We of all folks know that the best TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X has become a pretty essential purchase for anyone who wants to enjoy the most out of their new-gen console. Now that the PS5 and Xbox Series X are established as the 'norm' (sort of), we think it's a good idea to make sure you have a top screen and one that can show off those advanced graphics and smooth framerates at their best. And from our experience of testing: it's absolutely an investment worth making.
That's why we've been busy testing as many displays as we can in our quest to find the best TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X. We've put our recommendations below, and you'll find suggestions to suit any budget. And don't worry, there are plenty of deals to go around. Although stock of the new-gen consoles has been hard enough to find, choosing one of the best gaming TVs going to be a companion isn't such a struggle. There's no shortage of choice, so you should be able to find and buy something to suit you as soon as possible.
While the new consoles will obviously display 1080p resolutions so will still look good on older TVs, 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, we think it's more realistic to expect 4K at 60fps at least for the foreseeable. 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 best 120Hz 4K TVs are what you're after here.
And remember, we are now dangerously close to the Black Friday TV deals, Black Friday PS5 and Xbox Series X TV deals, Black Friday QD-OLED deals, and 4K 120Hz Black Friday TV deals kicking in properly. These TV niches, as part of the wider Black Friday gaming deals, will provide an excellent opportunity to save one some of the best screens going.
The best TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X in 2022
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The LG C1 is another of LG's 2021 range and by golly, it's blown our socks off and proves to be 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 we've seen when testing TVs 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.
We found that 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. We enjoyed the high-level that HDR performed at too, while the C1 also 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 our most obvious recommendation. We think it earns a spot right next to its G1 brother, and offers an experience that's almost the same, but a few hundred dollars or pounds cheaper - if we could put them side by side we probably would. However, if you do have the budget, the G1 might also tempt you with its small but measurable advantages (see above again for that one).
Available in five screen sizes, from small to massive, this new Hisense A6G TV for PS5 and XSX impressed us as an excellent entry-level 4K HDR screen. And if you're looking to get a great TV for PS5 on a shoestring, you can get all but the biggest for less than $500 or £500 which 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 TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Samsung elevated its excellent QLED panels with the introduction of the Neo QLED televisions in 2021 but in particular this Mini-LED-powered 4K flagship. And with deep blacks, terrific quality, colours and contrasts, and enviably precise HDR management, the QN95A impresses us enormously and is a real rival to the best that OLED can offer, making this one of the best QLED TVs going - though 2022's releases may have something to say about that.
Anyway, we found the image quality to be 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 we watched or played too.
The TV has one of Samsung's One Connect Boxes which we found easy to connect 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 which we found to be very useful, and we also found that the latency is very good too: we measured it 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.
We found that even the TV sound system is a cut above, thanks to Samsung’s OTS+ sound system so, overall, this is just a stunning high-end TV option. If you want the absolute best 4K QLED screen Samsung makes, then the Neo QLED QN95A is it.
For information, this television is referred to as the QN90A in the US, while in the UK and Europe it is called the QN95A.
Read more: Samsung QN95A review
The A80J is one of Sony’s sleeper hits and is the second tier of their OLED range. As such, it boasts incredible picture quality in SDR and HDR thanks to Sony’s impressive Cognitive Processor XR. 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. It’s not the brightest TV in the world but viewing it in the daytime and in bright lights was still a pleasant experience.
It supports Dolby Atmos Audio on top of doing native 3D surround upscaling of any audio source going into the TV. The TV can also live scan your room to best calibrate the sound. We found the sound adequate but like most TVs, a sound bar is recommended.
As a premium TV, the A80J comes with all the essentials. It has 4 HDMI 2.1 ports with two that support ALLM and VRR for 4K 120Hz gaming. Gaming is fantastic on this screen thanks to the 120 Hz refresh and low latency under 10ms. It only recently got a firmware update that brought VRR but its implementation isn’t 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.
It’s powered by Google TV so there are bountiful apps, games, and streaming services available. The OS runs fast and smooth and opens up Google Assistant and voice commands to users.
Overall, the Sony A80J is a great alternative to LG and Samsung panels even though it doesn’t quite match their gaming prowess.
Read more: Sony A80J 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 TVs for PS5 and Xbox Series X that 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 TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X 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.
Gloriously slim, with class-leading luminosity, this first QD-OLED from Samsung is eye-catching in every sense and could be the ground-breaking new Tv for PS5 or Xbox Series X we've all been waiting for.
Combining the characteristic OLED black levels with the high peak brightness and the expanded colour volume of Quantum Dot technology, the S95B is a superb choice - particularly 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 just a superb, sublime TV for gaming on PS5 and Xbox Series X. This could be how a whole new range of gaming TVs look in the future...
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 a model from 2020, 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 2020 GamesRadar Hardware Awards and is still, on balance given its falling price tag, the best TV for PS5 and XSX you can get, and also one of the best OLED TVs too - both in terms of quality and value.
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).
Read more: Samsung Q80T review
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 - and our testing only proves that even further. Brand new in 2021 we're big fans of the gorgeous LG G1. It would be even higher on this list were it not for two things. It can be 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. We found the latency to be super low, and you have four HDMI 2.1 ports, which is fantastic for running compatible titles at 120Hz.
In our testing, the new Web OS platform was 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.