The best gaming TVs will give you the ultimate gaming experience, as well as a perfect home cinema setup. These displays may come in many shapes and sizes, and there's plenty of TV-specific jargon that even differs from monitor language. That means it can be a little tricky to find the best gaming TV for your individual setup. If you want the latest features and the best specs, prices can start to get tricky to account for. That's where we come in - we've rounded up our favorite gaming TVs in a convenient list for you.
Spanning super cheap 4K models that can still give your PS5 or Xbox Series X room to breathe, all the way up to premium OLED and QLED displays, our list has the best options on the market. Finding the very best gaming TVs isn't just about finding the most expensive ones from the best brands, though. We've considered true bang for buck value and weighed up each TV against the competition to give you a mix of feature-rich high-end panels, and more affordable options that will still leave you gaping at gorgeous graphics with plenty of cash spare to buy more games.
If you've just bought yourself a new console, which is likely seeing as it's taken this long for PS5 stock to finally settle down, it might finally be time to shop around for the perfect 4K companion. If you're looking to upgrade solely because of the new-gen consoles though, then our best TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X guide or best 120Hz 4K TV guide is certainly worth a look. If you're sticking with the 'old-gen' for a while though, you can still be safe in the knowledge that these are truly some of the best gaming TVs for PS4 and Xbox One and will be great on the newer consoles when you upgrade.
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The C1 is almost certainly the OLED screen every new-gen gamer will be lusting after now and, for us, is one of the best gaming TVs money can buy. Period.
With four 4K 120Hz-capable HDMI inputs, plus a dedicated Game Optimizer control panel, it takes playtime nearly as seriously as we do and immediately gave us a great experience in testing. We found a superb, premium image quality, which leans more heavily on AI smarts than we’ve seen to date, which is spectacular, both with native 4K and up-scaled HD, and something that presents games incredibly beautifully. Offering deep blacks, vibrant hues, and almost three-dimensional levels of details, this is an OLED to be ogled.
We also found that motion handling has had a tweak. TruMotion Smooth is still around if you like a slick interpolated look, but there’s also a Cinematic Movement option that does something clever with frame merging, so movies always look filmic. It works well. HDR performance is also extremely good. The C1 supports Dolby Vision, HDR10, HGiG, and HLG, but there’s no support for HDR10+ which we find a bit disappointing.
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. AI Sound Pro upscales stereo and 5.1, and there’s a Dolby Atmos decoder on board. Streaming services and catch-up support are extensive. The set uses the all-new LG webOS v6.0 platform, with a full-screen display.
If you’re looking to take home a top OLED performer as your premium 4K TV for gaming model, the LG C1 is the obvious front runner, giving us a true treat in testing.
Read more: LG C1 review
Note: Now that we're in 2023, we expect to see the C1's availability dwindle a bit and thus see the brand, and its customers, pivot to the C2. If this is the case, you can still have great confidence in the C2!
Gloriously slim, with class-leading luminosity, this first QD-OLED from Samsung is eye-catching in every sense.
The panel combines characteristic OLED black levels with the high peak brightness and the expanded colour volume of Quantum Dot technology, making it a brilliant choice if you prefer to use your TV in a room with high levels of ambient light.
All four HDMI inputs are v2.1 and support 4K 120fps sources, while there's also VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) with NVIDIA and AMD FreeSync support, plus ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode). Samsung also has a dedicated Game Hub interface. Input lag is low in Game mode; we measured it at 9.6ms (1080/60). HDMI 3 also has eARC, for use with a Dolby Atmos soundbar. In addition to this HDMI quartet, there’s a trio of USBs, a digital optical audio output, and Ethernet, and wireless connectivity covers Bluetooth and Wi-Fi - so you're well catered for no matter your setup
The smart platform of choice here is Samsung’s Tizen. It has a wide variety of streaming services on tap (Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, AppleTV+, BBC iPlayer, to name just a few), as well as Samsung’s own TV Plus IP-delivered channel service. It’s also compatible with SmartThings-connected devices.
Of course, the key attraction of the S95B is its QD-OLED panel and matching Neural Quantum Processor. The latter uses AI-driven Optimization to manage sound and vision, so you don’t need to think too much about it.
