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Manufacturers have released new models to replace the 2017 ones. In general, the new models come with lower input lag and faster response time and accept various input signals, which is excellent for gaming. More models include exciting gaming features like Variable Refresh Rate, optional Motion Interpolation with low input lag, or optional Black Frame Insertion.

We've tested 74 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best gaming TVs you can buy in 2018. Check also our recommendations for the best gaming monitors and the best gaming headsets.

  1. Best TV for Gaming: LG B8

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches: test

    • 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 : 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 we have reviewed so far, that is still widely available. The OLED panel delivers an extraordinary dark room performance thanks to an infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. It has excellent low input lag and a lightning fast, near-instantaneous response-time, so motion always looks its best with very little motion blur. Whether you are gaming on a PC or a console, the LG OLED B8 delivers a great gaming experience.

    Unfortunately, like all OLED panels, there is a chance that the B8 will experience temporary image retention or even permanent burn-in, although under normal, varied usage we don't expect most people to experience this. It also isn't extremely bright, so it might not be able to overcome glare if you are in a really bright living room.

    Overall, it is a great TV that fits a wide variety of uses, and is particularly well suited to gaming.

    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 TV for gaming that we have tested so far. The P Series Quantum 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, 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: test

    • 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. 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 video 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. Lower HDR Input Lag 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 want a lower input lag than the Vizio P Series 2018, get the Samsung NU8000. It produces similar picture quality, although dark room performance suffers a bit from the poor local dimming implementation. It has an excellent response time and motion looks crisp and fluid. It has a few more advanced options than the Vizio P Series, including support for AMD Freesync Variable Refresh Rate, delivering the fastest motion with very little screen 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: test

    • 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 the 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, also by TCL, is an even cheaper alternative if you can still find it; otherwise, check the very similar TCL S517. 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
  • Samsung Q6FN. Great TV for video games, but the Vizio P Series Quantum is better. See our review
  • Samsung Q9FN. Great TV for video games, better than the NU8000 but much more expensive. See our review
  • Samsung Q8FN. Great gaming TV, better than the NU8000 but much more expensive. See our review
  • Samsung Q7FN. Great TV for video games, better reflection handling than the NU8000 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
  • Sony A1E. Excellent gaming TV, but the LG B8 offers even better performance for cheaper. See our review
  • Sony A8F. Great gaming TV, but the LG B8 is better for cheaper. 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

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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