In general, the 2018 models have good low input lag and fast response times and 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 of the 2018 models.
Note: Prices and availability fluctuate a lot at the beginning of the year as last year's models are gradually replaced by newer ones.
The LG B8 is the best TV for gaming that is widely available. The LG B8 (or the LG C8 or the LG E8 that are just as good but more expensive) is an OLED TV with excellent picture quality and amazing dark room performance due to its perfect blacks. It has a very low input lag that makes it very responsive, and a near-instantaneous response time that leaves almost no motion blur in fast action games. The LG B8 also has great viewing angles so you will not experience any uniformity issues when you sit close to your TV.
However, it isn't perfect. Just like all OLED panels, the LG B8 run the risk of showing signs of temporary image retention or even develop permanent burn-in. This is more likely to happen when the TV displays static content over long periods of time, and less likely during normal, varied usage.
Overall, the LG B8 is a great TV that will perform great in a variety of uses.
The Vizio P Series Quantum is marginally better than our top pick the LG B8 for gaming, but it can be hard to find. It does not have the good wide viewing angles or the perfect blacks of the LG B8, but the Vizio PQ65-F1 delivers an excellent gaming experience both in a bright and in a dark room. It has an extremely fast response time so there is very little motion blur, and the input lag is remarkably low, better than the one found on the LG B8. The Vizio has a VA panel and, just like all VA panels, should be immune to the risk of permanent burn-in so you can play games with static HUDs without worrying that extended exposure to static images can damage your TV.
If the Vizio P Series Quantum is too expensive, then the best mid-range gaming TV we've tested is the Vizio P Series 2018. Just like the PQ65-F1, you might have a hard time finding the P Series 2018, so you can always check the mid-range alternatives that are almost as good. The Vizio P series 2018, just like the P Series Quantum, has a VA panel that is immune to burn-in but unfortunately, it cannot get as bright as the PQ65-F1 nor does it have the smart features of the LG B8. However, it allows you to cast your content from most smart devices.
On the upside, the P Series 2018 is an excellent gaming TV with great picture quality with deep blacks for a dark room, excellent response time, and very low input lag that makes it very responsive. As far as gaming, the P Series 2018 performs just as good as much more expensive high-end models like the Sony A9F.
Overall, the Vizio P Series 2018 will not only please gamers but will also deliver an excellent performance in most other usages.
If you expect that you will be experiencing tearing issues that the Vizio P Series 2018 can't deal with, then get the Samsung NU8000. It does not have the great blacks of the Vizio, since the local dimming isn't as effective. On the upside, the Samsung NU8000 is a TV with very good picture quality and great motion handling. It has an excellent low input lag both in SDR and in HDR and supports FreeSync Variable Refresh Rate, so you can enjoy your favorite game free from tearing.
If you plan on mainly gaming on a recent 4k console such as the PS4 Pro or the Xbox One S/X and want to get the best HDR experience, the Sony X900F is the best mid-range alternative to the Vizio P Series 2018 for HDR Gaming. The X900F has slightly worse input lag than the P Series for non-4k gaming, but in HDR it is a bit better and has the same excellent motion handling. It is also brighter and produces brighter small highlights in HDR.
If the Vizio P Series 2018 is too expensive, the best budget gaming TV is the TCL 6 Series 2018 R617. It is the successor to the extremely popular TCL P607. It has excellent low input lag and it produces very similar picture quality to the Vizio, but it is a bit brighter in both SDR and HDR.
Unfortunately, fast moving objects have a bit more motion trail. The design of the R617 isn't as polished as the P Series, and the interface isn't as fancy, but most people will find the smart features of the TCL to be more advanced.
Overall, the TCL R617 offers a great gaming experience at a low price, and it is a versatile choice that should please most people.
If the TCL R617 is still too expensive for you, the Series S405/S425, also by TCL, is an even cheaper alternative if you can still find it. The TCL S425 is the same TV with some cosmetic upgrades. It lacks many of the more advanced features found on its more expensive siblings, but still provides a decent viewing experience. It has very similar motion handling to the R617 and has even better low input lag.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best gaming TVs 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.