The image quality is spectacular. The level of detail is excellent, and its HDR performance is remarkable. We measured peak HDR brightness in excess of 1400 nits. Unfortunately, there’s no support for Dolby Vision, but you do get HLG, HDR10, and HDR10+ compatibility. It’s not just peak HDR brightness which glows: the set’s average picture level is high and this makes it easy to view in bright rooms, but can make for a fatiguing watch. It’s not subtle, and even the Game mode looks overwrought. On the plus side, 4K 120fps playback is buttery smooth.
All things considered, the Samsung S95B is a highly impressive QD-OLED debut. Its peak brightness is phenomenal, and colour depth is high. It never looks particularly cinematic though, and even in Game mode, pictures can seem over-saturated. Some will love the presentation though, and it's a great gaming TV and could set the scene for a new section of the best gaming TV market to come henceforth.
Available in five screen sizes, from small to massive, this new Hisense A6G TV impressed us as an excellent entry-level 4K HDR screen. And if you're looking to get one of the best gaming TVs for less than that $500/£500 mark, then this is the one to go for as all but one of the sizes are below that price tag. This is incredible value for money.
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 during our testing.
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. We found the 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 gaming TV.
Read more: Hisense A6G review
The XR-75X95K is Sony’s first ever TV to deploy Mini LED technology - a system where using much smaller LED backlights allows far more of them to be squeezed into the TV’s 75-inch screen, delivering potentially more brightness and, even more importantly, finer light controls.
Controls are backed up by an impressive 600 separately controllable dimming zones. The cutting-edge screen technology is backed up by support for 4K/120Hz gaming, VRR and Dolby Vision HDR - though the two gaming-specific features here only work across two HDMIs, not all four. Smart features are provided by Google TV. This isn’t our favourite smart system due to its rather overwhelming and sometimes dictatorial feeling home screen. But it’s content rich and easier to get on with than its Android TV predecessor.
You’d never guess this was Sony’s first Mini LED rodeo from its picture quality. Immediately we were struck by how bright and colourful its images looked with both gaming and video sources, with its brightness, in particular, pushing comfortably beyond anything OLED screens can currently achieve. This ensures HDR pictures in particular enjoy spectacular, lifelike intensity and richness - though over time we also noticed how all this raw spectacle isn’t coming at the expense of an appreciation for the finer things in life such as pretty much infinitely subtle colour blending and shading, excellent shadow detailing, and precious little sign of lost shading and details in the very brightest HDR picture areas.
Black levels and backlight controls are mostly excellent by LCD TV standards too (if you can avoid watching from a wide angle, anyway), while the potent visuals are joined by a powerful, detailed and dynamic audio performance that rounds out the TV’s cinematic credentials perfectly. Occasional softness when showing motion and minor ‘flatness’ with mid-dark imagery don’t even come close to stopping the 75X95K from being overall an outstanding TV for its money.
The A80J is one of Sony’s sleeper hits and is set within the second tier of their OLED range - but don't let that fool you as this means the A80J is one of the best value Sony gaming TVs you can buy right now, offering a great balance of quality, features, and bang for your buck.
As a high-end Sony gaming TV, the A80J comes with all the essentials. It has four HDMI 2.1 ports with two that support ALLM and VRR for 4K 120Hz gaming. The experience and performance of gaming on the A80J are fantastic thanks to the 120Hz refresh and low latency, under 10ms. A firmware update has brought VRR which is welcome but its implementation isn’t quite as seamless and smooth as that on LG or Samsung TVs. And unlike competitors, there isn’t a dedicated Game mode interface to fine-tune the TV’s gaming settings. Minor gripes in the overall scheme of gaming TVs, as actually playing games on the screen is enormously enjoyable but worth mentioning.
The Sony A80J boasts incredible picture quality in SDR and HDR thanks to Sony’s impressive Cognitive Processor XR. This means that movies are beautifully rendered in a cinematic film that is true to the director's intent. The exceptional contrast of OLED is put to excellent use here with deep inky blacks and clear, bright highlights. The A80J also supports Dolby Atmos Audio on top of doing native 3D surround upscaling of any audio source going into the TV, and the screen can also live scan your room to best calibrate the sound. Fancy.
