As big-screen gaming is gaining popularity, manufacturers have started making TVs with better input lag and response time, with some models that are nearly on-par with monitors. Top tier models also tend to have FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, as well as an 'Automatic Low Latency Mode,' so you can spend less time tinkering with the TV's settings and more time gaming.
We've tested more than 90 TVs in the last couple of years, and below are our recommendations for the best gaming TVs you can buy. Check our recommendations for the best HDR gaming TVs, the best gaming monitors, and the best gaming headsets.
The best 4k OLED gaming TV that we've tested so far is the LG CX. It delivers stunning overall picture quality as it can individually turn off pixels, resulting in perfect blacks, which is ideal for dark room gaming.
It has a native 120Hz refresh rate and it supports FreeSync VRR to reduce screen tearing. It's also certified by NVIDIA as G-SYNC compatible with newer NVIDIA graphics cards. Motion looks extremely smooth as it has a near-instant response time and the input lag is also very low. It also has an 'Auto Low Latency Mode' that detects when a compatible gaming console is connected, so it automatically switches to 'Game' mode to get the lowest input lag possible. In terms of picture quality, it has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, wide viewing angles, and it has exceptional reflection handling if you game in a bright room.
Unfortunately, OLED TVs aren't the most ideal for video games with a lot of static elements like menus. In our permanent burn-in test with FIFA 18, the scoreboards eventually start to ruin the uniformity on the TV. This is only after a significant number of hours of the same game on the TV, so if you watch varied content or don't play video games with a lot of static content, it shouldn't be a problem for you. All in all, this is the best gaming TV with an OLED panel that we've tested so far.
If you want the best gaming TV but are too concerned about the possibility of burn-in, look into the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, as it's the best gaming TV with an LED panel that we've tested to date. It's one of the brightest TVs that we've ever tested, as well as having one of the widest color gamuts we've ever seen, meaning HDR content pops, making it a great companion to your PS4 Pro or Xbox One X.
It has very deep and rich blacks thanks to its excellent contrast ratio and great local dimming feature. While it doesn't support any advanced gaming features like FreeSync, it has an excellent low input lag and delivers very smooth motion with minimal blur behind fast-moving objects. Thanks to its very high peak brightness, it can easily battle glare in even the most heavily-lit rooms and it also has excellent reflection handling.
Unfortunately, like most TVs with a VA panel, the image degrades drastically when viewed at an angle, so it's best suited if you sit directly in front of your TV while gaming. Its gray uniformity is also only decent, and you may notice some slight vignetting in the corners of the screen, though this may vary from unit to unit. Overall, this is an outstanding 4k gaming TV that offers fantastic image quality and motion handling at an incredibly competitive price point.
If you care about the more accurate colors from the moment you turn on your TV so you don't have to get it calibrated, then check out the Sony X900H. It doesn't get as bright as the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, but it has much better out-of-the-box color accuracy. It also upscales lower-resolution content better than the Vizio, which is ideal if you still have older gaming consoles. This TV has a 120Hz refresh rate, and even though it doesn't currently support VRR, it's expected to support it in a future firmware update. The input lag is really low and it has an impressive response time, resulting in clear motion. The overall picture quality is good as it displays deep blacks, it has excellent black uniformity, and it has a good, wide color gamut. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, but this is expected from a VA panel TV.
If you want the best 4k gaming TV we've tested so far, you can't go wrong with the Vizio, but if you a TV with more accurate colors, the Sony is a great alternative.
The best 4k FreeSync gaming TV we've tested so far is the Samsung Q80T. This is an all-around impressive TV that performs well for any type of use. Its VA panel has a high native contrast ratio that's further enhanced by a full-array local dimming, making it a good choice for dark room gaming.
It performs well in bright environments as well, as it has great peak brightness and exceptional reflection handling. Viewing angles are decent thanks to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, which is great if you want to host a gaming party with friends. What really sets this TV apart is its excellent motion handling. It has a fast response time, a 120Hz refresh rate, and it can interpolate low frame rate games to make motion look silky smooth. Also, it has an optional black frame insertion feature to reduce motion blur, and more importantly, it supports FreeSync and HDMI Forum's VRR. Its input lag is exceptionally low and has an 'Auto Low Latency Mode,' so you can jump right into the game without changing the picture mode each time.
Unfortunately, it has some uniformity issues as the edges of the screen are darker. However, if you enjoy gaming in HDR, this TV can deliver a very good experience. It has a great HDR color gamut and good peak brightness to produce vibrant colors and bright highlights. If you're shopping for a TV with FreeSync support, the Samsung is a fantastic choice.
If you don't want to spend the extra cash, then the Samsung Q70T is a good alternative. It doesn't perform as well overall as its bigger brother, the Samsung Q80T QLED, but it still has great gaming performance. It has a 120Hz refresh rate, FreeSync support, and an extremely low input lag. Sadly, its response time is a bit slow, so motion is a bit blurry, but it has a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. With its VA panel, it displays deep blacks and it has outstanding black uniformity, great for dark-room gaming. Sadly that means its viewing angles are quite narrow, so it's not ideal for co-op gaming. It also has great out-of-the-box color accuracy and it gets bright enough to combat glare.
If you want the best gaming TV with FreeSync support that we've tested, you simply can't go wrong with the Q80T, but if you don't want to spend that much money, the Q70T is a good alternative.
The best budget 4k gaming TV that we've tested so far is the Hisense H8G. Even though it doesn't have any extra gaming features, it still delivers a good overall picture quality that competes with more expensive TVs.
Serious gamers might be disappointed to know it has a limiting 60Hz refresh rate, but this shouldn't be a problem for casual console gamers. The input lag is really low, its response time is good, and it has a black frame insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion. It upscales lower-resolution content well, which is good for people with older consoles, and 1080p content looks almost as good as native 4k content. Its VA panel delivers deep blacks and it has a full-array local dimming feature.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles and HDR content doesn't look very good because it doesn't get bright enough to bring out highlights. Still, it gets bright enough in SDR to combat glare and it has decent reflection handling if you want to place this TV in a bright room. Despite some flaws, it's still the best budget 4k gaming TV we've seen so far.
07/14/2020: Added the LG CX, Sony X900H, Samsung Q70T, Hisense H8G; removed the LG C9, Vizio P Series, Samsung RU8000, and the Hisense H9F and H8F.
06/05/2020: Minor text and structure changes, replaced LG B8 with LG C9, replaced Samsung Q70R with Samsung Q80T.
12/14/2019: Replaced the LG B8 OLED with the LG B9 OLED and left the B8 as a cheaper alternative to reflect market changes.
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.
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.