Many modern 4k TVs are suitable for gaming as manufacturers have been trying to improve their gaming performance to compete 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 release of the current-gen gaming consoles, TVs are also starting to support HDMI 2.1, meaning you can play 4k games up to 120 fps.
We've tested more than 90 TVs under the latest test bench, 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.
The LG C1 OLED is the best TV for gaming in the OLED category that we've tested. It's an outstanding gaming TV, with a near-instantaneous response time, resulting in crystal-clear motion with no blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has outstanding low input lag, so you can respond instantly to the action on-screen, and it has a slew of extra gaming features, including FreeSync variable refresh rate support. It also supports G-SYNC and HDMI Forum VRR, so it can deliver a nearly tear-free gaming experience from any source.
Like all OLED TVs, it delivers impressive picture quality, so the latest PS5 and Xbox Series X games look stunning. It has a nearly infinite contrast ratio, resulting in deep, inky blacks with perfect uniformity. It also has wide viewing angles, is great for co-op gaming, and is bright enough for almost any viewing environment. It also has four HDMI 2.1 ports, ensuring you can take full advantage of everything the new consoles have to offer.
Sadly, our unit has bad out-of-the-box accuracy, so you may need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest, but this can also vary between units. Also, OLEDs can suffer from permanent burn-in with cumulative exposure to content with bright static elements, but we don't expect this to be an issue for most people who watch varied content. Overall, it's the best gaming TV with an OLED panel that we've tested.
The Samsung QN90A QLED is the best gaming TV with an LED panel. Unlike OLEDs, LED TVs don't suffer from the risk of permanent burn-in, so you can use it for PC gaming and not worry about the static elements damaging your screen. It's available in a wide range of sizes, and all of them should perform like the 55 inch model we tested, except for the 43 inch variant, which doesn't have VRR and is limited to a 60Hz panel.
It has one HDMI 2.1 input, allowing you to take full advantage of the Xbox Series X and the PS5's capabilities. However, it's a bit disappointing that it's only one input, so you'll need to use an HDMI 2.1 compatible receiver if you want to hook up multiple devices. It has a very quick response time for smooth motion, and gaming feels responsive thanks to the low input lag. It has both FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing.
It has a great Mini LED local dimming feature that helps it produce deep blacks, but sadly local dimming performs worse in Game Mode because it raises the black level more. Its VA panel also has a lower contrast ratio than other VA panel TVs because of Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology that aims to improve the viewing angles at the cost of the contrast. If this doesn't bother you, it's one of the best TVs for gaming.
If you want a cheaper TV, then check out the Hisense U8G. It doesn't have Mini LED backlighting like the Samsung QN90A QLED and has worse viewing angles, but it has higher native contrast. The Hisense is an amazing gaming TV, with an excellent response time, low input lag, and a great selection of additional gaming features, including FreeSync variable refresh rate support. It also has two HDMI 2.1 ports, and it supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming from the newest consoles. It delivers impressive picture quality, with outstanding contrast, high peak brightness, and it can display a wide color gamut for the latest HDR games. Sadly, there are some issues with red ghosting in games, but this seems to vary between individual units, and not everyone notices it.
If you want the best 4k TV for gaming with an LED panel, you can't go wrong with the Samsung because it has Mini LED backlighting, but if you want something cheaper that's also excellent for gaming, you can't go wrong with the Hisense, either.
The best budget 4k TV for gaming that we've tested is the Hisense U6G. It's a well-rounded TV that delivers great picture quality, rivaling more expensive options, and it performs well for gaming in both dark and bright environments. It doesn't have as many features as other TVs, though, as it lacks HDMI 2.1 inputs and variable refresh rate support, so you're limited to 4k @ 60Hz games without VRR.
Besides the lack of features, gamers should still appreciate the quick response time for great motion handling, and we didn't notice any red ghosting in games. It also has low input lag for a quick and responsive gaming experience, and if you want to use it with a PC, it displays proper chroma 4:4:4 with 1080p and 4k signals. Its VA panel has a high native contrast, and the decent full-array local dimming feature helps improve the contrast without causing much blooming around bright objects.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks washed out and inaccurate from the sides, meaning it's not a good choice for wide seating arrangements. It also has banding with gradients of similar colors, especially darker colors, but that's only noticeable in scenes like sunsets with shades of similar colors and won't be an issue for most games. All in all, it's one of the best gaming TVs we've tested, especially if you're on a budget.
If you're bothered by screen tearing and want something with VRR support, look into the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021. Its picture quality isn't as good as the Hisense U6G because our unit has much worse out-of-the-box accuracy, resulting in a red tint, and the local dimming feature isn't as good. However, it has native FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing, but since it also supports HDMI 2.0 and has a 60Hz panel, it only works within a narrow range. Input lag is low, and it doesn't have any trouble supporting 60Hz signals from the PS5 and Xbox Series X. It has great peak brightness in SDR, but its reflection handling is only decent, meaning glare may be an issue in some rooms.
If you're looking for the best TV for gaming and are on a budget, you should be happy with the Hisense as it delivers better picture quality. If you prefer something with VRR, the TCL is a good alternative.
Dec 02, 2021: Moved the Hisense U6G to the main budget pick to be consistent with other recommendations and moved the Vizio M7 Series 2021 to Notable Mentions; added the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 as 'Alternative With Variable Refresh Rate Support'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Nov 05, 2021: Refreshed the text throughout, and removed some Notable Mentions that have been discontinued.
Oct 07, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the TCL 6 Series 2021 and the Vizio P Series Quantum 2021 to Notable Mentions.
Sep 10, 2021: Replaced the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 with the newer 2021 model; added the LG QNED90 and LG B1 to Notable Mentions.
Aug 13, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the LG G1, Sony A90J, Hisense U7G, and Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 to Notable Mentions.
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.