LG Promises HDR Gaming Fix ‘Soon’ For Its OLED And LCD TVs

LG Electronics has found itself under a fair bit of pressure in recent days from angry gamers wanting the brand to improve the input lag performance (the time a TV takes to render image data received at its inputs) of its OLED and LCD TVs when running in high dynamic range mode. In fact, these gamers have gone so far as to set up not one but two petitions about the issue on change.org.

Happily, though, it appears that people power has already prevailed. LG has now confirmed exclusively to me that is going to be rolling out a firmware update to its TVs that will address the HDR lag situation.

Here, in full, is LG’s response:

“LG Electronics has been made aware that some customers are experiencing lag on their displays when playing HDR games on LG TVs.

LG engineers are currently working on a firmware patch to address the issue which is expected to roll out shortly.

LG is also working on a solution for 2017 LG TV models which may include the option of an HDR gaming mode.

LG is committed to providing the highest standards of product quality and customer service.

As such, we regret any inconvenience this has caused our customers and confirm our commitment to resolving this issue as quickly as possible.”

LG TVs such as the outstanding OLED65E6 will have their HDR lag performance improved soon. (Pic: LG)This really does sound like great news for gamers who already own LG TVs – plus, of course, it’s a well timed response from the perspective of LG’s TV business with the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales looming large.

I guess in an ideal world the statement would have provided more detail. For instance, it isn’t clear if the promised firmware update will introduce an actual HDR gaming mode or just do what Sony’s recent input lag firmware update did and reduce HDR lag generally.

More details to follow!

We also don’t know yet by what order of magnitude the HDR lag will be reduced, or precisely which of LG’s HDR-capable TVs it will work with. I asked LG for further clarification on the affected TV models in particular, but got a ‘currently no further information or details to share’ response.

LG’s statement does, though, categorically state for the first time that at least some of its HDR-capable TVs can have their firmware tweaked to boost HDR gaming performance. It further says openly that the necessary firmware update is due ‘shortly’, and there’s no suggestion that the update will only apply to either OLED TVs or LCD TVs; in other words, it seems that it will apply to both types of LG TV.

The Xbox One S was the first HDR-capable console to go on sale. (Pic: Microsoft)

The Xbox One S was the first HDR-capable console to go on sale. (Pic: Microsoft)

This will all come as a huge relief to gamers who’d been starting to think that their otherwise beloved LG TVs were only second-rate gaming monitors in the HDR-capable Xbox One S/PS4 era.

LG has promised to keep me in the loop on the progress of the firmware update, but as I don’t have an LG TV here myself at the moment feel free to let me know via the Twitter or Facebook accounts shown at the bottom of this article when you get a firmware update on your LG set that either introduces an HDR Game mode or clearly reduces HDR gaming lag.

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[Source:-Forbes]