Best Gaming TVs 2022: Reviews of Top-Rated 4K TV Set for Video Games - Rolling Stone
×
×
Home RS Recommends Smart Home

RS Recommends: The Best 4K TVs for Gaming

Sharper images, more realistic graphics and less blurriness for fast-paced action in your gameplay

best gaming tvs 4kbest gaming tvs 4k

Philip Sowels/Future/Shutterstock

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, Rolling Stone may receive an affiliate commission.

You already know to invest in a solid set of gaming headphones, a gaming chair and even a soundbar to amplify the rumbling soundtrack and bustling sound effects that underscore your gameplay, but to really get the most out of your favorite games, you should consider investing in a new gaming TV.

While most TV sets deliver decent picture quality, avid gamers will tell you to pick up a 4K TV that’s specially designed to enhance the graphics and motion you see on-screen. With four times the pixels than typical HD TVs, 4K gaming TVs are taking over the market, thanks to promises of crystal clear imagery and cutting edge technologies.

Do You Need a 4K TV for Gaming?

Whether you’re a FIFA player, an RPG enthusiast, or you just love gaming with your team, the best gaming TVs let you see what’s happening on-screen in ways you never could before. A good 4K gaming TV takes the action to an even higher level — think sharper images, more realistic graphics and smoother, more fluid motion for less blurriness during fast-paced action sequences in your gameplay. The same technologies also make these 4K gaming TVs great for non-game nights as well, with their better frame rates and wide-angle viewing screens ideal for watching sports or your favorite movies, too.

We’ve rounded up three of our favorite 4K TVs for gamers. With more pixels than regular TVs, no lag time and crisp, realistic images, these 4K gaming TVs deliver an immersive gaming experience that lets you tune out the noise and focus in on the action.

What Are the Best TVs for Gaming?

There are many factors to consider when choosing the best gaming TV for you; below are the most important ones, which we considered while we were researching this list.

Refresh Rate: A gaming TV’s refresh rate determines how quickly it can update information on the screen. The faster the refresh rate, the smoother your games will look, and the less lag you’ll experience while playing.

OLED vs. LED: The biggest contributor to a TVs color and contrast quality is its lighting system. LED TVs have lights behind the display, which illuminate the screen when necessary. This is the lighting system a majority of TVs use today, and those back lights take up a fair amount of space.

OLED TVs are a lot thinner because they don’t have those LEDs, and light up the pixels on their screen by running an electric current through them. The downside is that OLED technology is pretty new, so gaming TVs with this tech are a lot more expensive.

High Dynamic Range: Shortened to HDR, this screen technology also contributes to a TV’s ability to produce accurate-looking colors and manage contrast.

Screen Resolution: All of the gaming TVs in this guide are 4K, which means they’ll display a crisp, detailed image when playing video games.

Screen Size: The latest gaming TVs are available in a wide range of sizes, and our guide features sets between 55 and 65 inches. Our largest TV recommendation is also available in a 77-inch size, which is great if you’re setting up a professional home theater system.

LG OLED55CXPUA

BEST OLED TV

LG OLED55CXPUA

Amazon

LG’s latest 4K OLED TV is not only the best TV for gamers, but one of the best sets you can get right now.

The OLED TV is able to display colors more vividly, and achieve 100% true black levels, for a visual experience that’s impossible to achieve on an LED screen. We’ve chosen to recommend the 55-inch model because it hits the sweet spot in terms of size and price, but 48-inch, 65-inch, and 77-inch versions exist, so pick the one that fits your budget and space We personally reviewed a 48-inch screen, which was perfect for gameplay with the new Xbox in our bedroom.

The OLED55CXPUA has three key features that you’ll need to take full advantage of the graphics cards inside the PlayStation 5, Xbox One, or PC. First, it has a 120Hz refresh rate, which means its screen can update twice as quickly as a typical TV. This feature will allow you to see games running a lot more smoothly, which is especially important in fast-paced games like Fortnite or Call of Duty. We tested out the LG while playing the new Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and scenes were sharp and life-like, and the TV was able to pull out even the tiniest details from each frame. Most games will still run at 60FPS (frames per second), but the games that run at 90FPS or 120FPS should look significantly better.

LG’s TV also supports Nvidia’s G-Sync and FreeSync technologies, and runs on a custom a9 processor. All three of these technologies ensure the TV will run at a consistent refresh rate, and won’t slow down in the middle of the action. The difference may translate to shaving a few milliseconds of latency (lag), but that can have a big impact on your performance in certain games.

When you’re not gaming, the OLED55CXPUA’s screen is still a stunner to look at, and its built-in apps give you quick access to streaming services like Hulu and Disney+. You an also hook the set up to your Amazon account and access the company’s Alexa smart assistant directly from the TV to control settings like volume, or switch inputs.

If you’re serious about investing in a state-of-the-art TV for your gaming setup, LG’s OLED55CXPUA is the first one to consider.

Buy: BUY NOW: at $1,799.99

Sony X950H

BEST LCD TV

Sony X950H

Amazon

If you want a premium TV for gaming, but don’t want to get an OLED set, we recommend checking out Sony’s X950H. We’re recommending the 55-inch version, but there are 49-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch, and 85-inch options as well.

It runs on a custom X1 processor, which Sony says can analyze and optimize color, contrast, and clarity, for improved performance. The TV runs at 120Hz, and has a dedicated game mode, which can improve your performance by lowering latency in increasing the TV’s responsiveness. This mode is basically Sony’s version of Nvidia’s G-Sync and FreeSync technologies.

