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The 8 Best 4k HDR Gaming TVs - Spring 2019
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The demand for 4k TVs with HDR gaming capabilities is rising. The support of HDR gaming that PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X provide guarantees that this will be a one-way road. In 2018, almost all the TVs we tested support HDR and have low input lag to attract gamers.

We've reviewed 90 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best TVs for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro you can buy in 2019. You can also find our picks for the best gaming TVs, the best gaming headphones, and the best gaming monitors.

Note: Since new TVs tend to launch at very high prices, it's unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until the latter half of the year. Because of this, some of the 2018 models remain as picks in our recommendations.

  1. Best 4k HDR Gaming TV: LG C9 OLED

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3

    Test Benches:

    • 1.3: Spring 2019
    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    9.1
    HDR Gaming
    What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    Type : OLED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    WRGB
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65" 77"

    The LG OLED C9 is the best 4k HDR TV for gaming that we've tested so far. It has an amazing dark room performance with perfect blacks, due to its emissive technology that allows it to turn off individual pixels. It has a wide color gamut and can deliver an outstanding HDR performance with rich saturated colors and highlights that pop.

    Gamers will appreciate the very low input lag in HDR mode and the extremely fast response time that helps deliver motion with minimal blur. This TV supports the HDMI-Variable Refresh Rate technology (although we were unable to make it work in HDR) for nearly tear-free gaming, and also has an Auto Low Latency Mode to automatically switch to 'Game' mode once gaming is detected.

    Unfortunately, like all OLEDs, it has the risk of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in when exposed to static images for extended periods of time. However, we don't expect this to be an issue for most people with varied enough usage. Overall, the C9 is an outstanding TV that also delivers excellent HDR gaming performance.

    See our review

  2. LED Alternative: Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65" 75"

    If you're concerned about the burn-in risk with the LG C9, the Samsung Q80R is the best LED TV for Xbox One and PS4 Pro gaming that we've tested so far. You will not have the perfect blacks of the LG, but the Samsung has an outstanding picture quality thanks to its deep blacks, excellent peak brightness, and wide color gamut. Gamers will appreciate the excellent response and the remarkably low input lag in HDR.

    This TV supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology for nearly tear-free gaming, which is great news for Xbox One gamers or PC gamers with an AMD graphics card. Also, it supports the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology, and the image remains accurate for wider angles off-center. Overall, this is an excellent 4k TV that delivers an outstanding HDR gaming experience.

    See our review

  3. Cheaper Alternative: Vizio P Series Quantum

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 65"

    If you want a TV that will perform very well when gaming in HDR and is less expensive than the Samsung Q80R, then get the Vizio P Series Quantum. This TV does not have the FreeSync support or the auto low latency mode of the Samsung, but it is cheaper and can get brighter. It will deliver excellent HDR performance in a dark room thanks to its high native contrast ratio, good local dimming, and wide color gamut. HDR content will capture your attention with vivid colors and sparkling bright highlights. The overall picture quality is great, and the TV has a very low input lag in HDR, which is great for gaming; it will make anyone who chooses it happy.

    See our review

  4. Best Mid-Range 4k HDR Gaming TV: Sony X900F

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3

    Test Benches:

    • 1.3: Spring 2019
    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.5
    HDR Gaming
    What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

    If you want a less expensive TV than the Samsung Q80R, check out the Sony X900F. It's the best TV for PS4 Pro and Xbox One gaming we’ve tested in the mid-range category so far. The Sony's VA panel will deliver deep blacks in a dark room, but it lacks the FreeSync Support of the Samsung or the extremely low input lag of the Vizio P Series Quantum.

    On the upside, this is an impressive TV with great picture quality. It can get very bright and will easily overcome glare, making it suitable for bright environments as well. It has an impressive HDR performance thanks to its wide color gamut that allows it to display vivid colors. When you play games in 4k HDR mode, the input lag is very low, and the TV responds immediately to your actions. It has remarkable motion handling, with a crisp image that looks good and has little blur even when displaying fast-moving content.

    Overall, this is a great TV with an impressive HDR gaming performance that will keep most people happy.

    See our review

  5. Cheaper Alternative: Vizio P Series 2018

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65" 75"

    If you find the price of the Sony X900F too expensive, then we recommend the Vizio P Series 2018, although it may be hard to find in stock. It cannot get as bright as the Sony, and you might experience a little banding in smooth gradients. It is, however, very good for HDR content with bright images, lively colors, and highlights that pop. It is very responsive due to low input lag and will keep most gamers happy with its performance.

    See our review

  6. Alternative With Lower Input Lag: Samsung NU8000

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

    If you want a TV with more gaming features than the Sony X900F, then get the Samsung NU8000. You will not get the excellent HDR picture quality or the deep blacks that make the image on the Sony look great in dark rooms. On the other hand, this TV has a lower input lag than the Sony and is very responsive. HDR content is displayed well due to the good brightness levels and wide color gamut. The TV supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate, auto low latency to automatically switch to 'Game' mode for the lowest input lag, and low input lag with motion interpolation to make motion look crisp and smooth in older games.

    See our review

  7. Best Budget 4k HDR Gaming TV: TCL 6 Series/R617 2018

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3

    Test Benches:

    • 1.3: Spring 2019
    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.4
    HDR Gaming
    What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65" 75"

    If you find the Sony X900F expensive, the best TV for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro gaming in the budget category is the TCL 6 Series R617. With the TCL, you're more likely to experience uniformity issues than with the Sony, and the picture quality, although still good, is not impressive.

    On the upside, this TV can get very bright. It displays HDR content with rich colors and bright highlights. It has good local dimming and good native contrast ratio, which is great for dim rooms as blacks are deep. It also has an excellent low input lag, and the wide color gamut allows it to produce more saturated colors than the Vizio M Series 2018.

    Overall, this is a very good TV that will satisfy viewers for most uses, and certainly for HDR gaming.

    See our review

  8. Cheaper Alternative: TCL S Series/S405 4k 2018

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 43" 49" 55" 65"

    If you want an even cheaper TV than the TCL R617, then get the TCL S Series S405. This is a basic HDR 4k TV; you will not get the brightness or the wide color gamut of the R617, but HDR gaming is still good due to the low input lag that makes the TV very responsive. It can display deep blacks due to the high native contrast ratio, which is important for HDR performance in a dark room.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony A9F OLED: An outstanding OLED TV, but very expensive; the LG C9 is a better pick. See our review
  • LG B8 OLED: An excellent OLED TV for HDR gaming, but the C9 is better and more advanced. See our review
  • Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED: Excellent HDR gaming TV, but the Q80R is cheaper for similar performance. See our review
  • Sony Z9F: Great TV overall, but very expensive for the performance. See our review
  • TCL 4 Series/S425 2019: The replacement for the S405; still more than the S405. See our review
  • TCL 5 Series/S517 2018: Decent versatile 4k TV, but more expensive than the S405 for similar performance. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs for PS4 Pro and Xbox One X 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 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.

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