Samsung TV Game Mode Settings Guide

As with most TVs, Samsung TVs can be used for anything from watching movies to enjoying live sports events. Moreover, they are perfect for playing video games.

If you are a hard-core gamer, you would love the Samsung TV for its premium graphics and sound. On top of that, this brand offers models at various price points.

Although a Samsung TV is a great product for gaming, you can improve its features by playing around with its settings. But to get the best results, it would help if you adjusted these values with a guide.

samsung tv game mode settings

In this article, we have listed some of these settings. So if you are looking for a guide to help with the task, you can go through the featured settings and pick the values that suit your preference.

Samsung TV Game Mode Settings Guide

Now here are the best settings for adjusting a Samsung TV for gaming. Before using our featured settings, it might help if you checked through the owner’s manual of your TV.

What is The Best Picture Setting for Samsung TV Gaming?

Now the question comes – What are the perfect settings for playing video games on a Samsung TV? Well, here are those settings that will impress amateur and hardcore gamers

  1. Go to the Settings option
  2. Choose General- Input Signal Plus ( HDR Gaming)
  3. Choose your preferred port where you will connect the game console
  4. Set the TV to Game Mode
  5. Leave Brightness on 24
  6. Adjust Contrast to 45
  7. Tune Sharpness to 0
  8. Set Color to 25
  9. Leave Tint on 0
  10. Set Apply Settings to correct source
  11. Leave Picture Clarity Settings on Off
  12. Adjust Contrast Enhancer to Off

Should I Use Game Mode on My Samsung TV?

Although the Game Mode on Samsung TVs enhances gameplay, it might not be the best option for all gamers. After all, this game mode is ideal for games that need smooth video processing.

Which HDMI Game Port is Good for Gaming Samsung?

On most Samsung TVs, you can find HDMI ports for connecting various devices. But if you are interested in the port for gaming, the HDMI 2.1 port as it is ideal for most gaming consoles.

What Should Be My TV Settings for Game Mode?

If you want to use Game Mode on your Samsung TV, you will have to also adjust its picture settings. For the best results, try the following settings:-

Settings for QLED and PS4

  • Input Signal Plus: ON ( for HDR Content)
  • Sharpness : 0
  • Contrast: 50
  • Brightness: 50
  • Colour: 25
  • Tint (G/R) : 0
  • Local Dimming: High
  • Shadow Detail : 0
  • Color Space Settings: Auto
  • Contrast Enhancer: Off
  • Gamma: ST.2084 : 3
  • White Balance: Leave the Settings on Default

Settings for the Samsung Q80T and PS4

  • Select Game Mode for Picture Mode
  • Leave all the settings on default because the TV will choose the best HDR conditions without any assistance. If it doesn’t activate the HDR by going to the Expert Settings > HDR+ Mode
  • Toggle the HDR Switch to On
  • Turn Off the Menu

Settings for the Samsung Q80T and Xbox

  • Head to Picture Menu > General > Eco Solutions
  • Turn off Ambient Light Detection and Motion Lightning
  • Return to General and choose Input Signal Plus
  • Pick HDMI 4 ( ensure you connect your console to this port as it offers the best bandwidth for 4k gaming)
  • Return to General > Game Mode
  • Set the Game Mode to Auto
  • Set Dynamic Black Equaliser to 0
  • Go to Game Mode Settings > Game Motion Plus Settings and turn off Game Motion Plus

Then use the following settings:

  • Brightness: 50
  • Contrast: 50
  • Sharpness : 0
  • Colour: 25
  • Tint (G/R) : 0
  • Local Dimming: High
  • Contrast Enhancer: Off
  • Color Tone: Warm 2
  • White Balance: Do Not Adjust this Setting
  • Gamma: ST. 2084
  • 2084 : 3
  • Shadow Detail : 0
  • Color Space Settings: Auto

For the Samsung TU8000

  • SDR
  • Picture Mode: Game
  • Brightness: 40
  • Contrast: 45
  • Sharpness: 10
  • Colour: 25
  • Tint: 0
  • Contrast Enhancer: Low
  • 1186: 0
  • Shadow Detail: 0
  • Colour Space Settings: Natives
  • Turn off Game Motion Plus
  • Turn on Ambient Light Detection
  • Enable HGIG to form an external drive

How to Turn Off Game Mode on Samsung TV

You can easily turn off Game Mode on Samsung TVs.

For 2022 Models

  • Hit the Home Button on the remote
  • Choose Menu – Settings – All Settings
  • Choose Game Mode Settings
  • Switch off Game Mode

For 2020 Models

  • Press the Home button
  • Click on General – External Device Manager – Game Mode Settings
  • Turn off Game Mode

For the 2017 – 2019 models

  • Press the Home button on your remote control
  • Click Settings – General Tab – External Device Manager
  • Select Game Mode – Choose OFF

Game Mode Greyed Out Samsung TV? 

Sometimes the Game Mode Menu might look greyed out on your TV. Luckily, you can fix this issue by plugging in your Xbox or PS console to the right HDMI port. But if this tip does not work, you will have to reach out to the nearest Samsung Customer Service.

Should I Enable Game Mode on Samsung TV?

According to experts, Samsung Game Mode reduces the lag and processing time of your TV. However, this mode is best suited for video game contests as it promises better reflexes to the players.

Should I Use Game Mode on My 4K TV?

Although Game Mode is great for your gaming experience, it might make your Samsung TV offer low-quality images. But thanks to this mode, you will still enjoy better gameplay with a faster response time.

Samsung Game Mode Settings PS5 

If you want to use a Samsung TV with a PS5, you can try the following steps

  • Switch on Surround Sound
  • Adjust the Dynamic Dark Image Equalizer to 2 or 3
  • Adjust Motion Plus to your preference

Do you want to use a high-end Samsung TV like the QN90B to play your PS5 games? If yes, then you will have to use other means as this TV does not offer Game Mode under the Presets.

  1. Go to Power and Energy Savings
  2. Disable the Auto Power Savings
  3. Go back to Settings – Connection – External Device – Manager- Anytime ( HDMI CEC)
  4. Go back to Settings – Input Signal Plus – Enable HDMI 2 ( connect the PS5 to the HDMI 2 port before tuning the settings)
  5. Go to Settings – Connection – Game Mode Settings –  Game Mode – Auto
  6. Turn on Game Motion Plus
  7. Go to HDR Tone Mapping – Basic

Then go to the PS5 Settings

Set HDR to On: When Supported

N.B Before using these settings remember to set the Samsung TV with ideal picture settings.


  • Danny Saunders

    Danny Saunders is a tech enthusiast. He enjoys getting his hands dirty with the features and settings of tech products and pushing them to their limits just to know how to get the best from them and how well they can endure "abuse" without breaking down. He shares his findings on this blog.