The demand for 4k TVs with HDR gaming capabilities is rising. The support of HDR gaming that the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X 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.
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 TVs, the best gaming headphones, and the best gaming monitors.
The best 4k HDR gaming TV we've tested is the LG CX. This is the replacement of the very popular LG C9 OLED from 2019, and it has largely similar overall performance. Its ability to produce perfect blacks makes it an excellent choice for gaming in the dark, and since there's no backlight, it doesn't have any issues with blooming around bright objects in dark scenes. It has wide viewing angles, it gets bright enough to overcome glare easily, and it handles reflections exceptionally well. Gray uniformity is great on our unit; however, your experience may vary.
Like all OLEDs, the response time is near-instantaneous. Combined with its 120Hz refresh rate, fast-moving scenes look crisp and buttery smooth. To reduce screen tearing, it supports FreeSync, HDMI Forum's VRR, and it's certified to be compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC. Input lag is extremely low and remains low even when playing in 10-bit HDR. As for its HDR performance, this TV has an excellent wide color gamut and can get decently bright to make highlights stand out. Unfortunately, it has an aggressive automatic brightness limiter (ABL) that causes the brightness to vary a lot when displaying different scenes.
As always, there's the issue of permanent burn-in with OLED TVs. This happens when certain elements stay static on the screen for an extended period, such as a channel logo or the user interface of a game. That said, it shouldn't be an issue if you watch varied content. Most common resolutions are supported, and it can display proper chroma 4:4:4 for gaming on a PC. All in all, this is an excellent TV for gaming in HDR and one that most people should be happy with.
If you're concerned about the risks of permanent burn-in or you find the LG CX OLED too expensive, 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 like most VA panels, it has narrow viewing angles, which isn't ideal for wide seating areas. On the upside, VA panels are immune to permanent burn-in. 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; however, it isn't fully functional at this time.
Overall, if you can afford it and aren't worried about permanent burn-in, the LG is a better choice, as it has faster response time and delivers superior picture quality. Otherwise, the Vizio is a great alternative.
If you want accurate color reproduction when gaming in HDR without having to calibrate the TV, the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED has the best out-of-the-box color accuracy 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 Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer that gives it decent viewing angles, albeit at the cost of a lower contrast ratio.
This TV has excellent gaming performance thanks to its fast response time, low input lag, and 120Hz refresh rate. It supports FreeSync and HDMI Forum's VRR, 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. This TV allows the use of its motion interpolation feature to make motion look smoother when gaming; however, using it adds a bit of input lag.
Color accuracy is excellent out of the box, as most color inaccuracies are difficult to spot with the naked eye. Gamma is slightly off-target, so most scenes appear a little too bright. 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, though, that the 49 inch model has a 60Hz refresh rate, it doesn't support VRR, and it doesn't have the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer. Overall, this is an excellent TV for gaming in HDR, and you likely won't have to pay for an expensive calibration to get the best gaming experience.
If you find the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED too expensive, then check out the Sony X900H. Its out-of-the-box color accuracy is almost as good as the Samsung's, it has a higher contrast ratio to produce deeper blacks, and its full-array local dimming has better control over blooming around bright objects. Its response time is only marginally slower, and although it has slightly higher input lag, it shouldn't be noticeable for most people. Sadly, its VA panel has sub-par viewing angles that cause images to look washed out when viewed from the side. The important thing to note is that this TV is supposed to have VRR support; however, it hasn't been implemented yet and will come in a future firmware update.
Overall, the Samsung is a better choice, as it has better color accuracy and it has all the advanced gaming features already available, but if you're looking for something cheaper, the Sony is a great alternative.
The best budget 4k HDR gaming TV we've tested is the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020. Like its predecessor, the TCL 5 Series/S525 2019, it's an all-around good TV that can deliver a decent HDR experience. It has an exceptional contrast ratio and full-array local dimming, making it a great choice for dark room gaming. It has decent reflection handling but doesn't get very bright, so it isn't ideal for well-lit rooms, as visibility can be an issue. It can produce vivid and vibrant colors in HDR thanks to its excellent color gamut; however, its low peak brightness isn't enough to make highlights stand out.
Motion handling is great, as it has a fast response time that results in minimal motion blur, and a Black Frame Insertion feature to further improve clarity. Input lag is exceptionally low, even when playing in HDR. Unfortunately, the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, and it doesn't have any variable refresh rate support to help reduce screen tearing. On the upside, it has an 'Auto Low Latency Mode,' which automatically changes the TV to 'Game' mode when a game is launched from a compatible device.
If you want to watch some TV shows or movies, this TV's Roku platform has you covered. The interface is very user-friendly, and there's a large selection of streaming apps available through the app store. Last but not least, it can display proper chroma 4:4:4 if you're planning on using it as a PC monitor. Overall, it's an overall good TV that won't break the bank.
If you game in a well-lit room and you think that visibility might be an issue, then check out the Hisense H8G. It's very similar to the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED, as it also has a VA panel and delivers fantastic picture quality. It has better reflection handling and gets much brighter, bright enough to make highlights stand out in HDR content, especially when viewed in a dark environment. The downside is that its response time is slower, which results in a bit more motion blur.
Overall, the TCL is a better choice for gaming due to its faster response time. However, if you want a brighter TV that can overcome glare and deliver a better HDR experience, go with the Hisense.
10/02/2020: 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.
08/04/2020: 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.
06/05/2020: Replaced Samsung Q70R with Samsung Q80T.
10/31/2019: Replaced the LG C9 with the LG B9, the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018 with the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, the Vizio P Series 2018 with the Vizio P Series 2019, the Samsung RU8000 with the Samsung Q70R, the TCL 6 Series 2018 with TCL 6 Series 2019 R625.
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. 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.