The 10 Best TVs for Gaming in 2020

For a truly immersive gaming experience

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The Rundown

Best Overall: LG C8 at Amazon

"The LG C8 ticks almost every box a gamer could hope for at a reasonable price."

Best on a Budget: Hisense 40H5590F 40-Inch Android Smart TV at Amazon

"The LED panel delivers full HD 1080p in a 40-inch frame for crisp, sharp details."

Best for Small Spaces: Samsung UN43RU7100FXZA 43-Inch 4K UHD TV at Amazon

"This model features built-in cable management channels and ties to help keep your setup looking clean and sleek."

Best for Big-Screen Glory: LG 86UM8070PUA 86-Inch 4K UHD Smart TV at Amazon

"This TV measures a whopping 86 inches diagonally, giving you the ultimate big-screen gaming experience."

Best for 4K Gaming: Sony X900F at Amazon

"The X900F particularly excels for gaming in 4K, with super picture quality, high-contract ratio, and well-implemented screen dimming."

Best With OLED Display: LG OLED55E9PUA E9 Series 55-Inch 4K UHD TV at Amazon

"The TV is built around LG's second generation a9 processor for faster reaction times and better picture rendering."

Best Splurge: LG 75SM8670PUA Nano 8 Series 75-Inch 4K UHD Smart TV at Amazon

"With Dolby Vision HDR10 support and LG's Nanocolor technology, you'll get super detailed pictures and great color volume."

Best Curved Display: Samsung UN55RU7300FXZA 55-Inch at Amazon

"Action scenes are silky smooth and the contrast is automatically adjusted for a better sense of depth."

Best Mid-Range Option: Toshiba 50LF711U20 50-Inch 4K UHD TV at Amazon

"With a 4K UHD resolution and Dolby Vision HDR support, you can take your gaming to the next level."

Best for Video Game Consoles: Samsung UN55RU8000FXZA 55-Inch 8 Series Smart TV at Amazon

"This TV features a Real Game Enhancer mode with FreeSync technology."

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.

Best Overall: LG C8

What We Like
  • OLED screen

  • Fast response time

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

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

Best on a Budget: Hisense 40H5590F 40-Inch Android Smart TV

What We Like
  • Under $200

  • DTS Studio Sound

  • Motion Rate 120

What We Don't Like
  • 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.

Best for Small Spaces: Samsung UN43RU7100FXZA 43-Inch 4K UHD TV

What We Like
  • Cable Management built in

  • Bluetooth connectivity for headsets and soundbars

What We Don't Like
  • 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.

Best for Big-Screen Glory: LG 86UM8070PUA 86-Inch 4K UHD Smart TV

What We Like
  • Dolby Vision HDR10/HLG support

  • AirPlay 2 support

  • Great refresh rate

What We Don't Like
  • Firmware issues

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.

Best for 4K Gaming: Sony X900F

What We Like
  • Low latency input

  • Up to 120Hz refresh rate

  • Several sizes available

What We Don't Like
  • 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.

Best With OLED Display: LG OLED55E9PUA E9 Series 55-Inch 4K UHD TV

What We Like
  • All glass design

  • Nvidia G-Sync

  • Built-in AI

What We Don't Like
  • 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.

Best Splurge: LG 75SM8670PUA Nano 8 Series 75-Inch 4K UHD Smart TV

What We Like
  • Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant built-in

  • Built-in AI

  • Plenty of inputs

What We Don't Like
  • 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.

Best Curved Display: Samsung UN55RU7300FXZA 55-Inch

What We Like
  • HDR support

  • Motion Rate 120

  • Auto Depth Enhancer

What We Don't Like
  • No Bluetooth keyboard support

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.

Best Mid-Range Option: Toshiba 50LF711U20 50-Inch 4K UHD TV

What We Like
  • Custom input names

  • Custom input picture settings

  • Automatic updates

What We Don't Like
  • 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.

Best for Video Game Consoles: Samsung UN55RU8000FXZA 55-Inch 8 Series Smart TV

What We Like
  • Built-in cable management

  • Real Game Enhancer mode with FreeSync

  • Plenty of inputs

What We Don't Like
  • Single coax input limits retro console setup

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.

Final Verdict

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.

About our Trusted Experts

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.

What to look for in a Gaming TV

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.