The 8 Best TVs for Gaming in 2020

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The Rundown
"With built-in AMD FreeSync and an automatic game mode, you'll get incredibly low input response times and prevent screen tearing."
"The updated Tizen operating system has an automatic game mode that detects when your console turns on."
"With a 43-inch screen, it's able to either be mounted on a wall to free up floor space or tuck away onto a table or shelf."
Best Large Screen:
HP Omen X 65 Emperium at Amazon
"The integrated 120 watt soundbar is professionally tuned to give you incredible, immersive audio without external equipment."
"Intelligent backlighting gives you deep, inky blacks for enhanced contrast to make colors pop."
"With built-in Harman Kardon speakers and an included wireless subwoofer, you'll get top-notch audio."
"The curved screen is meant to help reduce glare from windows and overhead lights."
"This model is the latest OLED TV from LG, using upgraded tech to give you over 1 billion colors."

Gaming TVs are built from the ground-up to rival the latest gaming monitors, bringing console gamers on par with their PC counterparts. The latest gaming TVs are now compatible with technologies like Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync to reduce input lag and screen tearing for improved gaming sessions without the frustration of delayed reactions to your button presses or a cheap death from a stuttering screen throwing off your rhythm. With 4K UHD resolution becoming more mainstream, it has also become much more affordable than it has ever been, allowing console gamers looking to buy a new TV that can keep up with the latest triple-A and indie games can stick to a modest budget while still getting great picture quality. If picture quality is the only thing you care about, an OLED model is the best choice, though you will have to be willing to pay more; a lot more if you want a larger screen. 

Many Samsung televisions have built-in eco sensors that monitor the ambient light and sound in your gaming space, automatically adjusting settings like volume and screen brightness for the best experience in almost any environment. When you aren't getting in a few rounds of Dead by Daylight or racking up wins in Apex Legends, with a smart TV, you can download apps like Twitch and YouTube to keep up with your favorite streamers and professional gamers; some smart TVs allow you to screen mirror your Android or iOS devices so you can watch walkthrough videos or stream highlight reels on a larger screen. We've rounded up our top picks, breaking down their most important features for console gaming, to help you decide which gaming TV is best for you.

Best Overall: Samsung QN85Q70TAFXZA 85-Inch 4K Smart TV

What We Like
  • Updated processor

  • AMD FreeSync

  • Adaptive picture and audio

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive even at smaller sizes

The Samsung Q70T 85-inch model is the best TV available for gaming. It features an updated QLED panel that uses dual LED lighting to produce cool and warm colors simultaneously, giving you over one billion colors and excellent contrasting. With built-in AMD FreeSync and an automatic game mode, you'll get incredibly low input response times and prevent frustrating screen tearing and stuttering. It has built-in eco sensors that automatically monitor your room's lighting and ambient sound and adjust picture and audio settings for optimal visuals and sound. It's built with an all-new Qunatum 4K processor for faster response times and better picture rendering, and with Quantum HDR, you'll get images that rival OLED quality. The processor also allows for AI-assisted upscaling of non-4K games so even your older gen and retro games look amazing. 

The voice-enabled remote works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung's Bixby so you can open apps, turn on your consoles, or adjust settings without having to navigate confusing menus or memorize the four HDMI input names. It has an ambient mode that can turn your TV into a piece of art or gaming related decor when not in use so it will better blend into your living room or gaming space. It also has a multi-view feature that allows you to mirror your smartphone or tablet screen while simultaneously streaming movies, shows, or gaming; perfect for pulling up walkthroughs or helpful videos when you're stuck on tricky puzzles or bosses.

"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 Under $500: Samsung UN43TU8000FXZA 43-Inch Crystal UHD

What We Like
  • Voice controls

  • Automatic game mode

  • Integrated cable management

What We Don't Like
  • Not QLED

  • No G-Sync/FreeSync

A new TV that gives you all of the features you want to take full advantage of current and next-gen consoles can be pricey. Fortunately, the Samsung TU8000 43-inch TV is a more affordable option; With a price tag comfortably under $500, you won't have to dip into next month's game fund to get a great new TV. This model uses Samsung's Crystal Display technology to give you excellent 4K resolution with HDR support as well as more true-to-life colors and contrast to make triple-A, indie, and retro games all look their best. The updated Tizen operating system has an automatic game mode that detects when your console turns on, automatically adjusting picture settings, refresh rates, and reduces input lag for a better gaming experience. 

