In order to fully use the power of PS5 or Xbox Series X you have to get proper TV or Gaming monitor. In this article we will only focus on TV’s since the consoles were ment to be in the living room where all the fun is. Threre are some people that store their consoles near PC and use their pc monitors but it is a topic for another article. If you want the best looking picture, the best gaming experience, you need a proper TV. Both consoles are designed to output a true 4K picture that’ll look dramatically better than anything the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X, so you want to have the best gaming TV you can buy. Good news though, there are some inexpensive ones that can display a great image and will not drain your wallet. And with Black Friday around the corner you can expect those TV with some cool discounts.
Like the next-generation consoles, TVs also got an upgrade and started to offer HDMI 2.1 ports for 4K 120Hz gameplay as well as FreeSync support that will smooth our your frame rate. Another thing that is worth to mention that we can see that the new TVs offer the brightest screens as well as the highest number of local dimming zones. But let’s just get to the point.
1. LG 55″ 65″ Class CX Series Smart OLED 4K TV
Screen size: 65″ ● Resolution: 4K ● Panel Type: OLED ● HDR Compatibility: Dolby Vision (IQ), HDR10, HLG ● Peak Brightness: 750cd/m2 ● Refresh Rate: 120Hz ● Adaptive Sync: G-Sync, FreeSync ● Inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.1, 1 x Composite, 1 x RF
We are starting this on a high note. It is the best you can buy not only for gaming but also for watching movies. OLED screens are just amazing. It offers a quick response time and native 120Hz refresh rate. As it goes for OLEDs – every pixel produces its own light so you can get true blacks right next to bright highlights and this allows you to get simply the best HDR experience. It has 2.1 ports so you can get 4K 120Hz refresh rate while gaming. It supports both FreeSync and G-Sync so you will not experience screen tearing or a rocky frame, even if you want to use this screen as your main screen for gaming PC. The price on amazon is starting from $1,896.99.
2. Sony 55″ 65″ Class X900H Smart LED 4K TV
Screen size: 65″ ● Resolution: 4K ● Panel Type: Full-Array LED ● HDR Compatibility: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG ● Refresh Rate: 120Hz ● Inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.1, 1 x Composite, 1 x RF
This is a much cheaper tv, as the prices are starting from $1,300. Sony X900H also offers a full suite of HDMI 2.1 ports with all the high resolution and fast response rate you need for both the Xbox Series X/S and the PS5. Another thing, this TV supports variable refresh rate support for a tear free gaming on consoles and has low-latency game mode that really lowers the latency. It uses a VA panel that offers a great blend of responsiveness and image quality featuring vibrant colors. There’s also a full-array local dimming for excellent blacks and contrast, and expect vibrant colors from this 4K TV.
3. TCL 55″ Class 6-Series QLED Roku Smart TV
Screen size: 55″ ● Resolution: 4K ● Panel Type: Mini-LED QLED ● HDR Compatibility: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG ● Local Dimming Zones: 240 ● Refresh Rate: 120Hz ● Adaptive Sync: VRR ● Inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x Composite, 1 x RF
This is a really good budget to quality TV. It can deliver 4K with an amazing picture thanks to the usage of Mini LED and QLED technologies. It offers stunningly bright piture with vivid colors. To offer better HDR experience TV offers 240 local dimming zones that provide a strong contrast ratio and allow you to take full advantage of Dolby Vision and HDR 10. It also has THX Certified Game Moda that allows the TV to automatically detect games and switch to the right game mode with the best variable refresh rate, input lad and pixel response time plus some extra stuff to improve your gaming experience. It offers 120Hz refresh rate but not in 4K, so it is up to you if you want to game with 1440p and 120Hz or 4K and 60Hz. The price? It starts from $629 on amazon!
4. Samsung 55″ Class Q90T Smart QLED 4K TV
Screen size: 64.5″ ● Resolution: 4K ● Panel Type: Full-Array QLED ● HDR Compatibility: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Quantum HDR 2000 ● Peak Brightness: 1,500cd/m2 ● Local Dimming Zones: 96 ● Refresh Rate: 120Hz ● Inputs: 1 x HDMI 2.1, 3 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x RF
If you want the perfect black colors – you go for OLED, if you want the brightest picture – QLED is for you. Samsung Class Q90T is a great TV that offers up to bright 1,500-nit peak brightness. If you worry that this TV can’t show black, do not worry, it does but just not as good as OLED. You cannot expect it to have tru blacks next to bright pixels. As for gaming, this samsung has everything you need for the next level consoles. 3K at 120Hz, FreeSync, G-Sync support, low latency game mode. Have in mind that it has only one HDMI 2.1 port so if you have both consoles you might need to switch between them to have the ultimate experience. The prices start from #1,371 at amazon.
5. Vizio 55″ Class 4K OLED Smart TV
Screen size: 55″ ● Resolution: 4K ● Panel Type: OLED ● HDR Compatibility: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG ● Refresh Rate: 120Hz ● Adaptive Sync: VRR, FreeSync ● Inputs: 2 x HDMI 2.1, 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x RF
If you want OLED but do not want to pay the high price for Sony or LG, Vizio is for you. THe prices start at $1,300 at amazon, so the 55-inch is $200 dollars cheaper than the LG’s smaller models. And the best part? You’ll get t the same OLED panel that LG uses so you can experience amazing balcks and great colors as in high-end OLED TV. Of course, if you look at the price you have to think, where Vizio had to cut costs. For once, TV has much bigger bezel than in other OLED’s. It also has only two HDMI 2.1 ports (but still thisis more than enough), they opperate with full 48Gbps bandwidth so they are able to support 12-bit 4:4:4 color at up to 120Hz. The TV features FreeSync uspport but no G-Sync, like other OLED’s. It is still a great offer for those who want OLED but for much less and do noth bother with bigger bezel.
Things to look for in a Gaming TV
The good news for starters – more and more new TVs are being built with a gaming in mind. The number of Tvs that feature FreeSync has ballooned in the last year. The main factors that make a gaming TV really good for gaming are refresh rate, adaptive sync support, and low-latency gaming modes.
What is Adaptive Sync
This is probably a familiar term for Xbox One owners. It is a process that synchronizes the refresh rate of your TV with hte number of frames that goes out from your GPU. LIke in the old days, if you had a top-notch graphics card that could render a game at let’s say 240 fps, but your screen was only capable of displaying 60Hz you could’ve seen some screen tearing. Adaptive sync was created to get rid of those issues and ensure smotth gaming without tearing any frames .
The second huge thing that you want to look for in your gaming TV is HDMI 2.1 port. This is the newest version of a HDMI standard and it allows you to have a 4K signal with up to 120Hz while gmaing. HDMI 2.0 was limited to 4K, 60 Hz so the difference is huge. Thanks to HDMI 2.1 you will be able to play games at Ultra HD resolutions with really high refresh rates. Another thing to watch out for is if the TV listing says that the screen is capable of 240 Motion Rate, or 960 Clear Action or some other variation (different names for different TV producers) and it says that it has 60 Hz that means the TV will only be simulatiing a higher refresh rate and not a true 120Hz.