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The 7 Best 4k Gaming TVs - August 2018
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Manufacturers have released new models to replace the 2017 ones. In general, the new models come with lower input lag and faster response time and accept various input signals, which is excellent for gaming. More models include exciting gaming features like Variable Refresh Rate, optional Motion Interpolation, or optional Black Frame Insertion.

We've tested 68 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best gaming TVs you can buy in the summer of 2018. If you want to pair your TV with a great gaming headset, check our recommendations here.

  • Best TV for Gaming: LG C8

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches: test

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    9.0
    Video Games
    What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    Type : OLED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    WRGB
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65" 77"

    The best TV for gaming that we have tested is the LG C8 OLED TV. It offers unrivaled picture quality thanks to the impressive OLED panel. This TV is perfect for a variety of gamers. It gets bright enough to overcome most glare, and it has an excellent wide viewing angle, perfect for gaming with a group of friends on a Sunday afternoon. It also has excellent dark room performance thanks to perfect blacks, great for late night gaming sessions. FPS and Racing fans will love the instantaneous response time, as motion is crisp with no blur trail or ghosting. It also has excellent low input lag across all input methods, although it doesn't support the new Variable Refresh Rate technologies.

    Like all OLED TVs, it suffers from the risk of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in. We don't expect most people to experience this, but fans of FPS or Sports games that have large static elements such as a health meter or score board should take note.

    Overall, the LG C8 is the best 4k TV we've reviewed and should please most gamers.

    See our review

  • LED Alternative: Samsung Q6FN

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

    If the possibility of burn-in on the LG C8 concerns you, the Samsung Q6FN is the best LED alternative. It isn't as versatile as the C8 due to the worse viewing angles and reflection handling, but has even better low input lag and excellent response times. Samsung has also recently added support for AMD's Freesync Variable Refresh Rate technology, making sure games look their best with no screen tearing with compatible consoles and PCs including the Xbox One S and X. Like the rest of the Samsung QLED lineup, the Q6FN has great color accuracy, so games will pop with brilliant colors close to what the developers intended. If you want the best HDR gaming experience, the Q7FN, Q8FN and Q9FN all offer a slightly better gaming experience, but generally aren't worth the extra investment for the average consumer.

    See our review

  • Best Mid-Range TV for Gaming: Vizio P Series 2018

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches: test

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.9
    Video Games
    What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65" 75"

    If the LG C8 is out of your budget, the best mid-range TV we've tested for gaming is the Vizio P Series 2018. The Vizio P Series 2018 is an excellent gaming TV that isn't quite as advanced as the LG C8, but still provides a very enjoyable gaming experience. It doesn't have the perfect blacks of the OLED TV and isn't as versatile as the C8, but it produces good pictures and has an excellent response time and even lower input lag.

    It lacks some of the polish of the higher-end models and doesn't support Freesync. The smart features aren't as advanced as the LG or the Samsung Q6FN, but it supports casting apps and video from most smart devices.

    Overall, the P Series 2018 offers an excellent gaming experience that competes with most high-end TVs.

    See our review

  • Better HDR Alternative: Sony X900F

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

    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 Vizio P Series 2018 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.

    See our review

    Lower HDR Input Lag Alternative: Samsung NU8000

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

    If you want a lower input lag than the Vizio P Series 2018, get the Samsung NU8000. It produces similar picture quality, although dark room performance suffers a bit from the poor local dimming implementation. It has an excellent response time and motion looks crisp and fluid. It has a few more advanced options than the Vizio P Series, including support for AMD Freesync Variable Refresh Rate, delivering the fastest motion with very little screen tearing.

    See our review

  • Best Budget TV for Gaming: TCL R617

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches: test

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.6
    Video Games
    What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65"

    If the Vizio P Series 2018 is too expensive, the best budget TV for gaming is the TCL 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 is a versatile choice the should please most people.

    See our review

  • Cheaper Alternative: TCL S405

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 43" 49" 55" 65"

    If the TCL R617 is still too expensive for you, the S405, also by TCL, is an even cheaper alternative. 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.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung Q9FN. Great TV for video games, better than the Q6FN but much more expensive. See our review
  • Samsung Q8FN. Great gaming TV, better than the Q6FN but much more expensive. See our review
  • Samsung Q7FN. Great TV for video games, better reflection handling than the Q6FN but much more expensive. See our review
  • Sony A1E. Excellent gaming TV, but the LG C8 offer even better performance for cheaper. See our review
  • Sony A8F. Great gaming TV, but the LG C8 is better for cheaper. See our review
  • Vizio M Series 2018. Good mid-range TV for gaming, but outclassed by the similarly priced R617. See our review
  • LG SK9000. Great gaming TV but the Vizio P Series is a better pick for the price. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best TVs currently available to play video games. 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.

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