As big-screen gaming is gaining popularity, manufacturers have started making TVs with better input lag and response time, with some models that are nearly on-par with monitors. Top tier models also tend to have FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, as well as an 'Automatic Low Latency Mode', so you can spend less time tinkering with the TV's settings and more time gaming.
We've tested more than 70 TVs in the last couple of years and below are our recommendations for the best gaming TVs you can buy. Check also our recommendations for the best HDR gaming TVs, the best gaming monitors, and the best gaming headsets.
The best 4k TV for gaming is the LG B9. It encompasses the latest technological advances and is a future-proof model that supports HDMI 2.1, eARC, and HDMI Forum's variable refresh rate for nearly tear-free gaming experiences with devices that support it. It has a remarkably low input lag that'll even attract competitive gamers. Motion handling is excellent thanks to the nearly instantaneous response time that delivers fast-moving content with no noticeable blur.
Unfortunately, all OLED TVs have the risk of temporary image retention or even permanent burn-in. This can be the result of cumulative prolonged exposure to static content like the static elements of most games or the static aspects of a PC's interface. We don't expect this to be an issue for most people that watch normal, varied content.
Many of this TV's advanced features aren't supported on the current generation of game consoles, and PC manufacturers are just starting to incorporate these technologies into their graphics cards. However, when the time comes, this exceptional TV won't let you down and is certainly the best OLED for gaming.
If you don't care about future-proofing your purchase and you want to save some cash, get the LG B8 while you can still find it. You won't get the HDMI 2.1 support or the HDMI Forum variable refresh rate found on the LG B9 OLED, but the image quality and performance of this TV is practically identical. It has the same perfect blacks, wide viewing angles, HDR performance, and instantaneous motion handling. When it comes to gaming, the input lag is exceptionally low and the TV offers responsive gaming experiences even for competitive gamers.
If you want the best OLED for gaming that'll also future-proof your purchase, go for the B9, but if you want to save a bit of money and still get outstanding picture quality and gaming performance, get the B8.
If you want an outstanding 4k gaming TV but are too concerned about the possibility of burn-in, get the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, as it's the best 4k LED gaming TV that we've tested to date. It's one of the brightest TVs that we've ever tested, as well as having one of the widest color gamuts we've ever seen, meaning HDR content pops, making it a great companion to your PS4 Pro or Xbox One X.
It has very deep and rich blacks thanks to its excellent contrast ratio and great local dimming feature. While it doesn't support any advanced gaming features like FreeSync, it has an excellent low input lag and delivers very smooth motion with minimal blur behind fast-moving objects. Thanks to its very high peak brightness, it can easily battle glare in even the most heavily-lit rooms.
Unfortunately, like most TVs with a VA panel, the image degrades drastically when viewed at an angle, so it's best suited if you sit directly in front of your TV while gaming, and may not be the best for an 8-person Super Smash Bros. competition. Its gray uniformity is also only decent, and you may notice some slight vignetting in the corners of the screen, though this may not be too noticeable in regular usage. Overall, this is an outstanding 4k gaming TV that offers fantastic image quality and motion handling at an incredibly competitive price point.
If you want a great 4k gaming TV but don't want to spend quite as much, get the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019. It can't get nearly as bright as the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, and it doesn't handle reflections as well, but it offers similar performance for considerably cheaper. Its motion handling is just as good, with even faster response time. It has the same excellent low input lag and even has a dedicated gaming HDMI port that offers slightly lower input lag. It also does an excellent job of upscaling 1080p content, which is great as not all games are native 4k.
If you want the best 4k LED gaming TV you can get, go for the Quantum X 2019, but if you want something that performs almost as well, but is quite a bit cheaper, get the Quantum 2019.
The best 4k FreeSync gaming TV we've tested so far is the Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED. This is a great gaming TV for any type of gamer, but especially if you own an Xbox One or a PC equipped with an AMD graphics card. It has a 120Hz refresh rate coupled with an exceptionally low input lag, and its FreeSync support helps deliver a nearly tear-free gaming experience. It has outstanding motion handling due to its fast response time and black frame insertion feature, and it can also interpolate lower frame rate content, which is good news for fans of the 'soap opera effect'.
This TV comes in a frame that feels sturdy and well-built, and its minimalist design fits easily into any type of setting. For those who like to game in the dark, its VA panel is able to produce deep and inky blacks, and it gets even better with its full-array local dimming enabled. It can get bright enough to overcome glare in well-lit rooms and also to deliver a great HDR experience. Sadly, it has poor viewing angles, which is expected of most VA panels, so it's not the best choice if you often watch from the side. Gray uniformity is decent, although the corners look slightly darker than the rest of the screen.
Unfortunately, if you want all the advanced gaming features, you would need to go up to the 55" variant or above, as the 49" model has a 60Hz panel and doesn't support FreeSync. Other than that, this is an impressive TV with superb gaming performance that most people should be happy with.
If you find the Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED too expensive, then check out the Samsung RU8000. This TV also uses a VA panel with excellent dark room performance; however, it doesn't have Samsung's Quantum Dot layer and it lacks a local dimming feature. Additionally, it can't get as bright, although you shouldn't have any issues using it in a very bright room. People gaming on an Xbox One can take advantage of its 'Auto Low Latency Mode', which changes the picture mode automatically when it detects a game being launched on the console. You still get FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing, just keep in mind that it isn't available on the 49" variant and that it has a 60Hz panel. Response time and input lag are equally outstanding, and it runs on the same great Tizen OS, with plenty of streaming services available.
Overall, if you want the best picture quality and HDR experience, go with the Q70R; otherwise, the RU8000 has all the same great gaming features and it's much easier on the wallet.
The best 4k gaming TV in the budget category that we've tested so far is the Hisense H9F. This excellent TV is among the best TVs we've tested to date and is a remarkable TV for video games. It has excellent black levels and can get impressively bright, helping to combat glare and reflections even in bright rooms. Thanks to its wide color gamut and high peak HDR brightness, HDR content pops as the creator intended, and its support for Dolby Vision means content from streaming services like Netflix has outstanding highlights and colors.
While this TV is great for all uses, where it shines is video games. You'll notice no delays thanks to its remarkably low input lag, and its excellent response time ensures very little blur behind fast-moving objects. Unfortunately, like many budget TVs, it doesn't support advanced gaming features like FreeSync, and while it has a 120Hz panel, it doesn't accept a 1080p or 4k 120Hz signal over HDMI, which is disappointing.
This TV uses Android TV for its smart interface, which gives you access to a huge assortment of apps, as well as many customizability options. It also doesn't feature ads, unlike a lot of other TVs, which is a plus. Overall, this TV is extremely versatile and should handle anything you throw at it extremely well, without cleaning out your bank account.
If you're shopping on a limited budget, the Hisense H8F could be a better alternative. It has largely the same features as the Hisense H9F; however, it has a lower peak brightness in HDR mode, its response time is slower, and gradient performance is only decent, so you may notice a bit more banding in some scenes. That said, gaming on this TV still feels extremely responsive due to its low input lag, and it also runs on Android, which is easy to use and has tons of apps available on the Google Play Store. Like its big brother, viewing angles are poor, though that's expected of most VA panels.
All in all, the H9F is a better choice if you can afford it; otherwise, the H8F is still a great TV that costs significantly less, though there are some minor compromises.
05/08/2020: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
12/14/2019: Replaced the LG B8 OLED with the LG B9 OLED and left the B8 as a cheaper alternative to reflect market changes.
11/15/2019: Replaced the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018 with the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 and the Vizio P Series 2018 with the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 4k TVs for gaming currently available. 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.