Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (2024)

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A great TV can elevate your gaming experience to new heights, offering crisp, high-resolution graphics and smooth animation. The best gaming TVs deliver great picture quality, rich colors, deep contrast, and wide dynamic range to make any game look more vibrant, more detailed, and more engaging.

In the last few years, manufacturers have added a slew of gaming-focused upgrades, like using HDMI 2.1 ports that support the superior performance of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and technologies like variable refresh rate support to keep your gameplay running smooth.

In 2023 any TV should be able to connect to any game console or PC, but that doesn’t mean you get the same experience from every TV. To fully take in and enjoy the visually and technically stunning games of today, you’ll need a TV capable of doing them justice. That means sorting through specs, ratings, and features to separate the best 4K TVs broadly from the best for gaming.

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    The Expert: As a kid, Chris co*ke grew up thinking that a big screen TV was a key to “making it” as an adult. As a technology critic, he’s tested dozens of monitors and TVs for publications like IGN and MMORPG.com, to help consumers find the display that brings a nightly smile to their face. He knows the difference between a good TV and a great TV, and exactly what you should be looking for to have a tremendous gaming experience. Matt Ng, who updated this story, specializes in writing about gaming, tech, and movies.

    What to Consider

    How We Selected

    To find the best gaming TVs, we searched for models with technical, gaming-centric features that the average shopper could easily overlook. The gold standard resolution is 4K, which the latest consoles PS5 and Xbox Series X offer, albeit not with every game, so we demanded this as a minimum for all our tested TVs, even the budget option.

    We also hunted around for bright gaming TVs equipped with decent HDR modes, which still offer decent blacks and a wide color gamut, so whether adventuring in lush, colorful fields or dark dungeons, you get a picture that’s immersive, atmospheric, and vibrant. That’s why we’ve gone beyond traditional LED panels and provided a choice of OLED, Mini LED and QLED screens, which typically render a range of gaming environments very well.

    We’re also looking for a low response time, which is the time it takes for one pixel to change color, so when there’s motion in games, the TV doesn’t leave a smear trail as it’s trying to keep up with the action through constant pixel changes.

    Next up is low input lag, and if twitchy, FPS games like Valorant or Apex Legends are your thing, we’d recommend the Samsung S95C’s lightning fast panel, which is great for giving you the edge during those fast and frenetic rounds.

    We also chose TVs with a high refresh rate of at least 120 Hz, ensuring that these screens offer rapid response to in-game inputs and there is virtually zero screen tearing or slowdown. These TVs should also come equipped with VRR technology and ALLM so there’s no juddering or tearing when there’s a discrepancy between the gaming machine and TV refresh rate.

    We also looked for panels with multiple HDMI 2.1 ports, with the exception of our budget pick. As multiple consoles and laptops now offer 4K titles, the last thing you’d want is having to juggle cables just to achieve high-resolution gaming with faster refresh rates.

    Finally, we corroborated these TVs with our own experience and combined that with dozens of user reviews. I’ve personally owned three Samsung TVs (featuring varying gaming performances), so I know what works and what doesn’t, particularly when it comes to design, core features, and menu interfaces.

    Our Gaming TV Reviews

    Best Overall

    Samsung 55-Inch Class OLED 4K S95C Series Quantum HDR Smart TV

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    Pros
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (3)Super bright display
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (4)Fast refresh rate
    Cons
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (5)Cluttered home menu

    Key Specs

    Resolution4K
    Panel TypeOLED
    Sizes55, 65, 75 in.

    The S95C comprises an all-black, slim ¾-inch frame. It comes with Samsung’s Slim One Connect box, which hooks to the base and houses the internals. The box keeps the TV svelte and advantageous for wall mounting, negating messy wires and cables trailing up the wall.The panel is reassuringly premium, with a half-inch bezel of black metal surrounding the display.

    Load up any game, and the S95C’s outstanding picture quality and brightness are immediately impressive — its vibrancy almost defies expectations if you’re familiar with OLEDs. On PS5’s Spider-Man 2, I was struck by how radiant New York looked, particularly at night, where thousands of skyscraper lights illuminated the screen against the stark contrast of the dark sky. There’s also no noticeable haloing or blooming — the S95C somehow delivers the brightness of LEDs and the midnight blacks of OLEDs and compromises on neither.

    When Spidey web-glides at breakneck speeds across the Big Apple, the image never slows — the 144-Hertz refresh rate keeps things silky smooth with no screen tearing, blurring, or foreign artifacts.

    In Horizon Forbidden West, the screen’s wide contrast ratio and huge color gamut make hunting dino-bots in California uber vibrant, with its rich flora and fauna popping into life.

    Movies and TV shows are excellent on Samsung’s panel. You get inky, midnight blacks with no blooming, making it perfect for cozy movie nights. It’s also super bright in broad daylight and easily handles reflections, with an exceptionally wide viewing angle. Some presets tend to oversaturate faces, so some manual color tweaking is necessary.

