The Best Gaming TVs (2019 Update)

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Next to your game console, your television is the most critical part of any gaming setup. No matter how much power your console brings or how revolutionary your newest game is, you'll experience it through your TV. If you're a gamer who's thinking of upgrading your current television, you'll probably want to know what TV is the right one for you. Below, we have you covered across a variety of price points. Whether you play games on an Xbox One, PS4, or Nintendo Switch, you'll want to take a look at the best gaming TVs of 2018.

Considerations

No matter what TV you decide to purchase, you'll want to take a few key features into consideration.

4K: Assuming you plan to keep your television around for the better part of the next decade, you'll want to future-proof your set as much as you can. And with the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X on the market--and next-gen consoles not too far out--4K is clearly the default resolution going forward. They cost a bit more than less pixel-dense displays, but prices have come down a lot in recent years.

HDR: Most newer TVs support HDR, or high dynamic range. This basically means that the television can display an exceptionally high contrast ratio--meaning brighter brights--and a wider range of colors. Not all HDR televisions are created equal, though, so you have to be careful when buying. However, when it's done right, it makes the image practically burst off the screen.

Input lag: When it comes to gaming, one of the most important specs a TV can have is low input lag. Input lag is the amount of time it takes the TV to display new information from a source. When playing a game, that's the time between you pressing a button on the controller and the result occurring onscreen. Unfortunately, input lag isn't something TV manufacturers put on their spec sheets. To get that information, you need to visit a site like RTings that performs in-depth tests. We've taken input lag into consideration in the selections below.

Best Gaming TV

Source: CNET
Source: CNET

For those with deep enough pockets to drop a couple grand on a television, you can't go wrong with an LG OLED B8. Our sister site CNET says that its image quality is nearly identical to that of 2019 models that are hundreds of dollars more expensive, with exceptional brightness and a spectacular color range. It also has low input lag for precision gaming.

Beyond its exceptional functionality, it features a thoughtfully minimalist design. With only a thin black border lining the screen and no logo visible on its front, everything but the display melts away when you turn it on.

Best Gaming TV Under $1,000

Source: CNET
Source: CNET

TVs that cost between $700 and $1,000 fall in the happy medium between budget sets and high-end technological beasts. They don't reach the heights of picture quality you'll find in models that cost twice as much or more, but you can definitely see the improvement when compared with cheaper TVs.

Our pick for this category is the TCL 6 series, which presents terrific image quality, with bright brights, deep blacks, and excellent colors. According to CNET, it's still the best value by far in 2019, with the best picture in its class and it can nearly hold its own against TVs in the $2,000 range.

Best Budget 4K Gaming TV

Source: CNET
Source: CNET

For an even cheaper option, try the TCL 4 series. These are still 4K HDR televisions, but they come in wider range of sizes, including smaller models with scaled-down pricing that starts at under $300. As expected, the image quality is lower than you'll find in the pricier TVs above, but the input lag is nice and low, and it beats out other televisions in this price range. Read CNET's TCL 4 review for more information.

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meharu

Future proof? aren't 8k tvs with variable refresh rate (vrr) around the corner?

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TwoGirlsOneCub

Unless you absolutely need a TV right now don't bother until hdmi 2.1 compatible ones come out.

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Vodoo

CNET is not the most accurate source when it comes to TV's.

I can tell people an excellent gaming tv. It's the Vizio Quantum PQ65-F1. It's Vizio's first Quantum Dot tv. Rtings gave it a 9.2 score and said it's equal to, and surpasses in some areas, Samsung's highest model QLED, the Q9FN.

This tv was just on sale for $500 off from Sam's Club, Costco and Best Buy, but I think it just ended a few days ago. Meaning it was $1,500 for a 65" 4K HDR tv. It has Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, as well as 192 local dimming zones, which is insane on a 65". It's also 2000 nits of peak brightness and Smartcast built-in. Blacks were 98% of an OLED's capability because of how many zones it has.

