Updated June 13, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best TVs For Gamers

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This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in July of 2018. As GPU prices slowly descend from the stratosphere, gamers everywhere are upgrading their nearly obsolete 1080p displays and moving into the world of ultra-high definition. The newest TVs enable console and PC gaming at up to 4K and at 60 frames per second and beyond, for a fraction of what they cost a short time ago, and in sizes that traditional computer monitors can't even dream of. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best tv for gamers on Amazon.

10. TCL S425

9. LG B8

8. TCL R617

7. LG C9

6. Samsung Q90

5. Samsung Q7C

4. Samsung Q9FN

3. LG SM9000

2. Vizio PQ65

1. Samsung Q6FN

Special Honors

Nvidia BFGD by HP It's a TV! It's a monitor! It's... Nvidia's Big Format Gaming Display, and at 65 inches, it's by far the biggest thing around with a DisplayPort input. This high-powered connector allows you to take full advantage of Nvidia's G-Sync Ultimate, which combines extensive adaptive frame rates with 100-nit HDR support. But start saving, because it costs about $5,000. nvidia.com

Editor's Notes

June 10, 2019:

There's kind of a lot to unpack with the current state of TVs as gaming displays. If you're a console gamer, it's still relatively straightforward. PlayStation 4 users should simply go for the best picture they can afford while keeping HDR compatibility in mind for the PS4 Pro.

Xbox users have another thing to think about, as the Xbox One X has excellent FreeSync variable refresh rate support. All of Samsung's TVs offer this, and so far, that's it. For that matter, a lot of console users will appreciate their Q7C, which is the latest (and probably last) curved QLED TV. Aside from super-expensive gaming monitors, it's just about the only way to get a curved display that works perfectly with the Xbox. Vizio's P-Series Quantum is a good choice for Xbox users because it has great HDR performance and will make the most refined games really

If you're a fan of consoles and planning on investing in either of the next-generation consoles when they arrive in 2020, you should consider something with HDMI 2.1 support. Both Microsoft's Project Scarlett and Sony's currently unnamed flagship device will fature 120-hertz 4K graphics, which requires HDMI 2.1 LG's best TVs, including the W9, E9, C9 as well as the SM9000 and SM9500 all have near-complete compatibility with the as-yet-unfinished standard. Samsung is the only other manufacturer as of now to significantly commit to the new protocol, though only their Q90 supports 120 hertz at 4K, and it is absurdly expensive, so if you don't think you'll need the high refresh rates, it may not be worth it. The Q80 is almost there, but can only do 120 hertz at 1440p, which some people (confusingly) calling 2.5K. If you think you'll be satisfied with 4K at 60 hertz for as long as you have the TV, last year's Q9FN may be your best bet.

PC users have a lot of different options each with ups and downs. All of the above still apply to some degree, although it's probably another year or so until we see graphics cards with HDMI 2.1 built-in, and unfortunately, it's a hardware-based feature that can't be solved with a firmware update. But, those with new enough GPUs should actually be able to take advantage of the 120-hertz refresh rates of Samsung's releases, with a couple prerequisites. One, you'll want to make sure your GPU's drivers are up to date, and use those up-to-date drivers and the included hardware and software managers to tweak your settings. This may take a little while to get figured out the first time. Two, ensure all of your cables are of the highest quality possible -- DP 1.4 or HDMI 2.1 cables are recommended. There is a chance that you'll need an active DisplayPort 1.4-to-HDMI 2.0b adapter. If you want to utilize AMD's FreeSync technology, you might need to have an AMD card. Though Nvidia has unlocked its G-Sync GPU standard to work with FreeSync displays, as of this writing, that cross-functionality is still limited to the DisplayPort output. Nividia may change this in the future, but it's anyone's guess at this point. They also may not, because that would interfere with the mission of their Big Format Gaming Display, which we've highlighted in the Special Honors section.

And everyone should be aware of the dangers of burn-in on OLED screens. While the newer models show decreased risk, it's still something to pay attention to, because most games have some on-screen objects that don't move much and could cause permanent image retention. If you'll be using the TV for more than just gaming, though, you should be just fine.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on June 13, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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