The update that brought an ‘HDR Game Mode’ to the popular LG B6 OLED was released in the US in January 2017 but some problems arose so Europeans have had to wait. LG has now finally released the software update in Europe, along with an "improvement to the speaker hum noise" issue.
HDR Game Mode on LG B6 OLED
The ‘HDR Game Mode’ is created for gamers who own a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One S. High Dynamic Range gaming is a major step forward but some gamers have complained that input lag – the time it takes for the input signal to reach the screen – has been too high.
A long string of events have led us here. Initially, gamers started a petition for LG to add a ‘HDR Game Mode’ on its 2016 OLED TVs. The company reacted by releasing the update for the C6, E6, and G6 models. It subsequently released a similar update for the B6 OLED as well as high-end LCDs in the US. The update was expected to roll out in Europe shortly after but got delayed.
LG tells FlatpanelsHD that one reason for the delay was that US users started experienced tearing (an issue where the picture briefly tears into segments). The fix for the tearing issue has already been released in the US and is included in the European firmware that was officially released on March 22.
Besides the B6 OLED, the firmware applies to the 40-70” UH7700 LCD TVs. After the update, input lag in HDR mode should be “less than 30 ms”, according to LG.
”Sound hum” issue
Additionally, it appears that the new firmware at least to some degree addresses the humming sound from the built-in speakers that some owners of the B6 OLED TV have experienced. It is not clear if the issue is fixed completely.
The 04.31.10 firmware is available to download on LG’s European support pages today. After download you should transfer it to a USB stick and install it. The firmware will be available later as an over-the-air update.
This hopefully marks the end to the challenges on LG’s B6 OLED. HDR on game consoles came as a surprise to everyone in the industry. Other manufacturers have released similar bug fixes but LG has managed to lower input lag more than most of its competitors. LG’s 2017 OLED TVs will include an improved ‘HDR Game Mode’ that brings input lag down to 21 ms, as first reported by FlatpanelsHD in January 2017.