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 77 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, the best gaming headphones here and the best gaming monitors here.
The best 4k gaming TV we've tested that is widely available is the Samsung Q9FN. When placed in a dark room where HDR games are meant to be played, the Q9FN displays deep blacks due to the high native contrast ratio and the effective local dimming. The picture quality is great with vivid, saturated colors, and brightness levels that make highlights pop. It has an excellent low input lag both in SDR and HDR and thus it feels very responsive. It supports the FreeSync implementation of the Variable Refresh Rate. This allows it to synchronize its refresh rate with compatible graphics cards or consoles, and remove tearing in graphics-demanding games. When it displays fast action scenes, there is very little motion blur visible due to the fast response time and the image looks crisp.
However, just like all VA panel TVs, it is not a great choice if you will be watching from the side, as the image deteriorates when you move off the center axis.
Overall it is an excellent TV that will satisfy those who choose it for HDR gameplay.
If you can find it in stock, get the Vizio P Series Quantum instead of the Samsung Q9FN. You will not get the FreeSync VRR option of the Q9FN. On the other hand, the PQ65-F1 has an impressive picture quality that produces deep and uniform blacks, and a remarkable HDR performance due to its high brightness and rich, saturated colors. It has a low input lag in HDR mode and it is very responsive to your actions. It has a very small trail of blur in fast-moving content due to the very fast pixel response time. The Vizio P Series Quantum is the best HDR gaming TV, better than the Samsung Q9FN, but it is hard to find.
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 its OLED technology that produces perfect blacks. It has a very low input lag and is very responsive for gaming. It has instantaneous pixel response time so that there is almost no blur in the image in fast games.
If you that find the Samsung Q9FN too expensive, the best TV for Xbox One and PS4 Pro 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 Samsung Q9FN.
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, although it may be hard to find in stock. 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 4k TV for gaming 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/S425). The TCL S425 is basically the same TV, with some cosmetic changes. The S Series is a basic HDR 4k TV; you will not get the brightness of the R617 or the wide color gamut, but HDR gaming is still good due to the low input lag that makes the TV very responsive. The TCL S405 can display deep blacks due to the high native contrast ratio and this is important for HDR performance in a dark room.
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.