Sony says this TV supports Object-Based HDR, which means it can analyze everything displayed on the screen and make sure it’s presented in the most realistic way possible. This is done in real-time, so you won’t have to wait for the TV to catch up to the action. This feature is complemented by a Sony-developed technology called X-tended HDR, which the company says improves color accuracy.

On the non-gaming front Sony’s X950H runs on Android TV, so you won’t have trouble accessing streaming services directly from the set. The TV also supports the Google Assistant, so you can adjust settings, get answers to questions, and control smart-home accessories right from your set.

One of the biggest advantages Sony has over its competition is the fact that it makes game consoles. It knows how to maximize performance for gaming because it’s also developing game hardware. The X950H is a high-end LED TV whose core features make it great for gaming.

Buy: Sony X950H 4K TV at $1,189.95

 TCL 6-Series

BEST ENTRY-LEVEL PICK

TCL 55R635 

Amazon

If you’re on a budget, but still want a great TV for gaming, TCL’s 6-Series is the way to go. This is the TV I used during my review of the PlayStation 5, and I was impressed by the level of performance I was able to get from the set.

We’re recommending the 65-inch version of this TV, but there are 55-inch and 75-inch models as well.

This TV has a refresh rate of 120Hz, and doesn’t support Nvidia’s G-Sync or FreeSync technologies, but I didn’t notice a performance hit when playing games. TCL says the TV’s variable refresh rate (the ability for the screen to change how often it updates on the fly) will achieve a similar result.

The reasons I can confidently recommend TCL’s 6-Series TV to gamers is its excellent use of local dimming zones. Local Dimming Zones allow the TV to adjust the brightness of certain parts of its display depending on what’s being shown on the screen. An LCD will never match the true black levels of an OLED TV, but local dimming zones bridge the gap pretty well.

The 6-Series’ support for Dolby Vision HDR also helped a lot — colors and shadows looked great in the games I played, and this feature alone makes the 6-Series a worthwhile upgrade if you have an older TV.

That’s doubly true because this is a Roku TV, which has an easy-to-navigate interface, and access to an App Store that’s consistently updated with new services, and updates to older ones. Roku has a good track record of supporting older TVs with new software updates, so you can expect this TV to last you a long time.

TCL’s 6-Series slowly become the default TV for anyone who wants excellent performance in a TV under $1,000. Having played PlayStation 5 games on it, I can wholeheartedly recommend it as a great choice for next-generation gaming.

Buy: TCL 6-Series 4K TV at $998.00

Sony A90J

BEST FOR PLAYSTATION

sony gaming tv

Amazon

For bright, vivid 4K picture go with the Sony A90J. The 55-inch model is a good size for your gaming or living room but you can also get this 4K TV in 65 and 83 inches on Amazon — albeit at a considerably higher price point.

This TV comes equipped with a special gaming mode for PlayStation 5 users with 120FPS and incredibly low lag times. (120FPS is recommended for players who love multi-player gaming).

The colors on this TV are particularly amazing: the brand uses XR TRILUMINOS Pro technology which essentially highlights even the smallest cinematic details and makes the picture look more evenly lit, compelling and realistic. The contrast ratio is great too, so you’ll get clear, inkjet blacks, especially if you dim the lights in your game room.

As for the sound, there are built-in subwoofers for thumping bass beats as well as support for Dolby Atmos which will produce room-filling sound without the need of setting up an extra speaker system.

There’s also Google TV built-in so you’ll be able to set this gadget up into your smart home and use it hands-free. Plus, since it’s WiFi-enabled, you can download your favorite streaming apps for when you’re taking a break from jumping off buildings in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

Buy: Sony A90J OLED 4K TV at $2,198.00

Samsung QN90A

BEST QLED MODEL

samsung gaming TV

Amazon

If you’re looking to upgrade your LCD TV, consider buying a QLED model. This Samsung TV features Neo QLED technology which means that your TV is filled with Quantum LED mini lights which will produce brighter picture quality and enhance contrasts and highlights, great if you’re playing a game set at night like Batman: Arkham Knight. The display is also anti-reflective, which means you don’t have to worry about placing it closer to the window.

There’s also an integrated game view that lets you alter screen ratio, FPS, input lag times and more, so you can easily customize your settings depending on your console or game choice. When you’re not gaming, you can stream from your favorite apps like Netflix, Hulu or HBO Max. Samsung also offers Samsung TV Plus which lets your stream certain movies and TV shows completely free of cost.

The sound is quite decent, it features object tracking sound (not available on the 50-inch) which means that the sound automatically tracks motion for a more seamless listening experience, I’ve used this TV without the need of an additional speaker system but if you’re hoping for a more bass-heavy, room-filling sound, we suggest purchasing a soundbar to go with your TV.

Finally, it’s got Alexa built-in but also works with Samsung’s voice assistant Bixby as well as fits in the Google Home ecosystem (I use it with Google and it works perfectly fine). We’ve recommended the 65-inch here but there are multiple sizes available, even as wide as 98 inches.

Buy: SAMSUNG 65-Inch QLED TV at $2,194.95

In This Article: gaming, RS Recommends, Video Game

Newswire

Powered by
Arrow Created with Sketch. Calendar Created with Sketch. Path Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. Plus Created with Sketch. minus Created with Sketch.