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The 6 Best 4k Gaming TVs - Winter 2023 Reviews

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 375 TVs over the last nine years, 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 4k TV for gaming we've tested is the Samsung S95B OLED. It's an amazing TV for gaming thanks to its low input lag and near-instantaneous response time, resulting in crystal-clear motion with no ghosting or motion blur around fast-moving objects. It's great for PC and console gamers alike, thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four HDMI ports, so you'll enjoy perfect 4k @ 120Hz gaming from a recent PC, Xbox, or PS5. If your console of choice is the PS5, you might want to consider the Sony A95K OLED instead. It offers very similar picture quality, but it has a few unique features that ensure you get the best experience possible with the PS5.

    It 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. It's also amazing for gaming in HDR, but it doesn't support Dolby Vision, and relatively few games support Dolby Vision. It also looks great in bright rooms, with high peak brightness that allows it to easily overcome glare. It also has an incredibly wide viewing angle, so it's a great choice for couch co-op or party games with a wide seating arrangement.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range 4k Gaming TV

    The best upper mid-range 4k gaming TV we've tested is the Samsung QN90B QLED. It's an excellent gaming TV that'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. 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 Samsung S95B OLED. Like the S95B, it has a great selection of gaming features, including HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for 4k @ 120Hz gaming and support for variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing.

    It looks great in a dark room thanks to its Mini LED backlight, resulting in deep blacks in a dark room, but it's not quite as good as the S95B, as there's more noticeable blooming around bright objects, including subtitles. It gets a lot brighter, especially when displaying large, bright screens like in many sports games. It's bright enough to overcome any amount of glare in an extremely bright room, and it's even bright enough to use outdoors, but it's not weather-proof, so you'd need an appropriate enclosure.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range 4k Gaming TV

    If you want great gaming performance and are on a tighter budget, check out the Sony X90K. It's 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 exclusively for the PS5, like Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture mode for the best 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 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 U8H is cheaper than the Sony X90K and delivers an amazing gaming experience. It has an excellent response time resulting in clear motion when gaming, 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 console gamers with an Xbox Series S|X or a PS5, as two of its HDMI ports support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and 4k @ 120Hz gaming. Sadly, 4k @ 120Hz signals aren't displayed properly at the moment. It isn't noticeable with games, and Hisense has confirmed that they're working on a fix.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget 4k Gaming TV

    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.

    The 5 Series 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 of the new-gen consoles, 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.

    See our review

  6. Best Cheap 4k Gaming TV

    If you want something cheap, the best cheap 4k gaming TV we've tested is the Insignia F50 QLED. As a cheap TV, it's very light on extra gaming features, so unlike the more expensive models on this list, there's no variable refresh rate support, and it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. It's still decent overall for gaming, though, especially if you prefer more immersive games like RPGs or turn-based strategy games that are heavier on graphics and don't benefit as much from a higher frame rate.

    It delivers surprisingly good picture quality, with an excellent color gamut, great accuracy before calibration, and excellent contrast. It looks good in a dark room, but unlike the TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED, there's no local dimming feature to bring out bright highlights and improve dark room performance.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG C2 OLED: The LG C2 OLED is a great alternative to the Samsung S95B OLED, as it delivers impressive picture quality and offers an amazing array of gaming features, including Dolby Vision gaming support. It has worse picture quality than the S95B, though, especially when gaming in HDR, as bright highlights aren't as bright, and colors aren't as vivid. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 10, 2023: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text for clarity.

  2. Nov 25, 2022: Replaced the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED with the TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED.

  3. Oct 26, 2022: Replaced the LG C2 OLED with the Samsung S95B OLED, and added the Insignia F50 QLED as the 'Best Cheap' option. Replaced the Hisense U6H with the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED, as it delivers a better gaming experience.

  4. Sep 26, 2022: Replaced the Hisense U8G with the new model, the Hisense U8H, as it's a noticeable upgrade over last year's model.

  5. 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.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 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.