If you have an Xbox Series X or planning on getting one, you might need a new TV to go along with it so that 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.
The best TV for Xbox Series X that we've tested with an OLED panel is the LG CX OLED. It's a high-end TV that's available in a wide range of sizes, including a 48 inch model that we tested as a monitor. Thanks to its OLED self-emissive technology, it can individually turn off pixels, resulting in perfect black uniformity. It also has wide viewing angles, which is great for co-op gaming as the image remains accurate when viewed from the sides.
On top of delivering excellent picture quality, the LG has a ton of gaming features that most people should be happy with. It has four HDMI 2.1 inputs, allowing it to display 4k @ 120Hz content, and it also supports 1440p at both 60Hz and 120Hz. It has FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR support, and it's also G-SYNC compatible to reduce screen tearing. The input lag is very low, and it has a near-instant response time that results in extremely smooth motion. If you also want to use it for HDR gaming, it displays a wide color gamut and has decent HDR peak brightness, delivering a good HDR experience.
Unfortunately, like any OLED, it has the risk of permanent burn-in. This could be problematic if you constantly watch the same content with static displays, like the news, but it shouldn't be an issue for gamers and those who watch varied content. It doesn't get extremely bright, but you can still use it in most well-lit rooms because it has outstanding reflection handling. Overall, if you want an OLED TV, this is the best TV for Xbox Series X.
The Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED is the best gaming TV for Xbox Series X with an LED panel that we've tested. It's an all-around great model that delivers stunning picture quality, and it has all the features to take full advantage of the Xbox Series X's capabilities. It has a VA panel that produces deep blacks, making it a fantastic choice for dark rooms, but unlike the LG CX OLED, it's immune to permanent burn-in.
Motion handling is excellent, as it has a fast response time and a Black Frame Insertion feature that further clears up the image. Its input lag is exceptionally low and, combined with its 120Hz refresh rate, delivers a gaming experience that feels incredibly fluid and responsive. On top of that, it supports VRR to reduce screen tearing. That said, it's worth mentioning that the 49 inch and 50 inch models have a 60Hz panel and don't support VRR. Lastly, the Samsung has decent viewing angles to maintain image accuracy when viewed from the sides.
Sadly, there's some dirty screen effect; however, your experience may differ as uniformity varies between units. Fortunately, it can deliver a pretty good HDR experience as it has a great wide color gamut, and it gets bright enough to make some highlights pop, especially if you game in a dark room. It also provides good visibility in well-lit rooms due to its exceptional reflection handling and high peak brightness. Overall, this is the best 4k TV for Xbox Series X we've tested, and most people should be satisfied with it.
If you prefer something cheaper, then check out the Samsung Q70/Q70T QLED. It doesn't have the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer like the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED, so it has narrow viewing angles, but that means it also has a much better native contrast ratio, displaying deeper blacks. It has many of the same features as the other Samsung with FreeSync support, G-SYNC compatibility, and a 120Hz panel with HDMI 2.1 support. It also has an okay response time and very low input lag. It displays a wide color gamut, but it doesn't get bright enough to truly make highlights pop in HDR, and it lacks a local dimming feature. On the plus side, if you want to use it in a well-lit room, it gets bright enough to combat glare and has decent reflection handling.
If you're looking for the best gaming TV for Xbox Series X with an LED panel, you can't go wrong with the Q80T. If you want to save some money and don't need wide viewing angles, check out the Q70T.
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.
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.