Today, TCL announced the launch of its latest 6-Series Roku TVs, this time boasting some THX-certified gaming chops. Officially known as THX Certified Game Mode, the new standard aims to assure consumers that an approved TV can capably support big-screen gaming, a selling point that could come in handy as a new generation of video game consoles hits the market in a few months.
In all, TVs that pass THX’s certification have to hit certain quality marks focusing on aspects like color, refresh rate, and input lag. Specifically, all TVs need to support refresh rates of at least 120 Hz, which could be especially useful with next-generation consoles like Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Sony’s PlayStation 5 both supporting 120 Hz output. The higher refresh rate could come in handy for fast-motion games, like racing titles or first-person shooters. In fact, Microsoft recently confirmed rumors that the multiplayer portion of its upcoming Halo Infinite will support up to 120 frames-per-second output.
The certification also requires displays to support low-latency modes, quick transitions between dark and light scenes, and the ability to automatically turn on THX Game Mode when needed.
“Since its founding, THX has become the quality assurance standard in delivering premium audio and visuals, and bringing this precision to TVs is a great example of how we can make content creator’s visions come to life,” THX’s Peter Vasay said in a press release. ”We are thrilled to launch the first THX Certified Game Mode TV with TCL after working closely with them to ensure the 6-Series meets our testing standards.”
TCL says its next-gen 6-Series TVs should start arriving this summer. While exact pricing and availability weren’t shared today, a quick look at current-gen models in the line shows a range from $600 to $1,400 and in sizes starting at 55 inches and maxing out at 75 inches.
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