Most 2018 and 2019 TVs have good low input lag and fast response times. They 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 models.
We've tested more than 70 TVs in the last couple of years and below are our recommendations for the best gaming TVs you can buy in 2020. Check also our recommendations for the best HDR gaming TVs, the best gaming monitors, and the best gaming headsets.
The best 4k TV for gaming is the LG B9 OLED. It encompasses the latest technological advances and is a future-proof model that supports HDMI 2.1, eARC, and HDMI Forum's variable refresh rate for nearly tear-free gaming experiences with devices that support it. It has a remarkably low input lag that'll even attract competitive gamers. Motion handling is excellent thanks to the nearly instantaneous response time that delivers fast-moving content with no noticeable blur.
Unfortunately, all OLED TVs have the risk of temporary image retention or even permanent burn-in. This can be the result of cumulative prolonged exposure to static content like the static elements of most games or the static aspects of a PC's interface. We don't expect this to be an issue for most people that watch normal, varied content.
Many of this TV's advanced features aren't supported on the current generation of game consoles, and PC manufacturers are just starting to incorporate these technologies into their graphics cards. However, when the time comes, this exceptional TV won't let you down and is certainly the best OLED for gaming.
If you don't care about future-proofing your purchase and you want to save some cash, get the LG B8 while you can still find it. You won't get the HDMI 2.1 support or the HDMI Forum variable refresh rate found on the LG B9 OLED, but on the upside, this is a remarkable TV overall. It has the same excellent picture quality and delivers exceptional performance in any use. When it comes to gaming, the input lag is exceptionally low and the TV offers responsive gaming experiences even to competitive gamers.
If you want the best OLED for gaming that'll also future-proof your purchase, then get the B9. Otherwise, the B8 will deliver excellent gaming performance for less, making it one of the best TVs for video games.
If you want an outstanding 4K gaming TV but are too concerned about the possibility of burn-in, get the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, as it's the best 4k LED gaming TV that we've tested to date. It's one of the brightest TVs that we've ever tested, as well as having one of the widest color gamuts we've ever seen, meaning the HDR content really pops, making it a great companion to your PS4 Pro or Xbox One X.
It has very deep and rich blacks thanks to its excellent contrast ratio and great local dimming feature. While it doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like FreeSync, it has an excellent low input lag and delivers very smooth motion with minimal blur behind fast-moving objects. Thanks to its very high peak brightness, it can easily battle glare in even the most heavily-lit rooms.
Unfortunately, like most TVs with a VA panel, the image degrades drastically when viewed at an angle, so it's best suited if you sit directly in front of your TV while gaming, and may not be the best for an 8-person Super Smash Bros. competition. Its gray uniformity is also only decent, and you may notice some slight vignetting in the corners of the screen, though this may not be too noticeable in regular usage. Overall, this is an outstanding 4k gaming TV that offers fantastic image quality and motion handling at an incredibly competitive price point.
If you want a great 4k gaming TV but don't want to spend quite as much, get the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019. It can't get nearly as bright as the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, and it doesn't handle reflections as well, but it offers similar performance for considerably cheaper. Its motion handling is just as good, with an even faster response time. It has the same excellent low input lag, and even has a dedicated gaming HDMI port that offers slightly lower input lag. It also does an excellent job at upscaling 1080p content, which is great as not all games are native 4k.
If you want the best 4k LED gaming TV you can get, go for the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, but if you want something that performs almost as well, but is quite a bit cheaper, get the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019.
For those who find the lack of AMD FreeSync support on the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 limiting, get the Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED, the best 4k FreeSync gaming TV. You won't get the Vizio's brightness levels, but if you have an Xbox One or a PC with an AMD graphics card, you can enjoy a nearly tear-free gaming experience. It delivers an exceptional gaming experience, thanks to the extremely fast response time and low input lag, making it one of the best 4k TVs for gaming.
This TV has a great picture quality with an impressive native contrast ratio and a decent full array local dimming feature. It delivers great HDR peak brightness, and your favorite games look great and can get bright enough to add a bit of 'pop'.
Unfortunately, just like most VA panel TVs, the image degrades when viewed at an angle. This means that this TV isn't a great choice if you often play FIFA with a group of friends, especially if you like to crowd around the TV and some of you watch from the side. Overall, however, it's a great TV that won't let you down in any use.
If you want to spend less money than the Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED but won't give up the FreeSync support, then get the Samsung RU8000 instead. You won't get the same dark room performance as the other Samsung, but on the upside, this TV delivers an excellent gaming experience, with nearly identical response time and similar low input lag. Like most of the latest high-end Samsung TVs, this TV offers a nearly tear-free gaming experience thanks to AMD's FreeSync VRR support and low input lag with motion interpolation.
The Q70 is a better overall TV with better dark room performance, but if you don't mind lacking a bit in that aspect, the RU8000 will do the job if all you care about is gaming goodies like FreeSync support.
The best budget 4k TV for gaming is the Hisense H9F. It's a great TV with impressive picture quality and excellent gaming performance. It delivers crisp motion thanks to the very fast response time, and the low input lag guarantees a very responsive gaming experience. It displays deep blacks in a dark room thanks to its excellent contrast ratio and local dimming support. This TV can also get very bright and has a great color gamut. Most of the common input formats are supported, but unfortunately only at 60Hz, despite the 120Hz panel.
Unfortunately, just like most VA panel TVs, the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side. Also, the gray uniformity of our unit was only decent, although this can be attributed to panel variance and wasn't very noticeable in normal content.
Overall, this is an impressive TV that offers great performance in most uses and gives an excellent gaming experience; for a 4k TV, this is the best budget gaming TV.
If the Hisense H9F is still more expensive than your budget, then get the Hisense H8F. You won't get the same response time as the other Hisense, so motion isn't that crisp, and it can't get as bright in HDR, so small highlights might not stand out so much. On the upside, this TV has a very low input lag, which makes it feel very responsive, and it has a black frame insertion feature that can help the appearance of motion. Overall, it's a TV that performs very well in most uses and will make gamers happy with its low input lag and overall gaming performance.
If you want the best budget TV for gaming, the H9F is the way to go; however, if you want to get something even cheaper and don't mind compromising on response time, the H8F is a great alternative.
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.
01/17/2020: Minor text and structure changes, updated Notable Mentions to reflect current availability.
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. Also, made minor changes to text for clarity.
11/15/2019: Replaced the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018 with the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 and the Vizio P Series 2018 with the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019. Made small changes to text for clarity.