5 best 4K TVs for gaming on PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo and PC 2018

Get the most out your gaming experience with our pick of the best the gaming TVs

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Buying a TV specifically for gaming? We've got you covered with our pick of the best 4K TVs for PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo and PC...

What to look for in a gaming TV

The world of TV and film were the first to take advantage of the hot new 4K resolution, but more recently the world of gaming has gotten on board with new consoles such as the PS4 Pro, and Xbox One X designed to make the most of the new format. 

But if you're looking to buy a new 4K TV specifically for these new consoles, then your priorities are going to be slightly different from someone who just wants to watch TV and film content. 

That's because of a thing called input lag, which essentially describes how quickly a TV's panel can respond to an ever-changing stream of data from your console. 

When watching a film, input lag doesn't matter. Sure, it might take the TV a fraction of a second longer to pause your content, but so long as the audio and visual elements are in sync then you're unlikely to notice it. 

Gaming is different. If your character on-screen is responding a fraction of a second after you press a button on your controller, then not only is the experience going to feel sluggish, but you might find games getting harder as a result. 

A quick note that in order to enjoy the kinds of low input lag we talk about in the rest of this article you'll need to enable each TV's 'game mode' option. This turns off much of the TV's picture processing tech in order to make the panel as responsive as possible. The image quality of a lot of TVs can really suffer when you turn this option on, but part of the reason we've included the sets we have below is that they're able to offer a great level of picture quality even with game mode enabled.

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1. LG OLED B7

Fantastic image quality with an affordable price tag and low input lag

Specifications
Best for: Rich black levels
Screen size: 55-, 65-inches
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Screen Type: OLED
Reasons to buy
+Affordable (for an OLED)+Lovely dark black levels+Low input lag
Reasons to avoid
-Weak sound-OLED burn-in issues

If you want a high-end TV experience, then an OLED TV is pretty much the only way to go. After years of being out of reach for all but the wealthiest of buyers, 2017 saw the technology finally make its way down to more affordable levels, and the LG OLED B7 is the cheapest of the lot. 

But impressively, the B7 achieves this without compromising on what makes OLED TVs so great, with black levels that are so much darker than anything the comparable LCD panels are able to achieve. 

What makes the B7 the best TV for gaming specifically is its low input lag, which sits comfortably just above 20ms. This means that even fans of very fast-paced gaming experiences shouldn't have any issues with the screen lagging behind the action. 

The B7 is the cheapest of LG's OLED TVs, so obviously there's going to be compromise somewhere. Although it has exactly the same image quality as the sets further up the range, the difference comes with its sound, which is far weaker than the rest of the lineup. 

However, an external soundbar or home cinema system will easily solve this particular issue, and will give you more flexibility in the process.  

That said if you want an OLED TV with a fantastic on-board sound system, then check out the set that's earned second place in our list of the best 4K TVs for gaming. 

2. LG OLED W7

A phenomenal design meets Atmos-enabled sound

Specifications
Best for: Eye-catching design
Screen size: 65-, 77-inches
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Screen Type: OLED
Reasons to buy
+Eye-catching design+Atmos-enabled soundbar
Reasons to avoid
-Has to be wall-mounted-Ultra-premium price

Sitting at the polar opposite end of LG's OLED lineup is the W7, a TV that's premium in all the ways the B7 is not. 

From a gaming perspective the W7 has exactly the same visual performance as the B7 (complete with satisfyingly low input lag), but the big functional benefit it has is its Atmos-enabled soundbar, which will allow you to get the most of the Xbox One X and Xbox One S's high-end audio tech. 

For the uninitiated, Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology that creates the impression sound is coming from above you, as well as behind you (as with a traditional surround sound setup). It's not supported by all the current 4K consoles, but it's worth investing in if you want the best of the best audio experience.

The LG W7 hence offers a great experience in both sound and vision, but it comes with a caveat of its own; it's much more difficult to install than almost every other TV on the market. 

The reason for this is that it can only be wall-mounted. That's right, there's no option to have the W7 sit on a TV cabinet like almost every other TV on the market, you'll have to affix it to a wall instead. 

If you're prepared to go to the effort, then the W7 is one of the most striking looking TVs around, with a wallpaper-thin design that pushes the limits of what OLED technology is capable of. However, if you want the benefits of its enhanced sound without the installation headache, then the step-down E7 or G7 (also from LG) are both great choices. 

3. Samsung Q9F

Quantum dots prove there's life yet in LCD

Specifications
Best for: Eye-watering brightness and colours
Screen size: 65-, 88-inches
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Screen Type: LCD
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic colour vibrancy+Gets phenomenally bright
Reasons to avoid
-Blacks lack the depth of OLED-Limited viewing angles

OLEDs might offer a better picture in darker parts of an image, but LCDs still rule the roost when it comes to lighter parts of an image for the simple reason that they're able to get far brighter than their OLED counterparts. 

The cream of the crop right now has to be the Samsung Q9F, the company's 2017 flagship. 

The Q9F uses a technology known as Quantum Dots to enhance what's usually possible with an LCD display. The result is a fantastically wide range of colours, and a peak brightness of around 1500 nits, which combine to mean that images from this set really pop. 

This brightness means that you'll get a fantastic amount of detail in bright parts of an image, and will also benefit those of us that have to game with our TVs in brightly lit rooms. 

Better yet, the Q9F is able to offer all this with an input lag that's every bit as low as the LG OLEDs above. 

4. Samsung MU7000

A fantastic mid-range buy

Specifications
Best for: Phenomenally low input lag
Screen size: 49-, 55-, 65-, 75, 82-inches
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Screen Type: LCD
Reasons to buy
+Bright and vibrant images+Exceptionally low input lag
Reasons to avoid
-Inconsistent blacks-Awkwardly wide stand

While 4K TVs are now available at some remarkably low prices, the high-end features that really matter have yet to completely saturate the mid-range and budget ends of the market.

That said, there are some fantastic mid-range sets out there, including Samsung's MU7000 series. 

While other mid-range sets struggle with poor levels of peak brightness and depressingly bright 'blacks', the MU7000 sets do an above average job with HDR content, and it does it all while maintaining fantastically low levels of input lag across both 1080p and 4K content. 

Our only word of warning with this TV is that the tech varies slightly between screen sizes, with the smallest 49-inch set not supporting the 10-bit colour of the larger TVs, but reviewers haven't found that to translate to a marked difference in picture quality.


5. Sony XE90

Excellent HDR at wallet-friendly price

Specifications
Best for: Mid-range HDR performance
Screen size: 49-, 55-, 65-, 75-inches
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Screen Type: LCD
Reasons to buy
+Great HDR support+Above-average audio
Reasons to avoid
-Not the brightest panel -Annoying power brick and rubbery remote

While the XE93 includes a slightly brighter panel (which means better HDR highlight detail), the XE90 has a slight advantage when it comes to input lag from 1080p sources (which is what you'll be gaming with if you own a Nintendo Switch or standard non-Pro PS4), and so is better suited to gaming. 

The XE90 doesn't quite have the same low level of input lag as the other mid-range competitor, the Samsung MU7000 above, but its picture quality is slightly better overall. 

HDR performance is great thanks to the XE90's high-performance backlight, and detail and motion-handling is also impressive. 

Finally, the Sony XE90 also comes equipped with the feature-packed Android TV operation system, which allows access to a wide-range of functionality and apps (even if we think it's an OS that can feel a little bloated and sluggish at times). 

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