We’ve updated our guide to gaming TVs for early 2017. Our picks work well for consoles and PC gaming at 60 Hz. For PC gaming at 120 Hz, check out our recommendations here. For information about the best TVs for HDR gaming with the Xbox One S and PS4 Pro, see here.
Best high-end TVs for gaming
Contrary to other usages like movies or sports, the difference between a cheap and a high-end TV is not as big when it comes to playing video games. If you can afford them, though, high-end TVs are still worth it for gaming.
The best 4k TV we tested so far to play video games is the LG B6 OLED. The input lag is not the lowest at 27.8 ms, but since it is an OLED TV, it offers no motion blur following moving objects and perfect blacks. Regarding picture quality, OLED can't be beaten.
Another great option for a gaming 4k TV is the Vizio P Series 2016. It got a very low input lag of 17.7 ms, and almost no motion blur (we measured the response time at 10.2 ms). It also has a great picture quality overall, especially for movies in a dark room, thanks to its great blacks created by its effective local dimming.
It is not as great for PC gaming, though, since it doesn't support 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 perfectly like the LG B6 which results in slightly fuzzier text. Input lag also quite high when sending an HDR signal, so the Samsung KS8000 is a better choice if you want to do HDR gaming.
If you care about HDR gaming, buy the cheaper Samsung KS8000. The input lag isn't far off (20.9 ms). The picture quality directly in front is not as good as the OLED; no LED TV is, but it is still great, and you won't have to worry about image retention like on the B6.
The Samsung KS9000 is an even higher end model, but we've found in our testing no significant picture quality difference, at least not to be worth the price difference. Stick to the cheaper KS8000.
Best mid-range TVs 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 you don’t want to spend an enormous amount of money on a new TV, your best bet is the Sony X800D. The picture quality is very good and will work well no matter which video games you will play. The input lag is decently low, too, at 33.3 ms. Only the most sensitive gamers will have an issue with this TV’s responsiveness.
Note: The 49” X800D is an IPS TV. That means lighter blacks, but a wider viewing angle. Go for the 49” model only if you need something that looks decent from off to the side.
Much like the higher-end Vizio TV, the Vizio M series 2016 is an equally good TV for gaming. Beyond the HDR differences between the two, they are extraordinarily similar TVs.
With those similarities also comes the same flaws, though. The Vizio M suffers from the same limitations as the P series for PC gaming and HDR gaming, so it is not recommended for those usages.
The Samsung KU6300 is also a decent choice in the mid-range. It has an even lower input lag (19.8 ms), which rivals high-end TVs. It can also get brighter than the Sony X810C. It has slightly more motion blur, but nothing noticeable.
For the price, it is an excellent TV, especially for playing fast-paced video games.
Best budget TVs for gaming
The input lag on cheap TVs is still very low, which is great for playing fast video games.
The best budget gaming 4k TV is the Hisense H8C. Motion blur is good, and input lag is also not bad. Picture quality is very close to the Samsung KU6300, making it a good alternative. It's very hard to beat its value.
Our recommendations above are what we think is 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 EF9500. OLED, so great picture quality and no motion blur. However, the input lag is a bit high for playing video games. See our review
- LG UH8500. Good TV, but that are better TVs for playing video games in the same price range. See our review
- Samsung JS9000. Almost out of stock everywhere now, or priced too high. See our review
- Vizio M Series 2016. Good TV for playing video games, but not as good for games on a PC, since 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 is not displayed as perfectly as other TVs. See our review
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here are 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.
Questions & Answers
Update: Changed the recommendations to current models.
Update: Changed the recommendations to current models.
I've been looking for a 4k option (for future-proofing) right around $1,000. I was leaning heavily towards the Vizio M-series, with its very low input lag, for an HDTV, but then I saw that you guys did not give it a great review for motion blur.
I will still use my monitor for most FPS games (definitely COD), so is the M-series viable if I don't plan to play most online shooters on it, or is there another option you would recommend?
If you can't stand the idea of that extra blur, your best bet for performance and minimal blurring is the Samsung UN40JU7100, but that's much smaller than an M-series TV in the same price range.
If you don't mind halving the refresh rate with chroma 4:4:4, get the X850C. Otherwise, you'll probably be best off by sacrificing 1080p120 and getting the JU7100.
Its main downside is that it has judder on 24 fps movies, but since most people won't notice this, it's not the worst thing. You can see what this judder looks like here.
I considered the J6300 as a 1080p option, possibly even going with 75" at about the same cost as the 65" JU7100. 75" is the most that will fit the wall, but the stand on the J6300 also changes at 75" and may not fit the intended furniture stand (it goes from a center stand to widely-spaced legs); I wasn't planning on wall-mounting immediately. At my 13' seating distance (9' at closest but from the side) 4K is said to not be worth it, especially with so little 4K content out there (not to mention how the price skyrockets when you go bigger than 65"). But that input lag time on the J6300 really scares me away quite a bit (I generally play first- and third-person shooters, though usually solo campaign games).
Even though I once considered the M-series 4K Vizio (which is half the price of the Samsungs), I've heard way too many horror stories with the brand (especially power issues) from just about everyone I mentioned my intention to. Shame there aren't more 70" TVs on the market, as it seems like Vizio are the only ones making them.
