Another CES, another range of TVs that you'll probably want. Korean TV giant LG has shown off (opens in new tab) this year's flagship TV range, and, honestly, LG's G1 and C1 OLED TVs are pretty exciting.
The new TVs span seven different sizes, meaning you can get the perfect panel for your living room, and wrapped up in all those new features is a heap of features that are great for gamers.
LG has teamed up with Xbox and Nvidia so that the G1, C1 (and B1 and Z1) offerings can pack in G-Sync anti-tearing technology and AMD's FreeSync equivalent for silky-smooth gameplay, whether you’re playing on a video games console (opens in new tab) or home computer (opens in new tab). It will also be the first brand to have Google Stadia, the internet giant's game streaming service, built into the set in the US, UK and a big chunk of Europe.
That's great news for games — and potential gamers, as Stadia requires next to no set up at all — and LG's Game Optimizer panel will also give you access to motion smoothing, input delay, blue light reduction and even a low latency mode. This may not mean much to non-gamers, but it's great news for people that take their Warzone time very seriously indeed.
The C1 series of OLED TVs is being rolled out in the now-familiar 48in, 55in, 65in and 77in panels, but there's also the new-for-2021 83in variant. They're all in 4k. The G1 OLED range is also in full 4K, but with a smaller range of sizes, available in just the 55in, 65in and 77in sizes.
Of the two, it's the G1 that's worth shouting about. It's the G1 TV's which come with the LG OLED Evo panel, while the C series models won't be getting this fancy panel. There's a few things about the Evo panel that make it special, but the most important thing is that the tech behind it amps up the brightness and contrast even further. You'll see this tech filter down into the mid-range TVs over the next few years, but for now it's a premium feature only available in the top-of-the-range offerings.
Both the G1 and C1 are also packing the Gen 4 edition of LG's Alpha 9 processor. This will allow your TV to be truly smart, identifying what's on the screen and fiddling with the brightness to make sure it looks the business.
If 4K isn't enough for you, LG has also pulled back the curtain on LG's Signature Z1 series TVs, which are available in both 77in and 88in and are capable of showing 8K content. The Signature range is, in technical parlance, hella expensive - so expect a huge price tag for the jump to 8K.
When we get our hands on these, we'll be sure to include the best of the best in our list of best TVs (opens in new tab) to buy.