This results in a supremely bright and vibrant picture with truly excellent contrast — that's a particularly tasty combination for gaming. While only one of the HDMIs is 2. Those looking for a larger screen might be interested to read that the QN90A is available in a wide variety of sizes, but be aware that these all appear to use a different panel type IPS rather than the inch model's VA , so performance may well vary.
You certainly don't need an 8K TV for gaming, what with there being no 8K games or even consoles out there, but the extra resolution does actually help when you get into very large screen sizes. That's because it increases pixel density which, when combined with excellent upscaling such as that of the QNA, results in a sharper, crisper picture than you get from similarly sized 4K models. The QNA also boasts all of Samsung's top gaming tech.
There's an HGIG setting, too. A lack of Dolby Vision is the only disappointing omission. Input lag is astonishingly low — low enough, in fact, that you can afford to sacrifice a few milliseconds to enable some gaming-specific motion smoothing, should you so wish.
It goes brilliantly bright and, thanks to thousands of individual zones, has excellent contrast, too. If that makes it sound like a bit of a blunt instrument, the opposite is actually true — the QNA is just as capable of delivering nuance and subtlety as it is awesome punch and vibrancy.
This is a truly exceptional TV that will reward those willing to sacrifice the money and space. The A80J might well be the best performance-per-pound TV that Sony has ever produced, boasting most of the brilliance of the flagship A90J at a much lower price.
It's actually better than the LGs and Samsungs in this list when it comes to watching movies and TV shows, and only ends up below them in this list because it's slightly behind in terms of next-gen gaming specs. You can still game in Dolby Vision if you wish, but input lag will be very high. Plenty of caveats, then, but none that should be of concern to PS5 gamers, and the A80J's superb picture and sound performance translates very well indeed to 4K and HD games.
Sony is unashamedly using it to deliver as uncompromising an HDR experience as it can within its backlight limitations. So daylight HDR scenes look more natural and realistically bright by far than they do on any other current TV in its size and class. Even more impressively, the XRX90J has enough headroom with its brightness to ensure that the brightest highlights of already bright HDR images enjoy that extra step up in intensity that usually only the most premium TVs provide.
The price you pay for this superb brightness is slightly elevated black levels and occasional backlight blooming, but neither issue is a huge deal-breaker, and you can also add excellent motion processing, natural colours and decently dynamic sound to the list of the Sony's strong points. It's also got two HDMI 2. As well as the inch model, we've also tested the X90J at 65 inches, and that's a very solid gaming TV, too.
You can read the full reviews of both models by clicking below. To put it plainly, manufacturers aren't always as honest or forthcoming about gaming specs as they might be, so we ensure that we test every TV to find out whether it supports the next-gen specs we're looking for and whether it does so properly and effectively. We also measure input lag ourselves and don't simply reprint the figure given by the manufacturer.
But specs only tell half the story, so we also test each TV's real-life performance with a number of games from a number of genres, on both the Xbox Series X and the PS5. Here, we're not only making sure that the TV lives up to its spec sheet, but also that it delivers the core picture quality we're looking for, from sharpness to responsiveness, contrast to colour vibrancy. We're also testing the sound here: while most gamers will and should connect their TV to a dedicated sound system such as a soundbar or their console to a gaming headset , there are those who will rely on the in-built speakers, so we need to ensure those deliver a clear, spacious and engaging sound.
All of our testing is comparative, so every gaming TV is compared side-by-side with the best gaming TV at its size and price, and every test we conduct is collaborative, so no one member of the What Hi-Fi? The end result is a completely unbiased, exhaustively thorough review. Broadly speaking, a TV that's great for TV and movies should also be great for games but, if you're looking for the very best TV for gaming, there are a few gaming-specific features to look out for, particularly if you've got or are planning to get a PS5 or Xbox Series X.
The big one is input lag, which tells you how long your gamepad button presses will take to appear as onscreen actions. Lower is better, but anything below 40ms will be imperceptible to almost all gamers, and 20ms or less is lightning-fast. VRR matches the TV's refresh rate to the frame rate being output by the console in real-time, resulting in a smoother, faster gaming experience.
ALLM is simpler: it just means that your TV will automatically switch to its 'game mode' to reduce input lag when it senses a game signal from your games console. It's also intelligent enough to switch game mode off again if you play a movie or TV show via your console, using the Netflix app, for example. Put simply, this allows a TV to handle 4K games at frame rates of up to fps. There aren't that many TVs around that can do this most are limited to 60Hz , particularly below 55 inches, but there are some and you can expect the number to grow significantly in Rather than a fixed standard or certification, HGiG which stands for HDR Gaming Interest Group is a consortium of companies that have come together in order to create guidelines and best practices for the implementation of HDR in gaming.
Put simply, the aim of HGiG is that each game is tailored to the specific capabilities of your TV without the need for endless calibration screens. Samsung, LG and Philips have added HGiG settings to their top sets, and they generally result in a more accurate HDR picture with deeper blacks and more detailed highlights. Those specific gaming features are all well and good, but focusing on specs alone really isn't wise: your new TV also needs a broad range of core skills.
