Many brands and tv references are available in the market, but not all of them can squeeze the best of the consoles that are currently available in the market like the PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series X, and also I would include the PS4 Pro, and the still powerful Xbox One X, which has excellent features to achieve 4K images in some of its games.
Therefore, if you are planning to invest in a new 4K TV that is not only excellent for watching television and movies in ultra-high definition but also one that can match your console capabilities. Then, why not buy a TV that maximizes all your investment in home entertainment?
In the end, gaming developers invest vast amounts of resources to achieve games with a high degree of detail that sometimes leave you speechless if you have the right tv.
In an article that we previously published, we made a list of all the important characteristics to consider before investing in a gaming TV. We concluded that ideally, the TV should have a 4K UHD resolution with OLED or QLED screen technology, HDMI 2.1 input (fast data transfer), Game mode available with low input lag, HDR10 or Dolby Vision for the Xbox series X, between 60hz to 120hz native ideally, Variable Refresh Rate, FreeSync and with a screen size of not less than 50 inches if the space is available.
Also, it is essential to have available ARC input but ideally eARC input (HDMI 2.1) if you are planning to leave your headset aside and connect a high-quality multichannel sound system such as an AV receiver, high-quality soundbar, or home theatre. Remember that the Xbox Series X|S has available Dolby Atmos surround sound, DTS:X, and also the PS5 has excellent capabilities to produce surround sound for gaming and Blu-ray. A good surround system is key if you want to know any sound source while playing, such as footsteps, shots, or any vital sound.
Therefore, we made a list of the best OLED and QLED TVs that meet these characteristics and also the ones that bring the best quality price. Before we move on, let's examine both the positives and negatives of these popular screen types
OLED TVs' pros and cons
Any OLED panel has exceptional image quality in any scenario, but especially in dark environments or at night, so this level of black will look great in games where the environment is very dark, like horror games, among others. This is because OLED technology makes blacks purer, as this type of screen has its own source of light made up of millions of organic diodes and individual light emitters, so the OLED TV doesn't depend on the typical backlight that most led TVs use. However, this technology is expensive, and it is very common to see that the prices are higher than conventional LED televisions.
The downside of any OLED TV is that it can be exposed to screen burn-in or image retention, which are noticeable stains that the screen can develop during its life cycle. This happens when the screen displays static images such as news logos, the game score shown in FIFA as an example, or elements in the same place for an extended period. Also, very bright images during a long period can produce burn-in. However, to develop this issue, the TV has to be massively exposed to these static images for many hours uninterrupted. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid displaying these static images for long periods by trying to change the game or TV channel in order to display other colors and images. Also, the LG OLED TVs have burn-in-preventing settings, such as a screen saver feature that automatically turns on after the screen is exposed to a static image for 2 minutes. Other options are a screen shifter or a logo luminance adjustment that automatically decreases brightness when a static logo is detected to avoid image retention.
Best QLED Screens
Now, if we look at TVs with QLED technology, Samsung will also get the most out of their high-performance console from Sony and Microsoft. QLED displays offer a much higher level of brightness, allowing you to view all kinds of content with excellent performance, even if the room is lit. So, if you are going to play mainly during the day, you may prefer the brightness peaks of a QLED television. Also, QLED screens are not susceptible to burn-in, unlike OLED TVs, and the Quantum dots technology offers more vibrant and diverse colors.
A QLED television, on the other hand, doesn't offer the same level of contrast as an OLED television because its backlight is composed of multiple LEDs. However, Neo QLED TVs, which are found in Samsung's most premium TVs, offer better contrast by switching from standard LED backlights to Mini LED backlights that are consolidated in higher numbers, increasing the dimming zones.
1) LG C2 Smart 4K UHD OLED (2022 model)
Best gaming TV overall
Resolution: 4K, Refresh Rate: 120 Hz, Sizes Available: 42, 48, 55, 65, 77, 83 Inches
If the LG C1 was the star of 2021 with its impressive performance, perfect blacks, and vibrant colors, in 2022, LG is bringing an updated version that is better in some key aspects. The LG C2 image quality and performance are jaw-dropping, and it offers all features necessary to enjoy the PS5 and series X to the fullest, such as an Oled 4K panel with 120Hz refresh rate, VRR – including Nvidia G-Sync and AMD Freesync, HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision IQ, 4 x 48Gbps HDMI 2.1, Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Game Optimiser among other options. In terms of audio, it has Dolby atmos and a fast eARC connection for a high-quality sound system.
Compared with the C1, the C2 is brighter and provides better AI-enhanced processing with a new Alpha a9 Gen 5 processor, superior imaging capabilities, and a new operative system called webOS 22 that is easy to navigate. In addition, thanks to the use of new materials, the device's weight has been reduced by almost 40% without compromising quality or durability. A 42-inch TV has also been introduced, which is suited for anyone seeking a TV and a PC monitor.
The C2 has a decent sound output of 40W using 2.2 channels, Dolby Atmos surround sound, and the new α9 Gen 5 AI Processor up-mixes 2-channel audio into virtual 7.1.2 channel sound.
