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 2019. Check also our recommendations for the best HDR gaming TVs, the best gaming monitors, and the best gaming headsets.
The LG B8 OLED is the best gaming TV. It's slowly being replaced by the LG B9 OLED, which is a more future-proof model as it supports HDMI 2.1, which, however, currently doesn't add much. This TV, just like all OLEDs, has an almost instantaneous response time that delivers fast-moving content with virtually no blur. The input lag is remarkably low and will satisfy even competitive gamers as the TV delivers a very responsive gaming experience, regardless if you're gaming on a console or PC. Thanks to its emissive technology, this TV can switch off individual pixels, creating perfect blacks. This greatly enhances picture quality, especially in a dark room.
Unfortunately, this technology comes with its downsides; this TV has the possibility of temporary image retention or even permanent burn-in. This is the result of cumulative, prolonged exposure to static content, and can be a concern as most games have at least some static elements. The same is true when you use the TV as a PC monitor, due to the static aspects of the interface. With mixed usage, though, we don't expect this to be an issue for most people.
Overall, this is an outstanding 4k gaming TV that'll deliver excellent performance in all other uses as well.
If you want a TV that incorporates the latest technological advances and is more future-proof than the LG B8 OLED, check out the LG B9 OLED. It supports HDMI 2.1, eARC, and HDMI Forum's variable refresh rate for a tear-free gaming experience with devices that support it. It's more expensive than the other LG, and many of these goodies won't work with the current generation of game consoles or other peripherals. Also, PC manufacturers are just starting to incorporate these technologies into their graphics cards. That said, when the time comes, you'll be ready to go. In terms of picture quality, this TV delivers the same excellent performance as all OLEDs, and includes a few new features and a great smart interface. It looks and performs almost identically to the other 2019 LGs.
If you want to future-proof your purchase and have a slightly bigger budget, get the LG B9; otherwise, the LG B8 will do a great job and costs less.
If you're too concerned for the possibility of burn-in, then check out the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. It's the best 4k LED gaming TV we've tested so far. It has an impressive picture quality and delivers crisp motion thanks to its extremely fast response time that displays fast-moving content with almost no blur trail. When in a dark room, it displays deep blacks thanks to the high native contrast ratio and the great local dimming support. You can also place it in a bright room without issue, as it can get very bright and will easily fight glare.
This is a great gaming TV with an extremely low input lag that will please competitive gamers provided you use it in 'Game' mode. It's the successor of the excellent Vizio P Series Quantum 2018, which is just as good but is becoming hard to find. Unfortunately, just like most VA panel TVs, the image degrades when viewed from the side.
Overall, this is the best 4k LED gaming TV for 2019.
If you want a cheaper TV than the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 without making too many compromises in performance, then get the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019. You won't get the exceptional brightness or the outstanding reflection handling found on the Quantum X 2019. On the upside, this is an impressive TV that delivers a similarly responsive gaming performance as the other Vizio, with a remarkably low input lag and an extremely fast response time.
If you want the best 4k LED Gaming TV, get the Quantum X 2019; otherwise, the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 delivers similar performance in video games and isn't much of a compromise for other uses.
For those who find the lack of AMD FreeSync support of the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018 limiting, get the Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED, the best 4k FreeSync gaming TV. You won't get the Vizio's brightness levels, but if you have an Xbox One or a PC with an AMD graphics card, you can enjoy a nearly tear-free gaming experience. It delivers an exceptional gaming experience, thanks to the extremely fast response time and low input lag, making it one of the best 4k TVs for gaming.
This TV has a great picture quality with an impressive native contrast ratio and a decent full array local dimming feature. It delivers great HDR peak brightness, and your favorite games look great and can get bright enough to add a bit of 'pop'.
Unfortunately, just like most VA panel TVs, the image degrades when viewed at an angle. This means that this TV isn't a great choice if you often play FIFA with a group of friends, especially if you like to crowd around the TV and some of you watch from the side. Overall, however, it's a great TV that won't let you down in any use.
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 Samsung Q70 is a better overall TV with better dark room performance, but if you don't mind lacking a bit in that aspect, the Samsung RU8000 will do the job if all you care about is gaming goodies like FreeSync support.
The best budget 4k TV for gaming is the Hisense H9F. It's a great TV with impressive picture quality and excellent gaming performance. It delivers crisp motion thanks to the very fast response time, and the low input lag guarantees a very responsive gaming experience. It displays deep blacks in a dark room thanks to its excellent contrast ratio and local dimming support. This TV can also get very bright and has a great color gamut. Most of the common input formats are supported, but unfortunately only at 60Hz, despite the 120Hz panel.
Unfortunately, just like most VA panel TVs, the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side. Also, the gray uniformity of our unit was only decent, although this can be attributed to panel variance and wasn't very noticeable in normal content.
Overall, this is an impressive TV that offers great performance in most uses and gives an excellent gaming experience; for a 4k TV, this is the best budget gaming TV.
If the Hisense H9F is still more expensive than your budget, 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. Overall, it's a TV that performs very well in most uses and will make gamers happy with its low input lag and overall gaming performance.
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.
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.
16/10/2019: Reconfirmed the picks and made small changes to text for clarity.