The NANO99 is a new 8K television set released by LG in 2020. So, is this TV any good when it comes to displaying videogames on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S as well as other gaming consoles? You can find out in this buyer’s guide.
With the LG NANO99, you will be able to play PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S games at up to 120 frames per second in 4K or up to 60 frames per second in 8K. The television set has passable HDR brightness levels in addition to very low input lag when you used its game mode.
The only real drawback is that the NANO99 currently does not support variable refresh rate although LG may be able to update the firmware of the television set to add support for VRR in the future.
The low input lag also makes this LG TV great at playing older HDMI consoles like the PS4, Switch and Xbox One. It also features composite and antenna/cable inputs if you want to connect even older game systems.
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Does the LG NANO99 have HDMI 2.1 ports?
The LG NanoCell 99 television set comes with four HDMI 2.1 ports. The PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S all support HDMI 2.1 to play games at 120 frames per second at up to 4K or 60 frames per second at up to 8K.
The NANO99 comes with a composite input. You need to use the included adapter to connect consoles such as the PS1, PS2, Nintendo 64, Nintendo Gamecube, Nintendo Wii and Xbox.
The 8K TV also includes an antenna/cable input that you can use to connect retro systems like the NES, Super NES and Sega Genesis.
Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+ and Wide Color Gamut Support
The NanoCell 99 supports Dolby Vision, HDR10 as well as Wide Color Gamut. HDR10+ is not supported.
The PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are capable of displaying games through HDR10. The new Xbox Series consoles will also be adding Dolby Vision support via a future firmware update.
LG NANO99’s HDR Capabilities
To make HDR really stand out, we recommend getting a television set that can reach at least 500 cd/m² when it comes to brightness. According to RTINGS, the NANO99 is able to reach this threshold at Real Scene Peak Brightness, Peak 10% Window, Peak 25% Window, Peak 50% Window, Peak 100% Window and Sustained 100% Window.
The TV is unable to reach 500 cd/m² at Sustained 2% Window, Sustained 10% Window, Sustained 25% Window and Sustained 50% Window.
Overall, the NanoCell 99 has okay HDR brightness levels that won’t blow you away. At the same time, it is good enough in most cases.
You can check out the full HDR brightness test results for the NANO90 below (via RTINGS):
- HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness: 593 cd/m²
- HDR Peak 2% Window: 247 cd/m²
- HDR Peak 10% Window: 915 cd/m²
- HDR Peak 25% Window: 802 cd/m²
- HDR Peak 50% Window: 625 cd/m²
- HDR Peak 100% Window: 507 cd/m²
- HDR Sustained 2% Window: 234 cd/m²
- HDR Sustained 10% Window: 416 cd/m²
- HDR Sustained 25% Window: 464 cd/m²
- HDR Sustained 50% Window: 492 cd/m²
- HDR Sustained 100% Window: 506 cd/m²
- HDR ABL: 0.046
Native Refresh Rate
The LG NanoCell 99 has a native refresh rate of 120 Hz, which means that it is capable of playing games at up to 120 frames per second.
FreeSync, GSYNC and VRR Support
The NANO99 currently is not compatible with FreeSync, GSYNC or Variable Refresh Rate. All three of these features will help make games look smoother and reduce any screen tearing. However, since the television set has HDMI 2.1 ports, it may be updated in the future to support FreeSync, GSYNC or Variable Refresh Rate.
The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S currently support Variable Refresh Rate while the PlayStation 5 will be adding the same feature in a future firmware update.
LG NANO99’s Input Lag
The game mode of the NANO99 is great at reducing input lag, which we recommend to be below 30 ms if you want a responsive gaming experience. This television set is able to be well below the aforementioned upper limit when displaying games at 1080p/60 Hz, 1080p/120Hz, 1440p/60Hz, 4K/60Hz, 4K/60Hz/HDR and 8K/60Hz.
With the Xbox Series S, you will mainly be playing in 1080p/60 Hz, 1080p/120 Hz and 1440p/60Hz. For the PS5 and Xbox Series X, you will mainly be playing at 1080p/120Hz, 4K/60Hz and 4K/60Hz/HDR.
You can check out the full input lag test results for the NANO 90 below (via RTINGS):
- 1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled): 16.2 ms
- 1080p resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled): 7.5 ms
- 1440p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled): 16.3 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled): 16.1 ms
- 4K resolution, 60 Hz refresh rate and 10-bit HDR (Game Mode Enabled): 16.2 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz at 4:4:4: 16.2 ms
- 8K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled) 16.1 ms
- 1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled): 124.5 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled): 116.2 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (With Interpolation): 116.1 ms
Is the NANO99 good for PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S?
The NANO99 comes with four HDMI 2.1 ports, which means that you will be able to play games at 4K and up to 120 frames per second as well as 8K and 60 frames per second. Unfortunately, the television set currently lacks support for variable refresh rate.
The NanoCell 99 has passable HDR brightness and great input lag reduction.
If you don’t mind missing out on VRR (for now) and having only passable HDR brightness levels, then the NANO99 is a pretty good 8K TV to get for your PS5, Xbox Series X and/or Xbox Series S.
Is the NANO99 good for Switch, PS4, and Xbox One?
Due to the aforementioned low input lag, the NANO99 is a great television set for older HDMI consoles like the PS3, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It is an okay TV set for playing HDR games on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One S and Xbox One S.
You can take a look at the current price tag for the television set on Amazon via the following link: