In general, 2018 and 2019 TVs have good low input lag and fast response times. They 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 models.
We've tested 235 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best gaming TVs you can buy in 2019. Check also our recommendations for the best HDR gaming TVs, the best gaming monitors, and the best gaming headsets.
The LG B8 OLED is the best gaming TV that we've tested so far. It has a nearly instantaneous response time, delivering crystal clear motion with no blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It also has excellent low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming experience. This TV delivers outstanding picture quality, with perfect blacks, wide viewing angles, and an excellent wide color gamut. It has outstanding reflection handling and good peak brightness, making it a versatile TV that looks great in any setting.
Unfortunately, like all OLEDs, there is a possibility of temporary image retention or even permanent burn-in on this TV. This can be a concern, as most games have at least some static elements. With mixed usage, though, we don't expect this to be an issue for most people.
Overall, this is an excellent 4k TV that should please even the most competitive gamers and is the best TV for gaming.
If you want something a bit more future-proof than the LG B8 OLED, check out the LG C9 OLED. It supports all of the latest TV technologies, including HDMI 2.1, eARC, and HDMI Forum's variable refresh rate technology. Although most of these don't add much now, they make this TV a more future-proof alternative to the other LG, so you're ready to go when the next generation of consoles come out or when the first HDMI 2.1 graphics cards come out. This TV is feature-packed without sacrificing anything else, as it looks and performs almost identically to the other LG.
If you care about future-proofing your purchase, get the LG C9; otherwise, the LG B8 will do a great job.
If the possibility of burn-in with the LG B8 OLED concerns you, the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018 is the best 4k LED gaming TV that we've tested so far. It has an extremely fast response time and low input lag, ensuring clear motion and a responsive gaming experience. Unfortunately, it lacks more advanced gaming features, like support for AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.
Although it doesn't have the infinite blacks or wide viewing angles of OLED TVs, this TV delivers great picture quality, thanks to an excellent contrast ratio, outstanding wide color gamut, and great color volume. The latest games look amazing in HDR, thanks to its incredible HDR peak brightness.
Overall, this is an excellent gaming TV that should please most people, whether you're gaming on a high-end gaming PC or a recent console.
If the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018 is too expensive, check out the Vizio P Series 2018 instead. This TV delivers a very similar gaming experience to the Quantum, with a nearly identical response time, outstanding low input lag, and great picture quality. It isn't as bright as the other Vizio, though, and although it has a great contrast ratio, it doesn't look quite as good in a dark room.
If you want the absolute best, then get the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018; however, if you want to save some bucks without sacrificing too much in quality, get the Vizio P Series 2018.
If you have an Xbox One or game on a PC with an AMD graphics card, the Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED TV is the best 4k FreeSync gaming TV we've tested so far. It delivers an exceptional gaming experience, thanks to the extremely fast response time, low input lag, and support for FreeSync VRR, which helps deliver a nearly tear-free, stutter-free gaming experience.
As far as picture quality is concerned, this TV is no slouch. It has an impressive native contrast ratio, and, new this year, it has a decent full array local dimming feature. It can't get quite as bright as the Vizio P Series Quantum, but HDR in your favorite games still looks great and it can get bright enough that it has a bit of 'pop'.
Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, so this TV isn't a great choice if you like to play couch co-op with a group of friends, especially if you like to crowd around the TV. Overall, though, it's a great TV for almost any usage.
If you want something a bit cheaper than the Samsung Q70R, check out the Samsung RU8000 instead. This TV delivers an excellent gaming experience, with a nearly identical response time and similar low input lag. Like the other Samsung, this TV delivers a nearly tear-free gaming experience thanks to FreeSync VRR support. Unfortunately, it doesn't look as good in a dark room, as it has a lower native contrast ratio and has no local dimming.
If all you care about is FreeSync support and want to save some cash, get the Samsung RU8000; otherwise, the Samsung Q70R is much better overall.
The best budget 4k TV for gaming is the TCL 6 Series 2018 R617. It's the successor to the extremely popular TCL P607. It has excellent low input lag and it produces very similar picture quality to the Vizio P Series 2018, but it's a bit brighter in both SDR and HDR.
Unfortunately, fast-moving objects have a bit more motion trail. Its design isn't as polished as the Vizio, and the interface isn't as fancy, but most people will find its smart features more advanced.
Overall, this TV offers a great gaming experience at a low price, and it's a versatile choice that should please most people.
If the TCL R617 is still too expensive for you, the TCL S Series S425 4k 2019 is an even cheaper alternative. It's the replacement to the TCL 4 Series S405, and some retailers might sell one or the other. This TV 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.
Though the R617 is better overall, the 4 Series S425 2019 will save you some money sacrificing too much of your gaming experience and is still one of the best budget gaming TVs.
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.