Finding the best TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X is an essential part of making sure you're taking advantage of the new generation of technical achievements offered by the new consoles. We've tested a broad selection across the board including both premium and affordable models and we'll tell you all about them here, along with where to buy them at the best price.
There’s a lot more to the PS5 and Xbox Series X than fast loading speeds and fancy UIs as this next generation of consoles also ushers in a new era of display technology. So if you really want to see what your new console is capable of, you’ll want to consider a new TV for your PS5 or Series X. That old 1080p LCD telly from 2012 just isn’t going to cut it with these behemoths. If you haven’t yet made the leap to an Ultra HD/4K resolution TV, now’s the time, you may find prices are much lower than you expected as 4K no longer means expensive. Our price comparison technology scans all the best stores to make sure we show you the best online price out there too.
- Just show me the very best TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X
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While the new consoles will obviously display 1080p, and look great doing it, 4K with HDR is where things start to get interesting. Much has been made of the PS5 and Xbox Series X’s ability to output high-frame-rate 4K, that’s to say 4K at 120fps, but for the most part, you should expect 4K 60fps to be the default standard for both models, at least in the short term. The good news is that all modern 4K TVs of note have HDMI connectivity supporting 4K at 60fps. Consider 4K at 120fps the icing on the cake. The big techs are QLED screens and the best OLED TV -aim for these if you want the top experience going.
Equally ubiquitous are dedicated Game modes. These tend to eliminate picture processing to reduce input lag. Low input lag is vital when it comes to competitive gaming, but is largely irrelevant if you’re spending your time on Animal Crossing. Low input lag without all that processing sugar and spice, means eye candy gets lost. This is why Samsung offers two tiers of Game Mode - more of which later. Unacceptable input lag for gaming on a TV is anything higher than 30ms. Some of our chosen screens offer a blistering 15ms or lower.
Other niceties to look for are VRR and ALLM. The latter is more common than the former. ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) allows a TV to automatically switch to Game mode when it receives an ALLM signal from your console. When an ALLM signal ends, the TV reverts to its previous picture mode. It’s a convenience feature, simply put.
HDMI VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) is a standard adopted by game consoles that allow games to supply a TV with a frame as soon as it is rendered. This ensures low input lag, and eliminates the judder and tearing artifacts which can be seen if a frame is sent at a fixed frequency that doesn’t align with the rendering speed. In short, HDMI VRR is a good thing, although you’ll only find it on more expensive TVs. The only TV maker currently offering VRR and ALLM, along with high frame rate 4K video is LG.
So which is the best TV for PS5 and/or Xbox Series X? Read on for our recommendations.
The best TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X
Just show me the very best TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X
LG’s mid-range 4K OLED is arguably the best specified of all available high-end UHD TVs. Image quality is outstanding, with superb dynamics, black level, and shadow detail. Even though it's now last year's model, the balance of price and performance means it retains our number one spot.
Unusually, the CX boasts four HDMI 2.1 inputs. Most sets offer a mix of 2.1 and 2.0, or simply lack 2.1 altogether (we’re looking at you Philips and Panasonic).
Features include VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), and 4K at 120Hz. If you want a screen that does it all, then the LG CX is an excellent choice.
The only caveat is image retention (aka burn-in), which can be an issue for OLED when images remain static on the screen for too long. All in all, though, this was the clear winner in the gaming TV category in our last GamesRadar Hardware Awards and is still, on balance given its falling price tag, the best TV for PS5 and XSX you can get.
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Samsung has elevated its excellent QLED panels with the introduction of the Neo QLED televisions but in particular this Mini-LED-powered 4K flagship. With deep blacks, terrific quality, colours and contrasts, and enviably precise HDR management, the QN95A is a real rival to the best that OLED can offer.
Image quality is superb, thanks to an advanced AI-powered Neo Quantum 4K processor. An Intelligent Mode optimises all sources, making this is an easy screen to live with, whatever you watch.
The TV has one of Samsung's One Connect Boxes which connects to the set via a fibre optic cable, while an extra unit to factor into the setup, this does allow for four HDMI 2.1 connections meaning anyone with a multi-gaming-device setup is surely catered for well. Smart connectivity is provided by Tizen, Samsung’s smart TV platform and there’s a wide range of apps available, including Netflix, Prime Video, Apple TV+, Disney+, and Now, plus all the usual catch-up TV services.
New on the QN95A is the Game Bar, a dedicated interface for tweaks and adjustments. Latency is very good. We measured input lag at 10.1ms (1080/60), in standard Game mode. When it comes to HDR, HDR10, HLG and HDR10+ Adaptive are all supported, but there’s no Dolby Vision compatibility.