For example, it needs to have the punch and vibrancy to do justice to brighter, flashier games such as Astro's Playroom , but also a natural balance that doesn't oversaturate tonally subtler blockbusters such as Elden Ring.
More obviously, it would be a mistake not to get a 4K screen, even if you don't yet have a 4K console. But what about 8K? It seems that the focus is on higher frame rates in the short term, with higher resolutions potentially coming later.
Even then, native 8K gaming seems unlikely. It's broadly agreed that neither console has the processing power to run blockbuster games at that resolution. We might, though, see games appear that dynamically scale at resolutions above 4K before being output as an 8K signal, much as the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X invariably handled 4K on games truly native 4K games were very rare until this new console generation, and one might argue that they're still a myth.
In other words, while 8K should perhaps be at the back of your mind, it's certainly not essential that you buy an 8K TV right now. Such sets will likely be much, much more affordable by the time 8K gaming becomes a serious concern — assuming it ever does. That said, there is an excellent 8K TV on this list for those who have very deep pockets. Tom Parsons has been writing about TV, AV and hi-fi products not to mention plenty of other 'gadgets' and even cars for over 15 years.
He began his career as What Hi-Fi? In between, he worked as Reviews Editor and then Deputy Editor at Stuff, and over the years has had his work featured in publications such as T3, The Telegraph and Louder. In his spare time Tom is a runner and gamer. Included in this guide:. Specifications Screen size: 65in also available in 55in, 77in, 83in, 97in. Backlight: Not applicable. Resolution: 4K. Dolby Vision game mode: Yes up to Hz. Dimensions hwd, without stand : 82 x x 2.
Reasons to avoid - Substantially pricier than the C2. Specifications Screen size: 48in also available in 55in, 65in, 77in, 83in. Dimensions hwd, without stand : 62 x x 4. Reasons to avoid - Marginal gains on 's CX. Samsung UE50AU Specifications Screen size: 50in also available in 43in, 55in, 65in, 75in. Backlight: Direct LED. HDMI inputs: 3. Dolby Vision game mode: No. Dimensions hwd, without stand : 43 x x 2.
Reasons to avoid - Slightly shallow black levels. Specifications Screen size: 65in also available in 55in, 77in. Read more: Sony X90J review. And this contender for the best gaming TV is an OLED-powered beaut, offering a near-perfect blend of high design and cutting-edge gaming features.
But if you can look past this, then you're in for a treat. Connectivity is impressive too: all four HDMI inputs are v2. Elsewhere, to finish, we find that LG has revamped its menus for and includes a new Game Optimizer interface that allows in-depth tuning, including game genre selection, based on game style. In our eyes, it's hard to argue with the logic behind buying the Samsung TU it's got 4K at 60Hz that reads beautifully for gaming and watching movies, and all the smart apps you need, along with a price tag that's hella wallet-friendly: in terms of sheer value it really is one of the best gaming TVs going in our eyes.
The Samsung TU has good color quality including really deep blacks thanks to a high contrast ratio decent sound, and a fantastic little feature called automatic console detection - as soon as power on your console, the Samsung will automatically switch to from movie mode to game mode.
Our testing revealed a picture quality that is very nice, with a great contrast ratio and impressive black uniformity. Though you will need to do a bit of adjusting from time to time - we had to do a bit of adjusting when playing Call of Duty: Warzone because the game was too bright. The user interface is easy to navigate, even if the remote is clunky, which makes switching between gaming consoles and Samsung TV apps a breeze - although the apps themselves can be a little buggy at times.
The one major downside for us is that the Samsung Series 7 only has two HDMI ports, which means you'll require a splitter if you have more than one gaming console and some type of streaming device like the Amazon Firestick which, you'd think would be rendered useless by the Samsung TV apps, but isn't.
Overall, we think the Samsung TU is a great television for its price point, and one that's especially tempting for gamers, as the input lag is low, the blacks are deep, and its contrast ratio is fantastic. Read more: Samsung TU review. Offering the same features as it's pricier Q90 QLED sibling, the Q70T offers the same nearly bezel-less screen with decent HDR, and a nice range of rich colors just in time for watching all the colors pop on your fave Disney Plus shows.
Console gamers will appreciate the 14ms input lag on this TV and take full advantage of the HDR glow up. The Q70T also comes loaded with everything to satisfying all your streaming needs. The Q70T even compiles a special watch list based on your viewing habits across all your apps. It also works with all your smart-home assistants like Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. It's definitely one of the smarter TVs on the market right now. Most importantly Samsung ditch the dreaded One Connect box that they use on the Q90, so all your connections hook up directly to the television's rear panel.
I always appreciated what Samsung was trying to do but One Connect by plugging everything into a convenient cable hub. The only problem is that when it broke it essentially made your TV useless. If budget is an issue, Samsung does a 43" version of this TV, but we'd recommend 55" or above. And we also like the Q60 model from Samsung which is a fine, ever-so-slightly older member of the QLED family to check out. Samsung's panels are very good across their whole range, and these models have made big strides around viewing angles and the quality of upscaling non-4K pictures.