For those looking to get the best gaming TV that 2021 has to offer, we think the Samsung QN90A is an exquisite proposition. Evolving its already-brilliant QLED panel tech the QN90A, we found that this Mini-LED-powered 4K flagship has deep blacks, terrific quality, vibrant colours and contrasts, and exquisite HDR management.
Simply put, we found the image quality is superb, thanks to an advanced AI-powered Neo Quantum 4K processor, while an Intelligent Mode optimises all sources, making it an easy screen to live with, whatever you watch, and whatever you prefer.
The television comes with 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.
We are really excited about the new Game Bar feature, too. This is a dedicated interface for tweaks and adjustments that makes for excellent customisation and tinkering. 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, which is a shame - but still doesn't impact the overall performance of the TV.
Even the TV sound system is nicely improved and very good, thanks to Samsung’s OTS+ sound system. Overall, a stunning high-end 4K TV for gaming option, and if you want the absolute best 4K QLED screen Samsung makes, then the Neo QLED QN90A is it. For us, the best Samsung gaming TV.
Read more: Samsung QN95A review
The LG C2 is a feature-packed, high-end 4K OLED with novel Brightness Boosting technology and a full fist of gaming support that we couldn't help but fall in love with during our testing. It's one of the best gaming TVs of 2022, for sure - but don't assume it totally replaces the C1.
At the heart of the C2 is an all-new processor: the Alpha 9 Gen 5. It’s this that powers the set's Brightness Boosting technology, which uses algorithms to enhance the brightest areas of an image in real-time and improve HDR handling. The result is a big improvement on last year’s C1 model. We found the overall image quality to be outstanding, with superb clarity, zero banding, and fabulous shadow detail.
The TV sports a slick new cosmetic design that should keep fashionistas happy, and we love LG’s cosmetic tweaks: the bezel is virtually non-existent, and the panel also sits on a more conventional central pedestal, which reduces the need for wide AV furniture. As for tweaks on the inside, there's a very well-appointed smart platform, webOS 22, which comes with all key streaming services, including Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, and Apple TV. It’s compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa smart systems, too, for voice control of inputs and channels, as well as content search when used alongside LG’s own ThinQ AI platform.
The LG C2 will serve you well in bright room viewing conditions, but can still look convincingly cinematic when the lights dim. Our advice is to master the provided image presets (Cinema Home and Natural are best for most content), and their associated image interpolation settings (Cinematic Movement is ideal for films and TV drama).
HDR support covers Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10, and HLG, as well as HGiG, the HDR gaming standard. All four HDMI inputs are v2.1 certified and support 4k 120Hz video, and there’s extensive VRR compliance too, including NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync. The set’s Game Optimizer puts all key gaming parameters in one place, and with input lag down at 13.1ms (1080/60), this has all the makings of one of the best gaming TVs of 2022, hands down.
Overall, we found this to be - perhaps predictably - a truly stunning OLED display, and while there’s a high price to pay for being so absolutely fabulous, particularly when compared to its C1 predecessor, it's so worth it, and absolutely one of the best gaming TVs of 2022.
Read more: LG OLED C2 review
This Sony A90K OLED gaming TV might be relatively bijou, but it’s packed with advanced picture-making tech. Also available in a 48-inch version, this set shines as both a near-field gaming monitor, an everyday TV, and one of the very best gaming TVs you can buy.
The star of the show, and key to its outstanding image clarity, is Sony's Cognitive Processor XR, which cleverly prioritises the elements of an image that our eyes naturally focus on. The result is a presentation that’s always detailed and dynamic. The A90K looks great with 4k streaming services, and the 4K 120fps gameplay is velvety smooth.
A downsized version of Sony’s Acoustic Surface Audio+ delivers crisp audio, courtesy of actuators that vibrate the screen. This technology works fine for dialogue clarity, but falls short when it comes to bass depth; the A90K can sound a little thin. There are four HDMI inputs, two of which are v2.1 enabled and capable of 4k 120fps playback. These also support VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode). One of the v2.1 inputs supports eARC but that happens to be one of the HDMI 21. ports... The set also has two USB inputs, a digital optical audio output, and Ethernet for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The A90K runs on the Google TV smart interface, which boasts all the popular streaming services such as Netflix, AppleTV+, Disney+, and Prime Video. There’s also support for Chromecast, Apple AirPlay, and Homekit.