Still, for the 2022 version, HDR10+ is not available, and currently, the price is above the excellent C1 version. However, if you are looking for the best gaming TV without taking into account the extra cost, the C2 is definitely the best option.
2) Samsung QN95B (2022)
Best Neo Qled TV overall
Resolution: 4K, Refresh Rate: 120 Hz, Sizes Available: 55, 65, 75, 85 Inches
Over the last few years, Samsung QLED TVs have become the most popular option for those looking for a bright TV to enhance their gaming room. Again, they reaffirmed their leadership this year by introducing a QN95B Neo QLED that combines quantum dots and mini backlights, just like its predecessor.
However, some aspects have been improved, such as the HDR performance, which gives impressive results; better peak brightness, light blooms that are more effectively limited in dark backgrounds helping to reduce the halo effect, and excellent contrast thanks to local dimming. Additionally, the QN95B has a remarkable Anti-Glare Screen that limits any light reflections, and the tv has four HDMI ports with 2.1 compatibilities, so multiple devices such as the PS5 and Xbox Series X can be connected simultaneously.
Currently, the QN95B is only compatible with HDR10 / HDR10+ and does not support Dolby Vision.
The QN95B also improved its sound aspects as it can decode Dolby Atmos natively, which is only supported by the Xbox Series X, and With OTS+, you can also enjoy 3D sound using the walls of your gaming space.
Among all the game-related features offered by the QN95B, you can enjoy 4K gaming at 120Hz, all 4 HDMI 2.1 ports (1 eARC), VRR, ALLM, and FreeSync Premium Pro to optimize the display for your source device. Also, the TV offers Samsung's Game Bar, a settings menu that relays frame rate information, offers genre-specific picture settings, and provides immediate access to VRR controls.
3) LG C1 Smart 4K UHD OLED (2021 model)
Best (Price / Quality) TV
Resolution: 4K, Refresh Rate: 120 Hz, Sizes Available: 48, 55, 65, 77, 83 Inches
The 2021 model and ultra-thin LG C1 Oled 4K (3840 x 2160 UHD) is one of the first options to consider when selecting a TV for the Series X and PlayStation 5. It is the right gaming TV for the two consoles, and without a doubt, it will please any owner.
The image quality is terrific, especially in a dark room thanks to the perfect blacks. Even in fast games all images are very fluid, reducing any blurry image, which is very common in any standard 4K TV. It is not entirely different from the previous model CX or the new C2 2022 in some ways, as the C1 has HDMI 2.1 ports, which is the proper connection to deliver 4k at 120 frames per second. In addition, it has HDR10 pro which is a static metadata HDR that makes the colors more natural and adjusts brightness while playing. Moreover, the C1 has Dolby Vision HDR, a Dynamic Metadata technology that adjusts brightness and color frame by frame, with better natural colors and definition in bright areas.
Dolby Vision is currently available for the Xbox series X, and the C1 recently received an update making the C1 capable of delivering Dolby Vision 4K at 120fps.
The TV is certified G-SYNC, AMD FreeSync™ Premium producing an excellent variable refresh rate (VRR), essential for smooth images, matching the refresh rate with the frames rate during the game, and reducing stutter and tearing. In addition, the low input lag for this TV is 10ms assisted by the new Prevent Input Delay.
The sound is decent since it comes with 40W of 2.2 channels, and it comes with Dolby Atmos for better surround sound. But, of course, if you have a high-capacity soundbar, a good home theatre, or an AVR, it would improve the experience of immersing the player in the game.
In this model, LG also introduced a new OS webOS 6.0 that is very intuitive and easy to navigate.
4) Sony Bravia A95K (2022)
Best QD-OLED TV
Resolution: 4K, Refresh Rate: 120 Hz, Sizes Available: 55, 65 Inches
The A95K is the latest Sony Bravia flagship and, therefore, the best Sony QD-Oled TV available for the latest consoles, but with an expensive price tag. Nevertheless, the attributes that this model offers are marvelous, featuring both OLED and QLED technology, the TV offers the best of both worlds, promising to have better brightness than a standard Oled while offering perfect blacks, pixel-level contrast control, almost-perfect viewing angles or super-thin designs. However, the LG flagship G2 is brighter than the A95K. In any case, this stylish and bright QD-OLED panel delivers excellent color fidelity and detail levels that will impress any owner.
The A95K offers Auto HDR Tone Mapping that allows the PS5 to select the best HDR setting for your TV accordingly and game mode, which minimizes input lag automatically. Also, As standard features, this 4K tv offers HDR10, Dolby Vision HDR for the Xbox Series X, 2 HDMI 2.0 and 2 HDMI 2.1 inputs (one of them is eARC), the capacity to display higher frame rates up to 120Hz, VRR functionality, ALLM.
The sound system is a 2.2 60W Acoustic Surface Audio+ and supports Dolby Atmos and DTS Digital Surround. Additionally, the A95K offers 3D Surround Upscaling that artificially creates surround sound using only the TV speakers.
