Best 4K TV for Gaming

Best 4K TV for Gaming in 2021 (Buying Guide)

With the coming brand new next-gen consoles, you might also be looking to get yourself a stunning Gaming TV to fully immerse yourself into the next-gen experience with buttery-smooth gameplay at over 60fps and more. The display of frames heavily depends on hertz available on a monitor or TV with Vsync turned on the frames per second, and hertz go parallel and provide the highest possible fps that your TV can afford.

Why do you need a gaming TV and not an LCD?

Well, that’s quite obvious. Most of the console users, in fact, all of them sit far away on a couch and a usual office desk set-up just wouldn’t be as comfortable. In this case, a small gaming LED, from a certain distance, would not provide clear visibility of the details, and that’s where a gaming TV comes in. Not to mention that in the size-to-price ratio, Gaming TVs are less costly than a gaming LCD.

So, here in this guide, we will recommend you some of the best choices in the long list of next-gen Gaming TVs that will provide unbeatable performance at 4k and stun you with the view.

Our Recommendations

Hisense H8

One of our first recommendations in this list of Gaming TVs is the Hisense H8. This 4k gaming TV provides breathtaking visuals with one of the most efficient response times. The Hisense H8 has one of the lowest input lags which guarantees buttery-smooth gameplay performance. This gaming TV has an adjustable metal stand that is capable to support its stance on all sorts of tables, especially narrow ones. Along with that, a VESA 200×300 wall mounts at the backside can come in handy if you want it to be mounted which is an even better option, the improved wall mount against the previous Hisense gaming TVs offers better and more insured mounting. This 2.91 inches thick TV is fairly thin and has a decent build quality but not the best in the market, relatively.

In terms of picture quality, the 4511:1 Native Contrast is an excellent ratio that can be raised to 4995:1 with local dimming, which makes the blacks appear correctly in the dark. The full-array local dimming feature corrects the blacks even more in the darker situation but it is not capable of properly exhibiting small light objects. The contrast value does the job for most of the users but other options might provide better value at the same price with almost the same features. The semi-gloss screen finish handles the reflections decently. The TV displays excellent pixels on all available resolutions, up to 4k, but with enhanced viewing angle enabled there is a slight sub-pixel dithering which can be irritating in some cases.

The Hisense H8’s most impressive feature is the incredible low input lag, which allows you to achieve great performance on consoles. For input-lag optimized performance, you have to turn on the “game” option available in Picture Modes. It can easily hit 60 fps on 4k, which is impressive for even the most serious console gamers

Specifications

Size65-inch
Resolution4k
Refresh Rate60Hz
HDRYes
Smart TVYes
HDMI Type2.0b
Input Lag~12ms
Speakers10w x 2 speakers

Pros

  • Displays deep blacks.
  • Great SDR peak brightness.
  • Incredibly low input lag.

Cons

  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Limiting HDR experience.

Samsung Q80T QLED TV

Samsung Q80T QLED TV is one of the best recommendations on this list. It is a mid-range Samsung gaming TV with incredibly low input lag. Samsung is one of the most well-known and renowned quality products provides, so rest assured, this gaming TV comes with decent build quality and excellent performance. The Samsung Q80T can go all the way up to 4k resolution but what’s more impressive is that it can do so at 120Hz, which certainly speaks for excellent performance in gaming. Samsung does also provide newer models that can go even higher in terms of resolution, as high as 8k, but that doesn’t suit everybody, neither are most consoles capable of providing good pixels at such vivid resolution, but the most important part is the price-to-performance ratio that the Q80T provides against those newer models.

The flat base stand of the Q80T is capable enough to support its stance easily. The minimal bezel around the screen ensures immersive depth with pictures literally hanging in the air. Relatively, the Q80T might not be the prettiest QLED available in the market but the value and performance it provides for the given price tag make it a worthy choice. We’ll talk about the picture quality in a moment, but the impressively low input lag of 8.7ms has to be mentioned first because it is unbeatable responsive against most of its competitors. For this impressively responsive and input-lag optimized result, you will have to enable the Game Motion Plus mode, otherwise, the input lag will be around 19.7ms, which is still good as it gets.

The full-array blacklight improves the picture quality in all sorts of situations where the contrast is not as accurate as required to be. The bright HDR and AI improved pictures, allows for an exceptional visual display. The audio quality of this gaming TV is also quite decent, as the OTS sound system delivers a crisp and detailed quality of sound. The stunning visuals that come with good contrast and vibrant colors along with the impressive response time, make the Q80T an excellent choice for gamers, it works best in other circumstances too, otherwise the given value for the price totally makes-up for the narrower approach.