Overall HDR performance is good, with high peak brightness measured at 700 nits with a 5 percent patch. HDR support covers Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG, but there’s no compatibility with HGiG, the HDR gaming standard. Connect a PlayStation 5 and you’ll benefit from Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture mode selection, which is useful. Input lag is average though, just 15ms (1080/60).
Overall, the Sony A90K is a superb-looking small-screen OLED, but be aware of the niggles before you buy.
Read more: Sony A90K review
The X90J represents the biggest update to Sony’s mid-range 4K HDR range we've seen in years. The brand has been treading water somewhat and has been particularly slow to roll out the kind of High Frame Rate HDMI functionality next-gen gamers have been demanding. The X90J sets out to fix that - and proves to us that it does.
Two of its four HDMI inputs support 4K 120fps so that'll have you covered with any of the new-gen consoles, but, rather cutely, the TV will optimise picture parameters automatically for PlayStation 5 HDR, and automatically register whether the PS5 is playing video content or a game which we found particularly neat.
Picture clarity proves to be outstanding in testing, thanks largely to Sony’s new Cognitive XR Processor. This takes a rather different approach to picture processing than rivals and aims to replicate how people see objects in real life, by concentrating on natural focal points in the image. The screen is divided into zones and employs AI to determine where the ‘focal point’ is in the picture. It then concentrates its image processing on those parts of the picture. The only feature-based caveat is that we’re still waiting for a promised firmware update that will enable VRR (Variable Refresh Rate).
The X90J uses a Full-Array local dimming backlight system, which proved in our testing to be precise enough to deliver deep blacks and plenty of dimensional shadow detail. There’s support for Dolby Vision too, but not HDR10+. Still, it does warrant IMAX Enhanced certification, which can’t be bad. The Cognitive Processor XR also handles audio, analysing the sound position within a signal to match what’s on the screen, and upconverting where necessary. This works well with Sony’s Acoustic Multi Audio System and the speaker drivers have been placed around the minimal frame, resulting in a larger, more involving soundstage.
Overall, we rate the X90J a winner and a particularly good choice as best gaming TV for PS5 owners.
Read more: Sony X90J review
In our eyes, it's hard to argue with the logic behind buying the Samsung TU7000: it's got 4K at 60Hz that reads beautifully for gaming and watching movies, and all the smart apps you need, along with a price tag that's hella wallet-friendly: in terms of sheer value it really is one of the best gaming TVs going in our eyes.
The Samsung TU7000 has good color quality (including really deep blacks thanks to a high contrast ratio) decent sound, and a fantastic little feature called automatic console detection - as soon as power on your console, the Samsung will automatically switch to from movie mode to game mode.
Our testing revealed a picture quality that is very nice, with a great contrast ratio and impressive black uniformity. Though you will need to do a bit of adjusting from time to time - we had to do a bit of adjusting when playing Call of Duty: Warzone because the game was too bright.
The user interface is easy to navigate, even if the remote is clunky, which makes switching between gaming consoles and Samsung TV apps a breeze - although the apps themselves can be a little buggy at times.
The one major downside for us is that the Samsung Series 7 only has two HDMI ports, which means you'll require a splitter if you have more than one gaming console and some type of streaming device like the Amazon Firestick (which, you'd think would be rendered useless by the Samsung TV apps, but isn't).
Overall, we think the Samsung TU7000 is a great television for its price point, and one that's especially tempting for gamers, as the input lag is low, the blacks are deep, and its contrast ratio is fantastic.
Read more: Samsung TU7000 review
LG’s G2 is a 4K flagship OLED TV with an artful side. It's gifted the best panel technology available from LG Display, and an artful hang-on-the-wall design (no pedestal for furniture mounting supplied). And it's quite the statement as one of the best gaming TVs money can buy.
Significantly, it offers the best picture performance we’ve yet seen from LG, benefitting from Brightness Boosting technology and an advanced Alpha 9 Gen 5 processor able to optimise picture brightness and HDR performance.
It’s here the G2 literally shines, expanses of white have a glorious luminosity, while contrasty HDR peaks sparkle on the screen.