I feel like I'm back to the drawing board! I know you said this to someone else, but am I overthinking it?
Our inclusion of the Sony sets was to provide a little variety for people looking for an alternative to Samsung, but you're right that it isn't properly representative of the results of our tests. We'll add the JU7100 to correct that issue.
For your needs, the JU7100 is probably the best bet, so you should go for that.
Ultimately, you should choose your TV according to your viewing habits. The H6203 is better if you plan on sitting directly in front of your TV, and the LG 5800 is better if you need to be able to watch from wider angles.
I'd look at this year's TV offerings, but I want a 46"-50" TV (obviously with good reviews) for under $600 so, these are pretty much my only options. Thanks!
I get that without a budget the JU7100 is the best option, but I feel like the JU6500 is the better bang for buck. I mainly game with my PS4, use my TV as a monitor for my PC, and I stream mostly shows and some movies from any of those devices. I sit anywhere from 3-8ft away from my current TV. What is the best course of action?
We have not been able to confirm that input lag difference for ourselves, but if that is true, the 40" E-series wouldn't have any advantage over the J6200 or the J6300, and so wouldn't be a top choice for a gaming TV (though it would still be an okay budget option).
In light of the above 2016 OLED's stats, will this year's OLEDs likely be fast enough for competitive FPS games like Killzone 4 and Halo 5? Thanks.
31% Input Lag
6% PC Monitor
63% Motion Blur
As you can see, the motion blur score (which is mostly based on response time) counts for the majority of the gaming score. If those numbers are accurate, the OLED TV you're talking about should do very well in this category.
However, response time doesn't really matter in terms of the responsiveness of games, which is what matters most for competitive games. It's more about how games look. For responsiveness, it really is down to input lag.
33 ms is pretty low, and definitely low enough that very few people would notice the lag, but it isn't the lowest we've seen - more like the low end of average. However, unless you're a very serious, very sensitive, competitive gamer, you should have no problems with that amount of lag.
The best TV we've seen for motion blur this year is the Samsung J6200.
Is the M50 worth the extra $200? Or is it even better than the E50 for what I need?
I will continue to do most of my fps gaming on my 2ms input lag monitor with very little motion blur, and I'll use the TV for playing other games and watching Netflix. Since I am used to gaming on my monitor, will the 8ms input lag advantage of the M series be noticeable to me? Or does the motion handling of the JU6500 get the edge? What do you guys recommend?
We can't comment on the Vizio R-series before we test it, so we'll only have an opinion on that when it releases later this year.
The JU7100 is the best option in terms of overall picture quality and minimal blur, but only the 40" size is available in your price range. If you're okay with having a bit more blur than ideal, you could get the 55" M-series instead, and for less money.
The Sony X830C is an IPS TV, which means it has weak blacks and a wider viewing angle. Overall, it's not as good for picture quality as the other two options, so we don't recommend it.
I definitely want the best money can buy, and I don't mind the price for all of them. I'm also looking at the 48" TVs, if that makes a difference. Just really can't decide whether the JS8500 is that much worse than the JS9000.
The main advantage of the JS9000 over the JS8500 is that it has lower input lag (and not that much lower). Apart from that, they're very similar, so the JS9000 won't be worth the extra if you're on the fence.
The best choice for what you're looking for is the Vizio E32-C1. It has good picture quality, good gaming performance, and is well within your target budget.
Does the Samsung PWM add flicker, reduce smoothness, motion clarity and cause eye fatigue? Or should I not be concerned with the Samsung 7500's motion handling and just go with it?
In case I go the Sony route, please list the Sonys in order of preference for strictly gaming in the 55"/65" category. What has held me back from going with Sony is the relatively high lag numbers. Thanks.
The benefit with Sony TVs is that you're able to add motion interpolation or flickering without too big of an impact on input lag (generally sub-60 ms). A bit high for competitive gaming, but a worthwhile trade-off for games where lightning-quickness isn't as important. With Samsung's game mode, neither of these is possible.
Sony TVs ranked for gaming: X810C, X900C, X930C, X850C.
When interpolation is off, the difference in input lag between these two TVs isn't that noticeable, especially on consoles. It is a bit more on a PC, but even then you need to look for it.
Overall, it really depends on how much you are willing to spend. The JU7500 is better, but for most people the X810C is more than enough.
We don't currently have plans to review the JS8000 unfortunately.
For the best balance of low input lag and minimal blur, the Samsung JU7500 is the one to get.
My question is, "What type of 'gaming' are we talking about?" The TV I'd want for a game like The Elder Scrolls or Fallout is significantly different than one for Xbox Live play. I assume, due to the inclusion of input lag and response time, that the focus is more of the Call Of Duty line of games or Madden online, but I wanted to check.
Secondly, I burned through a Panasonic plasma TC-P50UT50 (I would suggest everyone avoid Panasonic as well, due to the manner in which they followed-up with me and the broken TV) three times in two years, so I would suggest not using one.
And Panasonic plasmas are no longer made and should pretty much all be gone by this point, but thanks for sharing your experience!
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