New 2017 TVs are starting to come out, but we still recommend buying 2016 models at this time of the year. Pricing is too high for the first half of the year, and 2016 TVs can still produce excellent gaming performance. Our picks work well for consoles and PC gaming at 60 Hz. Check out our recommendations for PC gaming at 120 Hz as well as the best TVs for HDR gaming for use with the new Xbox One X (Project Scorpio). Here are our recommendations for the best TVs for gaming.
Best TV for Gaming
Unlike for movies, the difference between the price ranges isn't as wide when it comes to gaming TVs. You can find an excellent gaming TV for quite cheap, but you do gain quite a bit from getting the premium models.
The best TV for gaming is the Vizio P Series 2016 4k TV. It is the quickest gaming TV we've tested and it is very responsive.
At 16.3ms of input lag, the P Series 2016 has one of the lowest input lag we've ever tested. Combined with the equally excellent motion performance, gaming on the Vizio P is bliss. Fast moving games feel both very responsive and look very clear. The overall picture quality is also great, mostly thanks to its excellent local dimming feature.
While it is not the best for HDR gaming, most gamers will be more than pleased with the Vizio P as it is the best gaming TV available.
If you want the best picture quality available, then pick the LG B6 OLED TV. It doesn't have quite as low an input lag as the Vizio, but it's still quite good. Picture quality is a step above, and it doesn't face the same issues with HDR Games.
Best Mid-Range TV for Gaming
You don't lose much in this price range as far as gaming goes. Mid-range TVs are less versatile, though, so not as good as pricier models if you plan on watching movies or HDR.
If the Vizio P is out of your budget, or if you don't care about non-gaming HDR performance, get the Vizio M series 2016 LED TV. It's a very similar TV to the Vizio P, but with less HDR capabilities and slightly worse local dimming. Gaming performance, however, is almost exactly the same and this is the best TV to buy in this price range.
If you're looking for a gaming TV that's a little bit better for HDR, go for the X800D. It's only available in smaller 43 and 49-inch sizes, but it has a wide color gamut and 10bits of color depth, all while keeping a good input lag.
Best Budget TV for Gaming
The input lag on cheap TVs is still very low, which is great for playing fast video games.
If you're looking for a cheap gaming TV, get the TCL FS3800. It's only 1080P, but the picture quality, while being worse than the more expensive options, is still decent. Input lag is still quite low, and it handles motion very well, so it will still provide a good experience if you're on a tighter budget.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs to play video games for most people in each price range. 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 TVs that didn't make the cut:
- LG UH8500. Good TV, but there are better TVs for playing video games in the same price range. See our review
- Samsung KS8000. Great gaming TV, but hard to find nowadays. See our review
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs. 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.