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The best 4K and 8K TVs for gaming


We review plenty of TVs each year, running tests over several days to gauge their performance and appraise their respective feature sets and from those tests, we’ve come up with the best gaming TVs.

Our team of TV experts are here to steer you in the right direction to make sure you have all the information you need when purchasing a new TV for gaming.

Acronyms such as ALLM, VRR, and 4K/120Hz and can be confusing, but we have articles to help you understand what they mean and what effect they’ll have on your gaming experience (and also whether you need a TV that has these features).

When it comes to testing TVs with gaming in mind, we measure the input lag, play around with the settings and partake in the odd session. We’ll look at their compatibility with consoles and PCs, the range of features they have, as well as take into account the picture and sound quality performance. Especially for sound, you’ll want to know whether the TV can handle gaming soundtracks or not.

If you’re not after a TV for gaming, we have a more general selection that covers a range of options from the best TVs, best OLED TVs, best cheap TVs and best 4K TVs.

Best gaming TVs at a glance

How we test

Learn more about how we test televisions

Every TV we review is put through the same set of tests to gauge its picture performance, usability, and smart features.

Tests are carried out over several days and are done by eye but supported with technical measurements. Testing by eye involves an expert watching a wide range of material to understand and determine a TV’s performance in fields such as brightness, contrast, motion processing, colour handling and screen uniformity.

We’ll consider the design of the TV in terms of build quality, study the spec sheets and see if the TV’s connections are up to spec, as well as playing video and audio content to ensure that the set handles playback as it claims. We also take note whether a product’s compatible formats and features are in line with industry trends or not to gauge whether it’s relevant for you.

Comparison to other related and similarly priced products is also important, to see if it’s missing any vital features and whether it impresses as a whole. After all this, we’ll come to a judgement on how the TV performs as a whole.

If you want to learn more, please visit our detailed page about how we test televisions.

LG OLED65C4

Best gaming OLED TV

Pros

  • Sublime HDR performance
  • Class leading connectivity
  • webOS 2024 platform
  • Stylish design

Cons

  • Average audio
  • Pricey at launch

After a good, if not quite amazing C3 model, LG is back on form with the C4, and in terms of gaming options there are few TVs as comprehensive as this series.

That’s mainly because the C4 supports pretty much every feature a casual or competitive gamer could want. You’ve got 4K/120Hz and VRR support across all its HDMI inputs. The premium Dolby Vision Gaming is supported too, which is compatible with Xbox Series consoles. PC gamers get AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync support too, as well as support for higher refresh rates up to 144Hz.

More features come with LG’s Game Optimizer, which allows you to customise the performance by tweaking black levels of switching through various game mode presets. Input lag is much the same as it was with the OLED65C3 with our reviewer finding it measured at 13ms. The Boost mode knocks the latency down to less than 10ms.

But all those premium gaming features would be naught if the picture quality wasn’t good, and the C4 is a step up from the C3. Images are colour rich without being oversaturated, blacks full of depth helping to create excellent contrast with crushing detail in the shadows.

We measured it as brighter than the previous C3 OLED was at 1150 nits on a 10% window. That’s more than enough to bring out the brightness with HDR highlights.

If you want the best experience, we would suggest purchasing a soundbar, and for the most immersive performance you’ll want to consider an LG soundbar that has its WOW Orchestra feature. It allows the soundbar to work with the C4’s speakers to create a bigger, more immersive sound.

On its own, the TV’s speakers are fine, but not befitting of the performance you get from its picture.

Reviewer: Steve May
Full Review: LG OLED65C4

Samsung QE75QN900D

Best 8K gaming TV

Pros

  • Outstanding 8K and upscaled 4K pictures
  • Impressive brightness and power management
  • Spectacular design and excellent connectivity

Cons

  • It puts a serious dent in your bank account
  • Some backlight distractions in Standard mode
  • Sounds a bit feeble for such a premium TV

8K hasn’t hit the heights that a few would have presumed when the first sets were announced several years ago. However, we’re still a believer in them, and if you’re a gamer after the ultimate picture quality and performance then look no further than the QN900D.

This latest 8K TV comes with a raft of features, with a fast input lag of 11ms, and the ability to reduce that input lag even further with HDMI VRR and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro. All four of its HDMI inputs supporting 4K 120Hz gaming as well as 8K.60Hz, so a high level of gaming performance is possible with the QN900D.

The Game Hub screen within the TV’s interface is where all your gaming sources (both cloud gaming and physical), while an onscreen Game Bar menu provides access to information on your gaming signals plus a few gaming aids such as the AI-bolstered mini-map feature where the TV automatically detects the game’s mini-map and presents a bigger version of it in another window.

Of course, there’s more to the QN900D than just playing games. Brightness has been improved with the QN900D able to produce 2445 nits on a 10% window in its Movie mode, brighter than the 2096 nits on the QN900C.

