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The 5 Best 4k Gaming TVs - Spring 2022 Reviews

Best 4k Gaming TVs

Almost any 4k TV is good enough for casual gaming, but if you're a competitive gamer you'll want the best performance possible. Many modern 4k TVs are suitable for gaming as manufacturers have been trying to improve their gaming performance to compete with monitors. High-end models tend to have gaming features like variable refresh rate (VRR) support, as well as an Auto Low Latency Mode that automatically switches the TV into Game Mode when you launch a game from a compatible device for low input lag. With the release of the current-gen gaming consoles, TVs also support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth so that you can play 4k games up to 120 fps.

Note: Since new TVs tend to launch at very high prices, it's unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until later in the year. Because of this, some of the 2021 models remain as picks in our recommendations.

We've tested more than 100 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.

  1. Best 4k OLED Gaming TV: LG C1 OLED

    The LG C1 is the best gaming TV we've tested with an OLED panel. It delivers excellent gaming performance and stunning picture quality. OLEDs are unique because they don't have a backlight and instead have self-lit pixels. It means it has a near-infinite contrast ratio with perfect black levels and no blooming around bright objects, making it a fantastic choice for dark room gaming.

    In terms of gaming features, it has everything you'll want in a gaming TV. The FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support and G-SYNC compatibility reduce screen tearing if the frame rate of your game drops, and it has a 120Hz panel. Also, it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all of its HDMI ports, so you can connect a PS5 and Xbox Series X and play 4k games up to 120 fps on either without any issues. It also has incredibly low input lag, and motion looks smooth due to the extremely fast response time.

    Sadly, it has poor out-of-the-box accuracy, so you might need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest. Also, OLEDs have the risk of permanent burn-in, and while this isn't a problem if you play different games, it's not a good choice if you stay in the same game menu for a while. If this isn't a problem for you, it's the best OLED TV for gaming.

    See our review

  2. Best 4k LED Gaming TV: Samsung QN90A QLED

    The best LED gaming TV that we've tested is the Samsung QN90A QLED. It's a unique LED TV that delivers stunning picture quality while offering a bunch of gaming features. It has one HDMI input with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, meaning you can connect your Xbox Series X or PS5 to it, but because it's only one slot, you'll need to use a compatible receiver if you want to connect more than one HDMI 2.1 device.

    Getting an LED TV over an OLED has a few advantages: LEDs appear immune to permanent burn-in, meaning you can play your favorite game with static elements and not have to worry about damaging the screen. Also, because this TV uses Mini LED backlighting, it gets extremely bright and, combined with its fantastic reflection handling, glare won't be an issue even in the brightest of rooms. If you use it in dark rooms instead, the VA panel has a high contrast to display deep blacks.

    Sadly, the local dimming performs worse in Game Mode than outside of it because it raises the black levels more, so picture quality isn't as good in games as in movies. On the plus side, it delivers a responsive gaming experience thanks to its low input lag and quick response time. Overall, it's the best 4k TV for gaming with an LED panel.

    See our review

  3. Cheaper Alternative: Hisense U8G

    If you don't want to spend a ton of money on an LED TV, consider the Hisense U8G. It's a bit different from the Samsung QN90A QLED in terms of features as it doesn't have Mini LED backlighting, so it doesn't get as bright, but it's still very bright. Also, it has excellent reflection handling, so visibility isn't an issue even in the brightest of rooms. In terms of gaming performance, it has all the features competitive gamers are looking for, like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on two inputs, a 120Hz panel, and VRR support to reduce screen tearing. Unfortunately, there are some motion issues in Game Mode where there's red ghosting with fast-moving objects, but this is more of an issue with 120 fps games with VRR enabled than in standard 4k @ 60Hz games.

    If you're looking for the best 4k LED gaming TV, Samsung is a great choice as picture quality is amazing thanks to its Mini LED panel, but if you prefer something cheaper, then the Hisense is a great alternative.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget 4k Gaming TV: Hisense U6G

    The Hisense U6G is the best 4k gaming TV we've tested that you can get at a low cost. It's a great gaming TV that's limited in many extra features, but it still performs great for both casual and hardcore gamers. It has a quick response time that makes motion looks smooth, and gaming feels responsive thanks to its low input lag.

