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Best Gaming TV 2021: The best TVs for playing games on

To extract the best performance out of any of gaming consoles on the market, you’d need the best gaming TV to take advantage of it. And this list features the best TVs that offer the best gaming performance from any gaming console or PC

We’ve spent our time playing games to judge their suitability, through real-world testing and using benchmarks (such as lag testers), to determine how speedy they really are and whether they live to manufacturer’s specifications.

If you’ve managed to snag a PS5 and Xbox Series X, then the following TVs are best placed to take advantage of them whether. Even if you have one of the older consoles, these options will still uncork plenty of performance out of them.

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Every TV that passes through our doors gets put through a series of tests and naked eye checks to gauge its overall picture quality and optimal settings.

Key things we look out for are screen uniformity, black level, maximum brightness and colour vibrancy/accuracy.

In terms of gaming we will measure the latency of each set with a Leo Bodnar lag tester to ensure that gaming performance meets the claims of the manufacturer.

Sound quality isn’t forgotten, either – we give the built-in speakers a thorough listen to determine whether you’ll need to invest in a soundbar or speaker system to beef things up.

If you want to learn more, please visit our detailed page about how we test televisions.

The most gaming friendly TV on the market
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Pros

  • Excellent picture quality
  • Great design
  • Plenty of smarts, features and customisation
  • Excellent upscaling

Cons

  • Still missing a few UK catch-up apps
  • Just a small leap over the C9

All four of the CX’s HDMI ports cover 4K/120Hz (HFR), with ALLM and VRR included for putting the TV into its game mode and matching the console frame rate/TV display for less tearing and stutter. While 4K/120Hz and VRR aren’t too useful for the PS4 and Xbox One, ALLM will kick into gear when it senses a console booting up. Latency is 13ms, which is just behind Samsung’s QLEDs.

PC gamers will enjoy the support for Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, while LG’s OLEDs are the official TV for the Xbox Series X, offering a claimed super-fast 1ms response time, support for the HGiG HDR profile, Dolby Vision and Atmos, as well as being Eye Comfort Display certified, so you can play games without suffering from eye fatigue.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full Review: LG OLED55CX

Class-leading gaming latency
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Pros

  • Corking picture quality from any standard of content
  • Excellent for gamers
  • Class-leading user interface

Cons

  • Sound is nothing special
  • No Dolby Vision

The Samsung Q90T is virtually the same as the flagship Q95T, except it drops the One Connect box and is the more affordable of the two.

Gaming performance is class-leading at sub-10ms, and there’s support for 4K/120Hz, VRR and ALLM, with AMD FreeSync there for PC gamers. Samsung doesn’t back Dolby Vision, so Xbox Series X games won’t gain any added HDR benefit. With a high peak performance for HDR, it’ll deliver some of the punchiest and brightest looking gaming performance around.

Reviewer: Simon Lucas
Full review: Samsung QE55Q90T

Super-fast gaming at a big screen size
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Pros

  • FALD backlight
  • Impactful OTS audio
  • Lightning fast gaming performance

Cons

  • No Dolby Vision support
  • No Freeview Play

Available at a similar price as the Q90T above but in a bigger size (65-inches), the Q80T delivers a cracking gaming performance.

There’s 4K/120Hz support (HDMI 4), as well as 4K/60Hz (more likely for most games) and 2K/120Hz. Latency, as we’ve come to expect from Samsung, is incredibly low at 8.7ms and even with the Games Motion Plus mode activated – which produces a smoother looking image and adds a ‘faux’ 3D gaming mode – it still outputs at 18.7ms. Gamers looking to play on a big screen will appreciate what Samsung offers with the Q80T.

Reviewer: Steve May
Full Review: Samsung QE65Q80T

Same gaming features as the 55-inch but at a smaller size
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Pros

  • Beautiful picture quality
  • Strong sound quality
  • Class-leading gaming features

Cons

  • Costs more than 55-inch version
  • Care needs to be taken to avoid screen burn
  • Missing some of the UK catch up apps

At 48-inches, the ‘smaller’ CX is more desktop friendly, which means you can sit closer to the screen. And no other brand offers as much gaming support as LG does with 4K/120Hz support across all of its HDMI ports.

Despite it’s smaller size, it retains all of the qualities we enjoy about OLED TVs in terms of contrast, wide angles, deep black levels. The CX boasts more shadow detail (visibility in darker areas of an image) than previous models, so you can potentially see who’s lurking in the shadows better. There is the worry that concerns all OLEDs of burn-in where static images are permanently retained in the image when games are played over a prolonged period of time. Gamers will need to take about this aspect, but LG panel design has reduced the potential for this to happen.

The 48-inch model is more expensive than the 55-inch model, so it’s arguably not the best value but for those restricted for space, it’s the best option.

Reviewer: John Archer
Full Review: LG OLED48CX

An increasingly affordable option for 8K gaming…
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Pros

  • Bright, sharp 8K pictures with impressive black levels
  • Powerful, impressively detailed audio
  • Good value for an 8K TV

Cons

  • Heavy dimming of stand-out bright objects
  • No Dolby Vision support
  • Game mode reduces backlight controls

8K is still in its infancy but the price is coming down and Samsung’s Q800T is one of the cheapest yet.

Only one of its HDMIs can handle 4K/120Hz and variable refresh rates, but input lag is under 8ms, and its game mode can be customised for a smoother, more fined looking image that doesn’t significantly increase lag.

Game mode has an impact the TV’s backlight management, reducing black levels in the process, but as an ‘affordable’ 8K option, the Q800T is one of the few choices available.

Reviewer: John Archer
Full Review: Samsung QE65Q800T

Perfectly suited for gamers
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Pros

  • Looks good with native 4K content
  • As future-proofed, games-wise, as they come
  • Half-decent sound
  • Good OS

Cons

  • Some backlighting issues
  • Not the most capable upscaler
  • Lacks some UK catch-up TV services
  • Looks deep if wall-mounted

At just under £1000 at some retailers, the 65-inch NANO906 is a telly worth considering for big-screen gaming.

Like LG’s OLEDs models it carries over Dolby Vision and 4K/120Hz support, alongside VRR, ALLM and eARC. Latency registers around 13ms – the same as the OLED TVs – and for PC gamers while this model drops Nvidia G-Sync it keeps AMD FreeSync. Picture performance and black levels should be improved over cheaper sets with its full-array local dimming and HGiG profile for better HDR gaming performance.

Reviewer: Simon Lucas
Full review: LG 65NANO906

FAQs

What’s the best gaming TV for PS5?

We’d say the Samsung Q90T is your best shout for a gaming TV for the PS5. Though the PS5 is still yet to receive an update to enable VRR, the Q90T (and Samsung in general) does offer the quickest latency performance of the TVs on this list.

What’s the best gaming TV for the Xbox Series X?

Given we offered a Samsung for the PS5, you might think the same applies for the Xbox Series X. But, LG’s OLEDs are the official choice for Xbox consoles. LG’s OLEDs also support Dolby Vision, but we’re still waiting to hear whether the TVs will be able to support Dolby Vision for gaming at 4K/120. If so, then they’d be an even greater partner for the Series X.

What’s the best gaming TV in 2021?

At the moment the best gaming TV comes down to a choice between LG and Samsung. The Samsung Q95A probably edges it in terms of latency, but the LG OLEDs have complete VRR support (Nvidia & AMD), plus they have Dolby Vision, and there’s a chance they’ll be able to support the Dolby Vision for gaming feature if they receive an update that enables it

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