The 5 Best 4k HDR Gaming TVs - Summer 2021 Reviews

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The demand for 4k TVs with HDR gaming capabilities is rising. The support of HDR gaming that the new gaming consoles provide guarantees that this will be a one-way road. All 4k TVs we tested have HDR, and most have low input lag to attract gamers. When looking for the best TV for PS4 Pro or best TV for Xbox One X, it's important to look for a TV with a quick response time, low input lag, good HDR peak brightness in Game Mode, and possibly even variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing.

We've tested more than 80 TVs under the latest test bench and below are our recommendations for the best TVs for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro you can buy. You can also find our picks for the best gaming TVs, the best TVs for PS5, and the best TVs for Xbox Series X.

  1. Best 4k HDR Gaming OLED TV: LG C1 OLED

    HDR Gaming
    Type OLED
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

    The LG C1 OLED is the best TV for Xbox One X or PS4 for HDR gaming. It delivers stunning picture quality thanks to its OLED panel that can individually turn off pixels, resulting in a near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. It's really well-built with a sleek stand that should look good in any gaming setup.

    It supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, but not HDR10+. It doesn't have any issues supporting HDR games from either the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and it displays a very wide color gamut. Although its HDR brightness in Game Mode is just okay and might not get bright enough to truly bring out highlights, this is typical behavior for OLEDs. It still offers excellent picture quality in HDR games because of its fantastic dark room performance. It has four HDMI 2.1 inputs, allowing you to play 4k games up to 120fps, the response time is near-instant for smooth motion, and it has low input lag.

    Sadly, OLEDs have the risk of permanent burn-in, which could be a problem with constant exposure to static displays from a game's user interface. However, we don't expect it to be an issue for those who watch varied content. If you want to use the TV in a well-lit room, it has fantastic reflection handling, but we don't suggest placing it opposite a window with direct sunlight because it doesn't get extremely bright. Regardless, this is one of the best HDR gaming TVs we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Best 4k HDR Gaming LED TV: Samsung QN90A QLED

    HDR Gaming
    Type LED
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

    The best 4k HDR TV for gaming with an LED panel that we've tested is the Samsung QN90A QLED. It's an excellent all-around TV, and even though it's on the costly side, it has stunning picture quality that should please most people. LED TVs are immune to permanent burn-in, so you won't have to worry about damaging the screen when displaying static elements.

    It uses Mini LED backlighting, allowing it to get extremely bright in HDR, and it's actually one of the brightest TVs we've tested. It easily makes highlights pop the way the creator intended, and it displays a very wide color gamut. Its VA panel has an excellent contrast ratio to display deep blacks, and it has a decent full-array local dimming feature in Game Mode to improve the contrast. Local dimming is actually worse in Game Mode than outside of it because it seems to raise the black levels, making blacks look more gray. In terms of gaming, it has an excellent response time, low input lag, a 120Hz panel, and VRR support.

    Unfortunately, our unit has some uniformity issues with dirty screen effect in the center, which could get distracting with large areas of uniform color, but also this varies between units. It has fantastic reflection handling if you want to use it in a really bright room, but light scatters across the screen with a rainbow-like effect due to the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, which could also be annoying. All in all, this is still one of the best TVs we've tested for HDR gaming.

    See our review

  3. Cheaper Alternative: Hisense U8G

    Type LED
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65"

    If you don't want to spend a ton of money on a high-end TV, then look into the Hisense U8G. It doesn't have viewing angle technology like the Samsung QN90A QLED, but that means it has a higher contrast ratio instead. Even though the U8G doesn't have Mini LED backlighting either, it still has impressive HDR peak brightness, so highlights really pop, and the local dimming feature is great, so it's fantastic for dark room gaming. It also has a 120Hz panel with HDMI 2.1 inputs, allowing you to play 4k games up to 120fps from either the Xbox Series X or PS5, and input lag is really low. However, even though it has a quick response time, there are some motion artifacts in Game Mode, like red ghosting.

    If you want the best TV for Xbox One X or best TV for PS4 Pro in the LED category, you can't go wrong with the Samsung, but if you prefer something cheaper, then check out the Hisense.

    See our review

  4. Best 4k HDR Gaming LED TV With Wide Viewing Angles: Samsung QN85A QLED

    HDR Gaming
    Type LED
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65" 75" 85"

    If you have a wide seating arrangement and need an LED option with wide viewing angles, then check out the Samsung QN85A QLED. It's similar to the Samsung QN90A QLED and has many of the same gaming features, but it uses a different panel type that makes the image remain accurate when viewing from the sides.

