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 4k HDR gaming TVs you can buy in March 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 Samsung Q9FN is the best 4k HDR gaming TV that we've tested so far. It delivers outstanding picture quality thanks to deep blacks, amazing peak brightness, and an incredibly wide color gamut.
Gamers will appreciate the Q9FN's outstanding response time that delivers clear motion, with little blur trail behind fast moving objects. It also has excellent low input lag and supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, which is great for Xbox One gamers or PC gamers with an AMD graphics card.
Unfortunately, the best image quality on this TV is reserved for people sitting directly in front, as the image degrades when viewed at an angle. Overall though, this is an impressive 4k TV that delivers an impressive HDR gaming experience.
If the Samsung Q9FN is too expensive, check out the Vizio P Series Quantum instead. The Quantum is brighter than the Samsung, allowing it to deliver even brighter small highlights in some scenes in HDR. Unfortunately, the Vizio has worse gradient handling, which may be noticeable in areas of similar color, and it doesn't support any advanced gaming features like auto low latency mode or FreeSync. Overall, though, the P Series Quantum is an excellent HDR gaming TV that should please most people.
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 game 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 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 during fast games.
If the Samsung Q9FN is too expensive, the best TV for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro gaming in the mid-range category is the Sony X900F. It will seamlessly cooperate with your console 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 uses.
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 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 R617. With the TCL, you are more likely to experience uniformity issues than with the Sony, 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 is a very good TV that will satisfy viewers in most uses and certainly for HDR gaming.
If you want an even cheaper TV than the TCL R617, then get the TCL S405/S425. The TCL S425 is basically the same TV with some cosmetic changes. This series 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. 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 4k 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.