Specifications

Size75-inch
Resolution4k
Refresh Rate120Hz
HDRYes
Smart TVYes
Input Lag8.7ms~19.7ms
Speakers2.2.2CH – Dolby Digital Plus

Pros

  • Excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy.
  • Excellent response time.
  • Variable refresh rate support.

Cons

  • Corners of the screen appear darker.

LG B9 OLED

Another renowned and quality manufacturer of TVs that was sure to make it into the list is the LG. The LG B9 OLED is our choice for a decent gaming TV that provides an excellent balance between performance and stunning visuals. This 4k gaming TV tops at 60Hz, but the input lag on this one is also quite impressive. The LG B9 OLED is specifically known for its picture quality, it displays vivid colors accurately and offers perfect black levels. It has one of the most visually stunning contrast levels, it competes quite efficiently against many LEDs and does not suffer from clouding issues when it comes to darks, as is the case with many LCD TVs.

On 4k resolution this gaming TV might not be able to go above 60 fps but it can most certainly achieve 120 fps on other HD resolutions available. The full 4:4:4 PC color is one of the most impressive qualities of the B9, along with an input lag that dips below 20ms, and precisely at around 13.1ms. The price-to-performance ratio of the LG B9 is incredible, as it is one of the cheapest options available in the list of high-performing TVs.

The minimum bezel on the LG B9 is a great improvement, the bottom bezel is equipped with an LED to exhibit the TV’s power state. The center-based stand does its job efficiently, but it can also be mounted without any worries. The overall build quality of the LG B9 is decent but not the most premium, but that is the small price to pay for it is one of the most affordable gaming TVs for next0gen consoles.

Specifications

Size55-inch and 65-inch
Resolution4k
Refresh Rate120Hz
HDRYes
Smart TVYes
HDMI Type2.1
Input Lag~13.1ms
Speakers2.2 40W – Dolby Atmos

Pros

  • Perfect blacks and black uniformity.
  • The image remains accurate when viewed from the side.
  • Nearly instantaneous response time and very low input lag.

Cons

  • Has the risk of permanent burn-in with static content
  • Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL) can become distracting at times.

TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635)

Our next recommendation is overly underrated because the gaming value it offers is incredible and almost unbeatable for the given price. The TCL 6-Series Roku TV is considered one of the gaming TVs because of its performance and picture quality. It is one of the first TVs to get the THX-certified game mode, opting it to provide an impressive response rate by cutting down all the extra video processing and also running to achieve the best picture quality at the same time. The minimum response time allows for fast-paced gaming without compromising the quality of the visuals.

This TV comes with a stand but can also be easily mounted on to the wall with a VESA 300×300 mount. The TV itself is decently thin and the bezel hugging the screen is also minimum, which further aids the life-like visual performance of the screen. The TCL 6-Series supports all the gaming-oriented features to enhance performance and fulfill the requirements of serious console gamers, with Auto-Low Latency Mode (ALLM), that automatically switches to game mode as soon as you turn the console on, and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), that helps match the screen to the frame-by-frame output coming from the TV to provide excellent response time and lowest input lag to ensure judder-free gaming with the new-gen consoles.

 The HDR and enhanced contrast exhibit stunning colors and the best black levels on 4k without clouding the darker areas with gray to cover-up the weak contrast. The sound quality on this TV might not be as premium as one would like it to be, but overall it’s a great purchase for fast-paced gaming with decent image quality.

Specifications

Size55-inch
Resolution4k
Refresh Rate120Hz
HDRYes
Smart TVYes
Input Lag~11.1 ms
Speakers8W + 8W – Dolby Atmos / Dolby Digital Plus

Pros

  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
  • Excellent peak brightness.
  • Easy-to-use Roku interface.
  • Displays wide color gamut for HDR content.

Cons

  • Mediocre full-array local dimming feature.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Uniformity issues.

Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020

One of the popular choices for 4k HDR gaming is the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020. Quantum X is a premium gaming TV that allows you to hit up to 120Hz on high resolution, however, the high refresh rate also causes problems such as screen duplication and flicker, but the available black frame insertion features help reduce it to a bare minimum and maintain high responsiveness without screen tearing. There is also the new VRR feature that was not present in its predecessor TV, which does an efficient job of avoiding screen tearing while displaying higher frames per second to make fast-paced gaming more convenient for serious gamers.