The Alpha 9 Gen 5 processor is extremely powerful. It’s great with native 4k and uses deep learning to enhance HD upscaling by determining genre and scene information, to inform interpolation. There’s also AI object enhancement, a technique able to make foreground and background elements appear more distinct from one another, thereby giving a greater sense of depth to images. In terms of HDR compatibility, there's Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10, and HLG, as well as HGiG, the HDR gaming standard.
All four HDMI inputs support 4K 120Hz video playback, and VRR extends to NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync and input lag is low at 13ms (1080/60). There’s also a handy onscreen Game Optimizer menu that collects relevant game settings for quick inspection. All of which results in a superb gaming TV that'll change the way you experience games.
Naturally, there’s plenty of entertainment onboard too so you're covered away from gaming with LG’s webOS 22 being well-stocked with services, and there’s also support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa smart systems.
An excellent choice for a mid-range QLED TV, the Samsung Q70T TV is a beautiful-looking set with a clean design that can easily become a showpiece for any room.
Offering the same features as its pricier Q90 QLED sibling, the Q70T offers the same nearly bezel-less screen with decent HDR, and a nice range of rich colors just in time for watching all the colors pop on your fave Disney Plus shows. The Q70T does 4K at up to 120HZ, engages HDR10+ and uses a variable fresh rate. Console gamers will appreciate the 14ms input lag on this TV and take full advantage of the HDR glow up.
The Q70T also comes loaded with everything to satisfying all your streaming needs. The Q70T even compiles a special watch list based on your viewing habits across all your apps. It also works with all your smart-home assistants like Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. It's definitely one of the smarter TVs on the market right now.
Most importantly Samsung ditch the dreaded One Connect box that they use on the Q90, so all your connections hook up directly to the television's rear panel. I always appreciated what Samsung was trying to do but One Connect by plugging everything into a convenient cable hub. The only problem is that when it broke it essentially made your TV useless. The Q70T is a premium TV that won't totally bankrupt you.
If budget is an issue, Samsung does a 43" version of this TV, but we'd recommend 55" or above. And we also like the Q60 model (opens in new tab) from Samsung which is a fine, ever-so-slightly older member of the QLED family to check out.
Read more: Samsung Q70T review
If you really are on the hunt for the best gaming TV that offers that future-proof 8K resolution then 2021's flagship model from Samsung, the QN900A is the one to seriously consider. Behind the glass is the brand’s powerful Quantum Matrix processor, able to upscale 4K to something very close to 8K resolution.
The set looks the business, thanks to its ultra-slim Infinity Design, with an ‘invisible’ bezel - basically, the panel is all picture. One consequence of this is the use of a One Connect box; you’ll connect all your consoles, TV boxes, and whatnot, into the One Connect box, which then, in turn, uses a single cable to feed the TV. Neat.
This Neo QLED set also uses an advanced Mini LED backlight, capable of greater precision than a conventional full-array backlight. HDR support covers regular HDR10 and HLG, along with HDR10+. However, there’s no room for Dolby Vision though, which will disappoint both film fans (it’s the standard HDR offering on Netflix and Disney+) and Xbox owners. The TV's audio is above average, courtesy of Object Tracking Sound Pro. The QN900 actually has ten speakers built into its slim frame. There’s no OTS support for Dolby Atmos though.
LG's new QNED panels easily rival OLED thanks to a proprietary blend of Quantum Dot and Nanocell technology with a Mini-LED backlighting system that has 900-1500 dimming zones. And when we tested it, the LG QNED91 demonstrates that beautifully. It has over 900 individual Mini-LED zones, enabling it to achieve impressive brightness, contrast, and vibrancy in both SDR and HDR modes. We also found that the HDR performance is excellent as well with support for Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10, and HLG.
The Alpha 7 Gen 4 AI processor works excellently behind the scenes to control those Mini-LEDs to a powerful effect. The intelligent 4K upscaling and real-time image processing guarantees a stunning image at all times, and while the WebOS is getting a little long in the tooth, it still gives you all the Smart TV features and apps you need.
