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The 7 Best 4k Gaming TVs - Fall 2018
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Most of the 2018 models have been released by now. In general, the 2018 models have good low input lag and fast response times and accept various input signals, which is excellent for gaming. Exciting gaming features like Variable Refresh Rate, optional Motion Interpolation with low input lag, or optional Black Frame Insertion are present in more and more of the 2018 models.

We've tested 77 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best gaming TVs you can buy in November 2018. Check also our recommendations for the best gaming monitors and the best gaming headsets.

Note: Prices and availability fluctuate a lot at the end of the year and especially after Black Friday.

  1. Best TV for Gaming: LG B8

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    9.0
    Video Games
    What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    Type : OLED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    WRGB
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65"

    The LG B8 is the best TV for gaming that is widely available. It is an OLED TV with excellent picture quality and amazing dark room performance due to its perfect blacks. It has a very low input lag that makes it very responsive and a near-instantaneous response time that leaves almost no motion blur in fast action games. The LG B8 also has great viewing angles so you will not experience any uniformity issues when you sit close to your TV. 

    However, it isn't perfect. Just like all OLED panels, the LG B8 run the risk of showing signs of temporary image retention or even develop permanent burn-in. This is more likely to happen when the TV displays static content over long periods of time and less likely during normal, varied usage.

    Overall, the LG B8 is a great TV that will perform great in a variety of uses.

    See our review

  2. Hard To Find Alternative: Vizio P Series Quantum

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 65"

    Although it can be very difficult to find, the Vizio P Series Quantum is the best gaming TV that we have tested so far. It delivers an excellent gaming experience, regardless of whether you are in a bright or dark room. It has an extremely fast response time, and excellent low input lag, even lower than the LG B8. Unlike the B8, the P Series Quantum is an LED LCD panel, so there is no risk of permanent burn-in, which is great if you play a lot of games with large static elements, like FPS or sports games.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range TV for Gaming: Vizio P Series 2018

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.9
    Video Games
    What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65" 75"

    If the LG B8 and the Vizio P Series Quantum are out of your budget, the best mid-range TV we've tested for gaming is the Vizio P Series 2018, although it may be hard to find in stock. It lacks some of the polish of the higher-end models and it doesn't have the brightness of the Quantum. The smart features aren't as advanced as the LG B8, but it supports casting apps and videos from most smart devices. 

    On the upside, it is an excellent gaming TV with a good picture quality, an excellent response time and a low input lag. The P Series 2018 offers an excellent gaming experience that competes with most high-end TVs.

    See our review

  4. FreeSync Support Alternative: Samsung NU8000

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

    If you expect that you will be experiencing tearing issues that the Vizio P Series 2018 can't deal with, then get the Samsung NU8000. It does not have the great blacks of the Vizio since the local dimming isn't as effective. On the upside, the Samsung NU8000 is a TV with very good picture quality and great motion handling. It has an excellent low input lag both in SDR and in HDR and supports FreeSync Variable Refresh Rate, so you can enjoy your favorite game free from tearing.

    See our review

  5. Better HDR Alternative: Sony X900F

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

    If you plan on mainly gaming on a recent 4k console such as the PS4 Pro or the Xbox One S/X and want to get the best HDR experience, the Sony X900F is the best mid-range alternative to the Vizio P Series 2018 for HDR Gaming. The X900F has slightly worse input lag than the P Series for non-4k gaming, but in HDR, it is a bit better and has the same excellent motion handling. It is also brighter and produces brighter small highlights in HDR.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget TV for Gaming: TCL R617

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.6
    Video Games
    What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65"

    If the Vizio P Series 2018 is too expensive, the best budget gaming TV is the TCL 6 Series 2018 R617. It is the successor to the extremely popular TCL P607. It has excellent low input lag and it produces very similar picture quality to the Vizio, but it is a bit brighter in both SDR and HDR.

    Unfortunately, fast moving objects have a bit more motion trail. The design of the R617 isn't as polished as the P Series, and the interface isn't as fancy, but most people will find the smart features of the TCL to be more advanced.

    Overall, the TCL R617 offers a great gaming experience at a low price, and it is a versatile choice that should please most people.

    See our review

  7. Cheaper Alternative: TCL S405

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 43" 49" 55" 65"

    If the TCL R617 is still too expensive for you, the Series S405/S425, also by TCL, is an even cheaper alternative if you can still find it. The TCL S425 is the same TV with some cosmetic upgrades. It lacks many of the more advanced features found on its more expensive siblings, but still provides a decent viewing experience. It has very similar motion handling to the R617 and has even better low input lag. 

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony A9F. An excellent OLED TV, as good as the LG B8, but much more expensive. See our review
  • Sony Z9F. Excellent gaming TV, but the Vizio P Series Quantum is better and cheaper. See our review
  • Samsung Q9FN. Great gaming TV, better than the NU8000 but much more expensive. See our review
  • Samsung Q6FN. Great TV for video games, but the Vizio P Series Quantum is better. See our review
  • Vizio M Series 2018. Good mid-range TV for gaming, but outclassed by the similarly priced R617. See our review
  • LG SK9000. Great gaming TV but the Vizio P Series is a better pick for the price. See our review
  • LG E8. Excellent TV with a soundbar and a stylish design, but similar gaming performance to the B8. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best TVs currently available to play video games. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors. 

If you would prefer the make your own decision, here is the list of all of our TV reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most TVs are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault TVs on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

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