Since this TV is known for its HDR display, the question of input lag increasing while the HDR is enabled stands the answer is that the input lag remains ultimately low in both conditions, with or without HDR. The HDR10+ and Dolbyvision offer stunning image quality with a full range of vibrant colors. The image quality is further enhanced by its excellent native contrast ratio, impressive black uniformity, and full-array local dimming, making it one of the brightest 4k gaming TVs in the market. The color upscaling might not be the best on lower resolutions, but since we are suggesting gaming TVs for the newer next-gen consoles, it will do just fine on native 1080p and 4k.

The Vizio P has an excellent build quality. The stand requires a wide table to support the stance otherwise it can also be mounted on walls with a VESA 400×400 wall mount. The screen is quite thin along with the border around it and looks pretty good whether you hang it on the wall or let it stand on the table.

Specifications

Size65-inch, 75-inch, 85-inch
Resolution4k
Refresh Rate120Hz
HDRYes
Smart TVYes
HDMI Type2.1
Input Lag~14.4ms
Speakers2.0 2x15W – Dolby Atmos

Pros

  • High contrast ratio.
  • Can get very bright in SDR and HDR.
  • Excellent reflection handling.

Cons

  • Poor viewing angles.

Sony Bravia XH95/X950H Series

It would be a grave mistake to not include the most defining brand for next-gen technology from the very start. Sony with its Bravia XH95/X950H stands strong and tall in this list of best gaming TVs for next-gen consoles. With breathtaking visuals and efficient performance Sony Bravia is quite renowned and trusted. Even on 60Hz at 4k, the Sony Bravia is a gaming TV that will not disappoint the gamers. The incredibly low input lag on the game mode and otherwise is something that makes it completely worth it. For the given price, this gaming TV comes with great value. The fact that you will get under 10ms on game mode enabled is quite extraordinary for a mid-range TV. Motion handling feature and 4k Upscaling is a huge addition to the pros for image quality and detail.

The Sony Bravia comes with an upgraded X1 Ultimate processor that helps make User-interface and control super convenient and smooth. This TV is not only optimized for highly responsive fast-paced gaming performance but also set-up for home theater fans as it comes with a Netflix Calibrated mode that enhances your fil-watching experience efficiently. The speaker design is quite impressive, it makes the sound feel more centered to create an immersive atmosphere, but the sound quality diminishes the true potential of the TV by not being as good as one would expect it to be.

The Color quality of the Sony Bravia is quite Natural, not disturbed by oversaturation to force the bright appearance nor a bad contrast ratio. It has a true to life color range and image quality. With HDR enabled, the image quality is further enhanced by the full array backlight and Triluminous color recreation, which paints the image of many next-gen console exclusives the way they are supposed to be painted with ultimate realism. There is also a downside of not having an HDMI 2.1 or VRR, which seems quite unfair for a gaming TV that is supposed to be paired with next-gen consoles.

Specifications

Size49-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch, 85-inch
Resolution4k
Refresh Rate120Hz
HDRYes
Smart TVYes
Input Lag~10.7ms
SpeakersBass Reflex Speaker

Pros

  • Excellent SDR and HDR peak brightness.
  • Outstanding reflection handling.

Cons

  • Mediocre viewing angles.

Samsung Q60R QLED TV

It was inevitable for Samsung to secure another spot on our list for the best gaming TVs. Samsung’s Q60R QLED TV is another great recommendation that you will definitely like. It offers premium performance for serious gamers at 4k. With a Delta-e Rating of 1.6 and Color Gamut percentage of 99.96&, the Q60R brings about stunning visuals at a reasonable price. Having Samsung’s renowned UI, this TV also has its voice assistant to make the user experience even more convenient.

The Samsung Q60R is a great investment for gamers because not only does it offer one of the image qualities out there but also an impressive response time, with an input lag of only 16.3ms, and it runs High-definition on 120Hz. Moreover, the motion handling feature offers further enhancement in fast-paced gaming. The Q60R optimizes performance accordingly through its automatic detection feature, it will switch to game mode as soon as you start playing games.

The build quality of the TV is excellent and it has quite a lot of HDMI ports. The sound quality on the other hand is not as promising as the brand usually advocates, and the limited viewing angles can also be a bit disappointed. In terms of gaming performance, the Q60R is a worthy choice, it offers highly responsive 4k output at 120Hz, which is as good as a mid-range gaming TV gets.