I bought the tv when it was on sale to replace another 4K tv that didn't have HDR. My regular PS4 looked incredible, as well as the X1X and 4K streaming.

Unfortunately, the one weak spot was the upscaler for cable tv signals, which are terrible compressed signals. Because the tv is so sharp it enhances the flaws in a cable box signal and it looked worse than my other Vizio 4K without HDR.

The tv is only available in one size this year, 65". Unfortunately I had to return it because it wasn't just used for gaming. But if you give it a 1080p or 4K signal, the picture is amazing. The color out of the box was terrible and took me almost a week to dial it in perfectly.

So hopefully next year they improve the upscaler, as this is it's first year out. Plus I already had a 65", so would prefer a 75" for my next tv.

My friend has the LG OLED C series and has burn-in. Unfortunately, burn-in is not covered by LG under their warranty. That is the main reason you shouldn't use an OLED for long gaming sessions.

I've also talked to people that own rhe TCL 6 series. Every one of them said that tv is not worth $1,000 even though it looks good on paper.

I'm a head cable technician in the field btw. So I see tv's everyday, all day.

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ridah_2pac

LG OLED C7 - be cautious on buying this set for gaming. Subsequent to the review, LG released an update that made the "Game HDR mode" very dim, infuriating many gamers (a petition was even initiated). LG responded with 'it is what it is' (paraphrasing).

Basically, do some research if you plan to go with this one. I'm surprised the author didn't do a bit more research on this TV rather than just rely on one 3rd party review.

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untouchables111

I use the C7 and its amazing. the color and inf contrast making 4k HDR/dolby vision game play so much more than i could have exp on any other set.

i only use the set for gaming and have played shooters for 10+ hours many times and have yet to see any residual imaging. i also dont use the sales floor settings, as no one should be. if u spend 4 grand on a tv u should spend the time to have it calibrated for proper accuracy. having the set backlight level at 90 is bad on any set. mine if at 50

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nofreikinleoms

Yea Gamespot its probably best to keep the TV reviews for Cnet. your format doesnt work and the commentary is pretty lame. this reads more like an advertisement more than anything else.

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Atzenkiller

So what kind of manufacturere is TCL? I don't remember ever hearing about it and just looking at the prices those tvs are dirt cheap for gaming capable 4K HDR tvs. Are they really as good as this article claims? Cause you never hear anything good about cheap tvs from no name brands and they're usually really not made for gaming at all.

I also can't find these specific models on Amazon Germany at all, but I guess that's nothing unusual.

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dspino

@Atzenkiller: They are a china based company, basically just taking the tech they already make for Samsung etc and putting their own name on it. They are good, but with companies like this they start out good and cheap, then over time just match the price and sell cheap crap. (look at Vizio) Kind of build a name so other people refer them, then they can get away with it. As of NOW though, they are as good as entry grade Samsung's, but half the price.

Amazon sells them. I work there, the warehouse is full of them, and we move A LOT of them all the time.

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Javier

from Rtings: LG OLED C7 Permanent Burn-In Risk : Yes

No, thank you.

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untouchables111

@Javier: i own this set and its GD amazing... also research this issue with OLED, there are some out there that have done testing to prove burn in this is not what the techies are wanting it to be.. burn can happen on ALLLL screens. some are significantly less susceptible to it based on how they produce the image.

the test report that sold me was a group that played several movies, but only on a static menu screen that has unique patterns that are very equivalent to static images as seen in gaming. They used the 5th element as a test on one run and ran the menu for 24 hours straight!. After they turned it off, sure enough there was a residual pattern on the screen...however..a massive portion was fade just by power cycling the set. then they played active non static videos for a few hours and it was completely gone. The set also was able to remove it through its built in screen refresher program.

For my usage ive yet to see any retention even after playing shooter games for 10+ hours for almost 7 months i think. also i only play games on this set.

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aross2004

@untouchables111: When is the last time you played a game and left a static image on the screen for 10 hours straight?

Give that a try and let us know how that goes...

