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The 5 Best 4k Gaming TVs - Fall 2022 Reviews

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Best 4k Gaming TVs

If you're a competitive gamer looking for the best 4k TV for gaming, you'll want the best performance possible. Manufacturers have been trying to improve their gaming performance to compete with monitors in recent years. High-end models tend to have gaming features like variable refresh rate (VRR) support, as well as an Auto Low Latency Mode that automatically switches the TV into Game Mode when you launch a game from a compatible device. With the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, TVs also support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth so that you can play 4k games up to 120 fps.

We've bought and tested more than 360 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best gaming TVs you can buy. Also check our picks for the best HDR TVs, the best PS5 TVs, and the best TVs for Xbox Series X.


  1. Best 4k Gaming TV

    The best gaming TV we've tested with a 4k resolution is the LG C2 OLED. It's a premium TV with an OLED panel that provides perfect black levels without any blooming. It means it's a great choice for dark room gaming as blacks look deep and inky. It has a bunch of gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, making it fully compatible with the Xbox Series X and PS5 as you can play 4k games up to 120Hz without any issue from the consoles. It even has variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing, and it natively supports FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR. It's also G-SYNC compatible and has a near-instantaneous response time for very smooth motion handling.

    It's available in a wide range of sizes, including a new 42-inch size that's great if you don't have a ton of space. It replaces the LG C1 OLED, which you can find for cheaper while it's still available. However, the newer model gets brighter in HDR, delivering a more impactful HDR gaming experience, so if that's important to you, it's better to stick with the C2.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range 4k Gaming TV

    You can find premium TVs for a bit cheaper if you don't want to spend that much on the best 4k TV for gaming. Something like the Samsung QN90B QLED is an excellent gaming TV that's a competitor to the LG C2 OLED, with the main difference being that it uses an LED panel instead of OLED. It means that while it doesn't produce the same perfect black levels, it still has high peak brightness, making it an ideal choice for HDR gaming or bright-room gaming. Like the LG, it's available in a wide range of sizes, and you can even get it in a 43-inch size with a higher 144Hz refresh rate if you want to use it for PC gaming.

    Looking at the gaming features, it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth with VRR support to reduce screen tearing. Motion looks smooth thanks to its excellent response time, and it has low input lag for a responsive feel. Although it doesn't have a flicker-free backlight to reduce eye strain, it has an optional backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur and improve the appearance of motion in games. The previous version of this TV, the Samsung QN90A QLED, is cheaper, but it's becoming harder to find.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range 4k Gaming TV

    There are plenty of mid-range 4k gaming TVs you can get if you find the LG C2 OLED or the Samsung QN90B QLED too expensive. The Sony X90K is an impressive gaming TV with all the same features as the higher-end TVs, but its overall picture quality isn't as good. Still, it looks great in dark rooms because it has a VA panel with a high native contrast ratio for deep blacks and has a good full-array local dimming feature that further improves the picture quality in dark scenes. If you're a fan of HDR gaming, you'll enjoy the impressive HDR peak brightness as highlights pop, but you don't get the same peak brightness as the Samsung TV.

    Like the higher-end TVs, it also has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth that makes it fully compatible with the Xbox Series X and PS5, and as it's a Sony product, it has a few features made for the PS5, like Auto HDR Tone Mapping for a better HDR experience. It's G-SYNC compatible and supports HDMI Forum VRR, but it doesn't support FreeSync, which isn't ideal if you're a PC gamer with an AMD graphics card. Lastly, it has great motion handling and low input lag, but its input lag is a bit higher than other TVs.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range 4k Gaming TV

    If you want something in the mid-range category and don't want to compromise on gaming features, the Hisense U8G is cheaper than the Sony X90K and is still excellent for gaming. It has a fantastic response time, so there's very little blur behind fast-moving objects. It supports FreeSync, G-SYNC, and HDMI Forum VRR, and it's compatible with the VRR feature on the Xbox Series X and the PS5, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience. Combined with its fantastic low input lag, this results in an incredibly smooth and responsive gaming experience.

    It's great for PS5 or Xbox Series X gamers, as it supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming on two of its four HDMI ports. Sadly, one of its downsides is that it has red ghosting with fast-moving objects, particularly in Game Mode, but it isn't with all games. Besides that, it's an impressive TV that looks great in any viewing environment. It has excellent peak brightness and amazing reflection handling, which is great if you're gaming in a bright room, and it looks equally good in a dark room thanks to its high contrast ratio and its great full array local dimming feature. However, it can't produce the perfect blacks the LG C2 OLED is known for.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget 4k TV For Gaming

    If you're on a budget, you can find a few TVs that are good for gaming, but you'll lose out on features of the higher-end models, which is what you should expect for spending less. The Hisense U6H is a great gaming TV with low input lag, resulting in a responsive gaming experience. It supports FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR, which helps to reduce tearing, but it only works within a narrow refresh rate range. It's a fantastic choice for gaming in a dark room thanks to its extremely high contrast ratio, but it's also a good choice for a moderately-lit living room environment.

    Unfortunately, it can't take full advantage of the Xbox Series X and PS5 because it has HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, so you're limited to 4k @ 60Hz games, but it still works without issue from those consoles. Its motion handling isn't the best either, as its response time is just okay, leading to blur trail behind fast-moving objects. Luckily, it has incredible out-of-the-box accuracy, so images look life-like without any calibration.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung S95B OLED: The Samsung S95B OLED is one of the best TVs we've tested in terms of picture quality, but it also has over-saturated colors, so if you're just using it for gaming, it's better to stick with the cheaper LG C2 OLED. See our review
  • TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED: The TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 is an excellent gaming TV that's compared to the Hisense U8G with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, VRR support, and Mini LED backlighting, but the local dimming feature isn't as good as the Hisense. See our review
  • Sony A90J OLED: The Sony A90J delivers better picture quality than the LG C2 OLED, but its gaming performance isn't as good as it has lower input lag and doesn't support FreeSync. See our review
  • TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED: The TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED is a budget TV like the Hisense U6H, but it has worse color accuracy, so it's worth getting the Hisense. See our review
  • Samsung QN85B QLED: The Samsung QN85B is a cheaper version of the Samsung QN90B QLED, but the picture quality is worse on it because it has lower contrast. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Aug 24, 2022: Restructured article to reflect how users are looking for gaming TVs; removed the LG C1 and made the LG C2 the 'Best Gaming TV' and replaced the Samsung QN90A with the Samsung QN90B because they're easier to find. Added the Sony X90K; replaced the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 with the Hisense U6H because it has better picture quality; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  2. Jun 21, 2022: Restructured the article to better match reader expectations. Replaced the Hisense U6G with the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED as the 'Best Budget' pick and added the LG C2 OLED as the 'Best Small 4k Gaming TV'.

  3. Apr 26, 2022: Replaced the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 with the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 because the TCL has fewer issues with its smart OS and moved to its own category as the 'Best Budget TV With VRR Support'; added the LG C2 to Notable Mentions.

  4. Mar 24, 2022: Updated text for clarity and added the Sony X85J to Notable Mentions.

  5. Feb 24, 2022: Updated text for clarity; added the Hisense U6GR to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

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.

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