The upscaling performance is brilliant, as we noticed a big jump up in detail of 4K content. Samsung’s AI processor is able to bring out all the detail within an image and sharpen it without overemphasising noise.

We would suggest adding a soundbar to get the best from the QN900D. While the OTS sound system tracks audio accurately across the screen, it is underpowered in the bass department.

Reviewer: John Archer
Full Review: Samsung QE75QN900D

Samsung QE65QN85C

Best Samsung Gaming 4K TV

Pros

  • Mini LED backlight
  • 4K 120Hz support
  • OTS sound system

Cons

  • No Dolby Vision
  • Intelligent Mode has issues

The Samsung QN85C has dropped considerably since we first reviewed it with several hundred pounds/dollars chalked off the asking price to bring to where it’s now above £1000 / $1000. That’s an excellent deal for a TV of its skill.

It is the entry-level Neo QLED model in the 2023 TV range, and we don’t feel it sacrifices much in terms of performance to earn that status. It features a dedicated Game Hub that comes with cloud gaming options such as Xbox Game Pass and Utomik, and there’s also a Game bar that overlays on the screen to show the user all the vital info such as input lag, VRR performance and HDR.

We measured input lag at an impressive 9.4ms at 1080p resolution, which is one of the best out-of-the-box performances you can get. For a smoother picture, Game Motion Plus can be activated but we found input lag reduced to 25ms

HDMI 2.1 is supported across all the QN85C’s inputs with support for ALLM, VRR, and 4K/120Hz frame rates to get a top-tier performance from current-gen gaming consoles. There’s official support for AMD’s FreeSync Premium Pro VRR technology and uncredited support for Nvidia G-Sync to get the best performance from PC gaming titles.

We found the QN85C really impressed as a gaming display. Our reviewer measured brightness at 1096 nits on a 10% window, which is more than enough to produce a bright, punchy, and colourful performance with the right settings. Playing Overwatch in 4K 120fps was a smooth and detailed performance, though we found you’ll need to manually activate HDR in the Game Picture Expert menu, setting Game HDR to on, and Basic. We found that when left off, the average picture level was overly bright.

We also found the audio quality to be extremely good for a flatscreen TV, painting a large soundstage and a good deal of panning across the front of the soundstage. We recommend giving the AI sound mode a wide berth as it can sound strident.

Reviewer: Steve May
Full review: Samsung QE65QN85C

Sony XR-55A80L

Best gaming TV for PS5

Pros

  • Nuanced, natural picture performance
  • Slick Google TV user experience
  • Accommodating design
  • Good sound for a TV
  • Competitively priced

Cons

  • Gaming best suited to PS5 owners
  • Not as bright as rivals with HDR

If you’re gaming on a PS5, Sony’s own Bravia TVs serve as offering the best integration in terms of performance with a number of features that are exclusive to the TVs.

And from its 2023 range of TVs, the A80L is the set we’d currently recommend as the best option for PS5 owners. Those ‘exclusive’ features aren’t necessarily any different from what you’d find on other TVs, though. Auto Genre Picture mode is essentially ALLM, to automatically switch the TV in and out of its game-ready state so the A80L isn’t stuck in game mode all the time.

Auto HDR Tone Mapping enhances the HDR performance of the A80L’s screen for best brightness and contrast. Dolby Vision Gaming is not supported either by the PS5 or the A80L but 4K/120Hz and variable refresh rates (VRR) are, and they’re available across two HDMI 2.1 inputs (one of which is shared with the eARC port). We measured input lag at 16.4ms before VRR is applied, which is solid, but TVs such as the LG C2 can achieve a quicker performance out of the box.

The Sony A80L is short of other gaming features for PC gamers, so it’s not as versatile as the LG is. It also pitches itself as more of a home cinema telly, so once you’re done playing games on the PS5, you can enjoy the impressive picture and sound quality. While it’s not as bright as the LG C-series OLED, we found it to be a much more nuanced, and balanced image that produces a very natural look. Upscaling is also of very high quality, boosting detail and clarity while preserving the look of the source. Motion processing is excellent, smooth and with very few noted issues such as judder.

The sound quality is punchy, dynamic, and loud; good enough that we wouldn’t rush out for a new soundbar, though if you did, the likes of the HT-A5000 would be a good partner (if you have space for it). A cheaper option is Sony’s X85L LCD TV, but that doesn’t offer as good a picture or sound performance as the A80L.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full Review: Sony A80L

FAQs

What’s the best gaming TV for the Xbox Series X?

LG’s OLEDs are the official choice for Xbox consoles. LG’s OLEDs also support Dolby Vision, but we’re still waiting to hear whether the TVs will be able to support Dolby Vision for gaming at 4K/120. If so, then they’d be an even greater partner for the Series X.

What’s the best gaming TV in 2024?

At the moment the best gaming TV comes down to a choice between LG and Samsung. The LG C3 has complete VRR support (Nvidia & AMD), plus 4K/120Hz and Dolby Vision Gaming.

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