Whether you’re a hardcore gamer or only fire up your console a few times a month, you deserve a great gaming experience. And some TVs are just better for video games than others. If gaming is an important consideration when buying a TV, I have a list of models you want to look out for.
Whether you’re an Xbox team, a Playstation team, a PC team, or a team of all of the above, here’s my pick of the best TVs for gaming in 2022. I’m going to go through them for you and explain along the way which TVs do what works best so you can focus on the TV that best suits your needs. I have a choice from budget to sky-high, so there is something for everyone.
Before I get to my first choice, I want to explain my criteria and how I weigh them to arrive at the choice I’m going to choose.
The first thing I’m looking for is low input lag. Because if there is too much delay between the action of your thumbs and the action on the screen, well, that’s just an unnecessary frustration. Also, this can be a huge disadvantage in competitive gameplay, where just a few milliseconds can be the difference between winning or losing.
Next, I’m looking for consistent picture quality in the TV’s preset game mode, which you need to use for minimal input lag. Image quality doesn’t have to be amazing for videophiles, but it can’t be rubbish either. Today’s game graphics are great and you deserve all that greatness, so we’re striving to find the best balance between low input lag and stunning visuals.
Then we need to see excellent motion resolution. we are not have have their own 120Hz panels for good motion resolution. A 60Hz TV may look good, but not all of them, so we want to make sure we see as little blur and stutter as possible for the best clarity during fast-paced gameplay.
But since I mentioned 120Hz, it’s definitely nice to have, along with some other advanced gaming features like variable refresh rate (VRR), auto play mode, Dolby Vision games, and maybe even refresh rates up to 144Hz in some cases. Now, for some of you, these are essentials, not nice touches, so I’ll be sure to point that out to you.
I’ll also give bonus points for impressive HDR and/or Dolby Vision performance, as well as extra features like a gaming control bar or game center.
There are many other great TVs for gaming, but this is kind of a problem. It’s hard to narrow down when you’re shopping, so I’m just highlighting my favorites here.
So let’s run through the list, starting with some budget options and moving on to the best of the best.
My top pick for a budget gaming TV is the TCL 5-Series. This is a TV with local dimming for better black levels and decent contrast, HDR10 and Dolby Vision support, and very low input lag, between 12 and 15 milliseconds. It’s a 60Hz panel, but it offers a variable refresh rate from 48Hz to 60Hz, which is rare at this price point. It has reasonably good motion resolution and a black frame insertion feature that can reduce motion blur if you like that sort of thing. Best of all, though, the image quality is outstanding for the price. It really is one of the best deals out there, although I also have to thank the Hisense U6H for being very competitive at about the same price.
The next on the list at the budget level is actually the draw. All in all, these are two great TVs, both great for gaming and both priced ridiculously for picture quality: the Hisense U8H and the TCL 6-Series.
Both offer impressive image quality with solid motion resolution, both use mini LED backlighting and have multiple dimming zones for great contrast and HDR performance, both offer very low input lag and support standard VRR and FreeSync, and both have 120Hz panels though Gamers PCs may prefer TCL as it can boost up to 144Hz in VRR mode. The Hisense U8H does get slightly brighter than the TCL 6 Series, but TCL tends to improve image quality better than the Hisense. In the end, the deciding factor may come down to which Smart TV interface you prefer, since the TCL 6 Series is a Roku TV while the Hisense U8H uses the Google TV platform. Either way, these are definitely the top two options on this list.
TCL 6 Series
Next up is a TV that made the list just because it’s a Sony. Check out the Sony X90K with PlayStation 5-friendly features not found on any non-Sony TV. It has automatic HDR tone mapping which ensures you get the best HDR picture quality without having to manually adjust anything on your PS5. It also has automatic genre detection that knows the difference between whatever game you’re playing and the movie you’re streaming, and automatically adjusts the picture mode. It supports 4K 120Hz gaming with VRR and input lag as low as 8.5ms. With mini LED backlighting and some of the most accurate colors in Game Mode at this price point, the Sony X90K is a great choice for gaming in general, but a particularly good choice for PlayStation 5 fans.
We approached the Samsung QN90B TV. Now I could put the slightly less expensive QN85B here, but I think the QN90B makes more sense because for a little more money you get much better image quality. And the game-friendly features just pile up from there. This mode; features mini LED backlight, some of the best backlight controls on the market for minimal blur and amazing black levels, one of the best glare suppression, four full bandwidth HDMI 2.1 ports for 4K 120Hz, VRR, auto game mode and auto detection console – it will automatically name your input. But what might make this TV different is that you don’t need a game console or PC at all, as Samsung supports the widest range of cloud gaming apps, including Xbox Game Pass. Indeed, the only thing this TV can’t do is Dolby Vision.
Okay, we’ve made our way to the best of the best here, and my final pick is without a doubt the best gaming TV you can buy… but in second place is another Samsung TV with the best overall picture quality on this list: I’m talking about the Samsung TV S95B QD-OLED.
Now QD-OLED is a new type of OLED display that can display more colors and more vibrant colors than any other TV on this list. In fact, only the Sony A95K QD-OLED can match it. But the Samsung S95B has all the amazing gaming features I mentioned earlier in the QN90B. Low input lag, excellent motion resolution, cloud gaming capabilities, 4 HDMI 2.1 ports, 4K 120Hz, VRR, game center – the only thing it can’t do is Dolby Vision. But with this image quality, I’m not sure you care.
And finally, we’ve made it to the best gaming TV you can buy in 2022. Drum roll, please. This is LG C2 OLED.
This TV has it all. It’s the only TV on this list with all the gaming features – 4 HDMI 2.1 ports, 4K 120Hz with G-sync VRR in Dolby Vision – all at the same time if you can find the content. Plus, it has a fun gaming bar for performance stats, as well as incredible image quality, instant response times, and ultra-low input lag. The LG C2 is the complete package and there is nothing quite like it – except maybe the LG C1 OLED and if you can find one of those buy it and save some money.
In any case, you not only get what I think in the best gaming TV, but also one of the best TVs you can buy right now, period. This makes it a universally great option for anything you want to watch. You’ll like it.