In order for you to have the best gaming experience on your PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One X or PC, it’s important that you choose one of the right premium TVs for gaming. Both consoles and PC can output some pretty incredible visuals in 4K. And, with the next-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X around the corner they are going to take visuals and sound to the next level.
Let’s take a look at the best premium TVs that are great for gaming and will allow you to get the best possible gaming experience.
Three premium TV brands that stand out above the rest
When looking at TV brands that offer features gamers are looking for, there are three clear leaders in this market: LG, Sony and Samsung. All three companies offer premium TVs that are not only great for watching television and movies but also for playing video games. Recent high-end models from these companies offer 4K, and in some instances even 8K resolutions.
Now that we know what brand of premium TVs are best for gaming, let’s take a look at the features that matter most to gamers.
Gaming features to look for in premium TVs
When buying a premium TV for gaming, things like low latency, refresh rates, and HDR functionality are important. However, you will also want to get a premium TV that comes with HDMI 2.1 ports. This new standard brings a whole slew of new features and allows for a lot more bandwidth, going from HDMI 2.0 18 Gbps to HDMI 2.1 48 Gbps. The higher the resolution and frame rate, the more bandwidth is needed.
This means resolutions of up to 10K and frame rates up to 120fps are possible with HDMI 2.1. And, we’ve already seen one Xbox Series X game, DiRT 5, announced that it supports 120 fps. It’s only a matter of time before we see even more.
Other gaming features to look for in a premium TV
Here are other features offered on premium TVs for gamers that you should look for:
- HDR & HDR 10: High dynamic range that offers a wider range of colours bringing more realism, and depth to the image on the TV screen.
- Game Mode & Auto Game Mode: These modes decrease lag by turning off extra video processing on the TV.
- Game Enhancer & Real Game Enhancer+: Reduces ghosting and motion blue in fast-moving game scenes.
- ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode): Allows for smooth, lag-free gaming and is otherwise known as game mode.
- VRR (Variable Refresh Rate): This allows the TV to adjust the refresh rate on the screen to match the source signal. And, allows for a smoother image with no screen tearing.
- AMD FreeSync: The refresh rate of the TV is synchronized with the framerate of AMD video cards.
- G-Sync & NVIDIA G-Sync Compatible: Similar to AMD FreeSync but for NVIDIA compatible video cards.
My choices of premium TVs that are great for gaming
So, we’ve narrowed our choices down to premium TVs from LG, Sony and Samsung. And, we know what “gamer” features in these TVs to look for. Though, there are still quite a few models to choose from. And, for some, that can be a daunting task.
As a result, I’ve chosen a TV from each of the three brands that we sell here at Best Buy, which I feel would be great choices for any gamer.
LG CX 4K OLED TV
From LG, without a doubt, one of the best premium TVs for gaming is the LG CX 4K OLED TV. This TV comes in 55″, 65″ and 77″ screen sizes. The LG CX 4K OLED TV features four of the latest HDMI version ports, which means games like DiRT 5 on the Xbox Series X will run at 120 fps!
It also supports ALLM, VRR, HDR and is NVIDIA G-SYNC compatible. Oh, did I mention the LG CX 4K OLED TV has a low input lag and a blazing fast 1 ms response time? It does! Gaming on this TV looks absolutely gorgeous!
A game that looks great on the LG CX OLED TV is DiRT 5
This is the first Xbox Series X game announced that supports 120 frames per second, and I can’t wait to try it. DiRT 5 is a high-impact extreme racer that is bigger, better and badder than all of the previous games put together. Career mode features a deep story and DiRT 5 has a four-player split-screen mode that you can play offline with friends and family.
Sony XBR X950H 4K UHD HDR LED Android Smart TV
The Sony XBR X950H 4K UHD HDR LED Android Smart TV is an excellent choice for gamers. The Sony XBR X950H TV comes in 49″, 55″, 65″ and 85″ screen sizes. And, it has a thin aluminium bezel that maximizes screen viewing and provides a clean and neat look to the TV.
It features a Game Mode, 120Hz refresh rates, HDR and has a beautiful LED screen to compliment the on-screen action.
A game that looks great on the Sony XBR X950H is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a highly anticipated title and is coming this holiday. It features a massive open world full of adventure and an equally awesome protagonist named Eivor. This Viking raider and clan leader is equipped with a hidden blade and the new dual-wielding combat system is going to look awesome in 4K!
Samsung Q80T 4K UHD HDR QLED Tizen Smart TV
The Samsung Q80T is an awesome TV for playing video games. This TV is available in 49″, 55″, 65″, 75″ and 85″ sizes. It features Real Game Enhancer+ that reduces the blur and tearing on the screen, allowing for fast and precise movement.
This amazing TV also has ALLM and 4K 120Hz support!
A game that looks great on the Samsung Q80T is Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 is a futuristic role-playing game, which is adapted from the Cyberpunk franchise. The game takes place in Night City in an open world with 6 distinct regions. You play as a mercenary outlaw known as V in search of a one-of-a-kind implant that is key to immortality. The bright futuristic neon colours in Cyberpunk 2077 will look amazing on the Samsung Q80T’s QLED screen.
Premium TVs that are great for gaming
There certainly are a lot of premium TVs that are great for gaming to choose from. And, I hope that I’ve helped you in making your decision. If you want to get the most out of your gaming console or PC, choosing one the right premium TVs for gaming is very important.
Let me know in the comments section below if you have any questions. I’m always here to help!