Even the TV sound system is a cut above, thanks to Samsung’s OTS+ sound system. Overall, a stunning high-end TV option, and if you want the absolute best 4K QLED screen Samsung makes, then the Neo QLED QN95A is it. File under expensive, but ridiculously good.
For information, this television is referred to as the QN90A in the US, while in the UK and Europe is called the QN95A.
A quick up and down scroll on this page will show you that when shopping for a top TV for your PS5 or Xbox Series X, LG is one of the best brands out there. Brand new to 2021 and the newest TV on this list we're big fans of the gorgeous LG G1. It would be even higher on this list were it not for two things. It keeps selling out and is quite hard to find, and more annoyingly, you'll have to pay extra for feet or a pedestal stand if you're not planning on wall-mounting it. Poor show, LG.
It's a good thing you've got one of the best screens we've ever seen and an excellent game optimizer mode that lets you swap between presets modes for first-person shooter, RGPS and RTS titles. Latency is super low you have four HDMI 2.1 ports, which is fantastic for running compatible titles at 120Hz.
The new Web OS platform is super smooth too and is much better at browsing through multiple streaming services. But it's the OLED EVO panel that's really won us over with exceptional brightness and naturally sharp images. Motion handling has never been better too for gaming and movies alike.
Read more: LG OLED G1 review
The C1 is the latest in LG's 2021 ranges to hit the shelves and by golly it's already proving a brilliant TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X.
With four 4K 120Hz-capable HDMI inputs, plus a dedicated Game Optimizer control panel, it has the first hallmarks of a great multi-console companion, and when you consider it also offers some of the best, premium image quality too, then everything starts to fit together brilliantly. With deep blacks, vibrant hues, and almost three-dimensional levels of details, this is an OLED to be ogled.
Motion handling has had a tweak from previous series of LG televisions: TruMotion Smooth is still around if you like a slick interpolated look, but there’s also a Cinematic Movement option that cleverly merges frame (it's witchcraft) so movies always look filmic. HDR performance is also extremely good, and the C1 supports Dolby Vision, HDR10, HGiG, and HLG.
The set is available in a wide range of screen sizes, beginning at 48-inches (although this offers no appreciable cost saving over the step-up 55-incher), and boasts a powerful new processor, in the shape of LG’s 4th Gen Alpha 9 chipset. AI plays a role on the audio front too as AI Sound Pro upscales stereo and 5.1, and there’s a Dolby Atmos decoder on-board too. Nice.
If you’re looking to take home a premium OLED performer, the LG C1 is the obvious front runner. It earns a spot higher up the list than the G1 LG TV (see below) by virtue of being almost as equally spectacular, but a few hundred dollars or pounds cheaper. However, if you do have the budget, the G1 might also tempt you with it's small but measurable advantages...
The Q80T is another awesome TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X from Samsung's 'slightly older' ranges.
However, this status of being not at the top of the pyramid anymore does bring its advantage: a reducing and low price tag. As a result, and because the Q80T offers excellent image quality and 120Hz capability the value here is absolutely incredible, and makes for a fine purchase, particularly if you can't quite stretch to the latest NeoQLED TVs from Samsung.
Anyway, elsewhere on this Q80T screen you will not be disappointed: there's dynamic HDR, superb colour fidelity (and a full-array backlight upping the ante on both of these), and razor-sharp detail. package. In addition to 4K 120fps support, there’s VRR and ALLM, too, plus FreeSync support for anyone hooking this up to a PC for gaming. The OST (Object Sound TrackIng) audio system is also great, which positions speakers both top and bottom of the set, offering a different edge to the best TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X.
The icing on the cake is a two-speed Game Mode. Game Motion Plus keeps some picture processing turned on, for maximum eye candy, while hardcore Game mode just improves input lag, to an astonishing 8.7ms (1080/60).
The Q70T may lack the Full Array Local dimming backlight found higher up Samsung’s 2020 QLED range, but it compensates with an affordable price tag and dynamic picture performance.
One of the least expensive 4k TVs to offer 4K 120fps support, the Q70T won’t break the bank, but will show your games console in the best light.
The fourth HDMI is the one that’s 4K 120fps ready, the remaining HDMIs are all 4k 60fps enabled.
Another neat feature is Mobile Multi View with Casting, which allows the TV image and your smartphone to be viewed simultaneously, useful if you’re playing a game while following a YouTube walk-through.
Like all of Samsung’s QLEDs, there are two Game Modes. Game Motion Plus achieves low input lag, but still maintains elements of picture processing for the best possible picture quality. Input lag in this mode is a respectable 20ms. Game motion Plus can be switched off, which then unleashes a blisteringly fast 9ms input lag (1080p/60).
