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The 7 Best 4k HDR Gaming TVs - Summer 2018
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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. Almost all the TVs released in 2018 that we’ve tested support HDR and have low input lag to attract gamers. 

We've reviewed 67 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best HDR gaming TVs you can buy in the summer of 2018. You can also find our picks for the best gaming TVs here and for the best gaming headphones here.

Best 4k HDR Gaming TV: LG C8

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
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Test Benches: test

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
9.0
Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
Type : OLED
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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.
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Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 55" 65" 77"

The best HDR gaming TV we’ve tested so far is the LG C8. It has an excellent picture quality with perfectly deep and uniform blacks. It performs well in HDR content as it can produce very bright and saturated highlights. Gamers will appreciate C8’s responsiveness due to the excellent motion handling and low input lag, not found on more expensive models like the Sony A8F. The image remains accurate when viewed at an angle and this is great for gamers seated close to the TV.

However, like all OLED TVs, there is a risk of temporary image retention or permanent burn-in when displaying static images like game HUDs for a prolonged amount of time, although we expect that most people won't have these issues.

Overall, the LG C8 is an excellent TV for many usages that delivers exceptionally high HDR gaming performance.

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LED Alternative: Samsung Q8FN

Type : LED
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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.
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VA
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 55" 65" 75"

If you are worried about the burn in risk of the LG C8, we recommend the Samsung Q8FN. It does not have the perfect blacks or the great viewing angles of the LG C8, but it can get very bright and in HDR content, the image pops. It is very responsive with low input lag, great motion handling, includes a variable refresh rate option to keep motion smooth while gaming and no risk for image retention.

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

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  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
8.6
HDR Gaming
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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
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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.
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VA
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

If you find the LG C8 too expensive, the best HDR gaming TV we’ve tested in the mid-range category is the Sony X900F. The Sony lacks the perfect blacks of the LG C8 and does not have the very good viewing angles of the OLEDs.

On the upside, the Sony X900F has a very good low input lag in HDR mode and feels very responsive which is excellent for gaming. When viewing HDR content in a dark room, the image quality is impressive. Blacks are deep due to local dimming support, the colors are rich, and highlights pop. It offers better picture quality in a dark room than the edge-lit Samsung Q7FN

Overall, the X900F is a great TV for mixed usage and gamers will experience an excellent HDR gaming performance.

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Cheaper Alternative: Vizio P Series 2018

Type : LED
Sub-Type
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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.
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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. 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.

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Alternative with a lower input lag: Samsung NU8000

Type : LED
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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.
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VA
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

If you find the input lag of the Sony X900F too high for your gaming level and want a more responsive TV, get the Samsung NU8000. It lacks the deep blacks found on the Sony X900F and the great picture quality in dark rooms. However, the NU8000 is a very responsive TV with very low input lag and it encompasses features like black frame insertion and variable refresh rate to make motion look clear and smooth in games. The TV can display HDR content well as it has wide color gamut and good brightness levels.

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Best Budget 4k HDR Gaming TV: TCL R617

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Test Benches: test

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
7.9
Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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8.0
Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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7.6
TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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7.5
Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
8.6
Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
8.1
HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
8.4
HDR Gaming
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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.
8.1
PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
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Type : LED
Sub-Type
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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.
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VA
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 55" 65"

If you find the Sony X900F expensive, the best HDR gaming TV in the budget category is the TCL 6 Series R617. With the TCL, you are more likely to experience uniformity issues than with the Sony X900F, and the picture quality, although still good, is not impressive.

On the upside, the TCL can get very bright. When viewing HDR content, the colors are rich and the highlights are bright. It has good local dimming and good native contrast which is great for dim rooms as blacks are deep. It also has an excellent low input lag, slightly better than our top pick the LG C8. The wider color gamut allows it to produce more saturated colors than the Vizio M Series 2018.  

Overall, the TCL R617 is a very good TV that will satisfy viewers in most usages.

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Cheaper Alternative: TCL S405

Type : LED
Sub-Type
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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.
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VA
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 43" 49" 55" 65"

If you want an even cheaper TV than the TCL R617, then get the TCL 5 Series 4k (S405). The S Series is a basic HDR 4k TV that cannot get as bright as the R617 and it does not have the wide color gamut to display rich and saturated colors in HDR. However, it can display deep blacks in dim environments and it is very responsive due to its very low input lag that will make gamers happy.

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Notable Mentions

  • Sony A8F. A very good TV with excellent HDR but very expensive; the LG C8 is a better pick. See our review
  • Sony A1E. Great TV overall, but the LG C8 is a bit better and similarly priced. See our review
  • LG B7A. Excellent TV with similar performance to the C8, but hard to find. See our review
  • Sony Z9D. Great TV overall, but very expensive for the performance. See our review
  • Sony X930E. Very good TV for HDR gaming, but not as good as our other recommendations. See our review
  • Samsung NU8000. Good TV for HDR gaming, but the TCL R617 is better for less. See our review
  • TCL S517. 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 gaming HDR Gaming TVs 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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First off I really appreciate this site, I purchased my first 4K tv because of this site.. But my questions are 1. I already have the (SONY X800D) but I'm concern if this tv can really still do HDR while game mode is on? 2. For that price range do you think this is a good HDR/4K tv for the new ps4 pro? 3. When using the (SONY-X800D) how do you get the TV to show if your viewing 4K content?
Yes it can. The 43" X800D is our top recommendation for HDR gaming on a more strict budget. The 49" variation is a little different, as it has a lower native contrast ratio but better picture quality at an angle. If you are gaming in a dark room then the KU7000 is a slightly better choice in the 49" size for about the same price. Press the 'DISPLAY' button on the remote for resolution information about the current source.
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How's the Samsung KU6270 in 4K with HDR for gaming?
The KU6270 is very similar to the KU6300, it just lacks bluetooth. The KU6300 is good for HDR gaming due to its low input lag and good response time, although it doesn't have a wide enough color gamut to fully show HDR colors. We expect the KU6270 to be similar.
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Hi, Between these two models(Samsung JU7100 [40"] & Sony X800D [43"]) which one is better for HDR Gaming and Gaming in general?
Since we don't have in our lab anymore the Samsung JU7100, we could not test the input lag in 4k and 4k/HDR, so it is a bit hard to say which one would be the best for gaming. But we can say without a doubt that the Sony X800D is an excellent choice.
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Hello I have a XBR65X930C and I would like your opinion on the input lag in HDR mode for video games, because I consider replacing my Xbox One by the Xbox One S. Thank you.
We have just updated our input lag results for this TV, since it got a firmware update that reduce a lot the input lag in 4k and HDR. Even if it was reduced a lot, the input lag under 4k HDR is around 59ms, which is a bit high even for casual games.
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In your review, you said that the color on the Samsung JU7100 is distorted at an angle. Do you have information on the angle at which the distortion becomes noticeable?
We consider the JU7100 good until about 19 degrees. You can see more information here.
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