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Samsung working to get G-Sync certification for its QLED TVs

By Ng Chong Seng - on 20 Apr 2020, 12:39pm

Samsung working to get G-Sync certification for its QLED TVs

With low input lag and support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Samsung’s recent QLED TVs all make for very good large-screen gaming displays.

But the elephant in the room is their lack of G-Sync. Yes, they support FreeSync VRR for tear-free gaming with AMD’s graphics cards and consoles like the Xbox One since 2018, but a considerable size of the PC gaming market uses NVIDIA’s cards. For these users, G-Sync is what they really want.

To that end, well, I can’t tell you when Samsung is officially adding G-Sync support to its QLED TVs — but I can at least tell you that Samsung is in the process of obtaining official G-Sync Compatible certification for its TVs. Again, it’s unclear which models are getting it and the release timeline — but yeah, it’s coming.

If I were to speculate, this is roughly what would happen after the TVs have gone though NVIDIA’s validation: Samsung must first release G-Sync Compatible firmware updates for the qualified QLED TVs (likely those with HDMI 2.1).

There may also be a new GeForce Game Ready (Adaptive Sync) driver that you need to install for your GeForce RTX 20 or GeForce GTX 16 series card-equipped PC before G-Sync will work over HDMI. It’s pretty much the same process some 2019 LG OLED TV owners have to go through when their TVs first gained G-Sync support last year.

For what it’s worth, if you were to connect a QLED TV today to your gaming PC, the NVIDIA Control Panel may already say that it’s G-Sync compatible. Don’t take that as a confirmation that G-Sync is working, though. For instance, NVIDIA’s G-Sync Pendulum demo always failed for me, suggesting G-Sync isn’t actually enabled.

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