What we like about the TU series models is the Real Game Enhancer feature, which drops the response time of the panel to a super-low 6. Combined with Freesync, this makes the panel superb for faster-paced shooters and games that require reflexes as well as a handsome display.
Just be aware that the 49" version doesn't have a number of these features, including Real Game Enhancer, so make sure you stick to 55" or above for this set. This is a recent model too, so you get a bunch of Samsung's 'nice to have' features, like a universal remote with built-in voice control - although this is very, very inconsistent , cable management around the back of the TV, and the Universal Guide with a whole bunch of streaming services already built in.
It's a nice all-rounder. While the rest of Samsung's standard 4K TV range is cheaper, the TU series is best for gaming, so it's worth spending a little extra on. The intelligent 4K upscaling and real-time image processing guarantees a stunning image at all times, and while the WebOS is getting a little long in the tooth, it still gives you all the Smart TV features and apps you need.
Its gaming credentials are strong, too, and begin with two full HDMI 2. The TV has a ton of other quality-of-life features like LG ThinIQ smart service, Google and Amazon Alexa assistants, and the underrated universal remote that allows you to use the Magic Remote to control all your devices including consoles. This is the resolution of the image that can be displayed by your TV.
Almost all modern gaming TVs are 4K. HDR isn't strictly about contrast - it's a way of making the difference more noticeable between colours and blacks , and HDR can actually be used by game makers and developers to pick out more details in their creations. Primarily, HDR is used to boost the colour of a picture by making colours more vivid, thereby contrasting them further.
If you can separate very similar shades of colour, then you can create clearer images. The minimum standard for HDR is a brightness of nits the measure of brightness on a TV , although some TVs manage nits in Basically, while LCD and plasma panels require something called back-lighting or edge-lighting to create pictures on screen, OLED panels don't need it.
With back-lit or edge-lit TVs, the LEDs in the panel are illuminated in groups or lines to create a picture. This is what allows for truer blacks in OLED sets. With the ability to completely switch off each individual LED, you get sharp edges on images and deep blacks because there is no backlight showing through at all. This means QLED sets offer brighter colours and better contrasts than any other panel type.
The panel is still either back-lit or edge-lit like traditional 4K TVs, and this can make a huge difference when it comes to black levels. This makes them perfect for gaming. You'll hear a lot about the response time of a panel, especially when discussing gaming TVs. This is basically the speed at which a colour can change on your TV eg. Most 4K TVs have response times quicker than we can perceive them, so it makes no real difference to gameplay outside the twitchiest of shooters.
However, purists will want a TV with the quickest response time possible. This is the speed at which an image can be refreshed on your TV and shouldn't be confused with response time. A 60Hz 4K TV, for example, refreshes the image on screen 60 times per second, which allows a certain level of smoothness to the image. If the TV refreshes at Hz, the image is twice as smooth, and you notice that in how slick the motion appears on screen. Many TVs 'game modes' will boost refresh rate artificially, usually by downgrading other display features eg.
You need at least an HDMI 1. The majority of modern console games can't display at 4K 60fps, so as long as you have a 2. And no, you don't need to buy expensive gold-plated HDMI cables to get a better picture - just the Amazon Basics will do just fine. This is always a good question, but never one with a straightforward answer unfortunately.
But, we'll try: as objectively as we can be, we don't think many people would disagree that if the absolute best screen type for presenting games to our eyes is probably a QLED screen or an OLED screen. However, given all the information on this webpage, we can see that it's a bit more tricky than just trying to select an objective winner - and technical stuff aside, you always have to consider price, and what's best for you.
If you can get to a store and see TVs running some imagery, then having an 'in the flesh' look will definitely help - but just for downright image brilliance, you have to look at QLED and OLED televisions. Without hesitation or condition, the answer to this is yes. All games will look better on a 4K TV no matter what console you use. Not only is a 4K TV good for gaming, it should be the starting point of any search and it is fast becoming the standard.
Yes and no. And 'proper' burn-in is even misidentified - more often than not the short-term 'burn-in' folks might see is actually just a bit of image retention which can go away after a few minutes. It's rare enough to not be worried about but it is always something to be aware of for OLED panels for sure. Oh, and if you're on the lookout for something truly massive, you might want to consider one of the best projectors , best projectors for PS5 and Xbox Series X, or best 4K projector instead.
I'm also a qualified landscape and garden designer, so I do that in my spare time. I'm also an expert on the virtual landscapes and environments of games and love to write about them too, including in an upcoming book on the topic! Total Film. Included in this guide:. Best gaming TVs for Input lag: Display type: OLED. Refresh rate : Hz. HDMI 2. Samsung QN95A. Reasons to avoid - No Dolby Atmos. Specifications Screen size: 48, 55, 65, or 77 inches. Input lag: 13ms.
Refresh Rate: Hz. Reasons to avoid - Bass performance is a little light. Display type: QLED.
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