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 80 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best HDR gaming TVs 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: Prices and availability fluctuate a lot at the beginning of the year as last year's models are gradually replaced by newer ones.
The best 4k HDR gaming TV we've tested that is widely available is the Samsung Q9FN. When placed in a dark room, where HDR games are meant to be played, the Q9FN displays deep blacks due to the high native contrast ratio and the effective local dimming. The picture quality is great with vivid, saturated colors, and brightness levels that make highlights pop. It has an excellent low input lag both in SDR and in HDR and thus it feels very responsive. It supports the FreeSync implementation of the Variable Refresh Rate that allows it to synchronize its refresh rate with compatible graphics cards or consoles, and remove tearing in graphics-demanding games. When it displays fast action scenes, there is very little motion blur visible due to the fast response time and the image looks crisp.
However, just like all VA panel TVs, it is not a great choice if you will be watching from the side, as the image deteriorates when you move off the center axis.
Overall it is an excellent TV that will satisfy those who choose it for HDR gameplay.
If you can find it in stock, get the Vizio P Series Quantum instead of the Samsung Q9FN. You will not get the FreeSync VRR option of the Q9FN. On the other hand, the PQ65-F1 has an impressive picture quality that produces deep and uniform blacks, and a remarkable HDR performance due to its high brightness and rich, saturated colors. It has a low input lag in HDR mode and it is very responsive to your actions. It has a very small trail of blur in fast-moving content due to the very fast pixel response time. The Vizio P Series Quantum is the best HDR gaming TV, better than the Samsung Q9FN, but it is hard to find.
If you want to play in a dark room and you are looking for perfect blacks, get the LG B8 (it has the same picture quality as the more expensive LG C8). You will not see the same brightness levels and, although most people will not experience it, there is always the risk of permanent burn-in when displaying static images like games HUDs for prolonged periods. The LG B8 is an excellent TV that will perform very well in HDR due to the wide color gamut that allows it to display vivid highlights and its OLED technology that produces perfect blacks. It has a very low input lag and is very responsive for gaming. It has instantaneous pixel response time so that there is almost no blur in the image in fast games.
If the Samsung Q9FN is too expensive, the best HDR gaming TV in the mid-range category is the Sony X900F. It will seamlessly cooperate with your Xbox One X or PS4 Pro to provide you an excellent HDR gaming experience. You will not get the excellent uniform blacks or the extremely low input lag of the Vizio P Series Quantum.
On the upside, when gaming in 4K HDR mode, the input lag of the X900F is very low and the TV is very responsive to your actions. When in a dark room, HDR performance is impressive. Deep blacks, bright highlights, and saturated colors all work together to produce a vibrant image, that is better than the similarly priced, edge-lit Samsung Q7FN.
Overall, the X900F is a great choice for those who want a TV primarily for HDR gaming, that will also perform very well in other usages.
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.
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, the NU8000 has a lower input lag than the Sony X900F and it 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 set the mode with the lowest input lag, and low input lag with motion interpolation to make motion look clear and smooth in older games.
If you find the Sony X900F expensive, the best budget 4k TV for gaming 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 and 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 and certainly HDR gaming.
If you want an even cheaper TV than the TCL R617, then get the TCL 4 series 4k (S405/S425). The TCL S425 is basically the same TV, with some cosmetic changes. The S Series is a basic HDR 4k TV; you will not get the brightness of the R617 or the wide color gamut, but HDR gaming is still good due to the low input lag that makes the TV very responsive. The TCL S405 can display deep blacks due to the high native contrast ratio and this is important for HDR performance in a dark room.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 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.