    It's a great choice for dark room gaming because it has a VA panel with a high native contrast ratio, so blacks appear deep and inky. Its full-array local dimming feature is decent and improves the picture quality in dark scenes, and it performs equally as well in Game Mode as outside of it. Even in a bright environment, visibility won't be an issue because it gets bright enough to fight glare and has decent reflection handling.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't have any advanced gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and with a 60Hz panel, you can only play 4k games up to 60 fps from the Xbox Series X and PS5. Also, it doesn't have VRR support to reduce screen tearing, but that's a bit expected for a low-cost TV. It has a narrow viewing angle, so it's not ideal for co-op gaming, which is normal from a VA panel. If these aren't issues for you, it's the best 4k TV for gaming if you're on a budget.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget TV With Variable Refresh Rate Support: TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED

    If you're on a budget and want a TV that comes with VRR support, then the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 is the best budget 4k TV for gaming that we've tested for your needs. Although its overall picture quality isn't as good as on the Hisense U6G, it's still great for gaming and comes with FreeSync VRR support to reduce screen tearing.

    Gaming feels responsive because it has low input lag, so your actions appear on-screen without any delay, and motion looks smooth thanks to the quick response time. Although its backlight uses pulse width modulation to dim itself, it flickers at such a high frequency that you won't notice it and doesn't create image duplication. There's also an option to reduce the flicker for a backlight-strobing feature, but it doesn't work that well. It's a great TV for dark room gaming as it has high native contrast, and the local dimming feature in Game Mode isn't bad.

    Sadly, like the Hisense, it's limited to a 60Hz panel and HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, so while it has VRR support, the refresh rate range is narrow. Also, it has terrible out-of-the-box accuracy that doesn't get much better with a calibration, so avoid this if you care about color accuracy. If you don't, then it's a great budget-friendly gaming TV.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG C2 OLED: The LG C2 is a newer version of the LG C1 that gets brighter, but in terms of gaming performance, the two TVs are so similar that it's worth getting the C1 because it's cheaper. See our review
  • Sony A90J OLED: The Sony A90J is brighter than the LG C1 and has better image processing for HDR content. Even if it has gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support, it has higher input lag than the C1 and doesn't support FreeSync. See our review
  • Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021: The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 is another budget-friendly TV with VRR support, but there are more bugs associated with its smart platform and features than the TCL S546. See our review
  • Sony X90J: The Sony X90J is a great 4k TV that has accurate colors and has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support like the Hisense U8G, but it also costs a bit more, so the U8G offers better value. See our review
  • Hisense U7G: The Hisense U7G sits between the U8G and U6G in Hisense's 2021 lineup, but for the price and performance, it's not worth getting this TV over the other two. See our review
  • TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED: The TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 is an excellent gaming TV with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, VRR support, and Mini LED backlighting, but its local dimming feature isn't as good as the Hisense U8G. However, it doesn't have issues with red ghosting, so get this if the ghosting bothers you. See our review
  • Samsung QN85A QLED: The Samsung QN85A is another Mini LED TV with many of the same gaming features as the Samsung QN90A. However, it uses an IPS-like panel with lower contrast, so there's more blooming around bright objects. See our review
  • Hisense U6GR: The Hisense U6GR has VRR support like the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021, and the picture quality is better overall, but it's also harder to find. See our review
  • LG C2 OLED: The LG C2 OLED is a slight improvement over its predecessor, the LG C1 OLED, but it's currently significantly more expensive. If you can find the C2 for less than the C1, get the new model. See our review
  • Samsung QN90B QLED: The Samsung QN90B QLED is a bit brighter than the Samsung QN90A QLED in some scenes, but the QN90A is slightly better overall. The QN90B isn't worth spending more on over the QN90A. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 26, 2022: Replaced the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 with the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 because the TCL has fewer issues with its smart OS and moved to its own category as the 'Best Budget TV With VRR Support'; added the LG C2 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Mar 24, 2022: Updated text for clarity and added the Sony X85J to Notable Mentions.

  3. Feb 24, 2022: Updated text for clarity; added the Hisense U6GR to Notable Mentions.

  4. Jan 25, 2022: Verified picks for availability and updated text for accuracy; added the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED to Notable Mentions.

  5. Dec 21, 2021: Replaced the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED with the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 because the TCL is hard to find.

All Reviews

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.