As big-screen gaming is gaining popularity, manufacturers have started making TVs with better input lag and response time, with some models nearly on-par with monitors. Top tier models also tend to have variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, as well as an 'Auto Low Latency Mode,' so you can spend less time tinkering with the TV's settings and more time gaming. With the recent release of the next-gen gaming consoles, TVs are also starting to support HDMI 2.1, meaning they support 4k @ 120Hz games.
We've tested more than 70 TVs under the latest test bench, and below are our recommendations for the best gaming TVs you can buy. Check our picks for the best HDR gaming TVs, the best PS5 TVs, and the best TVs for Xbox Series X.
The best 4k TV for gaming with an OLED panel is the LG C1 OLED. It's one of the best gaming TVs that we've tested, with a ton of gaming features. It comes with four HDMI 2.1 ports, which is great if you want to connect both your PS5 and Xbox Series X, and it supports all resolutions up to 4k @ 120Hz. To top it off, its OLED panel has self-lit pixels, giving it a near-infinite contrast ratio and pitch-perfect blacks for unparalleled picture quality.
It sports a 120Hz panel with a near-instantaneous response time, so fast-moving content looks exceptionally clear with very little smearing or motion blur. It also has an optional black frame insertion feature to reduce blur even further. New in 2021 is the input lag 'Boost' setting, which gives you incredibly low input lag as well. Finally, it supports FreeSync and HDMI Forum variable refresh rate (VRR) to reduce screen tearing and is NVIDIA-certified to be G-SYNC compatible.
Unfortunately, OLED TVs all carry a risk for permanent burn-in, especially when static elements like a game's HUD or a desktop interface are displayed for long periods. However, this shouldn't be an issue if you watch varied content. It also can't get as bright as an LED TV might, especially when it comes to HDR, but its exceptional contrast means it can still deliver a satisfying HDR experience. All in all, it's one of the best TVs for gaming.
The best TV for gaming in the LED category is the Samsung QN90A QLED. It's a high-end TV from Samsung's 2021 lineup that's packed with features and delivers exceptional picture quality while offering excellent gaming performance. It's very well-built and comes with a stylish center-mounted stand that should look nice in any setup.
What sets this TV apart is its Mini LED backlighting, which allows it to get extra bright, so visibility shouldn't be an issue even in the brightest of settings, and it has fantastic reflection handling. It also makes highlights really stand out for HDR content, and it supports the HDR10+ HDR format, but not Dolby Vision. In terms of gaming, it has a 120Hz panel with HDMI 2.1 inputs, so you can play 4k games in 120fps from either the Xbox Series X or PS5. It has VRR support, low input lag, and a quick response time for a smooth and responsive gaming experience.
Sadly, its local dimming feature performs worse in Game Mode than outside of it because it causes more blooming around bright objects and raises the black level. This can be noticeable when playing games with dark scenes, but it's still not too distracting. The VA panel has a lower native contrast ratio than most VA panel TVs because of Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' that improves the viewing angles, but the contrast is improved with the local dimming. All in all, it's one of the best gaming TVs we've tested.
If you want a cheaper TV, then check out the Hisense U8G. It doesn't have Mini LED backlighting like the Samsung QN90A QLED, but it still gets very bright and has all the gaming features gamers are looking for. It has HDMI 2.1 inputs and VRR support in the form of FreeSync, HDMI Forum VRR, and G-SYNC compatibility. Motion looks smooth thanks to its quick response times, and the input lag is very low. It has a VA panel with a fantastic contrast ratio and great local dimming in Game Mode for deep blacks. Sadly, there are some issues enabling the local dimming when VRR is enabled on Xbox, and it has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks inaccurate when viewing from the side.
If you want the best 4k TV for gaming with an LED panel, you can't go wrong with the Samsung, but if you want something cheaper that's also excellent for gaming, you can't go wrong with the Hisense.
The best budget 4k TV for gaming that we've tested is the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020. This is a 2020 model that you can still find in 2021, and it offers good features for an entry-level TV. It has native FreeSync support, which is rare for a budget model, but since it has a 60Hz panel, the refresh range is limited from 40 to 60Hz.
This TV delivers a responsive gaming experience thanks to its low input lag and quick response time, and it has a black frame insertion to try to reduce motion blur. It can display 1440p content at 60Hz, great for 1440p games from your PC or Xbox Series X. It's great for dark room gaming because it has a VA panel with an excellent native contrast, but even though it has a full-array local dimming feature, it fails to improve the contrast and causes blooming around bright objects.
Unfortunately, even though it displays a fantastic color gamut, it doesn't deliver the best HDR experience because it has low HDR peak brightness, so highlights don't pop how they're supposed to. It doesn't get bright in SDR either, but at least it has good reflection handling if you want to use it in a room with a few lights around. It has narrow viewing angles, which is normal for a VA panel TV, and it's not a good choice for co-op gaming. Regardless, it's the best TV for gaming in the budget category.
If you need something that gets brighter, then check out the Hisense U6G. It doesn't have FreeSync support like the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020, but instead, it has higher peak brighter and much better reflection handling, so it's a better choice for use in well-lit rooms. Despite the lack of extra gaming features, motion still looks smooth thanks to its quick response time, and it has low input lag in Game Mode. There's a black frame insertion feature, but it's not that good and causes image duplication. Local dimming in Game Mode is decent, and the contrast ratio is excellent, so it's also great for dark room gaming. Unfortunately, its VA panel has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks washed out at the sides.
If you're looking for the best TV for gaming and you're on a budget, you can't go wrong with the Vizio, but if you prefer something brighter, then check out the Hisense.
Jul 16, 2021: Replaced the Hisense H8G with the newer Hisense U6G; added the LG G1 to Notable Mentions.
Jun 17, 2021: Replaced the Samsung Q80T and the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020 with the Samsung QN90A and the Hisense U8G; updated Notable Mentions.
May 18, 2021: Replaced the LG CX OLED with the LG C1 OLED. Added the LG CX and the Sony X90J to Notable Mentions.
Apr 21, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the Sony A90J, Samsung QN90A, and Samsung Q70A to Notable Mentions.
Mar 26, 2021: Verified picks for availability and updated text for accuracy.
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.