It also has Bixby and Alexa built in for hands-free controls over your TV and consoles; you can connect a Google Home smart speaker or download the Google Assistant app for expanded voice commands. You can connect your smartphone or tablet to the TV via Bluetooth or Apple AirPlay2, allowing you to play mobile games or watch walkthrough videos on a larger screen. The back of the TV has three HDMI inputs as well as an RF connection and composite/component input so you can connect everything from an old-school NES to the PS5. The TV also features cable management channels and clips to help keep your gaming space looking neat and organized and prevent wire damage to power and video cables.

Best Small Screen: Samsung UN43TU8000FXZA 43-Inch Crystal UHD

What We Like
  • Voice controls

  • Automatic game mode

  • Edge-to-Edge picture

What We Don't Like
  • Only 2 HDMI inputs

If your living or gaming room is short on space, the Samsung TU8000 is an excellent option. With a 43-inch screen, it's able to either be mounted on a wall to free up floor space or tuck away onto a table or shelf. With a new Crystal 4K processor and HDR support, you'll get stunning 4K resolution, color, and contrast. It also allows for upscaling of non-4K games and content for consistent picture quality. It features a dedicated game mode that automatically detects when your console is powered on and then optimizes picture and audio settings for faster input responses and lower latency for virtually lag-free gaming. 

The minimal bezel around the screen gives you an edge-to-edge picture for a more immersive gaming experience. The voice-enabled remote gives you access to Bixby and Alexa right out of the box for hands-free controls over your TV and consoles. With Bluetooth connectivity, you can connect external audio equipment for surround sound or stream music and videos from your phone or tablet.

Best Large Screen: HP Omen X 65 Emperium

What We Like
  • Integrated soundbar

  • 144Hz refresh rate

  • Nvidia G-Sync compatible

What We Don't Like
  • No AMD FreeSync support

  • No voice controls

  • Very expensive

Gamers who want a big screen to show off their skills and better immerse themselves into different worlds and stories, the HP Omen X Emperium is an excellent option. While technically a monitor and not a TV, it still gives you a 65-inch screen and excellent 4K resolution so you can see every detail in your favorite triple-A and indie games. It has a refresh rate of 144Hz, which is better than a lot of high-end televisions, giving you exceptionally smooth action even during the most intense battles and chase scenes, and the anti-glare coating on the screen gives you better visibility and viewing angles in all but the brightest of rooms. 

With an input response time of 4ms, you'll get near real-time reactions on screen to your button presses to give you the extra edge you need to win tense online matches; It also supports Nvidia G-Sync technology to prevent screen tearing and stuttering. The integrated 120 watt soundbar is professionally tuned to give you incredible, immersive audio without external equipment. You can use the HP Omen command center app to customize the built-in RGB lighting and show off your personal style. It has three HDMI inputs and a DisplayPort input so you can connect your consoles as well as your gaming PC for the ultimate setup.

Best 4K: Samsung Q80T 49-Inch 4K UHD Android TV

What We Like
  • Adaptive picture and sound

  • Bluetooth

  • 4 HDMI inputs

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

  • Low refresh rate

If you're looking for a TV that will give you excellent, reliable 4K resolution, the Samsung Q80T is the model you want. It comes in screen sizes ranging from 49-inches for small rooms and apartments, all the way up to 85-inches for home theaters. It uses dual LED lighting for simultaneous warm and cool color production as well as Quantum HDR for crisp detailing. Intelligent backlighting gives you deep, inky blacks for enhanced contrast to make colors pop. The AI-assisted processor and eco sensors analyze your content and monitor your room's ambient lighting and sound to automatically give you optimal picture and sound settings. It also features an active voice amplifier so you'll never miss a line of dialogue. 

