If you're a competitive gamer looking for the best TV for playing video games, you'll want the best performance possible. Manufacturers have been trying to improve their TV gaming performance to compete with monitors in recent years. High-end models tend to have gaming features like variable refresh rate (VRR) support and an Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) that automatically switches the TV into Game Mode when you launch a game from a compatible device. TVs now also support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so you can play 4k games up to 120 fps on the PS5 and Xbox Series X, or even 4k @ 144Hz (and beyond) without Display Stream Compression (DSC) on a recent GPU.
We've bought and tested more than 400 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best overall gaming TVs you can buy. Also, check our picks for the best TVs for watching movies, the best PS5 TVs, and the best TVs for Xbox Series X. Brands have been releasing their 2023 lineups, so make sure to vote on which ones you want us to buy and test. To learn more about the 2023 models, check out our 2023 TV lineup page.
The best TV for gaming we've tested is the Samsung S90C OLED. It's a feature-packed TV that delivers an incredible gaming experience. Its low input lag and nearly instantaneous response time result in crystal-clear, fluid motion with no distracting blur or ghosting behind fast-moving objects. The TV delivers impressive picture quality thanks to its unique QD-OLED panel. It delivers incredibly deep blacks, making this an impressive TV for gaming in a dark room.
HDR gaming on the Samsung is amazing, but it doesn't support Dolby Vision, although relatively few games support Dolby Vision anyway. It also looks great in bright rooms, with high peak brightness allowing it to easily overcome glare. Its viewing angle is incredibly wide, so it's a great choice for playing couch co-op or party games with friends sitting around the TV.
All four HDMI inputs support 4k @ 144Hz, so you can take full advantage of a PS5, Xbox Series S|X, and a recent PC GPU without compromising motion performance or input lag. If you have deep pockets and are looking for the best, no matter the cost, consider the higher-tier Samsung S95C OLED, which is even brighter. But considering how bright and colorful the S90C already is, the S95C is not worth the significant price hike for most people.
If you're more of a bright room gamer or want a TV that will blow away your friends during a well-lit party, the best bright room 4k gaming TV we've tested is the Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED. It's an excellent gaming TV that's available in a wider range of sizes than the Samsung S90C OLED, and you can even get it in a 43 or 50-inch size with a higher 144Hz refresh rate if you want to use it for PC gaming. Motion is clear, with very little blur behind fast-moving objects, thanks to its excellent response time, but there's a bit more blur than on the OLEDs due to their near-instant response time.
It has great gaming features, including HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for 4k @ 120Hz gaming on all HDMI ports and support for every variable refresh rate (VRR) technology to reduce screen tearing. Unfortunately, like the Samsung S90C OLED, it doesn't support Dolby Vision, but that feature isn't widely supported in games. Thanks to the deep blacks of its Mini LED backlight, it looks great in a dark room, but it's not quite as good as the OLEDs, as there's more noticeable blooming around bright objects and subtitles.
However, it gets much brighter, especially when displaying large, bright screens like in many sports games. It's also much brighter in SDR than any OLED, making it a very interesting choice for retro gamers. In any case, it's bright enough to overcome any glare in an extremely bright room and even bright enough to use outdoors, but it's not weather-proof, so you'd need an appropriate enclosure. Its predecessor, the Samsung QN90B QLED, is becoming harder to find, but it's extremely similar to the QN90C, so it's the clear value pick if you can find it for cheaper.
If you want an OLED but are unwilling to pay the Samsung S90C OLED's high price tag, consider the best 4k TV for gaming in the upper mid-range category we've tested, the LG C2 OLED. It's not as bright or as colorful as the S90C, but it makes up for it with an alluring price point, helped by the numerous sales it sees now that its successor, the LG C3 OLED, is out. As with all OLEDs, it's a sight to behold in a dark room, with bright highlights next to the TV's perfect, inky blacks. It's also bright enough for a pleasant gaming experience in a moderately lit room.
