When it comes to pairing with the latest video game consoles – Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X – not all TVs are created equal. The best gaming TVs take full advantage of the improved performance specs that make new gaming consoles worth buying: 4K resolution, HDR compatibility, high frame rates, low latency, and more. After extensive testing, we found the LG C2 OLED TV to be the best choice for gamers thanks to its low input lag, wide screen size range, and gaming-friendly features. Oh, and the photo is superb too.
The LG C2 OLED TV offers low input lag and the most comprehensive gaming feature set, as well as excellent overall picture quality.
*At the time of publication, the price was $1,797.
The LG C2 OLED TV is the best gaming TV to pair with the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles. Its input lag is very low, which means less time between when something happens in a game and the when you see it on your screen. And unlike many other TVs, the C2 doesn’t sacrifice picture quality in its game mode. All four HDMI inputs support the full HDMI 2.1 feature set, including auto low latency mode, framerate variable refresh and bandwidth to accept a 4K signal at 120 frames per second (see How We Chose for an explanation of these features). The C2 is one of the few TVs to support the new HGiG high dynamic range guidelines for gaming, as well as Dolby Vision 4K 120Hz gaming. PC gamers can also use it as a monitor thanks to its support for supports AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync variable refresh rate modes on some GPUs and graphics cards. Plus, this TV provides an on-screen gaming dashboard that lets you easily check and adjust its game-specific settings to make sure it’s giving you the best performance, and it’s available in sizes screen from 42 to 83 inches. As an OLED TV, the C2 offers better viewing angles than an LCD TV and faster pixel response times for less image blur. But this premium performer also carries a premium price tag.
Samsung QN90B series
The Samsung QN90B LCD TV offers low input lag, four full HDMI 2.1 inputs, built-in cloud gaming, and a helpful game bar for quickly judging stats.
Some people worry about screen burn-in or uneven wear when using an OLED TV for gaming. We don’t think this is a problem with the LG C2, but if you’d rather use an LCD TV instead, the Samsung QN90B series is a great choice. Like the C2, the QN90B offers low input lag, HDMI 2.1 gaming features, and a gaming dashboard that lets you easily see if all of these features are set up correctly. It also gives you four HDMI 2.1 inputs and (like all 2022 Samsung TVs) access to built-in cloud gaming from sources like Xbox Game Pass and Nvidia GeForce Now. Plus, the QN90B is considerably brighter than any OLED TV and has a good anti-glare screen filter, so it’s a great choice for rooms with lots of windows or skylights. It’s available in screen sizes from 43-inch to 85-inch, and it’s also our upgrade pick for best LCD/LED TV, so you can rest assured that its picture quality for movies and TV is top notch. In the end, we preferred the LG C2’s superior black levels, wider viewing angles and faster pixel response time over the QN90B, but this Samsung TV is so good it’s almost at the top. elbow to elbow.
TCL 6 series (R655)
The TCL 6 Series LCD TV is a great all-around, reasonably priced gaming TV. But that’s a drop in picture quality and it has fewer HDMI 2.1 inputs than our other picks.
If you’re looking for a more value-oriented gaming TV that still has all the important features, we recommend the 2022 TCL 6 Series (R655). This LCD TV lacks the rich contrast of the LG C2 OLED and isn’t as bright as the Samsung QN90B LCD, but our tests still confirmed its commendable picture quality, low input lag and its compatibility with the latest HDMI 2.1 games. features. Of the Series 6’s four HDMI inputs, two support HDMI 2.1 functionality and can accept 4K resolution at up to 144Hz refresh rate. TCL has also included the latest version of its own proprietary game, Game Studio Pro, which makes it easy to assess crucial aspects of modern gaming at a glance. While the Series 6 doesn’t come in smaller screen sizes like our LG and Samsung picks, it’s still available in four sizes (55, 65, 75, and 85 inches).
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