The Q80T uses object tracking sound to give you virtual 3D audio without extra speakers or soundbars; but if you want to really upgrade your home theater or gaming space, you can use Bluetooth connectivity to wirelessly set up the ultimate audio configuration. The voice-enabled remote gives you access to Bixby, Alexa, and Google Assistant right out of the box for hands-free control over your TV and consoles. With four HDMI inputs, you can connect multiple consoles at once and easily access them through the intuitive universal guide.

Best Splurge: Hisense L10 Series 100-inch 4K UHD Laser TV

What We Like
  • Ultra-short throw distance

  • Harman Kardon sound system

  • Alexa-enabled remote

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy

  • Very, Very expensive

The Hisense 100L10E is designed for gamers with exceptionally deep pockets and a desire to stay on the bleeding edge of home entertainment technology. This laser projection TV has an ultra-short throw distance of just 8 inches, meaning you won't have to worry about someone walking in front of the projector, blocking your view and ruining your momentum. It comes with a 100-inch screen that rejects ambient light for better colors and deeper contrast. With built-in Harman Kardon speakers and an included wireless subwoofer, you'll get top-notch audio to match the incredible 4K picture quality. 

The laser lamp produces up to 3,000 lumens of brightness so you get a great image in all but the very brightest of rooms. The remote is voice-enabled and features Alexa built-in so you get hands-free controls right out of the box. It also has preloaded apps like Netflix and Hulu for when you want to take a break from your games and catch up with your favorite shows. With four HDMI inputs, you can connect multiple consoles as well as other playback devices for an efficient home theater configuration. There is also a 120-inch version for truly cinematic gaming.

Best Curved TV: Samsung Samsung UN55TU8300FXZA 55-Inch Curved 4K TV

What We Like
  • Auto Game Mode

  • Remote PC Access

  • Integrated cable management

What We Don't Like
  • Tap View only available on Samsung Galaxy

While curved televisions haven't become as popular as manufacturers have hoped, Samsung still offers a model for customers who prefer them to flat screens. The TU8300 features an updated design with modern, sleek aesthetics to compliment any living room or gaming space decor. It also has integrated cable management channels on the back of the fram to help keep your HDMI cables and power cords organized and tangle-free. The curved screen is meant to help reduce glare from windows and overhead lights while also providing wide viewing angles for a better gaming or movie watching experience. The all-new display gives you great 4K UHD resolution with HDR support for enhanced contrast, detailing, and color volume. PC gamers will love that this TV is able to wirelessly connect to a computer for remote access to games, programs, and web pages right from your couch; perfect for when you want to get a few rounds of Among Us in before bed, but don't want to sit in your desk chair. 

You can also connect your mobile device via Bluetooth or AirPlay 2 to share highlight videos from your favorite streamers and YouTubers, view walkthrough videos, or play mobile games on your TV. If you have a Samsung Galaxy phone, you can screen mirror with a simple tap on the TV for an instant connection. The new Tizen operating system not only lets you stream movies and shows when you aren't gaming, it has integrated voice controls via Alexa, Google Assistant, or Samsung Bixby as well as an automatic game mode. This feature automatically detects when a console is turned on and adjusts picture settings, refresh rates, and reduces input lag for a better gaming experience.

Best OLED: LG LG OLED77GXPUA 77-Inch OLED 4K TV

What We Like
  • Excellent picture quality

  • Nvidia G-Sync/AMD FreeSync

  • Sports alert

What We Don't Like
  • Very expensive

If you want the best when it comes to picture quality, the GX series from LG is the only option. This model is the latest OLED TV from LG, using upgraded tech to give you over 1 billion colors along with excellent 4K UHD resolution with HDR support. Each pixel is individually lit, allowing you to see the deepest, inky blacks and brightest whites possible for enhanced contrast and more true-to-life pictures. The third generation a9 processor no only gives you features you've come to expect from a smart television, it uses artificial intelligence to upscale non-4K content for better clarity and detailing as well as work with Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync technologies for a virtually lag-and-frustration-free gaming experience. 

