Most 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 more than 70 TVs in the last couple of years and below are our recommendations for the best gaming TVs you can buy in 2020. 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 OLED. 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 the HDR content really 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 an 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 at 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.
If you game on an Xbox One or PC, the best 4k FreeSync gaming TV we've tested so far is the Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED. This excellent QLED TV has outstanding contrast, a wide color gamut, and does a great job at minimizing reflections. It can get impressively bright for both regular as well as HDR content, and its colors are very accurate out-of-the-box.
This TV is great for gamers thanks to its exceptionally low input lag and 120Hz panel. It supports the FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology to offer a nearly tear-free gaming experience when connected to an Xbox One or a compatible AMD graphics card. Unfortunately, like most TVs with a VA panel, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, so it's best if you sit directly in front of the TV.
Overall, this TV is a great choice for a wide variety of uses, but its support for FreeSync makes it an outstanding TV for gamers who use a FreeSync compatible device. It's also available in a wide variety of sizes, which is great, though it's worth noting that the 49" won't be as good for motion due to its 60Hz panel.
If you want to spend less money than the Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED but won't give up the FreeSync support, then get the Samsung RU8000 instead. You won't get the same dark room performance as the other Samsung, but on the upside, this TV delivers an excellent gaming experience, with nearly identical response time and similar low input lag. Like most of the latest high-end Samsung TVs, this TV offers a nearly tear-free gaming experience thanks to AMD's FreeSync VRR support and low input lag with motion interpolation.
The Q70 is a better overall TV with better dark room performance, but if you don't mind lacking a bit in that aspect, the RU8000 will do the job if all you care about is gaming goodies like FreeSync support.
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 really pops like 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 really shines is video games. You'll notice no lag or 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 the Hisense H9F is still a bit too expensive, then get the Hisense H8F. You won't get the same response time as the other Hisense, so motion isn't that crisp, and it can't get as bright in HDR, so small highlights might not stand out so much. On the upside, this TV has a very low input lag, which makes it feel very responsive, and it has a black frame insertion feature that can help the appearance of motion. Like its more expensive brother, it still utilizes Android TV for its smart features, which is nice.
If you want the best budget TV for gaming, the H9F is the way to go; however, if you want to get something even cheaper and don't mind compromising on response time, the H8F is a great alternative.
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.
02/14/2020: 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. Also, made minor changes to text for clarity.
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. Made small changes to text for clarity.