It delivers incredible gaming performance with a nearly instantaneous response time, resulting in crystal-clear motion with no distracting blur behind fast-moving objects. It's also packed with gaming features, including full HDMI 2.1 bandwidth support on all four inputs, meaning you can take full advantage of the Xbox Series X, PS5, or a recent PC GPU. The TV even supports Dolby Vision, a nice bonus even though it's not widely used.
The main difference between this TV and the S90C (minus its 83-inch model) is the specific type of OLED panel used. Both TVs deliver an incredible dark room experience, with no distracting blooming or haloing around bright areas of the screen. But the QD-OLED panel on the Samsung allows for brighter, vibrant, and lifelike colors, resulting in much better color volume overall. If you like the C2 but would rather have something a bit brighter, consider the LG C3 OLED. However, the C3 and the S90C are about the same price, and the Samsung is the better TV overall.
If you want something in the mid-range category without compromising on gaming features, the Hisense U8H is much cheaper than the Samsung S90C OLED or Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED. It still delivers an amazing gaming experience. It's great for console gamers with an Xbox Series S|X or a PS5 or for PC gamers with a recent GPU, as two of its HDMI ports support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and 4k @ 120Hz gaming, meaning you can take full advantage of what newer consoles and GPUs have to offer.
The U8H has a slower response time than the OLEDs, so there's a bit more noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects, but fast motion still looks fantastic. It delivers impressive picture quality, with deep blacks and little blooming around bright objects. It gets much brighter than most comparably-priced models, making it a great choice for a bright room.
Going with a cheaper model like this comes with some compromises, though, as it has a significantly worse viewing angle than the OLEDs and even the QN90C, so it's not a good choice for a wide seating arrangement, as the image isn't consistent when viewed from the side. We're testing this TV's successor, the Hisense U8K, so we'll know how it compares soon. For now, the U8H is the best mid-range gaming TV you can get.
The best budget 4k TV for gaming we've tested is the TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED. It's a great TV that delivers an impressive gaming experience thanks to its low input lag and very good response time, ensuring a smooth gaming experience with very little blur. Unlike most budget TVs, it even supports variable refresh rate technology, but since it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, VRR only works over a much smaller range than it does on the Hisense U8H.
This TV delivers great picture quality when gaming. It has a superb contrast ratio and decent local dimming feature, making it a good choice for gaming in a dark room. It also gets bright enough to overcome glare and has decent reflection handling, so it's an equally good choice for a bright room. It supports HDR and VRR with both the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, and thanks to its automatic low latency mode, you don't have to worry about switching to Game Mode to get the best gaming experience.
If you want something affordable, the best 4k TV for gaming that is viable for small budgets is the Hisense A65K. It's a decent gaming TV but is best suited for older consoles, as it can't take full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. It has low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming experience with little delay between your actions on the controller and what you see on-screen. Its response time is good, but the TV has a more noticeable blur than the expensive models.
It delivers okay picture quality when gaming, but unlike the other TVs on this list, it's not a good choice for late-night gaming in the dark, as blacks are raised and washed out when bright highlights are on the screen. Its viewing angle is mediocre, so it's not a great TV for a wide-seating arrangement.
Still, it's a colorful option due to its wide color gamut, and although it's limited to 60Hz, it still supports variable refresh rate technology, which helps reduce screen tearing. This TV's predecessor, the Hisense A6H, is still being sold. It's a worse TV than the A65K, but it has a much wider viewing angle, so if you want to host gaming sessions with lots of friends sitting around the TV, it could be worth the purchase. Otherwise, the newer model is better.
Jun 20, 2023: Added mention of the LG C3 OLED in the 'Best Mid-Range Gaming TV' pick, added the LG G3 OLED to the Notable Mentions, and refreshed the text, in particular mentioning PC gaming or PC GPUs when appropriate.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best TVs for playing games 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.