    This is a high-end TV with a ton of gaming features like an HDMI 2.1 input with a 120Hz panel, so it doesn't have any issue playing high-frame rate games from either the PS5 or Xbox Series X. It has Auto Low Latency Mode that automatically switches the TV into Game Mode for low input lag when a game from a compatible device is launched. It has low input lag and a quick response time for a responsive gaming experience. Like the QN90A, the QN85A also has Mini LED backlighting, so it gets extremely bright, making highlights pop in HDR content, and combined with its fantastic reflection handling, visibility shouldn't be an issue in most well-lit rooms.

    Unfortunately, its IPS-like panel has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray in a dark room. The local dimming feature is decent and helps it improve the contrast a lot, but there's noticeable blooming around bright objects. On the plus side, our unit has fantastic color accuracy before any sort of color calibration, but since this can vary between units, your experience may vary. Overall, this is one of the best 4k HDR TVs we've tested with LED backlighting.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget 4k HDR Gaming TV: Hisense U6G

    HDR Gaming
    Type LED
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 50" 55" 65" 75"

    The best HDR TV for gaming in the budget category that we've tested is the Hisense U6G. Although it's a simple TV that doesn't have the same features as higher-end models, it still offers great overall performance and is impressive for gaming. It supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision formats, so you can play and stream HDR content no matter the format it's in.

    Since it has a 60Hz panel and HDMI 2.0 inputs, you can't play HDR games up to 120Hz like other TVs in this recommendation. Still, it has a quick response time for smooth motion and low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. It even has a black frame insertion feature to try to clear up motion blur, but it creates some image duplication. In terms of picture quality with HDR content, it has a VA panel with a high native contrast ratio, incredible black uniformity, and the full-array local dimming feature helps it display deep blacks. It displays a wide color gamut, but it may not get bright enough to truly make some colors pop how they should.

    Unfortunately, there's some noticeable banding with darker shades, but gradient handling overall is still great. It doesn't have a motion interpolation feature for lower-frame rate games, but it's rare that a feature like that works well with games anyways. It also has narrow viewing angles, which is expected from a VA panel TV, and it's not suggested for co-op gaming. If this doesn't bother you, it's the best budget TV for HDR gaming.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020: The Vizio P Series Quantum X is excellent for HDR gaming and it costs less than the Samsung QN90A, but its VRR support is buggy. See our review
  • Vizio OLED 2020: The Vizio OLED 2020 offers about the same picture quality as the LG C1, but there are too many bugs when it comes to its VRR support. See our review
  • LG CX OLED: The LG CX is an older version of the LG C1 with similar performance; get this if you can find it for cheaper. See our review
  • Sony A80J OLED: The Sony A80J is an outstanding OLED TV, and it's in the same price range as the LG C1, but it doesn't have as many gaming features. See our review
  • TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED: The TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED is a low-cost TV that doesn't get as bright as the Hisense U6G. See our review
  • Sony X90J: The Sony X90J is an impressive gaming TV, but it doesn't get as bright as the Hisense U8G or Samsung QN90A. See our review
  • LG NANO90 2021: The LG NANO90 2021 is a good gaming TV with VRR support, but with an IPS panel it has a low contrast ratio and HDR content doesn't look anything special because it doesn't get as bright as the Samsung QN85A. See our review
  • TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED: The TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED is great for HDR gaming, but it costs more than the Hisense U6G to be considered budget. See our review
  • Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021: The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 is a mid-range option with VRR support, but it's too expensive to be considered budget, and it doesn't have HDMI 2.1 inputs like the Samsung QN90A or Hisense U8G. See our review
  • Hisense U7G: The Hisense U7G is a lower-end version of the Hisense U8G with the same great gaming features, but its local dimming performs worse and it doesn't get as bright, so for the price, it's worth getting the U8G. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jul 22, 2021: Replaced the Hisense H9G and Hisense H8G with the newer Hisense U8G and U6G; removed the Vizio M7 Series 2020 because it's harder to find; added the Samsung QN85A as Wide Angle pick; updated Notable Mentions.

  2. May 25, 2021: Replaced the LG CX with its replacement the LG C1; replaced the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020 with the Samsung QN90A; removed the Sony X900H and added the Hisense H9G as a cheaper alternative; updated Notable Mentions.

  3. Mar 30, 2021: Removed the Samsung Q80T because of worse HDR brightness in Game Mode; moved the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020 to the main LED pick and moved the Sony X900H.

  4. Jan 29, 2021: Renamed the LG CX to 'Best OLED'; updated text for clarity.

  5. Dec 02, 2020: Moved the Samsung Q80T to 'Best LED' with the Vizio as 'Cheaper Alt', moved the Sony X900H to main pick; replaced the TCL 5 Series 2020 with the Vizio M7 Quantum Series 2020.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 4k HDR TVs for gaming 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).

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews, sorted by their HDR gaming performance. 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.