Samsung’s The Sero is a unique television set as it comes with a stand that allows for the screen to be rotated to a vertical portrait mode. So, how does this set fare for playing videogames on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X and other consoles? You can find out in this buyer’s guide.
The Sero is a poor choice for the PS5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X as the television does not have any HDMI 2.1 ports (so you won’t be able to play games at 120 frames per second or take advantage of variable refresh rate) in addition to having subpar HDR brightness.
The TV does have a great game enhancer mode, which reduces input lag significantly. As a result, it is a great display to play non-HDR games on older HDMI consoles like the PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
When it comes to even older consoles, The Sero comes with RF input but does not include any inputs for composite or component.
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Does The Sero have HDMI 2.1 ports?
The Sero comes with 3 HDMI ports, all of which are version 2.0 ports. These are capable of providing 4K gameplay at 60Hz.
Unfortunately, this TV does not have any HDMI 2.1 ports, which are needed for playing games at native 120 Hz in addition to supporting variable refresh rate, a feature that will help smooth out inconsistent frame rates.
The Sero ‘s HDR Capabilities
Samsung’s Sero support HDR10 and HDR10+ as well as a wide color gamut. The television set is not compatible with Dolby Vision, which is being used by the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X to display high-dynamic range content.
When it comes to brightness levels, the Sero is a little bit subpar. We recommend high dynamic range brightness to be at least 500 nits for HDR to standout in videogames.
According to tests conducted by RTINGS, The Sero can only reach 410 nits at HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness, 439 nits at HDR Peak 100% Window and 438 nits at HDR Sustained 100% Window. You can find the HDR test results for the Samsung 4K TV below (via RTINGS):
- HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness: 410 cd/m²
- HDR Peak 2% Window: 210 cd/m²
- HDR Peak 10% Window: 441 cd/m²
- HDR Peak 25% Window: 439 cd/m²
- HDR Peak 50% Window: 439 cd/m²
- HDR Peak 100% Window: 439 cd/m²
- HDR Sustained 2% Window: 208 cd/m²
- HDR Sustained 10% Window: 440 cd/m²
- HDR Sustained 25% Window: 439 cd/m²
- HDR Sustained 50% Window: 438 cd/m²
- HDR Sustained 100% Window: 438 cd/m²
- HDR ABL: 0.049
The Sero’s Input Lag
The Sero has excellent input lag reduction. For a gaming, latency below 30 ms is considered to be good. Samsung’s unique television set is easily able to achieve this metric.
According to tests done by RTINGS, when the game enhancer mode is enabled, the lag is just 9.5 ms at 1080p/60Hz, 9.0 ms at 1440p/60Hz in addition to 9.1 ms at 4K/60Hz and 4K/60Hz/HDR.
If you want to use this TV as a computer monitor, then the lag is 9.2 ms at 4K/60Hz/4:4:4. The display is not compatible with the FreeSync feature of AMD GPUs or GSYNC features of the NVIDIA GPUs.
You can check out the latency tests below (via RTINGS):
- 1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled): 9.5 ms
- 1080p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled): 75.8 ms
- 1440p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled): 9.0 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled): 9.1 ms
- 4K resolution, 60 Hz refresh rate and 10-bit HDR (Game Mode Enabled): 9.1 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled): 58.9 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate with Interpolation: 25.2 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz at 4:4:4: 9.2 ms
Is The Sero good for PS5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X?
The Sero is lacking as a gaming TV for next-generation systems as it does not come with any HDMI 2.1 ports. The HDR brightness levels are also below average. The only positive is the game enhancer mode, which reduces input lag to really low levels.
Is The Sero good for Switch, PS4, and Xbox One?
At the same time, the low latency makes Samsung’s Zero an excellent television for playing games on older HDMI console like the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
As we stated above, the HDR brightness performance is a little subpar. So, you may want to look elsewhere if you want to get the most out of HDR games on the PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One S and Xbox One X.
Legacy Consoles Support
The Sero does not have any component or composite inputs. As a result, you will need to get a converter to connect systems such as the PS1, N64, Dreamcast, PS2, Gamecube and Xbox to this television set.
The TV does have a RF input, so you can directly connect retro systems like the NES, Super NES and Sega Genesis.
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