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 60 TVs in the past two 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 picture quality, as it's able to produce perfect blacks by turning pixels off completely, making it a fantastic choice for dark room gaming. It has wide viewing angles, it gets bright enough to overcome glare easily, and it has exceptional reflection handling. Its out-of-the-box color accuracy is impressive, and its wide color gamut helps deliver HDR content with vibrant and saturated colors.
Its motion handling is truly outstanding. It has a native 120Hz refresh rate that makes motion look incredibly smooth, a near-instantaneous response time that results in almost no motion blur in fast-moving scenes, and an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to further improve clarity. It supports FreeSync to reduce screen tearing, and it's certified to be compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC. It has an 'Auto Low Latency Mode' that detects when a game is launched from a compatible device and automatically switches the TV to 'Game' mode, saving you the hassle of having to do it manually each time.
Unfortunately, OLEDs are susceptible to permanent burn-in, which occurs when static elements are displayed for an extended period, such as a channel logo or a video game's user interface. That said, it shouldn't be an issue for most people who watch varied content. Most resolutions are supported, and it can display proper chroma 4:4:4, which is great for gaming on a PC. All in all, this is the best OLED TV for gaming that we've tested so far.
The best 4k TV for gaming that is LED that we've tested so far is the Samsung Q80T. It's a VA panel model that has excellent picture quality, exceptional motion handling, and great gaming features. It has a high contrast ratio that's boosted by a full-array local dimming feature, producing inky blacks for a great dark room gaming experience.
The response time is excellent and it has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature that can help clear up the image further. It can interpolate lower frame rate games to make motion look more fluid; however, it does add a bit of input lag. The refresh rate is 120Hz, and there's FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing. For PC gamers, it supports most resolutions and can display proper chroma 4:4:4, but unfortunately, it isn't G-SYNC compatible. It handles reflections exceptionally well and has decent viewing angles thanks to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer. It has excellent color accuracy out-of-the-box, so you shouldn't have to calibrate it to get the best viewing experience.
Sadly, there's a bit of dirty screen effect on our unit; however, your experience may vary. If you like gaming in HDR, then you're in for a treat. It has an impressive HDR color gamut to produce vivid colors, and it gets bright enough to make highlights pop. Like all Samsung TVs, it runs on Tizen OS, which is user-friendly and has tons of apps available through the app store. Overall, this is one of the best gaming TVs we've tested so far, and with an LED panel, you won't have to worry about permanent burn-in.
If you're shopping on a smaller budget, then take a look at the Sony X900H. Like the Samsung Q80T QLED, it uses a VA panel that can produce deep blacks, and it has excellent color accuracy out-of-the-box. It has a great response time, low input lag, and a 120Hz refresh rate. Unfortunately, it has narrower viewing angles since it doesn't have Sony's 'X-Wide Angle' layer, so images look washed out from the sides. Also, even though it's advertised as having FreeSync support, it's a feature that isn't available yet and will only be activated in a firmware update. It delivers a decent HDR experience, especially if you're gaming in a dark room.
Overall, the Samsung is a better choice for most people, as it has more advanced gaming features and delivers a better HDR experience. However, if your budget is tight, the Sony is a great alternative.
The best 4k TV for gaming in the budget category that we've tested so far is the Hisense H8G. This is a fairly well-built model that has a nice style to it despite being in the budget category. It lacks many extra gaming features, which is expected from something in this price range, but most casual gamers should be happy with it.
It has a 60Hz panel with good response time, resulting in only minimal motion blur. It also has a Black Frame Insertion feature that improves the appearance of motion. Input lag is really low, whether you're playing at a 4k or 1080p resolution. It's great for dark room gaming because it has an excellent contrast ratio, which is expected from a VA panel TV, and it has a full-array local dimming feature that improves the contrast a bit. It performs equally as well in bright rooms too because it gets bright enough to combat glare and has decent reflection handling.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks washed out when viewing from the side. It also has some dirty screen effect in the center, which could be distracting, but this also may vary between units. HDR content looks okay because even though it displays a wide color gamut for HDR, it doesn't get very bright in that mode, so small highlights may not pop the way they should. Regardless of these small issues, this is a good TV that won't cost you much.
If you want something smaller, then look into the Samsung UN43TU8000FXZA. It doesn't get as bright as the Hisense H8G, but it's available in a 43 inch size, which is great if you have limited space. It also has a much better contrast ratio, displaying deeper blacks. It has very good gaming performance because it has a decent response time and low input lag. There's a Black Frame Insertion that tries to help improve the appearance of motion, but it causes image duplication at times. The picture quality is okay with decent color accuracy. It upscales lower-resolution content well and removes judder from native 24p sources. Sadly, even though it supports HDR10+, it doesn't display a wide color gamut, and it doesn't get very bright in that mode.
Overall, if you're looking for the best 4k TV for gaming in the budget category, you can't go wrong with the Hisense; however, if you prefer something smaller, check out the Samsung.
09/10/2020: Replaced the Sony X800H with the Samsung TU8000 and changed to 'Smaller Alternative'.
08/13/2020: Removed Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, replaced Samsung Q70T with Sony X900H, added Sony X800H.
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.
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.