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 71 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best HDR gaming TVs you can buy in 2018. You can also find our picks for the best gaming TVs here and for the best gaming headphones here.
The best HDR gaming TV we’ve tested so far is the Vizio P Series Quantum. It has a great picture quality with very deep and uniform blacks and excellent HDR performance. The Vizio can get very bright and it has a wide color gamut that allows it to display saturated colors with highlights that pop, better than more expensive models like the Samsung Q9FN. It also has a very low input lag in HDR that will keep most gamers happy.
However, like all VA panel TVs, the image deteriorates when viewed at an angle.
Overall, the Vizio P Series Quantum is an excellent TV that delivers exceptionally high HDR gaming performance.
If you want to play in a dark room and you are looking for perfect blacks, get the LG B8 (it is 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 due to its OLED technology that produces perfect blacks. It has a very low input lag and is very responsive for gaming and has instantaneous pixel response time so that there is almost no blur in the image in fast games.
If you that find the Vizio P Series Quantum does not handle upscaling well, the best HDR gaming TV we’ve tested in the mid-range category is the Sony X900F. Although the Sony has a local dimming feature, it is not as effective as the Vizio's. Also, the Sony does not have the remarkably low input lag of the Vizio PQ65-F1.
On the upside, the Sony X900F is very responsive with a low input lag in 4k and HDR mode, which is excellent for HDR gaming in 4k. When viewing HDR content in a dark room, the image quality is impressive. Blacks are deep, the colors are rich, and highlights pop, bringing the image to life. Sony's picture quality in a dark room is better than the similarly priced, edge-lit Samsung Q7FN.
Overall, the X900F is a great TV for mixed usage and gamers will experience an excellent HDR gaming performance.
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.
If you'd prefer lower input lag than the Sony X900F, 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, so it is great for HDR gaming.
If you find the Sony X900F expensive, the best budget HDR gaming TV 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), if you can still find it (if not, look for the similar TCL S517). 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, which will make gamers happy.
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.