The Best TV for Buying Games: Welcome to TechRadar's summary of the best 4K TVs for PS4 and Xbox that you can buy for any budget in 2018.
Let's face it, the more time your Xbox One X or PS4 Pro spend, the more important it is to do so with a quality monitor. Sure, you can connect your game console to any old 720p or 1080p monitor, but any player worth knowing knows that a 4K TV makes the difference.
When the current generation of Xbox and PlayStation consoles first appeared on the market, the HD-ready computer had everything to showcase your games in their best light. Fast-forward to 2018 when hardware upgrades during the cycle have led to consoles that deliver both 4K resolution and High Dynamic Range (HDR) for all your video and gaming needs.
This is a brilliant addition to the quality of our products. Game Experiences: Your TV is increasingly under pressure from your gaming device. A console can have all the power in the world, but it does not do much good when connected to a TV that can not take advantage of this improved performance.
Unleashing the Potential of Your Console
What exactly does a TV require? be able to unlock your full gambling potential these days? Let's start with the most basic requirement: 4K.
Resolution revolution: The Xbox One S plays all its games in 4K, which is achieved by a surprisingly good built-in upscaling.
The PS4 Pro also releases games in 4K and uses a mix of upscaling and in-game enhancement. The Xbox One X has now enough power to run more games than ever before, through native, integrated into the Game Engine 4K support. Yes, you can still get Xbox One and PS4 consoles other than 4K, and the Nintendo Switch is not interested in 4K. And yes, non-4K games need to be upgraded from a 4K TV. So do not be "pure". However, with the best 4K televisions, the upscaling process is remarkably good and can be done without significantly delaying the picture display time of a television.
The 4K resolution can be transformative, especially on large screens. And basically, 4K is exactly how it is now (both in the game world and in the video world), so it makes no sense to be prepared for it with your new TV.
Change Your Space: In today's 4K video world, you're in HDR (High Dynamic Range) technology. This provides images with a much wider range of light than the standard dynamic range images we've been living with for decades, bringing the images we see on our screens closer to the way our eyes see the real world. 1
The only problem is that HDR puts a lot of pressure on a TV because it requires both more brightness than SDR and better contrast, so the extra brightness and deeper blacks may be able to share the screen at the same time. In fact, HDR can look bad made worse than SDR decently well done; If you are considering buying a cheap TV, think about it.
It will be light! One of the most important elements of good HDR performance is its brightness. Many movies and games are based on about 1000 nits for their brightest elements. So if you have a TV that is less bright, the full potential of HDR will not be realized. Especially in a video game environment where graphics can be more contrastive than in reality.
It is quite possible that televisions deliver great HDR images without reaching 1000 nits and more brightness. This is especially true for OLED screens. But the darker a screen is, the harder it will be to process it to find out how image information in HDR areas can be resolved beyond its capabilities.
Delay? Lame! If you're a serious player, especially in response-based online games, you'll have to worry about delaying the input: The time it takes for a particular TV to play back image data received at its inputs. Obviously you are looking for low numbers if you do not want to be shot by an enemy your TV has not even shown! Specifications. In general, however, we measure the input delay of the TVs we have tested. I also provided the input lag measurements for all of our recommended TVs.
Roger das – over and over again: Sound design has always been an integral part of a great gaming experience. However, with the advent of surround sound games, it is being taken to another level nowadays. In fact, the Xbox One S and Xbox One X consoles even support Dolby Atmos' most advanced sound system: Dolby, which introduces a treble channel and "object-based" precision to the soundstage.
With impressive timing, LG is supporting Dolby Atmos via HDMI for its 2017 OLED TVs (some of which come with built-in soundbars), now at any moment. Even if the integrated Atmos support is not available elsewhere, TVs with really powerful sound systems have grown a lot this year. So, if you do not want to invest in an external sound system, you'll probably think about sound and image quality when you buy your gaming TV.
Note that the speakers are facing forward (as this almost always gives you a more direct, cleaner sound); Rated capacity; whether there is a dedicated woofer (often found on the back of a TV); built-in soundbars; and the number of speakers used.
Our Choice of the Best Gaming TVs
OK, now that the essential buying recommendations are met and you are an AV expert, let's now pick our selection of the best gaming TVs you can buy at the moment and a combination of price and quality.
1. Samsung Q9FN QLED TV Series
The Best Gaming TV Ever? Could be!
Spectacular HDR image quality
Powerful, rounded sound
Latest gaming features
Limited viewing angles
This 65-inch high-end Samsung set offers a number of unique features to play-friendly advantages. For starters, unique screen filters mean images are almost completely affected by ambient light. And trust us: being able to play in daylight and enjoy images that look as intense, bright, and rich in contrast as in a dark room is a revelation. The set also resolves 4K resolutions majestically, while its robust build quality allows for fairly strong and distortion-free audio performance (though apparently no visible speakers are present). If all of this was not exciting enough, the QN65Q9FN blows out the competition with an exceptionally low 12ms input lag in game mode. The QN65Q9FN, however, may suffer from slight photoperiod problems in very high-contrast HDR sequences and is unfortunately also painfully expensive.
