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 80 TVs under the latest test bench, and below are our recommendations for the best gaming TVs you can buy. Check our picks for the best HDR TVs, the best PS5 TVs, and the best TVs for Xbox Series X. If you're looking for something smaller, you can also check out the best gaming monitors.
The LG C1 OLED is the best TV for gaming in the OLED category. It's outstanding for gaming because it has a bunch of features and delivers exceptional picture quality. It's available in a wide range of sizes, including a 48 inch variant that we tested as a monitor, so you can easily find the size that best suits your needs. It comes with a stylish stand and should look nice in any setup.
It offers fantastic picture quality for dark room gaming because OLEDs have a near-infinite contrast ratio with perfect black uniformity, so blacks look deep and inky. In terms of gaming features, the C1 supports FreeSync and HDMI Forum variable refresh rate (VRR) technologies natively and is also G-SYNC compatible to reduce screen tearing. Motion looks crispy smooth thanks to the near-instantaneous response time, and it has low input lag. You shouldn't have any issues using the PS5 or Xbox Series X to their full capabilities because the four HDMI 2.1 inputs allow you to play 4k games up to 120fps.
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 if you constantly watch the same content with static elements, but we don't expect it to be an issue for those who watch varied content. Overall, it's the best gaming TV with an OLED panel.
The Samsung QN90A QLED is the best gaming TV with an LED panel. Unlike OLEDs, LED TVs like this one 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 seems to raise 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 gets very bright and has all the gaming features gamers are looking for, but it doesn't have Mini LED backlighting like the Samsung QN90A QLED. It has HDMI 2.1 inputs and VRR support in the form of FreeSync, HDMI Forum VRR, and G-SYNC compatibility. Motion looks smooth thanks to its quick response time, and the input lag is very low. It has a VA panel with a fantastic contrast ratio for deep blacks, and the full-array local dimming feature performs very well in Game Mode. Sadly, there are reports of motion artifacts and red ghosting in Game Mode. Also, it has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks inaccurate when viewing from the side.
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 Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 is the best budget 4k TV for gaming that we've tested. It's a great gaming TV, and although it's slightly more expensive than some other budget TVs, it has gaming perks that people should be happy with. It's fairly well-built and is available in a wide range of sizes; we expect our results from the 55 inch model we tested to be valid for all other variants.
It's one of the few budget-friendly TVs that supports VRR in the form of FreeSync, but it's not G-SYNC compatible. It has a quick response time for smooth, but like other VA panel TVs, it has a slow response time with dark transitions, so there's some black smearing. Input lag is also really low for responsive gaming. It supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+, and even though it displays deep blacks, its local dimming feature isn't anything special, and it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR.
Unfortunately, you can't take full advantage of the next-gen consoles' capabilities because it has HDMI 2.0 inputs and not HDMI 2.1. This means that you're limited to 4k gaming at 60 fps instead of 120 fps. It's not the best choice for gaming in well-lit environments either because its peak brightness and reflection handling are both just decent. If this doesn't bother you and you're on a budget, it's one of the best gaming TVs that we've tested.
If you want something brighter, then check out the Hisense U6G. It's a great budget TV that delivers great picture quality, in line with more expensive options. Although it doesn't have VRR support like the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021, it's still impressive for gaming because of its low input lag, quick response time, and backlight strobing feature. It also supports HDR10+ and Dolby Vision formats, displays a wide color gamut, and has okay HDR peak brightness, making it great for HDR content, but some highlights may not pop like other high-end LED TVs. The local dimming feature also improves the already-excellent contrast for deep blacks. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so it's not the best choice for co-op gaming.
If you don't want to spend too much and want the best TV for gaming with VRR support, you should be happy with the Vizio. However, if you tend to game in a well-lit room and prefer something with higher peak brightness and excellent reflection handling, then check out the Hisense.
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.
Jul 16, 2021: Replaced the Hisense H8G with the newer Hisense U6G; added the LG G1 to Notable Mentions.
Jun 17, 2021: Replaced the Samsung Q80T and the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020 with the Samsung QN90A and the Hisense U8G; updated 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.