Earlier in the year, new models with newer features have been announced, but they're still a few months away from being available. 2017 TV's are still the ones to get, especially since they are still available at much lower prices than at launch. Manufacturers have tightened up their input lag compared to previous years, so there's quite a large selection of TVs that will be responsive enough to suit most gamers. These recommendations are oriented towards standard console gaming or PC gaming at 60 Hz. You can find our picks for the best HDR gaming TVs here, for the best TVs that can be used as PC monitors with a 120 Hz input here, and for the best gaming headsets here.
Best TV for Gaming: LG C7
Higher-end TVs can provide more versatility and better picture quality, but the overall gaming experience isn't drastically different from more affordable TVs.
Of the 42 TVs we've tested in the past year, the best gaming TV remains the LG C7 4k OLED TV. It produces the best picture quality currently available, and its low input lag and minimal motion blur make it particularly responsive and immersive. Competing TVs like the Samsung Q9F and Sony Z9D can't match the C7's crisp motion and impressive picture.
Thanks to its very wide viewing angle, it's also one of the most versatile TVs around. This makes it a great choice for just about every usage, but it's also great for playing games with a group of friends.
Unfortunately, it isn't free of issues. Games have static UI elements that remain on screen for extended periods of time. OLED TVs suffer from image retention, so some pictures can have "ghosts" that stay stuck for a few minutes. Like all OLEDs, there is also a risk of burn-in, so users that spend most of their time playing a single game might prefer another TV. Overall though, it is still the best gaming TV we've reviewed.
Best Mid-Range TV for Gaming: Vizio P Series 2017
Mid-range TVs won't offer a significantly worse gaming experience than OLEDs, but they'll be a little less versatile and won't have as good a picture quality in a dark room. Otherwise, though, you can get some great gaming TVs in this price range.
If you're worried about burn-in or if you simply want a less expensive option, look for the Vizio P Series 2017 LED TV. It's a very good 4k smart TV with better than average picture quality in a dark room and a very responsive 16 ms of input lag.
It offers both lower input lag and better motion performance than the competing Samsung MU8000 and LG SJ8500, while also offering even better picture quality, making it a good choice for those that will also watch a lot of movies on their TV. It even has advantages compared to LG OLED TVs like its black frame insertion feature that allows it to flicker to enhance the clarity of motion.
It doesn't have the same wide viewing angles of the OLEDs and its input lag is a bit higher in HDR, but it's tough to beat the Vizio P Series when shopping for a gaming TV.
More Versatile Alternative: Sony X900E
If you want a better smart TV experience or if you plan on playing a lot of HDR games, you might prefer the Sony X900E. It doesn't have quite as good a picture quality in a dark room and its input lag is a bit higher than the Vizio in SDR, but it's a little more versatile and doesn't suffer from a spike in input lag when displaying HDR content, making it a better choice for those looking for a TV to match with their Xbox One X.
Best Budget TV for Gaming: TCL S405
Even budget TVs can produce an excellent gaming experience. They'll be missing a few bells and whistles and their build quality will be fairly worse than our more expensive recommendations, but you'll still find the low input lag essential for a responsive TV.
If you want a simple gaming TV that provides the essentials without breaking the bank, look for the TCL S405 4k LED TV. It has a very low input lag of 14.9 ms with a 4k input, one of the lowest we've measured.
While it lacks specialized features like black frame insertion, the TCL S405's motion performance is good. It produces little motion blur so fast content like first person shooters or racing games don't have annoying trails following moving objects.
It's a pretty basic TV, and its narrow viewing angle means it's better used from directly in front, but if you're looking to get a gaming TV on the cheap, the TCL S405 is the best one around.
Advanced Alternative: TCL P607
If you can find it at a reasonable price (it isn't always in stock on Amazon), the TCL P607 4k LED TV is an even better gaming TV than the TCL S305. Its biggest advantages are its significantly more advanced HDR capabilities and better overall picture quality thanks to its local dimming feature. Do note that it is soon to be replaced and TCL tends to avoid launching its TVs at outlandish prices, so it might be worth waiting for.
- LG SJ8500. Good TV, but there are better TVs for playing video games in the same price range. See our review
- Samsung Q9F. Very good for playing video games, but poorly priced in comparison to the more versatile LG B7. See our review
- Sony A1E. Excellent gaming TV, but the LG B7 offers even better performance for cheaper. See our review
- Vizio M Series 2017. Good mid-range TV for gaming, but outclassed by the similarly priced P607. See our review
- Sony Z9D. Great gaming TV, but the LG B7 offers better performance. See our review
- Samsung MU8000. Good TV, but the LG B7 is better for playing video games. See our review
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs to play video games for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.