5) Samsung Neo QLED QN90A 4K UHD 2021 (North America)
Best (Price / Quality) Neo Qled TV
Resolution: 4K, Refresh Rate: 120 Hz, Sizes Available: 43, 50, 55, 65, 75, 85, 98 Inches
The Samsung QN90A 4K TV is a solid contender for the best gaming TV if you want to maximize your console's performance. The TV differs from the previous QLEDs as it has mini-led backlights that are more efficient, brighter, and with the local dimming, it delivers better blacks and contrast in dark images. Also, combined with the HDR10+ dynamic metadata, every image's colors and bright areas look marvelous. However, Samsung doesn't have Dolby Vision available for this TV, and it relies on its HDR10 / HDR10+ technology which is also impressive for movies and series. Also, unlike the OLEDs, there is a slight Blooming or halo effect around bright images, which is very common in this type of screen.
The QN90A has available Auto low latency mode that automatically activates the game mode as soon as the console is ON, adapting the TV for gaming and reducing the latency to under 10ms. The QN90A also has a Variable refresh rate (VRR), AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, and G-Sync for perfect synchronization of refresh rate and frame rate, eliminating any stutters and tearing. Also, the QN90A comes with four HDMI inputs, but only one is 2.1, allowing to connect just one new-gen console. But if you have both, the Series X or PS5, you may have to use this single 2.1 with an adapter for both consoles if you want to take advantage of the 4K 120fps.
The TV has a handy game Bar feature, an option to display and measure vital stats while playing, such as the current input lag, FPS, HDR, VRR, sound output, and screen aspect ratio adjustments. Moreover, the TV has enabled the option to have two screens simultaneously with multi-view, so you can play and watch your favorite gamer YouTuber or watch TV while playing. Also, you can change the size of each screen and select the one you want to have audio.
The sound system comes with eight in-built speakers 3D sound, Dolby 5.1 decoder, and OTS+ that move the sound where the action happens. Also, it has available one eARC input available if you want to connect a Dolby Atmos Soundbar or AVR multichannel sound system.
Samsung Neo QLED QN95A / QN94Q 4K UHD 2021 (Europe, including the UK)
The QN95A 4K flagship for the UK and the rest of Europe, has the same gaming capabilities as the QN90A, such as a 4K mini-led backlight with local dimming for better blacks and contrast, 120hz, HDM10 / HDM10+ dynamic metadata, VRR, AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and G-Sync, low latency in Auto Game Mode (10 ms), Game bar for TV performance, screen aspect ration and gaming settings, multi-view, and the same 4.2.2 3D sound system with OTS+. However, this TV has a better connection option as the QN95A comes with a connect box with four HDMI 2.1 inputs available, allowing to connect multiple devices at the same time that require high-speed data like the PS5, Xbox series X, a Dolby Atmos soundbar or an AVR using the eARC port.
The Q95A is currently unavailable in the USA as the QN90A is the flagship.
6) Sony Bravia A80J OLED (2021)
Best alternative for the PS5
Resolution: 4K, Refresh Rate: 120 Hz, Sizes Available: 55, 65, 77 Inches
The Sony A80J is a serious option to consider when selecting a TV for the latest consoles, primarily the Playstation 5, as the TV has features for this console that are not available in other gaming TVs, like auto HDR tone mapping and other functionalities. Also, it has impressive visual elements, and it is similar to the C1 in some aspects. The screen resolution is 4K in an OLED display that reproduces perfect blacks as the TV can turn off the pixels individually, with HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision (available on Xbox series X), 4 HDMI inputs which 2 are 2.1, low input lag, Auto Low Latency Mode that is basically the delay that takes any action in the controller and perceiving it on the screen. Also, it has an impressive 1ms response time which is what a pixel takes to shift from one color to another, and the ability to display higher frame rates thanks to the 120Hz refresh rate, making the image sequence very smooth when playing fast games. In addition, it comes with a variable refresh rate (VRR) functionality that helps to reduce screen tearing, so the imaging is clean while playing.
The sound output is 30W, it has available eARC, and it supports Dolby Atmos, which is available for the Xbox Series X.
7) Samsung QLED Q70A 4K UHD 2021
Best 4K 120fps budget TV
Resolution: 4K, Refresh Rate: 120 Hz, Sizes Available: 55, 65, 75, 85 Inches
The Q70A series is an excellent option if the budget is not so high since it has a QLED screen with 4K resolution, HDR10 / HDR10+ (quantum HDR), a refresh rate of 120Hz, 4 HDM1 ports with one of them is 2.1, AMD FreeSync that reduces tearing and stuttering, ALLM and also an impressively low input lag of under 10ms.
This series has most of the features and capabilities in a game mode like the Q90A series but is less bright with slightly lower image quality in bright or dark rooms. Like its bigger brothers, it also has a multi-view and Game bar for measuring important gaming stats and settings like FPS, input lag, VRR, HDR, and others. The sound system is 20 Watts in 2 Channels with Dolby® Digital Plus.
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