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 reviewed 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 so far is the LG CX OLED. 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 it remains low even when playing in 10-bit HDR. As for its HDR performance, this TV has an excellent wide color gamut and it 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 possibility of burn-in on the LG CX OLED, then check out the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. It has a VA panel that's capable of producing deep, inky blacks, and it has a full-array local dimming feature to further improve the black level. Its response time is excellent, it has a 120Hz refresh rate, and its input lag is exceptionally low. Unfortunately, it doesn't support any VRR technology to reduce screen tearing, and it can't display a 1440p signal, which might be disappointing for PC users. On the upside, it has an outstanding HDR color gamut and it gets incredibly bright to deliver an amazing HDR experience. And most important of all, you won't have to worry about the risks of permanent burn-in with VA panels.
If you want the best HDR gaming experience, go with the LG, as it has a faster response time, it delivers better picture quality, and it supports VRR. However, if you don't want to have to worry about burn-in, then go with the Vizio.
If you want accurate color reproduction when gaming in HDR without having to calibrate the TV, the Samsung Q80T has the best out-of-the-box color accuracy that we've tested so far. 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 it 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 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 6 Series/R625 2019. This TV offers good value for its price that would please most people for any use, and it's an excellent gaming TV.
It has one of the lowest input lags we've seen so far. It automatically detects when a gaming console is connected and switches to 'Game' mode to enable this low input lag. Its response time is good, although it's a bit slower than most TVs, so there's a few noticeable motion artifacts, but luckily there's a black frame insertion feature to further reduce any motion blur. This TV has an outstanding color gamut and great color volume, displaying a wide range of colors, and it can get bright enough to bring out vivid colors in HDR.
Unfortunately, the gray uniformity is worse than on most TVs, so the edges of the screen are visibly darker, and there's noticeable dirty screen effect in the center, which could be distracting if you play sports video games. It's still an excellent choice for HDR gaming, making it the best TV for PS4 Pro or Xbox One X if you're on a budget.
If you're shopping on a small budget, then take a look at the Hisense H8G. Its overall performance is very similar to the TCL 6 Series/R625 2019 but it's cheaper. It has a faster response time that results in less motion blur; however, it doesn't get as bright in HDR content, so highlights don't pop as much. Other than that, you're still getting a VA panel with a high contrast ratio, full-array local dimming, and low input lag. The refresh rate is also 60Hz and there's no VRR support of any kind. Unlike the TCL, this TV runs on Android, and it has a built-in microphone on the remote for voice control through the Google Assistant.
Overall, the TCL is a better choice as it delivers a superior HDR experience; however, if your budget is tight, the Hisense is almost as good and it'll save you some money.
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.