If you have an Xbox Series X or are planning on getting one, you might need a new TV to go along with it so you can make use of the Series X's full potential. Preferably, you want to look for something with a 120Hz panel and HDMI 2.1 support, as the Series X can output up to 120fps for smoother and more responsive gameplay. 'Auto HDR' is also a prominent feature on this new console, which adds HDR to games that didn't previously support it, so you want to look for something with a good HDR color gamut to produce rich colors and a high peak brightness to make those highlights pop.
Although we have an Xbox Series X for testing, it will take some time to retest the TVs, so these recommendations are based on what we know about the Series X's compatibility. We'll update the article once we get a chance to test them.
We've tested more than 80 TVs in the past two years, and below are our recommendations for the best TV for Xbox Series X. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best 4k gaming TVs, the best 4k HDR gaming TVs, and the best TVs.
If you want an OLED, the best TV for Xbox Series X is the LG CX OLED. It's one of the best TVs you can buy for gaming, with stunning picture quality and a ton of extra gaming features. It's well-built and comes in a wide range of sizes, including a 48 inch that we tested as a monitor. Thanks to its OLED panel, it can turn off pixels individually, resulting in a near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black levels that look fantastic when gaming in the dark.
Beyond its picture quality, the LG also has four HDMI 2.1 ports to support 4k @ 120Hz on the latest consoles, although at 40Gbps the bandwidth of these ports is a bit lower than full HDMI 2.1. It has a nearly instant response time, so motion looks exceptionally clear, which is great for first-person shooters and other fast-paced games, and the input lag is very low, making gaming feel responsive. It also supports HDMI Forum VRR, FreeSync, and is G-SYNC compatible to reduce screen tearing. If you want to game in HDR, it also has a wide color gamut and its near-infinite contrast helps HDR content pop despite having okay peak brightness.
Unfortunately, OLEDs come with the risk of permanent burn-in, which may occur when static elements like a game's HUD are displayed for long periods of time. However, this shouldn't be an issue if you play various games and watch a variety of content. OLEDs are also limited by lower brightness levels, so it may struggle a bit in very well-lit rooms, but it does have outstanding reflection handling, so visibility shouldn't be an issue with moderate lighting. All things considered, this is one of the best TVs for Xbox Series X that you can get.
For those who'd rather have an LED TV, we recommend the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED as the best TV for Xbox Series X with an LCD panel. It's an impressive all-around TV, loaded with gaming features like VRR support and an HDMI 2.1 port to support up to a 4k @ 120Hz signal. It also has an auto low latency mode (ALLM) that automatically switches into 'Game' mode when it detects a compatible console.
It has an amazing response time with very little motion blur in fast-moving content and an incredibly low input lag in 'Game' mode. While the input lag is slightly higher with VRR or motion interpolation enabled, it's still excellent and should suit most gamers. All sizes aside from the 49 inch and 50 inch variants support FreeSync VRR and are compatible with G-SYNC to reduce screen tearing. It also has a great contrast ratio to produce deep blacks, though it's lower than some other VA panels due to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer.
Unfortunately, its local dimming feature performs poorly when the TV is in 'Game' mode, with very little improvement to the appearance of blacks. Also, while the TV delivers a good HDR experience overall, the HDR brightness is somewhat dimmer in 'Game' mode, so highlights in games may not pop as they should in HDR. Despite these issues, however, this is still an impressive TV that most casual gamers should be happy with, making it our pick for the best TV for Xbox Series X with an LED screen.
If you want a TV that's cheaper but still has a lot to offer, check out the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED. It's the flagship model from TCL's 2020 lineup, and while it doesn't have HDMI 2.1, it's more affordable and has a higher contrast ratio than the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED. It's a great choice for video games thanks to its low input lag and fast response time, and it supports ALLM and VRR. However, we had issues with FreeSync when connected to our PC, but it shouldn't be an issue with the Xbox. It's also a great TV for HDR content, as it has a wide color gamut, and it gets even brighter than the Samsung, so highlights are sure to stand out. While our unit has some uniformity issues, all in all, it's a very solid TV for gaming, especially for the price.
Get the Samsung if you want HDMI 2.1 support and proper FreeSync as well as G-SYNC support, but if you want to save a bit of money and still have a great gaming TV, consider getting the TCL.
The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 is the best budget TV for Xbox Series X that we've tested. Despite being a low-cost option, it still has FreeSync VRR support, and it's supposed to have HDMI Forum VRR as well, but we don't yet know for sure if it's working. However, the VRR range is narrow as the TV is limited to a 60Hz panel and doesn't have 4k @ 120Hz support, so you can only play games at a maximum of 60fps.
Gamers should appreciate the incredibly low input lag, good response time, and Black Frame Insertion feature that helps improve the appearance of motion. It has a VA panel with an excellent native contrast ratio and decent black uniformity. It has a full-array local dimming feature, but it doesn't perform that well and actually results in lower contrast. It also supports 1440p signals, but the input lag increases at 1440p. Also, chroma 4:4:4 doesn't work very well at this resolution as text looks a bit fuzzy, but this may be hard to notice.
Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, which is expected from a VA panel. Although it displays a very wide color gamut for HDR content, it doesn't get bright enough to truly make highlights stand out. It also has trouble upscaling 480p and 720p content well, as there are some artifacts, but this shouldn't be an issue for 1080p and 4k games. Lastly, it has good reflection handling and decent peak brightness if you want to use it in a fairly well-lit room. All in all, if you're on a budget, this is the best TV for Xbox Series X that we've tested.
If you prefer something that gets brighter, look into the Hisense H8G. It doesn't have VRR support like the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020, but thanks to its great peak brightness, it fights glare in bright rooms. In terms of gaming, it has a 60Hz panel with a good response time, a Black Frame Insertion feature, and incredibly low input lag. It also accepts 1440p signals, and the input lag doesn't increase with this resolution. Unfortunately, our unit has some uniformity issues with clouding and dirty screen effect in the center, but this may vary between units. It's also a great choice for dark room gaming, as it has an excellent native contrast ratio, and the full-array local dimming feature helps further darken any blacks.
If you want the best TV for Xbox Series X and you're on a budget, then go for the Vizio, but if peak brightness is important to you, check out the Hisense.
Apr 19, 2021: Replaced the Samsung Q70/Q70T QLED with the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED, as it performs better for gaming.
Mar 24, 2021: Minor updates to text for accuracy and clarity; no change in recommendations.
Feb 22, 2021: Replaced the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020 with the Samsung Q70T because the Vizio has problems with 4k @ 120Hz in Game mode, and renamed it to 'Cheaper Alternative'.
Feb 02, 2021: Renamed the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020 to 'Cheaper Alternative' from 'HDR Alternative' to remain consistent with other recommendations.
Jan 12, 2021: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best televisions for the Xbox Series X. 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 TV reviews. 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.