The TV's design was inspired by high-end art galleries, featuring a sleek, sophisticated design that allows for flush or recessed wall mounting to suit your space's decor. The built-in speakers use Dolby Atmos to deliver virtual surround sound without the hassle of setting up external speakers and subwoofers; though if you want to, you can connect soundbars, satellite speakers, and subwoofers to the TV via Bluetooth for a custom, wireless home theater configuration. If you can't live without your virtual assistant, the GX has both Alexa and Google Assistant built in for hands-free controls. It also works with Apple Homekit so you can use Siri. Madden and NBA 2K fans will love the sports alert feature. It shows you quick, instant updates on scores, league standing, and other information that can help you build the ultimate virtual sports dynasty.

Final Verdict

The Samsung Q70T gives you the best balance between price, features, and picture quality. The dual LED panels work together, creating warm and cool colors simultaneously for richer colors. With AMD FreeSync compatibility, screen tearing and input lag are virtually gone. And the built-in eco sensors automatically adjust picture and audio settings for the best experience in almost any environment. But, when it comes to picture quality alone, the LG GX is the ultimate choice. This TV used OLED technology and individually lit pixels to create the most true-to-life colors, contrast, and images available for home theaters. It works with both Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync to reduce input lag and improve video performance, as well as Dolby Atmos for virtual surround sound audio.

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.

The Ultimate Gaming TV Buying Guide

Your choice of television can make or break your gaming experience. If you keep up with the latest trends, you know that developers and console manufacturers alike are pushing into the future of gaming by supporting native 4K resolution, HDR technology, and video sync technology like Nvidia G Sync and AMD FreeSync. These features are also beneficial to anyone who prefers to use a television rather than a monitor for their PC gaming sessions. Video sync technology lowers input lag for near real-time responses to your inputs, letting televisions rival the best gaming monitors; you also get a larger viewing area and the luxury of gaming on your comfy couch rather than being cramped up in an office chair at a desk. If you're a retro gamer devoted to classic consoles and titles, you may not need all the bells and whistles that top-of-the-line TVs offer. You can still buy a TV that gives you excellent 1080p or 720p HD to make colors more vibrant and provides great detailing so you can fall in love with your favorite games all over again. 

There are also a variety of screen sizes available to suit your gaming space. Do you have a dedicated media room that's a bit on the smaller side? You may want a 32 or 43-inch television so the space doesn't feel cramped. Do you game in your living room? A 55-inch television is an excellent choice for medium-sized space. Have a home theater that you want to turn into the ultimate gaming room? There are televisions available in sizes from 65 inches all the way to 120 inches to give you a much more immersive experience. Different sizes also come at different price points, making it easier to figure out what kind of budget you're able to work with. There are other important factors to consider when shopping for a dedicated gaming TV, and we'll break them down to help you decide which is right for you.

LG C7 Series 4K Ultra HD OLED TV Example
LG C7 Series 4K Ultra HD OLED TV Example. Image provided by LG Electronics

LED vs OLED vs QLED

Once you've figured out what screen size you'd like, it's time to consider which picture technology you'd like your new gaming TV to have. The most common is a traditional edge or backlit LED screen. These models are usually the most affordable since they use older, more established technology to produce colors and images. You can get an LED television that produces 720p, 1080p full HD, or 4K UHD resolution; each resolution has its benefits for different aspects of gaming. If you're mostly going to play older games, it's best to go with a lower resolution to preserve their aesthetics and graphics quality. These televisions usually have great color ranges, contrast, and detailing that will make all but the most hardcore of gamers happy. If you want to take it one step further though, you could choose a QLED television. These models use quantum dot technology (particles smaller than the width of a human hair suspended between substrates and which utilize electrical currents to produce colors and pixels) to pack more pixels into a screen, therefore allowing much more detailing than their traditional LED cousins. 

