The TU8300 is a new curved television set released by Samsung in 2020. So, is this TV any good for playing videogames on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X in addition to other consoles? You can find out in this buyer’s guide.
We don’t recommend getting the Samsung TU8300 as it lacks HDMI 2.1 ports, 120 native refresh rate, variable refresh rate, Dolby Vision and wide color gamut. The HDR brightness levels are also poor.
The TU8300 does have excellent input lag reduction in game mode as you can get less than 10 ms of latency in 1080p, 1440p and 4K. Thus, it is a great television set for playing non-HDR games on older HDMI consoles like the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.
The television set also comes with antenna and composite inputs, allowing you to connect retro systems to it.
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Does the Samsung TU8300 have HDMI 2.1 ports?
The TU-8300 Series comes with 3 HDMI 2.0 ports, which include enough bandwidth to display games at a maximum of 60 frames per second in up to 4K resolution.
The curved TV does not have any HDMI 2.1 ports. This mean that it won’t support variable refresh rate, a feature that is designed to get rate of instability and screen tearing in games that don’t have a smooth frame rate. With a native refresh rate of 60Hz, the screen won’t be able to play games at 120 frames per second at any resolution.
Samsung TU8300’s HDR Capabilities
In terms of features, the TU8300 Curved TV supports HDR10 and HDR10+. However, it is missing support for Dolby Vision and Wide Color Gamut. The Xbox Series S and X consoles will be taking advantage of Dolby Vision, so you should look elsewhere if you want to use this feature.
As for the brightness level, the TU8300 is too dim to make HDR stand out. According to RTINGS.com, you will only get 302 nits at HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness in addition to 325 nits at HDR Peak 100% Window and HDR Sustained 100% Window. These levels are quite below our recommend brightness level of at least 500 nits.
You can take a look at the HDR brightness level tests for the TU-8300 below (via RTINGS):
- HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness: 302 cd/m²
- HDR Peak 2% Window: 174 cd/m²
- HDR Peak 10% Window: 326 cd/m²
- HDR Peak 25% Window: 325 cd/m²
- HDR Peak 50% Window: 325 cd/m²
- HDR Peak 100% Window: 325 cd/m²
- HDR Sustained 2% Window: 172 cd/m²
- HDR Sustained 10% Window: 325 cd/m²
- HDR Sustained 25% Window: 324 cd/m²
- HDR Sustained 50% Window: 324 cd/m²
- HDR Sustained 100% Window: 325 cd/m²
- HDR ABL: 0.043
Samsung TU8300’s Input Lag
At the other end of the spectrum, the Samsung TU8300 has excellent latency reduction in game mode. According to RTINGs, you will get input lags of less than 10 ms at 1080p/60Hz, 1440p/60Hz, 4K/60Hz and 4K/60Hz/HDR. Anything under 30 ms is considered to be good for gaming. You will most likely play PS5 and Xbox Series X games at 4K/60Hz/HDR in addition to Xbox Series S games at 1440p/60Hz.
If you want to use this curved display as a computer monitor, the lag is just 9.9 ms at 4K/60Hz/4:4:4. However, there is no support for AMD’s FreeSync and NVIDIA’s GSYNC GPU features.
You can take a look at the input lag test results for the TU8300 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): 85.3 ms
- 1440p resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled): 9.6 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Enabled): 9.5 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate + 10 bit HDR (Game Mode Enabled): 9.6 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate (Game Mode Disabled): 75.8 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate With Interpolation (Game Mode Enabled): 25.7 ms
- 4K resolution and 60 Hz at 4:4:4: 9.9 ms
Is the TU8300 good for PS5 and Xbox Series X?
The Samsung TU8300 is not a good set to play next-generation games on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X. The television has no HDMI 2.1 ports, Dolby Vision, wide color gamut, variable refresh rate or support for 120 frames per second. It also has poor HDR brightness.
Is the TU8300 good for Switch, PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X?
The one advantage the TU 8300 does have as a gaming TV is that it comes with an excellent game mode that reduces input lag to below 10 ms. This makes this screen great for playing games on older HDMI consoles like the Wii U, Switch, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
As we stated above, the curved television set lacks HDR features and brightness levels; so, it is not suitable for playing HDR games on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One S and Xbox One X.
Legacy Consoles Support
The TU8300 comes with an antenna and composite input. As a result, you will be able to connect retro systems like the NES, Super NES Nintendo 64, Nintendo Gamecube, Nintendo Wii, Sega Genesis, Sega Dreamcast, PS1, PS2 and Xbox.
You can check out the current price tag for this 2020 TV with the following link: