2017 TVs have come down in price at this point in the year, and a lot of the newer models offer good refinement over TVs from previous years. 2017 TVs tend to have less input lag and motion blur, which are the most important aspects for a good experience. 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
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 paying more for the premium models usually brings you a more versatile TV with better picture quality.
The best TV we've reviewed for playing video games is the LG C7 4k OLED TV. Not only does it feature the best picture quality currently available, it also has some of the lowest input lag found on any TV available today as well as virtually no motion blur.
Thanks to its virtually instant response time, fast motion looks incredibly fluid and crisp. The overall package offers a very responsive and immersive experience unmatched by competing LED TVs like the Samsung Q9F and Sony Z9D.
It's versatile too: its wide viewing angle means it's equally good for playing games with friends sitting on either side without a big effect on picture quality. The LG C7 isn't the brightest TV available, but it still offers the best gaming experience available today.
If you can still find it, the LG B6 OLED TV from 2016 offers the same picture quality as the LG C7 with slightly higher input lag. If you're a more casual player, you probably won't notice the difference and it's worth saving your money and going for the previous model.
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.
For a mid-range option, we recommend the Sony X900E. It's a versatile 4k LED TV that's especially good for playing video games, thanks to its low input lag and motion blur. Thanks to its good value compared to the competing Samsung MU8000 and LG SJ8500, it's a good choice if you want some of the best picture quality found on an LED TV .
It doesn't have blacks as deep as what an OLED TV can do, but it's still a great performer in a dark room thanks to its well-executed local dimming feature. It's brighter by a fair margin too, which is great if you planned to use it in a well-lit environment.
Overall, the X900E is sure to please most gamers, especially if it isn't the only thing it's going to be used for. It's the best alternative to OLEDs if they are out of your budget.
For something larger, the Sony X850E offers a great gaming experience with low input lag for more value for its size than the Sony X900E. It doesn't have the fancy local dimming and it isn't quite as bright as the more expensive model, but it's a good choice if you want the largest TV you can fit in your budget.
Best Budget TV for Gaming
Budget TVs offer a lot of value nowadays, and their input lag is just as low as more expensive TVs. You do lose on the overall fit and finish as well as brightness, but they can still be a good purchase.
If you don't mind having a cheaper looking design, the TCL P607 is the best budget gaming TV we've tested. This 4k LED TV offers some of the best value on the market today and punches far above its weight class. It also sports a slew of features unusual for its price.
The TCL P-Series' input lag is one of the lowest we've tested at 15ms, making it an excellent choice for fast-paced games that require split-second reactions. Its handling of motion is no slouch either and motion blur is some of the lowest found on LED TVs. It's not quite as versatile as the more expensive Sony X900E, but unless you want the extra features found on the Sony, the P607 is simply the best budget gaming TV money can buy.
If you're looking for something cheaper, get the TCL S405 4K LED TV. It's a feature-packed TV for its price, and it has exceptionally low input lag and motion blur making it a great choice for more competitive gamers. It doesn't have the HDR related features of the TCL P607 and it's not quite as bright, but it's still a good buy for gamers on a 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 SJ8500. 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
- Samsung Q9F. Very good for playing video games, but poorly priced in comparison to the more versatile LG C7. See our review
- Sony A1E. Excellent gaming TV, but the LG C7 offers even better performance for cheaper. See our review
- Vizio M Series 2017. Good mid-range TV for gaming, but outclassed by the similarly priced P607. See our review
- Vizio P Series 2016. Great gaming TV, but difficult to find nowadays. The 2017 variant should perform the same though. 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.