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What are the implications of playing in locked mode without realizing it, and how can I adjust my gameplay to maximize my potential?

Gaming in locked mode means that your console's output resolution is fixed, often at 1080p.

Newer TV models, particularly 4K OLEDs, can significantly enhance gaming visuals compared to older 1080p Plasma TVs.

Xbox Series S can output resolutions up to 4K, but not all games will run natively at this resolution.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) can provide more vibrant and realistic colors, but only if both the console and TV support it.

Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) can synchronize the TV's refresh rate to the console's frame rate, reducing stuttering and tearing.

The Xbox interface will show grayed-out options if your TV cannot support specific features, such as HDR or VRR.

A newer 4K TV and console can offer better upscaling for non-4K native games, making them appear sharper than on an older 1080p TV.

Locked mode may result in less accurate or comfortable visuals for some players due to the inability to adjust the output resolution or disable unwanted features.

Enabling 120Hz refresh rate on compatible TVs and consoles can provide smoother motion and reduced input lag in certain games.

Utilizing the console's settings and TV capabilities can optimize the visual experience while matching the console's output and the TV's input.

Upgrading from an older 1080p TV to a 4K OLED can result in a night-and-day difference in visual quality for many gamers.

Better visuals can indirectly impact gameplay, as more detailed and vibrant graphics can make spotting objects or enemies easier.

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