LG’s OLEDs tend to hog the limelight, but its Nanocell screens are an intriguing LED-based alternative. This 9-series model sports two high-speed 4K 120 fps compatible inputs, handy if you’re planning to play in both camps.
It’s a mid-range performer when it comes to HDR brightness, but full array dimming keeps the dynamics nice and tight. This, coupled with relatively low image lag, makes for a good gaming screen. The set is also compatible with HDMI VRR and ALLM.
If you want a Sony TV to showcase your PS5, hurry past those Sony OLEDs and take a long look at this model, as it promises support for 4K 120fps (via a firmware update which has started rolling out recently).
Sony’s image processor is one of the best out there, and it’s particularly adept at upscaling non-HDR and HD content - basically Sony’s image engine makes everything look good.
There’s support for ALLM and VRR too, at least when Sony enables the latter via firmware. Input lag is bonza at 15ms (1080p/60).
Editors note: I had one of these TVs in for testing recently, and while I found it was excellent for gaming, I was really disappointed with the native Netflix app as it struggled with dark scenes with lots of blocky image artifacting (this never happens when gaming though). Pop a Fire TV stick in though and problem solved - Brendan Griffiths.
Craving that 120Hz rush but not found something above? We've got a wider selection of suitable models in our best 120Hz TV guide.
The best PS5/Series X TV picks on a budget
Available in five screen sizes, from small to massive, this new Hisense TV for PS5 and XSX is an excellent entry-level 4K HDR screen.
Design is de rigueur, with a slim bezel and spaced-out feet, and in terms of connections you're well equipped with three HDMIs on the rear. While there’s no 4K 120Hz support, we are paddling in budget waters here, but each of these ports does support ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), plus eARC. Also, Hisense claims an input lag of better than 20ms, but we measured it at a slower 48.2ms (1080/60) with Game mode selected.
But, especially for the price, the overall picture performance is good, with excellent fine detail and reasonable dynamics. Dolby Vision helps a lot, effortlessly making the set shine with Dolby Vision shows. Motion handling is accomplished too: 60Hz MEMC (Motion Estimation Motion Compensation) interpolation, presented in a variety of strengths, works well for general TV and sport.
The US iteration has Android TV with Chromecast built-in, while the UK version of the A6G comes with Hisense’s own Vidaa smart platform, plus Freeview Play - that translates to a good selection of streaming and catch-up players. So, all in, that's a win-win, and this Hisense is easily one of the top budget contenders for best TV for PS5 and Xbox Sereis X.
The V Class Vizio screens are aimed at buyers on a tight budget, and as such, they don't come with a whole stack of game-centric features. They’re more HDR-compatible than HDR-able, as screen brightness just isn’t very high, but if you’re after a TV that won’t put you at a disadvantage when in a melee, they’re well worth a look.
There’s no VRR support, but input lag is stupendously low, and the screen will work happily with 4K at 60 FPS.
Budget bargain or stop-gap panel? Maybe a bit of both…
Vizio TVs are mainly only available in the US. We rarely see them in the UK.
Samsung’s QLED UHD flatscreens are the glory hounds, but the brand’s Crystal UHD models, like this TU8000 model, sell by the truckload, and it’s easy to see why. Picture quality is striking, the brand’s Tizen smart platform is first class, and input lag is wonderfully low.
The inevitable budget caveat is that there are only three HDMIs, with no 120fps frame rate support. Given the asking price, that’s hardly a surprise. There’s no VRR but we do get ALLM.
Just like Samsung’s QLED models, there’s Multi View simultaneous smartphone/TV viewing and we get two Game modes. Game Motion Plus delivers at 26.7ms (1080/60), while the hardcore Game mode comes in at a stonking 11.7ms (1080/60).
Panasonic’s HX800 is a mid-range UHD TV that’s tuned for movie lovers, but has a blisteringly fast game response with 4K 60 fps HDMI inputs. For many buyers, this could be the ideal living room compromise.
One consequence of its advantageous price point is the provision of just three HDMI inputs, which could be a problem if you’re aiming to buy both the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
There’s no VRR (all the HDMI’s are v2.0), but we do get ALLM and input lag is hugely impressive at just 10.2ms (1080/60). A great all rounder.
This particular Panasonic model is rarely available outside of Europe.
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You'll find more options with the older consoles in mind too over on our best gaming TV for PS4 and Xbox One guide. Other upgrade guides for your home setup include the best gaming sound system and the best home projector for gaming and movies. If you've got the need for speed and the slickest experience on consoles, you'll want to check out our roundup of the best 120Hz 4K TV, be warned though most of these get quite pricey compared to other 4K TVs.