should be getting Variable Refresh Rate in the future.

If you are interested, you can purchase either of these TVs on Amazon with the following links:

You can see how the X95J compares to the A90J with this guide.

C1 vs. X95J Comparison Chart

You can take a look at Seeking Tech’s comparison table for the C1 and X95J below.

 LG C1Sony X95J
Screen Sizes48" (OLED48C1PUB)

55" (OLED55C1PUB)

65" (OLED65C1PUB)

77" (OLED77C1PUB)

83" (OLED83C1PUA)
65" (XR-65X95J)

75" (XR-75X95J)

85" (XR-85X95J)
HDMI PortsHDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.1

HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.1

HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.1

HDMI Port #4: HDMI 2.1
HDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.0

HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.1

HDMI Port #4: HDMI 2.1
Legacy Consoles SupportAntenna/cable inputAntenna/cable input

Composite input via adapter (sold separately)
HDR FeaturesDolby Vision

HDR10

HLG

Wide Color Gamut
Dolby Vision

HDR10

HLG

Local Dimming
Contrast RatioInfinite to 1Native: 2,290 to 1

Local Dimming: 4,049 to 1
HDR Real Scene Highlight611 nits1,236 nits
HDR Peak 2% Window737 nits869 nits
HDR Peak 10% Window743 nits992 nits
HDR Peak 25% Window403 nits1,120 nits
HDR Peak 50% Window285 nits685 nits
HDR Peak 100% Window162 nits621 nits
HDR Sustained 2% Window701 nits838 nits
HDR Sustained 10% Window716 nits955 nits
HDR Sustained 25% Window388 nits1,099 nits
HDR Sustained 50% Window269 nits683 nits
HDR Sustained 100% Window128 nits618 nits
HDR ABL0.1060.031
Native Refresh Rate120 Hz120 Hz
Adaptive Sync SupportFreeSync

GSYNC

Variable Refresh Rate
Variable Refresh Rate via firmware update
Input Lag at 1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)10.1 ms17.9 ms
Input Lag at 1080p resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)5.2 ms9.8 ms
Input Lag at 1080p resolution with Variable Refresh Rate5.3 msN/A
Input Lag at 1440p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)10.2 ms17.7 ms
Input Lag at 1440p resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)5.3 msN/A
Input Lag at 1440p resolution with Variable Refresh Rate5.6 msN/A
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)10.0 ms17.8 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate + 10-bit HDR (Game Mode Enabled)10.2 ms17.8 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz at 4:4:410.3 ms17.9 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)5.3 ms9.6 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution with Variable Refresh Rate5.8 msN/A
Input Lag at 1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled)88.9 ms161.1 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled)88.8 ms144.4 ms
Input Lag at 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate with Interpolation84.4 ms137.0 ms
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Screen Sizes

You can find the available screen sizes, as well as the model numbers, for both products below:

C1:

  • 48″ (OLED48C1PUB)
  • 55″ (OLED55C1PUB)
  • 65″ (OLED65C1PUB)
  • 77″ (OLED77C1PUB)
  • 83″ (OLED83C1PUA)

X95J:

  • 65″ (XR-65X95J)
  • 75″ (XR-75X95J)
  • 85″ (XR-85X95J)

HDMI Ports

The LG C1 comes with four HDMI 2.1 ports while the Sony X95J comes with two HDMI 2.1 ports along with two HDMI 2.0 ports.

You can find a breakdown of the HDMI ports versions below:

C1:

  • HDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.1
  • HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.1
  • HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.1
  • HDMI Port #4: HDMI 2.1

X95J:

  • HDMI Port #1: HDMI 2.0
  • HDMI Port #2: HDMI 2.0
  • HDMI Port #3: HDMI 2.1
  • HDMI Port #4: HDMI 2.1

Legacy Consoles Support

In terms of older consoles that don’t utilize the HDMI input, these LG and Sony televisions are equipped with a cable/antenna tuner that can be used to connect retro systems like the NES, Super NES, Master System and Genesis.

While the X95J is the only TV in this comparison to support composite input, you need to get a Video AV Component Adapter Cable to be able to connection consoles such as the PS1, PS2, N64, GameCube, Saturn, Dreamcast and Xbox.

HDR Features

When it comes to HDR features, both sets support the Dolby Vision and HDR10 formats used by HDR capable consoles.

