The 6 Best 4k HDR Gaming TVs - Winter 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 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 slick and 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 variable refresh rate support (VRR) 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, and it remains low in HDR. It displays a very wide color gamut, has excellent gradient handling, and decent HDR peak brightness, which is enough to make some highlights stand out, but it's still not as bright as some LED options. 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, like a game's user interface, 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 OLED TV we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Best 4k HDR Gaming LED TV: Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED

    HDR Gaming
    Type LED
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

    The Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED is the best 4k HDR TV for gaming with an LED panel that we've tested. It has an outstanding design with its thin bezels and center-mounted pedestal stand, and it feels incredibly well-built overall. Its VA panel's high contrast ratio and its full-array local dimming allow it to produce deep blacks, which is great for dark room gaming. It gets bright enough for use in any lighting conditions and has superb reflection handling as well.

    It has excellent gaming performance thanks to its fast response time, low input lag, and 120Hz refresh rate. It supports FreeSync and is G-SYNC compatible, and it has an 'Auto Low Latency Mode' that changes the picture mode automatically when gaming on a compatible device, ensuring that you always get the lowest input lag. Lastly, it has a great HDR color gamut, and its peak brightness is enough to make highlights pop in HDR content, especially when viewing in a dark to moderately-lit room.

    It's worth noting that the 49 and 50 inch models have a 60Hz refresh rate, don't support VRR, and don't have the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, so they perform differently. The 55 inch models and larger have Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer that gives it decent viewing angles, albeit at the cost of a lower contrast ratio. Overall, this is an excellent option for gaming in HDR and the best TV for Xbox One X that we've tested.

    See our review

  3. Cheaper Alternative: Vizio P Series Quantum 2020

    Type LED
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 65" 75"

    If you want something cheaper, then check out the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020. It delivers a great HDR experience with its excellent color gamut and high peak brightness. It has a high contrast ratio to produce deep blacks, but unlike the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED, it has narrow viewing angles, which isn't ideal for wide seating areas. It has a fast response time, low input lag, and a 120Hz refresh rate to provide a smooth gaming experience. It does support variable refresh rate to help minimize screen tearing; FreeSync is functional, but it doesn't support G-SYNC and we don't have an accurate way of testing its HDR Forum VRR support.

    Overall, if you can afford it and prefer something with wider viewing angles, the Samsung is a better choice with a faster response time and superior picture quality. Otherwise, the Vizio is a great alternative.

    See our review

  4. Best HDR Gaming TV For Color Accuracy: Sony X900H

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

    The best 4k HDR TV for gaming with accurate colors out-of-the-box is the Sony X900H. It has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy, and even though this is something that may vary between units, Sony TVs are known to have superior color accuracy before any sort of calibration. It offers good HDR gaming performance, and it's also the best TV for PS4 Pro that we've tested.

    It's advertised to be 'Ready for PS5' and is supposed to come with a ton of gaming features, but it has to receive them yet. It has HDMI 2.1 support, so you can play 4k content up to 120fps, but it has yet to receive any sort of VRR support; that may come in a future firmware update, but we don't know when. It has a low input lag, an impressive response time, and it has a Black Frame Insertion feature that could help clear up some motion blur with 120fps games. HDR content looks great thanks to its excellent contrast ratio, good local dimming feature, good color gamut, and decent HDR peak brightness.

    Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, and it's not suggested for a wide seating arrangement. On the upside, it gets bright enough to combat glare and has decent reflection handling, so visibility shouldn't be an issue in most well-lit rooms. All things considered, if you're looking for the best 4k HDR TV for gaming and color accuracy is important to you, then you should be pleased with this one.

    See our review

  5. 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 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 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

  6. 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. It has a VA panel with an excellent native contrast ratio, and the decent full-array local dimming feature helps further deepen any blacks. Sadly, our unit has some uniformity issues, but this could vary between units.

    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

  • 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
  • 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 X950H: The Sony X950H gets much brighter than the X900H but doesn't have as good gaming performance. 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
  • 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 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
  • Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED: The Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED gets brighter than the Q80T, but it's not worth the price difference. 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: 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. Jan 29, 2021: Renamed the LG CX to 'Best OLED'; updated text for clarity.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Jun 05, 2020: Replaced Samsung Q70R with Samsung Q80T.

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.



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