Since both console and PC games are coming out with HDR support, selecting a TV with good handling of it is pretty important. Almost all of the TVs coming out in 2017 have a basic support of HDR, but not all of them enable it without cost. A common issue that 2016 models had was an increase in input lag while displaying HDR content. While that isn't an issue with movies, it is critical with games (PS4 Pro, Xbox One S). Unfortunately, not all manufacturers managed to fix this problem. 2017 models are available now, but they tend to come with exorbitant prices this early in the year, so we still mostly recommend 2016 models for the coming months.
Best 4k HDR Gaming TV
The best 4k TV for gaming is the LG B6 OLED TV. It offers the best HDR gaming experience available today. OLED TVs have a definite picture quality advantage, and the LG B6 is no exception. It's the cheapest model available and it performs as well as the most expensive one in the range (differences between the models are mostly design ones). Input lag is low with both HDR and SDR games, and the motion is excellent. Faster paced games are responsive and show no trails that might reduce clarity.
It isn't perfect since some brighter scenes force the TV to dim its image, but most people won't notice this, and the overall performance strongly outweighs this con.
Best mid-range 4k HDR Gaming TV
If you want to spend a little less money, get the Sony X900E 4k LED TV. It isn't OLED, but it is still a great TV.
It's one of the best LED TVs money can buy, and it is very difficult to beat in its price range. Picture quality is very god, which in combination with the great input lag and motion make the X900E one of the best HDR Gaming TVs. Most people will be pleased with this TV over OLEDs, since the biggest benefit of the B6 will be seen in pitch black environments. As long as there is some light in the room, the X900E will perform very closely.
Best budget 4k HDR Gaming TV
No real budget TVs support HDR since it is still somewhat of a premium feature. For those looking for something cheaper than what high-end models ask for, there are still some options available.
Amongst more budget friendly options, the Sony X800D is the best 4k TV for gaming. It's one of the rare models in this price range that support both a wide color gamut and 10 bits of color depth. This allows it to display brighter and more vivid colors as well as gradations such as skies without any visible stepping. It doesn't have a high input lag either at around 30ms. Most gamers, even demanding ones, should be fine with it.
It does fall short of more expensive models in a few aspects. Its biggest downside is its limited light output: it isn't bad, but HDR greatly benefits from TVs being able to reach high peaks of brightness. Unfortunately, this is still a feature reserved for more expensive models. It is also only found in a limited set of sizes, so if you're looking for something larger than 49 inches, the X800D is not the best choice. If the size limitation isn't a big deal to you, the X800D is the best pick for a less expensive HDR gaming TV.
If you're looking for something a bit bigger, look for the Vizio M series 2016 4k UHD TV. It doesn't have wide color gamut or 10 bits of color, and its input lag is a bit worse than the Sony, but more casual players should still be pleased by its performance.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best gaming HDR TVs to buy for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
A few examples of HDR TVs that didn't make the cut:
- Vizio P Series 2016. While it has some excellent input lag for SDR gaming, the HDR capable ports have high input lag that renders this TV not suitable for it. See our review
- Sony X930E. Great TV but, it's a lot more expensive than the X900E for not much more. See our review
- Samsung KS8000. Great HDR gaming tv, but pretty hard to find now. See our review
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs that support HDR. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.