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The 5 Best 4k HDR Gaming TVs - Spring 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. Since 2018, almost all the TVs we've tested support HDR and 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, and possibly even variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing.

We've tested more than 80 TVs in the last two years 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 TVsbest TVs for PS5, and the best TVs for Xbox Series X.

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

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

    The best 4k HDR TV for gaming that we've tested with an OLED panel is the LG CX. It's a premium model that's packed with gaming features, and it delivers stunning picture quality. It's well-built, and its modern design fits well into any environment. Thanks to its emissive OLED technology, it can individually turn off pixels, resulting in perfect blacks, which is great for dark room gaming.

    It has a 120Hz panel and HDMI 2.1 support, meaning it supports 4k games up to 120fps. It has VRR support in the form of FreeSync, HDMI Forum VRR support, and G-SYNC compatibility. Its response time is near-instant, and it has a Black Frame Insertion feature if you notice any motion blur. Input lag is also really low in HDR. It displays a very wide color gamut, has excellent gradient handling, and okay HDR peak brightness in 'Game' mode, which is enough to make some highlights stand out. It also has outstanding reflection handling if you tend to game in a well-lit room.

    Sadly, it has the risk of permanent burn-in, which is typical of OLEDs. This could pose an issue if you constantly watch the same content with static elements, but we don't expect this to be a problem for those who watch static content. On the plus side, this TV has wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate when viewing from the side. Overall, if you want an OLED model, this is the best 4k HDR gaming TV we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Best 4k HDR Gaming LED TV: Vizio P Series Quantum 2020

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

    The best 4k HDR gaming TV with an LED panel that we've tested is the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020. It's a premium TV with great overall performance, and it's an excellent choice for gaming as it has most features gamers are looking for, like VRR support. It's very well-built and has thin borders that make it look good in any home gaming setup.

    Its VA panel provides an outstanding native contrast ratio and great black uniformity and, combined with its decent local dimming feature, displays deep blacks when viewed in the dark. It has good out-of-the-box color accuracy, displays an extremely wide color gamut for HDR content, and gets bright enough to make highlights stand out the way the creator intended. In terms of gaming, it has two HDMI 2.1 inputs, the response time is excellent for smooth motion, and input lag is low. It also has native FreeSync support, but its VRR only works up to 60Hz in 4k.

    Sadly, while it supports 4k @ 120Hz games in HDR with the Xbox Series X, it doesn't work with the PS5. Since the console is new, we don't know if this will be fixed in a firmware update. It can also skip frames with 4k @ 120Hz content in 'Game' mode, but this may also be fixed with an update, but we don't know for sure. Regardless of these issues, this is still one of the best TVs we've tested for HDR gaming.

    See our review

  3. PS5 Alternative: Sony X900H

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

    If you have a PS5 and want a TV with better compatibility with the console, then check out the Sony X900H. It currently doesn't have VRR support like the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020, but that's okay since the PS5 itself has yet to support it. The Sony has two HDMI 2.1 inputs and supports the PS5 with 4k @ 120Hz gaming in HDR. In terms of picture quality, it has decent peak brightness and good local dimming in 'Game' mode, on top of its excellent native contrast and wide color gamut. Input lag is low, and it has a quick response time for a responsive gaming experience. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, but that's expected from a VA panel, so it's not the best choice for co-op gaming.

    If you want the best 4k HDR gaming TV and are looking for an HDR panel, check out the Vizio, but if you want something that supports the PS5 with 4k HDR games at 120fps, look into the PS5.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget 4k HDR Gaming TV: Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020

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

    The best 4k HDR TV for gaming that we tested and is available in the budget category is the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020. It has some extra gaming features, which is a nice touch for a budget model, and it delivers good picture quality in HDR. However, it doesn't get very bright, so some HDR highlights may not stand out how they should.

    It has a 60Hz panel with FreeSync VRR support to reduce screen tearing, making it the best TV for Xbox One X that won't cost much. It has a good response time and a Black Frame Insertion feature to reduce screen tearing. Input lag is also incredibly low, and it stays low when you're gaming with VRR enabled or in HDR. Speaking about HDR, it displays an extremely wide color gamut with perfect coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space, and it also has great gradient handling. Lastly, it has an excellent native contrast ratio, and even though it has a local dimming feature, but it doesn't perform well.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't upscale 480p and 720p content well, so it's best to use it with modern consoles that display native 1080p or 4k content. It also has uniformity issues with dirty screen effect in the center, but this may vary between units. It also has good reflection handling, but it has low peak brightness, so it's best to avoid placing it opposite a window. Overall, most people should be pleased with it, especially if you're on a budget.

    See our review

  5. Brighter Alternative: Hisense H8G

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

    If you prefer something that gets brighter, then check out the Hisense H8G. It doesn't have VRR support like the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020, which is a bit disappointing for serious gamers, but this TV is still good enough for casual gamers. In terms of gaming, it has a quick response time and low input lag. As for HDR, it displays a wide color gamut and has alright peak brightness that makes some highlights pop, but it's still not enough for a true experience, which is somewhat expected for a budget-friendly TV. Fortunately, it has a VA panel with an excellent native contrast ratio, and the decent full-array local dimming feature helps further deepen any blacks.

    If you want the best 4k HDR TV for gaming, then you can't go wrong with the Vizio, but if you want something brighter, check out the Hisense.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED: The Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED is an impressive gaming TV, but its HDR peak brightness and local dimming are worse in 'Game' mode than the regular picture modes. See our review
  • Vizio OLED 2020: The Vizio OLED 2020 offers about the same picture quality as the LG CX, but there are too many bugs when it comes to its VRR support. See our review
  • TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED: The TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED delivers a similar HDR experience to the M7 Series but doesn't have VRR support. See our review
  • Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020: The Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020 gets brighter than the Quantum 2020, but it's not worth the price difference for gaming. See our review
  • Sony A8H OLED: The Sony A8H OLED is an outstanding OLED TV, but it's more expensive than the LG CX OLED and doesn't perform as well. See our review
  • Hisense H9G: The Hisense H9G is one of the best HDR TVs we've tested, but it has worse color accuracy than the X900H and doesn't have any VRR support. 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 Vizio M7. See our review
  • Sony X950H: The Sony X950H gets much brighter than the X900H but doesn't have as good gaming performance because it has a higher input lag. See our review
  • LG BX OLED: The LG BX OLED is cheaper than the CX with similar gaming features, but it doesn't get as bright. See our review
  • LG NANO90 2020: The LG NANO90 has good gaming features, but it's not good for dark room gaming in HDR because of its low contrast ratio. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. Oct 02, 2020: Minor text and structure changes. Replaced Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 with Vizio P Series Quantum 2020, replaced TCL 6 Series/R625 2019 with TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED.

  5. Aug 04, 2020: Minor text and structure changes. Replaced LG B9 with LG CX, replaced Sony X950G with Samsung Q80T, replaced Hisense H8F with Hisense H8G. Added Sony X900H, removed Samsung Q80R and Vizio P Series Quantum 2019.

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.