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 (VRR) 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 past two years, and below are our recommendations for the best gaming TVs you can buy. Check our recommendations for the best HDR gaming TVs, the best gaming monitors, and the best gaming headsets.
The best gaming TV with an OLED panel that we've tested is the LG CX OLED. It delivers stunning picture quality, as it can produce perfect blacks by turning pixels off completely, making it a fantastic choice for dark room gaming. It has wide viewing angles, it gets bright enough to overcome glare easily, and it has exceptional reflection handling. Its out-of-the-box color accuracy is impressive, and its wide color gamut helps deliver HDR content with vibrant and saturated colors.
Its motion handling is truly outstanding. It has a native 120Hz refresh rate that makes motion look incredibly smooth, a near-instantaneous response time that results in almost no motion blur in fast-moving scenes, and an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to further improve clarity. It supports FreeSync to reduce screen tearing, and it's certified to be compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC. It has an 'Auto Low Latency Mode' that detects when a game is launched from a compatible device and automatically switches the TV to 'Game' mode, saving you the hassle of having to do it manually each time.
Unfortunately, OLEDs are susceptible to permanent burn-in, which occurs when static elements are displayed for an extended period, such as a channel logo or a video game's user interface. That said, it shouldn't be an issue for most people who watch varied content. Most resolutions are supported, and it can display proper chroma 4:4:4, which is great for gaming on a PC. All in all, this is one of the best TVs for gaming that we've tested.
The best 4k TV for gaming with an LED panel that we've tested is the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED. It's a VA panel model that has excellent picture quality, exceptional motion handling, and great gaming features. It has a high contrast ratio that's boosted by a full-array local dimming feature, producing inky blacks for a great dark room gaming experience.
The response time is excellent, and it has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature that can help clear up the image further. It can interpolate lower frame rate games to make motion look more fluid; however, it does add a bit of input lag. The refresh rate is 120Hz, and there's FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing. For PC gamers, it supports most resolutions and can display proper chroma 4:4:4, but unfortunately, it isn't G-SYNC compatible. It handles reflections exceptionally well and has decent viewing angles thanks to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer. It has excellent color accuracy out-of-the-box, so you shouldn't have to calibrate it to get the best viewing experience.
Sadly, there's a bit of dirty screen effect on our unit; however, your experience may vary. If you like gaming in HDR, then you're in for a treat. It has an impressive HDR color gamut to produce vivid colors, and it gets bright enough to make highlights pop. Like all Samsung TVs, it runs on Tizen OS, which is user-friendly and has tons of apps available through the app store. Overall, this is one of the best gaming TVs we've tested, and with an LED panel, you won't have to worry about permanent burn-in.
If you want something cheaper, look into the Sony X900H. It doesn't have wide viewing angles like the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED, but it has a better contrast ratio and improved black uniformity. It has a great response time and low input lag for gaming. It has a native refresh rate of 120Hz, and even though it currently doesn't have VRR support, it should be available in a firmware update soon, and we'll test it once it comes out. There's a Black Frame Insertion feature, but it creates image duplication as it flickers at 120Hz even with 60Hz content. Like the Samsung, the Sony has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, it displays a wide color gamut, and it has decent peak brightness in HDR, but small highlights don't pop the way the creator intended. Also, the input lag remains low when gaming in HDR, which is great.
If you want the best gaming TV, you can't go wrong with the Samsung, but if you want to save some money, the Sony also offers good gaming features.
The best TV for gaming in HDR we've tested is the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020. It's an all-around great TV that delivers stunning picture quality for nearly every type of content. It's well-suited for dark rooms, as it has an outstanding contrast ratio and a full-array local dimming feature, allowing to produce deep blacks. It also performs very well in bright lighting conditions due to its excellent reflection handling and high peak brightness. Unfortunately, its VA panel has fairly narrow viewing angles, so it isn't the best option for large rooms or wide seating areas.
It has low input lag, a 120Hz refresh rate, and a fast response time to deliver a fantastic gaming experience. Every action feels instantaneous, and fast-moving scenes look crisp and smooth. On top of that, it has a Black Frame Insertion feature to improve motion clarity and supports FreeSync variable refresh rate to minimize screen tearing. It has near full coverage of the DCI P3 color space to produce rich and vibrant colors in HDR content, and it gets bright enough to make small specular highlights pop.
If you get most of your content through streaming services, Vizio's SmartCast platform has a reasonable number of apps. However, they all come pre-installed, and you can't add anymore since Vizio doesn't have an app store. Also, while its upscaling of lower-resolution content is decent, it isn't as good as other 4k TVs on the market. On the upside, its VA panel is immune to permanent burn-in, so you don't have to worry about playing the same game for hours on end. Overall, it's an impressive TV that should satisfy most people.
The best TV for gaming in the budget category we've tested is the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020. Despite its low price tag, it has a simple and elegant design that looks just as good as more premium models. It has a high contrast ratio and a full-array local dimming feature, making it an excellent choice for gaming in the dark. It handles reflections well and gets decently bright, but it may not be able to overcome intense glare. Like most VA panel TVs, its narrow viewing angles make the image look washed out from the sides, so it isn't ideal for wide seating arrangements.
Its motion handling is good, as it has a fast response time and an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to deliver fast-moving scenes with minimal blur. The refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, but on the upside, it supports FreeSync to reduce screen tearing. It has exceptionally low input lag, even when VRR is enabled and in 10-bit HDR. It can display most common resolutions and chroma 4:4:4, making it a good option for gaming on a PC.
If you want to game in HDR, this TV has an outstanding color gamut to produce a wide range of colors, but it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out the way they should in HDR content. Screen uniformity is just okay on our unit, as there's a fair amount of dirty screen effect; however, your experience may vary. Overall, this is a good TV for a wallet-friendly price.
If you often game in a brighter setting, then take a look at the Hisense H8G. It's very similar to the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020, as it also has a VA panel, full-array local dimming, and fast response time. However, it gets much brighter and can overcome glare easily, even in the brightest lighting conditions. The downside is that it doesn't support variable refresh rate technology. Its Android TV platform has a significantly bigger selection of apps, though, and it allows for voice control through the Google Assistant.
Overall, if you want advanced gaming features like VRR, go with the Vizio. Otherwise, the Hisense is a good alternative and a better choice for bright rooms.
11/06/2020: Replaced Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020 with Vizio P Series Quantum 2020, added Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020, removed Samsung TU8000.
10/14/2020: Replaced the Hisense H9G with the Sony X900H.
10/09/2020: Replaced the Sony X900H with the Hisense H9G; added the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020.
09/10/2020: Replaced the Sony X800H with the Samsung TU8000 and changed to 'Smaller Alternative'.
08/13/2020: Removed Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, replaced Samsung Q70T with Sony X900H, added Sony X800H.
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.