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If you take console gaming seriously, you need a TV that can keep up with the demands of current and next-gen games. We've compiled a list of TVs from top brands to fit a variety of budgets and needs. So whether you're racking up Fortnite wins, hunting monsters, or revisiting your retro catalog, you'll find a TV that's right for you.
For the lowdown on gaming on a PC versus a console, make sure to check out our guide on the pros and cons of each.
Fast response time
LG has been producing some of the best gaming-focused televisions for several years and continues the trend with the C8 range. Available in 55-, 65-, and 77-inch variants, it ticks almost every box a gamer could hope for at a reasonable price.
With very slim bezels and minimal depth, it's an attractive television with specifications to match. The crisp OLED panel has fantastic picture quality and wide viewing angles that make it ideal for use with a group of friends.
Response time is exceptionally fast with minimal blur, so you'll only be able to blame your slow reactions when another player outguns you. The perfect blacks of the OLED display make the picture look fantastic in a darkened room, but the screen gets bright enough to handle well-lit spaces too.
"OLED technology is the best-of-the-best when it comes to home television picture quality. If you want to take full advantage of current-gen games and get a leg up on next-gen titles, you can't go wrong with the LG C8." — Taylor Clemons, Product Tester
DTS Studio Sound
Motion Rate 120
Only two HDMI inputs
If you're a hobbyist gamer on a strict budget, the Hisense 40-inch Android Smart TV is a great fit for your space. This TV has a price point that's easy on the wallet and packed with plenty of features to give you the best gaming experience possible. The LED panel delivers full HD 1080p resolution so you still get tons of details and rich colors when you pop in your favorite games.
The built-in speakers use DTS Studio Sound to create a virtual surround sound listening experience without the need for external home theater equipment. This means you'll never miss team chat or an enemy's footsteps, giving you that extra edge in matches. With a refresh rate of 60Hz and Motion Rate 120 programming, motion blur is smoothed out to give you a clear, clean picture even during intense firefights or chase scenes.
Cable Management built in
Bluetooth connectivity for headsets and soundbars
No Bluetooth keyboard support
If your living room or gaming space is on the smaller side, check out the Samsung UN43RU7100FXZA. This TV measures just 43 inches diagonally, making it perfect for smaller TV stands or tables. You can also mount this TV to the wall for more placement options when dedicated furniture isn't an option.
As with all newer Samsung TVs, this model features built-in cable management channels and ties to help keep your setup looking clean and sleek. With Bluetooth connectivity, you can use wireless headphones for private gaming or set up a soundbar for a more immersive gaming audio experience. The 4K UHD LED panel features HDR support for enhanced details and contrast so all your games look their best. The TV also has Samsung's proprietary Purcolor technology for better color saturation and more lifelike images.
Dolby Vision HDR10/HLG support
AirPlay 2 support
Great refresh rate
For those looking to purchase a large-format TV for their living room or gaming space, the LG 86UM8070PUA is the perfect choice. This TV measures a whopping 86 inches diagonally, giving you the ultimate big-screen gaming experience. With support for Dolby Vision HDR10 and HLG, you'll get a boost in color saturation, contrast, and detail for more lifelike images and a more immersive experience.
The second-generation a7 processor that powers the TV has machine learning AI built in to automatically analyze games as well as movies and shows to offer optimal picture and sound settings. With a refresh rate of 120Hz, motion blur is virtually nonexistent, giving you the clearest picture possible even during the most intense action scenes. You also get AirPlay 2 connectivity with this model, allowing you to cast mobile games as well as videos and pictures to your big screen. The built-in Bluetooth connectivity allows you to use a headset for private gaming or put together the ultimate home theater speaker setup.
Low latency input
Up to 120Hz refresh rate
Several sizes available
No native voice controls
Sony's premium television models have long been a good choice for gamers, and the X900F is no exception. It particularly excels for gaming in 4K, with some of the best bang-for-buck you'll find in this area.
This model has superb picture quality, both with and without HDR, and is especially impressive in darkened rooms due to the high contrast ratio and well-implemented screen dimming technology. Color saturation is uniformly excellent, no matter what mode you're in, and input lag is especially low for a 4K display.
The fast response time helps ensure blur is kept to a minimum in fast-moving games, even if you're playing in 4K at the standard 60Hz refresh rate. Up to 120Hz is possible at lower resolutions, but you won't get HDR at the same time.
Available in several variants from 49" upward, Sony makes it easy to find the size that works best for your space.
All glass design
Possibility of picture burn-in
Televisions that use OLED panels are some of the best of the best on the market, and the LG E9 55-Inch 4K UHD TV is no exception. With an OLED screen, you get an exceptional color range and saturation as well as deep blacks and bright whites for better contrast and detailing. The TV is built around LG's second-generation a9 processor for faster reaction times and better picture rendering. It also features four-step noise reduction for even better picture clarity.
It features Nvidia G-Sync compatibility for enhanced console and PC gaming. You'll get smooth motion during action scenes and near-perfect blacks for more lifelike images. The built-in ThinQ AI analyzes scenes and suggests optimal picture and sound settings for more immersive and cinema-quality experiences. This TV supports WISA speaker compatibility so you can set up a 5.1 channel surround sound system for better game audio. It also supports AirPlay 2 connectivity so you can cast mobile games, videos, music, and pictures right to your TV. The all-glass design makes this TV a sleek and stylish addition to any space.
Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant built-in
Plenty of inputs
Limited language support for voice commands
If you're willing to dig a little deeper into your pockets to buy a gaming-specific TV, look no further than the LG Nano 8 75-Inch 4K UHD smart TV. Like its cousin, the UM8070, this model is built around the second generation a7 processor, giving you better picture rendering and faster reaction speed. It also provides the built-in ThinQ AI to give you automatic picture and sound setting suggestions based on what you're watching or playing. You also get the ability to connect your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant device for voice commands over your TV and game consoles.
With Dolby Vision HDR10 support and LG's Nanocolor technology, you'll get super detailed pictures and great color volume time and time again. This TV features WISA speaker compatibility and Bluetooth connectivity so you can set up the perfect home theater audio system for a more immersive gaming experience. It also has four HDMI inputs and 2 USB ports so you can connect all your consoles and other media devices at once.
Auto Depth Enhancer
While curved TVs haven't gained the popularity manufacturers hoped they would, they still provide a quality gaming experience. The Samsung UN55RU7300FXZA is built with their proprietary UHD processor for better 4K UHD resolution from native sources and cleaner upscaling from standard HD media. It also offers HDR support and Samsung's Purcolor technology for enhanced detailing and color saturation for more true-to-life images no matter what you're playing.
With a refresh rate of 60Hz, Motion Rate 120 programming, and the Automatic Depth Enhancer, action scenes are silky smooth and the contrast is automatically adjusted for a better sense of depth and a more immersive experience. With built-in Bluetooth connectivity, you can use wireless headphones for private gaming or set up a soundbar for more cinematic audio.
Custom input names
Custom input picture settings
Single coax input limits retro console setup
If you're looking for a solid investment TV for your living room or gaming space, the Toshiba 50-Inch Fire TV is a great choice. With a price point that easily fits all but the strictest of budgets, this TV still delivers plenty of options to make your gaming experience one of the best. With a 4K UHD resolution and Dolby Vision HDR support, you can take your gaming to the next level with enhanced details, contrast, and color volume.
It's powered by a quad-core CPU and multi-core GPU for faster input response speed and picture rendering. With three HDMI inputs, you can connect all your consoles or other media devices at once. You can also give each input a custom name so you never forget what is hooked up where. Each input can have customized picture settings as well, so no matter what you're watching or playing, the image always looks its best. It comes packaged with a voice remote with Alexa built-in so you get hands-free control over your TV and consoles. With automatic firmware and software updates, you never have to worry about keeping up to date.
Built-in cable management
Real Game Enhancer mode with FreeSync
For serious console gamers, the Samsung 8 Series 55-inch Smart TV is the perfect pick. This TV is built with Samsung's UHD processor for beautiful native 4K UHD resolution and smooth upscaling of standard HD content. With HDR support and Samsung's Dynamic Crystal Color technology, you get vibrant color saturation and a more lifelike picture. This TV also features a Real Game Enhancer mode with FreeSync technology as well as a refresh rate of 120Hz. This setting prevents picture tearing and stuttering for smoother gameplay even during intense action scenes like firefights and chases.
The slim array LED screen provides a wide viewing angle so no matter where you are, you have the best seat in the house. The sleek and slim design of the TV itself and the built-in cable management channels and ties ensure a modern, clean-looking set up even if you have multiple consoles connected. With four HDMI inputs, two USB ports, and Bluetooth connectivity, you never have to worry about how you'll connect all your game consoles and media devices.
Ideal for everything from gaming to sports and movies, there's very little to complain about with the LG C8, and it's our top overall pick as a result.
Our collection of trusted experts haven't gotten their eyes on any of our top picks for the best gaming TVs just yet. Once they'll do, they'll be running a series of tests with a variety of consoles to check not just for visual fidelity, but also for input lag or latency. They'll also be paying attention to the sound quality of each model as well as how many devices each TV can support.
Taylor Clemons has been reviewing and writing about consumer electronics for over three years. She has also worked in e-commerce product management and has extensive experience with what makes a TV a great choice for home entertainment.
LED or OLED - Not all televisions are lit in the same manner. More traditional LED televisions are illuminated entirely by one LED backlight, while OLED televisions have each pixel lit individually. The difference is stunning dark black color and extremely vibrant colors with excellent contrast.
HDR/Dolby Vision - Looking to get the brightest and most beautiful colors from your television? Seek out a solution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) or Dolby Vision; these features allow your television to display a more dynamic range of colors at once. The difference between HDR and Dolby Vision is very subtle and Dolby Vision is only slightly better. If you can afford it, buying a Dolby Vision TV is a smarter option since these are also compatible with HDR content.
Smart features - Don’t have an Apple TV or Roku box? Not a problem—many televisions now offer built-in smart apps such as Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu. If you don’t already have a streaming box, these are some excellent features to look for when shopping. You’ll save money because you won’t have to buy a streaming box to access those services.