The best TV for gaming may have corresponded with the priciest TV and brand name years ago, but all that has changed dramatically. There is such a diverse range of TVs available today that suit a variety of budgets while still offering some of the highest quality graphical outputs for your games. Selecting a TV at the top end of the scale can often result in more vibrant images and clarity that you won't see on lower-end models, and the saying of more for your money generally applies if you want all the bells and whistles in terms of features. Due to the range available, it can be tricky to select the best TV for gaming, and that's where we come in.
In previous years our top TV for gaming would often follow a path of a Sony television, but Samsung has risen in popularity two-fold over the years, and this TV comes as the successor to last years' Q6FN. The Q60R comes in a variety of sizes, with the 55 inches coming in around the $1000, which is the entrant to Samsung's QLED range. Samsung's QLED series provides some beautifully vibrant image qualities that no other TV has on offer. Combined with a 120Hz refresh rate, incredible sounding speakers, and fantastic HDR, this TV is a steal.
This TV can boost to a refresh rate under 10ms using the Real Game Enhancer feature. Voice control using Bixby comes as standard in addition to Freesync, although we found Alexa to be much more reliable than Bixby. Thanks to the QLED technology, the bright and vibrant colors this TV provides can light up even the darkest rooms with ease and a sharp picture.
LG OLED 55C8PLA
In second place comes another 55-inch panel, but you'll need a wallet that stretches to around $1400. Cutting-edge picture qualities come as standard for OLEDs, and thanks to a super-thin panel, it makes them ideal for gaming. Visuals will benefit from a 120Hz refresh rate making it a perfect choice for gaming, offering a variety of tweaks that further improve motion for your games. There are a generous number of HDMI ports to hook up your devices, although it's worth noting the sound quality isn't anything special. The UI from LG doesn't quite match up to the ease of Samsung's either, but the positives far outweigh the negatives with this TV. The depth of the black levels, the image quality and upscaling make you forget about everything else.
Coming in at a slightly lower price point than the Q60, the 55-inch RU8000 is not to be ignored. This panel is perfect for competitive gaming thanks to the input lag of less than 10ms w3hen it's hooked up to a 4K device such as an Xbox One X or a PS4 Pro.
The black levels we'd see in an OLED display far surpass this TV, however, by no means is the quality of the RU8000 bad either. HDR10 and HLG are supported with this TV, which is a definite plus, although the HDR attributes don't quite match that of our other picks.
Panasonic TX- 55FZ802B
This 55-inch panel from Panasonic will set you back above $1400, if that's not an issue though then its certainly worth considering this OLED-equipped beauty. Razer sharp blacks on an ultra-thin panel combine with a sub 21ms response rates to bring you a cinematic experience. This TV was made to game in a dark room, and you'll have a hard time finding anything better at that price point.