In general, 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 best OLED gaming TV we've tested so far is the LG B8 OLED. It has an almost instantaneous response time that delivers crystal clear motion with almost imperceivable blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It feels very responsive when gaming, thanks to the very low input lag, and delivers an outstanding picture quality. It has perfect blacks, wide viewing angles, and an excellent wide color gamut. Reflection handling is remarkable, and the peak brightness is good, making it a versatile TV suitable for almost any setting.
Unfortunately, just like all OLEDs, this TV has the possibility of temporary image retention or even permanent burn-in. This is caused by cumulative, long exposure to static images, and can be a concern as most games have at least some static elements. With mixed usage, though, we don't expect this to be an issue for most people.
Overall, this is an excellent 4k TV that will please even competitive gamers and is currently the best TV for gaming.
If you want a TV that's a bit more future-proof than the LG B8 OLED, check out the LG C9 OLED. It supports all of the latest TV technologies, including HDMI 2.1, eARC, and HDMI Forum's variable refresh rate technology. It's quite a bit more expensive than the other LG, and most of these technologies don't add much now. However, they make this TV a more future-proof alternative, so you're ready to go when they are important. This TV features many new features without sacrificing picture quality or anything else. It looks and performs almost identically to the other LG.
If you want your TV to be ready for what the future brings, the LG C9 is a more future-proof choice; otherwise, the LG B8 will do a great job and costs less.
If the possibility of burn-in with the LG B8 OLED or the other OLEDs concerns you, then get the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018. It's the best 4k LED gaming TV that we've tested so far. It delivers very crisp motion thanks to its extremely fast response time, and the low input lag ensures a responsive gaming experience. Unfortunately, the Vizio does not have any of the more advanced gaming features, like support for AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.
This TV is only available in a 65 inch size and doesn't have the infinite blacks or wide viewing angles of OLED TVs. On the upside, this TV delivers great picture quality, thanks to an excellent contrast ratio, outstanding wide color gamut, and great color volume. If you're a fan of HDR gaming, you will appreciate its incredible HDR peak brightness.
Overall, this is an excellent gaming TV that delivers an outstanding gaming experience, regardless if you're gaming on a high-end gaming PC or a console.
If you find the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018 too expensive, you can try to find the Vizio P Series 2018 instead. It's slowly becoming harder to find as it's being replaced by the similarly-performing Vizio P Series Quantum 2019. This TV delivers an excellent gaming experience very similar to the Quantum 2018, with nearly identical response time, exceptional low input lag, and impressive picture quality. It can't get as bright as the other Vizio, though, and although it has a great contrast ratio, it doesn't look quite as good in a dark room.
Overall, the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018 delivers the best gaming experience; however, if you want to save some money without much compromise in quality, get the Vizio P Series 2018.
If you find the lack of AMD FreeSync support of the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018 limiting, then get the Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED. 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.
The Samsung 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 are watching 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 dark room performance of the Q70R, 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 Samsung's 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. The H9F 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 was not very noticeable in normal content.
Overall, this is an impressive TV that offers great performance in most uses and gives an excellent gaming experience.
If the Hisense H9F is still more expensive than what you want to spend, 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.