Specifications

Size55-inch
Resolution4k
Refresh Rate120Hz
HDRYes
Smart TVYes
Input Lag~16.3ms
Speakers2CH – Dolby Digital Plus

Pros

  • Low input lag for gaming.
  • Excellent motion handling.

Cons

  • HDR can’t get very bright.
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle.

Panasonic TX-40HX800BZ

The Panasonic TX-40HX800BZ is another great mid-range TV with excellent value for the price. It is equipped with a list of visual features to enhance overall image quality and it has a phenomenally low input lag. There is the slight problem of not being able to achieve 120Hz on 4k, and also not having the VRR features at all, but that’s a little price to pay for all else that it offers and the affordable mid-range price tag which comes with it. Equipped with universal HDR support, with the HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision and HDR10+, the TX-40HX800BZ’s stunning visual quality is quite convincingly natural and life-like.

Panasonic has advertised that they were aided by the noted Hollywood colorist Stefan Sonnenfeld to fine-tune the color performance of the TV, while also perfecting its HCX image processor to achieve a Hollywood studio like visual performance in the given budget, which is an impressive initiative on the manufacturer’s part.

The gaming performance of the TV is also as good as the visuals it exhibits, the sharp 10.2ms input lag on the dedicated game mode is quite the performance. It comes ready to be paired with next-gen consoles like the PS5, and with this given price tag, you can have your very own big screen for the breathtaking visuals of the new consoles, and with great performance and decent build quality at a highly reasonable price, and there is nothing more to ask for.

Specifications

Size40-inch, 50-inch, 58-inch, 65-inch
Resolution4k
Refresh Rate60Hz
HDRYes
Smart TVYes
HDMI Type2.0b
Input Lag~10.2ms
Speakers20 W – Dolby Atmos

Pros

  • Multi-HDR support with Dolby Vision and HLG
  • Versatile Panasonic smart TV platform
  • Low input lag

Cons

  • Limited deep black performance

LG OLED48CX

Just like Samsung, LG also secured another spot for having a couple of great mid-range gaming TVs that proved their worth in terms of performance and visuals. The LG OLED48CX comes highly recommended because of its reasonable price for a 4k OLED that can easily achieve 120Hz and impressive image quality. It offers decent gaming value on a big screen that has acquired flagship-level OLED performance at a reasonable mid-range price. The more impressive part about the flagship-level performance is that the LG has brought it for the first time in any TV that is below 50 inches.

In terms of picture quality, the OLED48CX offers the same stunning visuals that bigger and expensive CX models are known for, it covers all that in a downsized package. It has near-perfect black-levels and great viewing angles, along with bright and vibrant colors that don’t look oversaturated but almost natural. It also does a convincing job of upscaling 1080 and standard definition content.

The gaming performance on this TV is also quite phenomenal. It is assuring to know that the Variable refresh rate feature is added to the TV. The response time is also as good as it gets, with an input lag of no more than 13ms. The HDMI 2.1 socket is a huge blessing because it brings with it, several significant features such as eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel), [email protected] (High Frame Rate), ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode). Looking at the performance, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that this is will make the most perfect pair with a next-gen console like PS5 or Xbox Series X.

Specifications

Size48-inch
Resolution4k
Refresh Rate120Hz
HDRYes
Smart TVYes
HDMI TypeHDCP 2.2 and HDMI 2.1
Input Lag~13ms
Speakers2x 10 Watts – Dolby Atmos

Pros

  • Perfect blacks.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Great out-of-the-box color accuracy.
  • Near-instant response time.

Cons

  • Aggressive Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL).
  • Risk of permanent burn-in.

Conclusion

We have carefully specified each of the recommendations here, but since you are looking for the best gaming TV that suits you, it is advised to keep in mind a few things to consider. With the next-gen consoles bringing in more power and stunning visuals, make sure your TV is 120Hz or at least 60Hz, nothing less than that would be of any use to you. The Input lag should be minimum if you are interested in fast-paced gaming, it should be below 20-15ms. 4k is a must. The visual quality of the TV should be natural and not overly saturated. The HDMI 2.1 socket is also something to consider because that brings with a lot of new features which will do great if paired with a next-gen console like the PS5 or Xbox Series X. If the TV is equipped with a decent pair of Speakers, with Dolby Atmos or something closer, than it will spare your expenses of buying a pair of Hi-Fi speakers. In Terms of Screen size, bigger the better is often right but make sure it does not strip you of value that a smaller screen might be giving for a more affordable and reasonable price.

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