Its gaming credentials are strong, too, and begin with two full HDMI 2.1 ports – perfect for 4K at 120Hz - and continue with a response time of only 13.7ms. Onboard are VRR, ALLM, AMD FreeSync, and NVIDIA G-Sync, too, so you'll have all the tools at your disposal for smooth and beautiful gaming while running everything lag-free and without screen tearing. In particular, we found that the colors were crisp and vibrant and the likes of Horizon Zero Dawn Frozen Wilds looked utterly spectacular with the HDR beautifully rendering the snowy peaks that contrasted with Aloy’s colorful armor and the chaotic explosions during fights.
The TV has a ton of other quality-of-life features like LG ThinIQ smart service, Google and Amazon Alexa assistants, and the underrated universal remote that allows you to use the Magic Remote to control all your devices including consoles. It's the full package and for us represents a great alternative to the OLED range from LG in your search for the best gaming TV.
Read more: LG QNED91 review
Editor's note: USA availability for this model seems to be slim at the moment, but there has been word that this should reach the North American market.
Jargon buster - here's what 4K TV tech actually does
This is the resolution of the image that can be displayed by your TV. 4K refers to the resolution 3840x2160 pixels. It's also referred to as UHD or Ultra HD by some broadcasters or manufacturers. Basically, if a TV can display pictures in 3840x2160 it can be called a 4K TV or 4K ready TV.
HDR means High Dynamic Range. The majority of 4K TVs come with HDR as standard, and it's a technology used to process colors within games, movies, and TV shows. HDR isn't strictly about contrast - it's a way of making the difference more noticeable between colors (and blacks), and HDR can actually be used by game makers and developers to pick out more details in their creations. Primarily, HDR is used to boost the color of a picture by making colors more vivid, thereby contrasting them further. If you can separate very similar shades of color, then you can create clearer images. The minimum standard for HDR is a brightness of 400 nits (the measure of brightness on a TV), although some TVs manage 2000 nits in 2019.
This stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode, and it's a type of TV panel. Basically, while LCD and plasma panels require something called back-lighting or edge-lighting to create pictures on screen, OLED panels don't need it. With back-lit or edge-lit TVs, the LEDs in the panel are illuminated in groups or lines to create a picture. With OLED TVs, each LED on screen can be individually lit - switched on or off to create a picture. This is what allows for truer blacks in OLED sets. With the ability to completely switch off each individual LED, you get sharp edges on images and deep blacks because there is no backlight showing through at all.
This is Samsung's own technology, and it stands for Quantum Dot Light Emitting Diode. Quantum Dots are particles, which are lit to create a picture on the screen, and they can get much brighter than LEDs or QLEDs. This means QLED sets offer brighter colors and better contrasts than any other panel type. The panel is still either back-lit or edge-lit like traditional 4K TVs, and this can make a huge difference when it comes to black levels. Back-lit QLEDs can not only deliver vivid colors, but they can also produce sharp images and blacks that rival premium OLEDs. This makes them perfect for gaming.
You'll hear a lot about the response time of a panel, especially when discussing gaming TVs. This is basically the speed at which a color can change on your TV (eg. from black to white to black again). Most 4K TVs have response times quicker than we can perceive them, so it makes no real difference to gameplay outside the twitchiest of shooters. However, purists will want a TV with the quickest response time possible.
This is the speed at which an image can be refreshed on your TV (and shouldn't be confused with response time). Basically, most TVs offer 60Hz-120Hz, although no 4K TV has anything higher and if you want 144Hz or even 240Hz, you need one of the best gaming monitors (opens in new tab). A 60Hz 4K TV, for example, refreshes the image on screen 60 times per second, which allows a certain level of smoothness to the image. If the TV refreshes at 120Hz, the image is twice as smooth, and you notice that in how slick the motion appears on screen. Many TVs 'game modes' will boost refresh rate artificially, usually by downgrading other display features (eg. reducing the brightness of your picture).
This stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface, and it's the standard connection cable between your 4K TV and most devices. You need at least an HDMI 1.4 cable to carry a 4K signal, although most modern HDMIs are 2.0 cables, capable of carrying 4K signals at 60 frames per second. The majority of modern console games can't display at 4K 60fps, so as long as you have a 2.0 cable and 2.0 port on your TV, you're fine. And no, you don't need to buy expensive gold-plated HDMI cables to get a better picture - just the Amazon Basics (opens in new tab) will do just fine.