They also are capable of a wider range of colors, usually in the tens of millions, for more lifelike pictures; some also have local dimming or contrast control zones, meaning the individual LEDs are turned off in an area where black is shown in order to achieve greater depth and enhanced contrast to make colors really pop and sharpen details. Brands like Samsung, TCL, and Vizio have plenty of options for a QLED TV in a variety of screen sizes. For those who have to have the best of the best when it comes to home entertainment, an OLED TV is the only way to go. These kinds of televisions use cutting-edge picture technology, utilizing organic compounds and substrates for ultra-bright and vibrant colors, super-wide color ranges, ultra-enhanced contrast, and excellent detailing. These televisions usually trend towards the larger end of the size spectrum, with screens averaging around 65 inches and topping out at 82 or 96 inches. They also sport the highest price tags since OLED technology is fairly new and expensive to produce. However, it's a sound investment if you're looking to buy a TV that will be able to keep up with gaming trends for years to come.

Samsung Q7F Series Flat QLED Ultra HD TV Example
Samsung Q7F Series Flat QLED Ultra HD TV Example. Image courtesy of Amazon

Resolution and Audio

So we have a budget set and chose our screen technology, and now it's time to talk screen resolution and audio options. As we've mentioned above, while 4K has become the new gold standard for home entertainment, it's still possible to find TVs with 720p or 1080p resolution. These models are great for anyone who mostly plays older generations of games. The lower detailing and color ranges makes preserving classic game aesthetics easier since 4K upscaling can make old games look distorted. Current generation console and PC gamers will benefit most from a TV that provides native 4K UHD resolution, since many new games are now optimized for it. TVs that have native 4K resolution give you four times the pixels of full 1080p models, meaning you get way more detailing, letting you take full advantage of current gen game graphics. These models are also becoming more and more affordable since they're more common as well. You can pick up a greak 4K TV for just a few hundred dollars and still get a great picture. 

Some manufacturers have taken the leap into the future of home entertainment and started to offer 8K televisions. While it may be tempting to spring for one of these models, you should consider that not only are they outrageously expensive, there really isn't any need yet to have 8K; no games support this resolution yet, and probably won't for at least a generation or two. Audio is another feature to consider when choosing a TV. Some models have Bluetooth connectivity which lets you wirelessly connect soundbars, speakers, and subwoofers to create a surround sound setup. Others support Dolby Atmos, a technology that allows your TVs built-in speakers to create 5.1 CH virtual surround sound without the need for external equipment. More high-end TVs use object tracking sound to create virtual surround sound or 3D audio for a more immersive experience.

LG 55EG9100 55-inch Curved Screen 3D OLED TV
LG 55EG9100 55-inch Curved Screen 3D OLED TV. Image provided by LG

AMD FreeSync vs NVIDIA G Sync

While shopping for a new gaming TV, you may have noticed that certain brands have started including either Nvidia G Sync, AMD FreeSync, or both in their newest models. Without getting into boring technical jargon, these technologies are in place to make sure that your TV's refresh rate and the framerate of your game sync up to prevent jittery and stuttering images and screen tearing. Console gamers really don't have to worry about this too much, since the PS4 and Nintendo Switch don't support either of these technologies, and the Xbox One S and Xbox One X have native AMD FreeSync capabilities. It really only comes into play if you use a television rather than a monitor for PC gaming. Deciding which technology to spring for depends on your GPU; if you have an Nvidia-based video card, it will only support G Sync, and an AMD/Radeon-based card will only support FreeSync. 

But syncing your refresh and frame rates isn't the only thing these technologies can do. They can also reduce input lag and latency for near real-time reactions on screen to your inputs, letting your TV rival high-end gaming monitors. Newer versions of the software also allows for wider color gamuts and deeper, inkier blacks for enhanced contrast to make details really stand out and give you the extra edge you need in both multiplayer matches and solo campaigns. The good thing about models with these technologies is that G Sync and FreeSync are built into the TV itself, meaning that unlike a monitor, you won't have to connect your console or PC to a display port input to take advantage of its capabilities. These TVs usually have dedicated game modes that automatically detect when you're using a console or gaming rig and switch on the technology for hassle-free setup and picture setting adjustment.