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untouchables111

@aross2004: uh how about every time i play games for 10+ hours...duh. im a gamer its what i do.

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aross2004

@untouchables111: Playing a game for 10 hours straight is a MOVING image, not a STATIC image. If you're slow on the uptake, a static image means nothing is moving on the screen.

Maybe read my comment again?

Duh...

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untouchables111

@aross2004: lol actually answered ur question apparently ur comprehension is missing.

Tons of games when played.....have static symbols and huds...I know ur surprised by this but it’s actually true.

And! If u play said game for 10 hours....well u get it. Maybe not. Idgaf now.

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masscrack

@aross2004: If you left your c7 or c8 on a static screen, a screensaver will come up within 5 mins causing no damage to your screen. I've had the c7 over a year now and have no image retention or burn-in at all. Same with my c8.

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untouchables111

@masscrack: yeah this guys not getting it. Seems to believe the only real way to know..and to proof his point is to pause a game for 10 hours without the screen saver...derp

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aross2004

@masscrack: And you miss the point as well. The problem with OLED's is that they have a higher chance of image retention.

When someone says they game 10+ hours a day, that does not make sense in the context of the conversation since it would be static images that would give you the chance to have image retention, not moving images.

The fine art of reading comprehension is lost on these forums apparently.

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untouchables111

@aross2004: do you even know how the retention happens? Really. Have u actually researched how it happens? Because it’s not new.

Ur trying to blanket statement and apply that to specific counter points and say there wrong. That don’t work. I’ve said very specifically how I use my c7 and how my useage has produced zero issues after 6-8 months of daily usage..

Does it prove rention on OLEDs wrong. No. More that it shows the inflated opinions need to review real world usage and stop trying to apply generalized ideas.

Go out there in the world and find a user who has permanent burn in on their month old set..and ur argument that there’s the proof again means little. Why. Because my old Samsung led had burn in of the “no signal” image after 2 months because it got left on over night many times.

Rentntion is not new and OLEDs have more of an opportunity than other type but usage defines the outcome. And LG has done a great job countering the sets susceptibility by auto screen savers among other things. I love them fireworks.

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masscrack

@aross2004: Your point is redundant. leave netflix up, leave xbox one up, leave ps4 up, or anything else up, on a static image, and a screensaver will pop up within minutes.. you have nothing to worry about. Maybe leaving your tv on CNN all day or something the logo will burn in, but the c8's make the logo dim or disappear all together if you want. Why wouldn't my comment apply to exactly what you are saying? Because it doesn't fit your narrative I assume. lulz nice try!

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aross2004

@masscrack: It's not "my" narrative. Anyone who knows anything about about OLED TV's knows that they have a considerably higher rate of image retention than any other type of TV.

The fact that your "narrative" doesn't seem to get that is not my problem.

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Atzenkiller

@Javier: There's nothing like "permanent" burn in from what I've seen. My old LCD tv that I got probably more than 10 years ago now had that issue. Meaning if I let it stand there for a while, like half an hour, while having a game paused without turning the screen off would lead to the picture getting burned in.

Might look scary until you unpause and keep playing again and maybe half an hour later the burnt in image is gone again. I doubt there's a tv where it could actually be permanent, unless you keep it running with a still picture on for a very long time maybe. Like months, in which case it just might take a while longer until it gets back to normal.

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aross2004

@Javier: All OLED's have this risk.

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nintendians

as long is not samung tv, then you don't have to worry about automatic hdmi switch, if your brothers and sister turning on a hdmi device or mirroring the screen from their phones.

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Daian

I'd be a little worried about screen burn-in for games with OLEDs.

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Atzenkiller

@Daian: While I am surprised that this is actually still a thing it doesn't normally happen unless you keep your tv running while pausing the game for half an hour or longer. And if it does happen it'll disappear again in about the same time frame. So it's just a mild annoyance in my experience.

But of course I've learned my lesson after it happened the first time: switch off your tv if you go to eat or do anything else that takes more than a few minutes.