    For a thin panel, sound is good, with crystal clear dialogue and clarity in its midranges. It lacks punchy bass, but there is enough power and rumble, so only true audiophiles or home cinema enthusiasts will be rushing out for a multichannel speaker and subwoofer setup.

    One thing that spoils things is Samsung’s penchant for Home screen clutter. I don’t need to see thumbnails of live TV, family favorite picks, or popular programs across apps — the apps themselves do that natively. The media bar is also now more fiddly to navigate, with games needlessly split off from apps via separate hubs.

    The Samsung S95C is one of the best OLED gaming TVs I’ve seen, with its lightning-fast refresh rate, staggering HDR brightness, and near-infinite contrast ratio yielding luscious blacks. Plus, its generous HDMI 2.1 port selection is ideal for juggling several 4K gaming machines.

    Best Under $1000

    Hisense 65 Class U8 Series Mini-LED ULED 4K UHD

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    Pros
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (7)Excellent contrast and brightness
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (8)Two of four ports support HDMI 2.1
    Cons
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (9)Viewing angles aren’t great

    When it comes to offering the best bang for the buck, the Hisense U8H is the perfect blend of picture quality, gaming performance, and price. It offers exceptional brightness and great contrast thanks to its 336 to 528 local dimming zones. (It varies based on the size of the screen.) The Mini-LED panel is well integrated and doesn’t show blooming around bright objects quite as much as its extremely popular competitor, the TCL 6-Series (R646). (Though it’s also a great choice if you’re looking to spend less than $1,000 in most sizes.)

    For gaming, there’s a lot to love here. Two of its four ports support HDMI 2.1, so you can plug in your Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 and have them run in 4K at 120Hz with full variable refresh rate support. HDR content looks outstanding on this TV with rich blacks and bright highlights, and its built-in speakers are surprisingly good.

    If you hook up a sound bar, you’ll even be able to pass through Dolby Atmos spatial audio for an even more immersive experience. Just make sure to crowd on the couch if you’re gaming with friends as the viewing angles aren’t great on this set.

    There are better options if you’re willing to spend more, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a TV this good for less.

    Pros
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (11)Wide variety of sizes
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (12)Outstanding picture quality and contrast
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (13)Modest picture quality improvements over the C2
    Cons
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (14)Brightness lags behind that of LCD displays

    Key Specs

    Resolution4K (3840 x 2160)
    Panel TypeOLED
    Sizes42, 48, 55, 65, 73, and 83 in.

    The LG C3 is the latest in a line of best-in-class OLED TVs from LG, and the successor to our favorite gaming TV from last year. It carries through everything that made the C2 great, including excellent contrast, brilliant colors, and great gaming performance, often with minor improvements. The C3 utilizes LG’s new Light Control Architecture technology to improve its overall brightness and color coverage to enhance visuals in HDR. It also adds support for DTS surround sound audio and quality-of-life improvements like a new quick menu for your most used settings.

    Taken as a whole, the LG C3 is similar to the C2 and not that far off from the C1. Everything you’ve heard about the line’s outstanding picture quality applies here, as well. Its blacks are rich and inky. Its colors are vivid, yet accurate. As with most OLEDs, its peak brightness lags behind that of QLED TVs at around 830 nits, but it’s bright enough to be used in daylight and offers an outstanding HDR experience thanks to its incredible dynamic range.

    It also introduces a negligibly low amount of input lag, rendering motion blur and image smearing a thing of the past. Native support for Dolby Atmos and four HDMI ports to easily connect all of your devices and pass through full surround sound to compatible sound bars.

    If the LG C3 is out of your price range, the LG C2 is on sale and still readily available. Even without the latest tweaks, it’s an outstanding choice with similar picture quality.

    Pros
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (16)Excellent peak brightness
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (17)Samsung Game Bar
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (18)Great HDR picture quality
    Cons
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (19)No Dolby Vision
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (20)Aggressive backlight limiter

    Key Specs

    Resolution4K (3840 x 2160)
    Panel TypeQD-OLED
    Sizes55 and 65 in.

    The Samsung S95B, the brand’s attempt at a “hybrid” QD-OLED TV, makes incredible use of quantum-dot technology to make a bright OLED. Where OLEDs are usually dimmer than the competition, Reviewed found that the S95B was able to maintain a sustained brightness of over 1,100 nits in HDR, making it one of the brightest OLED TVs you can buy. (As it happens, the SDR brightness was closer to average.) Its self-emitting pixels guarantee perfect blacks and incredible dynamic range, while the quantum dots help colors to pop off the screen.

    It’s also perfectly furnished with all kinds of features for gaming. All four of its HDMI ports support HDMI 2.1, so you can enjoy its full 120Hz refresh rate with every input, each with full support for AMD FreeSync Premium VRR (essentially tested and quality-certified variable refresh rate support).

    Once you’re actually playing a game, you can bring up Samsung’s built-in Game Bar to swap picture presets, enable input lag reduction, and even increase motion clarity in low frame rate games while still maintaining excellent responsiveness. The S95B also supports HGIG, a game-specific HDR format that tailors HDR performance for gaming.