While the X95G is the only one of the two to support local dimming, that feature is not needed for the C1 as it uses an OLED screen.

On the other hand, the C1 is the only one to feature a wide color gamut.

You can find the full list of supported HDR features for both of these 2021 4K televisions below:

C1:

  • Dolby Vision
  • HDR10
  • HLG
  • Wide Color Gamut

X95J:

  • Dolby Vision
  • HDR10
  • HLG
  • Local Dimming

Contrast Ratios

According to tests done by RTINGS.com, the X95J has a pretty good native contrast ratio (at 2,290 to 1) that gets even better when local dimming is used (at 4,049 to 1).

With that said, the C1 uses an OLED screen, which provides a nearly infinite contrast ratio.

HDR Brightness in Game Mode

As for the brightness output when playing HDR videogames by using the game mode settings of these televisions, the X95J can get much brighter than the C1.

According to tests done by RTINGS, the C1 is able to output 611 nits, which is pretty decent, when playing HDR games. On the other hand, the X95J can output a very impressive 1,236 nits under the same scenario.

You can find RTINGS’ test results for the C1 and X95J below:

HDR Real Scene Highlight

  • C1: 611 nits
  • X95J: 1,236 nits

HDR Peak 2% Window

  • C1: 737 nits
  • X95J: 869 nits

HDR Peak 10% Window

  • C1: 743 nits
  • X95J: 992 nits

HDR Peak 25% Window

  • C1: 403 nits
  • X95J: 1,120 nits

HDR Peak 50% Window

  • C1: 285 nits
  • X95J: 685 nits

HDR Peak 100% Window

  • C1: 162 nits
  • X95J: 621 nits

HDR Sustained 2% Window

  • C1: 701 nits
  • X95J: 838 nits

HDR Sustained 10% Window

  • C1: 716 nits
  • X95J: 955 nits

HDR Sustained 25% Window

  • C1: 388 nits
  • X95J: 1,099 nits

HDR Sustained 50% Window

  • C1: 269 nits
  • X95J: 683 nits

HDR Sustained 100% Window

  • C1: 128 nits
  • X95J: 618 nits

HDR ABL

  • C1: 0.106
  • X95J: 0.031

Refresh Rate

The LG C1 and Sony X95J have a 120 Hz refresh rate.

For the C1, this means that you can play games at 120 frames per second at 1080p, 1440p and 4K.

For the X95J, this means that you can play games at 120 fps at 1080p and 4K. This Sony TV does not support 120 Hz at the 1440p resolution.

Adaptive Sync Support

The C1 supports FreeSync (for PCs with AMD graphics cards), GSYNC (for PCs with NVIDIA graphics cards) and Variable Refresh Rate (for PS5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X).

While the X95J does not support any of the aforementioned adaptive sync modes right out of the box, it is expected to get Variable Refresh Rate support through a future firmware update.

Input Lag in Game Mode

The C1 has lower input lag all around when compared to the X85J, according to tests done by RTINGS.com. With that said, the Sony set is still a very responsive set when it comes to playing videogames using the TV’s game mode setting.

You can find RTINGS’ input lag test results for the C1 and X95J below:

1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • C1: 10.1 ms
  • X95J: 17.9 ms

1080p resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • C1: 5.2 ms
  • X95J: 9.8 ms

1080p resolution with Variable Refresh Rate

  • C1: 5.3 ms
  • X95J: N/A

1440p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • C1: 10.2 ms
  • X95J: 17.7 ms

1440p resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • C1: 5.3 ms
  • X95J: N/A

1440p resolution with Variable Refresh Rate

  • C1: 5.6 ms
  • X95J: N/A

4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • C1: 10.0 ms
  • X95J: 17.8 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate + 10-bit HDR (Game Mode Enabled)

  • C1: 10.2 ms
  • X95J: 17.8 ms

4K resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled)

  • C1: 5.3 ms
  • X95J: 9.6 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz at 4:4:4

  • C1: 10.3 ms
  • X95J: 17.9 ms

4K resolution with Variable Refresh Rate

  • C1: 5.8 ms
  • X95J: N/A

1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled)

  • C1: 88.9 ms
  • X95J: 161.1 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled)

  • C1: 88.8 ms
  • X95J: 144.4 ms

4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate With Interpolation

  • C1: 84.4 ms
  • X95J: 137.0 ms