Best gaming TV: FAQs
What TV screen type is best for gaming?
This is always a good question, but never one with a straightforward answer unfortunately. But, we'll try: as objectively as we can be, we don't think many people would disagree that if the absolute best screen type for presenting games to our eyes is probably a QLED screen or an OLED screen.
However, given all the information on this webpage, we can see that it's a bit more tricky than just trying to select an objective winner - and technical stuff aside, you always have to consider price, and what's best for you. If you can get to a store and see TVs running some imagery, then having an 'in the flesh' look will definitely help - but just for downright image brilliance, you have to look at QLED and OLED televisions.
Is OLED burn-in a problem?
Yes and no. Burn-in in OLED TVs is definitely possible but it actually manifests itself incredibly rarely. And 'proper' burn-in is even misidentified - more often than not the short-term 'burn-in' folks might see is actually just a bit of image retention which can go away after a few minutes. It's rare enough to not be worried about but it is always something to be aware of for OLED panels for sure.
If you want to remove even the slightest risk of OLED burn-in then maybe turn your attention to the QLED panels or QNED variants.
Is a 4K TV good for gaming?
Without hesitation or condition, the answer to this is yes. All games will look better on a 4K TV no matter what console you use. Even if we ignore the resolution, these TVs are just objectively better in tech and quality, offering superior image qualities, colours, contrasts, sharpness, and everything else compared to their HD/1080p predecessors.
Not only is a 4K TV good for gaming, it should be the starting point of any search and it is fast becoming the standard.
What size TV is best for gaming?
While we rarely hear folks complain that their TV is too small, size is an important factor when shopping for the best gaming TV for you. There are some solid calculations you can make about the size of the room you have, what viewing distances you'll experience, and thus what TV size will be best. Starting at this point is a good move, and will help guide you toward a proportionate TV for the room. You'll not like to go any smaller than 43-inches (anything below that and you're getting into gaming monitor territory) and probably not larger than the 75-inch or so models.
What we can say is that we have found the 55-inch mark to be the most popular for gamers and for gaming generally. This seems to have become the closest thing to a 'default' or 'norm' as it gets in recent years. But that's a side note because in reality, the best size for a gaming TV really does depend on its setting, the room size, and your overall preference. Heck, even if you can fit in a larger TV of 65-inches and upwards, remember that your eyes will struggle to take in everything on such a larger screen. However, it will make some games, especially those with gorgeous environments and worlds, all the more immersive and beautiful...
Is LED or OLED better for gaming?
A difficult one when you're totting up the specs of any of the best gaming TVs! Using a broad, as objective as possible brush, OLED panels generally have the better tech and give out the better picture. The LG OLED C-series and G-series are some of the most popular TVs for a reason, after all - their picture quality, colours, and contrasts are almost without parallel. But the downside is that you may to consider burn-in on OLED TVs which does give folks the heeby jeebies.
However, don't discount LEDs entirely - without this type of panel we wouldn't have the likes of QLED TVs from Samsung and some of the best gaming TVs from Sony.
And now, in 2022, with the advent of QD-OLED TVs, there genuinely comes an opportunity to get the best of both worlds in one panel. This is an exciting prospect for the best gaming TV market, and one that we will be looking to add to our best gaming TV as and when we can review such units.
Is QLED better or best for gaming?
Picking one of the best gaming TVs that sports QLED screen technology is certainly a sure-fire way to have a great gaming experience on a TV. Is it the best? The brightness, richness of color, and vividness of QLED TVs can't be ignored and is key to why they are so popular with gamers, and why so many QLED TVs appear on our best gaming television guide. Whether it's best for you will come down to your overall preference for picture type and, of course, budget.
And while the usual debate has been between QLED and OLED panels for the best premium screen for gaming, 2022 has seen QD-OLED enter the fray and offer something different - potentially the best of both QLED and OLED in one. This is one to watch out for in the future
Oh, and if you're on the lookout for something truly massive, you might want to consider one of the best projectors, best projectors for PS5 and Xbox Series X, or best 4K projector instead.
And don't forget to think about audio upgrades too: browse our best computer speaker and best gaming headset guides to pick the right match for you.
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