    Its picture quality and gaming prowess only come with a couple of trade-offs, though. Xbox Series X players may not love that it lacks Dolby Vision HDR support. The automatic backlight limiter can also be visible in very bright scenes that take up large sections of the screen.

    Ultimately, it’s outstanding image quality and extra bright picture more than make up for these nitpicks, making it a top choice for OLED gaming.

    Pros
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (22)Bright, accurate picture
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (23)Low input lag
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (24)120Hz with VRR support
    Cons
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (25)Minor blooming
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (26)Black levels are higher than those of OLED

    Key Specs

    Resolution4K (3840 x 2160)
    Panel TypeQLED Mini-LED
    Sizes43, 50, 55, 65, 75, and 85 in.

    If you aren’t sold on OLED, QLED is the next best thing. Our favorite QLED, the Samsung QN90C, features a quantum-dot enhanced Mini-LED display to deliver outstanding color coverage and peak brightness just under 2,000 nits. In its review, RTings noted that this isn’t quite as bright as its predecessor, the QN90B, but that it processes brightness much more accurately, leading to a more stunning HDR experience. It also offers excellent local dimming support and great contrast, though you can’t count on the absolute pitch blacks that you’d get with an OLED.

    The QN90C makes TV and movies look great, but performs even better with games. It features a low response time of approximately 10 milliseconds with Game Mode enabled. It also features high frame rate support up to 120Hz at 4K and Variable Refresh Rate for smooth, tear-free gameplay. When you put everything together, the QN90C is in a class of its own: Not only does it offer great gaming specs and features, but its outstanding brightness and dynamic range make it a complete treat for the eyes.

    Best Small

    Samsung Q60C QLED

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    Pros
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (29)Available as small as 32 inches
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (30)Color-rich QLED display
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (31)Improved picture quality from Q90B
    Cons
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (32)No local dimming
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (33)Low peak brightness

    Key Specs

    Resolution4K (3840 x 2160)
    Panel TypeQLED
    Sizes32, 43, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, and 85 in.

    If you need a TV that doesn’t sacrifice features or picture quality for size, the Samsung Q60C is for you. It comes in sizes as small as 32 inches, which is very rare among 4K TVs. Just as important: It uses a quantum-dot enhanced panel, which offers brighter, more vivid colors and high native contrast for better blacks than many competing TVs in its class.

    Its picture looks great for movies and games, offering excellent responsiveness of only around 10 milliseconds, so your inputs will come through instantly. Just don’t look to it for advanced features like local dimming, 120Hz, or VRR support. Its peak brightness is also fairly low, just shy of 500-nits, so HDR content won’t pop the same way it will on a larger, more expensive TV. The Q60C may not impress next to a big screen, but its picture quality and core features make it the best small TV you can buy.

    Best for PC

    LG C2 OLED

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    Pros
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (35)Beautiful picture quality
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (36)Great response time
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (37)Large, engrossing size
    Cons
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (38)Auto-sleep and auto-wake require workarounds
    • Whether You’re a Console or PC Gamer, Optimize Your Play Sessions With These Top Gaming TVs (39)Text clarity can be an issue

    Key Specs

    Resolution3840x2160
    Panel TypeOLED
    Sizes42, 48, 55, 65, 73, and 83 in.

    Remember how we said you should consider last year’s LG C2? Well we really meant it. LG’s C-series has been a go-to choice for PC gamers craving that big screen experience. Its OLED panel offers better colors and contrast than most gaming monitors and, since the launch of the C3, it can often be found cheaper than those that do. Available in a comparatively small 42 inches, which will look gigantic in a desk-based PC setup – Just make sure you’re able to sit back far enough to comfortably enjoy it.

    Repurposing a TV as a gaming monitor is more possible than ever, but it’s important to remember that TVs aren’t designed around PC use. The C2 won’t fall asleep the same way a gaming monitor will, and it won’t turn on just by wiggling your mouse. It has an automatic brightness leveler that can dim the screen while you’re browsing the web or working in a spreadsheet. Even the pixels are different, which can decrease text clarity.

    The good news is that the LG C2 is one of the most popular choices for use as a gaming monitor and virtually all of its shortcomings have workarounds. Some are simple changes in the settings or service menus. Others involve installing software or changing settings on your PC. With a little time and effort, however, the C2 transforms from a great TV into a fantastic gaming monitor at a very reasonable price.

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    Chris co*ke

    Chris co*ke has been a tech enthusiast his whole life and began covering it professionally in 2015. He now writes for multiple outlets, writing product reviews, features, and guides to help you live your best technologically-enhanced life. In his spare time, you can find him playing with his four children, building custom mechanical keyboards, and strumming his guitar.

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    Matt Ng

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    Matt Ng is a writer and editor who specializes in gaming, tech, and movies, so he’s usually writing about the next shiny gadget or triple-A PS5 title. He also has experience as a copy editor within the healthcare sector. When he’s not fawning over the latest MCU release, he can be found on a softball pitch chasing after flyballs.

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