Read the Review: [Q9FNQLEDTV
2. LG E8 OLED Series
The E8 is the best-selling OLED from LG
Beautiful, high-contrast images
Built-in soundbar is great
The B7 has the same panel!
The LG E8 OLED does not have nearly as much HDR-friendly brightness as the Samsung Q9FN range, but it's mind-boggling when it comes to the other end of the brightness story. It delivers wonderfully rich, jet-black colors that are completely free of color, kind of cloud problems that plague LCD TVs. Even though OLED is not yet as bright as LCD, the darkest pixel in an OLED image can be right next to the brightest, with no fouling between the two. This gives the pictures of the OLED55E8 a nice quality of light, which is effective especially in the dark.
Players will be pleased that the OLED E8, unlike its predecessors, no longer attenuates the image in low-latency HDR mode. It also supports 120 fps games at HD resolutions, full 4: 4: 4 PC colors and a very low input delay of less than 20 ms.
Read the Review: LG E8 OLED
3. Sony XBR-X930E / KD-XE93 Series
If you're already into today's 4K consoles, these are the best 4K TVs for games you can buy right now.
Exceptional image quality
Input delay of approximately 38 ms
Sony's XE9305 series is unique in the LCD TV world for using two light guide plates. This provides essentially twice as much control over how much light reaches the various areas of the screen than is the case with other edge-lit LCD TVs.
As a result, the 55-inch 55XE9305-XBR-55X930E in the US – The hitherto extremely bright HDR highlights (up to 1400 Nits and more) can bring next to deep blacks more effective on the screen than any other Edge LCDs.
Thanks to the Sony Triluminos processing colors are also rich and lively as smooth as Sony. Sometimes you can see traces of light blocking "around" outstanding HDR objects, but the images of the 55XE9305 are mostly a bright gaming nirvana.
The only delay is the input delay count of the 55XE9305 of about 38ms. This is slightly higher than we would normally see and occasionally slips to 52 ms for a short time.
Read the full review: Sony XBR-X930E / KD-XE93 Series
4. Samsung NU8000 Series
With beautiful colors and lightning-fast response times, the NU8000 is a royal gaming television
HDR + Fashion
Bright, beautiful colors
Bixby hurts when helps
Everyone loves a high-end TV. The latest LG OLEDs, Samsung's spectacularly bright QLED and Sony's phenomenal LED LCDs are admired throughout the year for their amazing performance, image technology and technical expertise.
Too bad that these are not the televisions that most people buy.
If you're looking for a mid-range TV that has all the power to play games in 4K HDR without compromising image quality, visit the Samsung NU8000 series. It may not be as bright as some of the competition on this site, but give the HDR + mode a chance and you'll be surprised what this outsider can do.
Read the full review: Samsung NU8000
5. Panasonic TX-EX750 Series
The 50-inch 50EX750 is an affordable, affordable 4K television with crisp images and fast response time
Digitally enhanced backlighting
10ms input delay …
.. But only in game mode
While Panasonic's newest LCD TV is not as bright as most of its competitors, it does have a pretty cool trick on its sleeve: the new, digitally enhanced backlight technology that reduces the angle of each pixel Problems of light haze associated with LCD technology. This will help you get darker gameplay smoother so you can immerse yourself in the action.
The 50EX750 also stands out in gaming mode with 10 ms input delay. In fact, you get the best picture quality of the 50EX750 when you use Dynamic Picture Preset. However, you can always stay on Dynamic for most games and switch to Game only if you're playing something where reaction times are really important.
6. LG OLED B7 series
With the affordable entry-level LG OLED B7 model
Superior HDR images
Unexpectedly good sound
Some backlighting "blooms"
19659003] While the OLED55B7 has the ultra-glamorous design and the built-in soundbar of the LG OLED55E7 is missing, which is higher in this list, remarkably the OLED55B7 offers almost the same high level of high-contrast picture quality for less.
Input The delay remains equally strong even at just 21 ms, and it is important to emphasize that the peak brightness of OLED's 740 Nits in some way restricts the effect of its HDR images. Its ability to place deep black colors just one pixel away.
Read the Review: LG OLED B7
7. Sony KD-XE85 Series
Powerful 4K images and smart features meet aggressive pricing in this gratifying no-nonsense range of TV and gaming all-rounders.
Strong image quality
Hard struggle for brightness  Delay input can slip up to 50 ms
One of our recent recommendations for a gaming TV is another big one. This gives us a chance to cite a final edition of gaming on today's consoles and PCs compared to previous generations: That you'll have to think big when you're going to have something like the ultimate gaming experience.
This is partly because you need a relatively large screen to get the most out of 4K resolutions, but also because the major TV brands are increasingly just HDR-friendly color, contrast, and brightness performance in their relatively large – and unfortunately also expensive – install TV.  Even a 55-inch Sony model has brightness issues to make 4K HDR images relatively cheap. However, thanks to Sony's triluminos processing engine, the brightness within this brightness limit is great, while the black level performance is excellent for such a low-priced and edge-lit LCD model. It suffers on average only with 21ms input delay – although strangely, the delay for one or two frames occasionally slips by 50ms.
8. Philips 65PUS7601
The combination of Ambilight, good prices for a 65-inch UHD / HDR screen and a dedicated HDR game mode make this TV on our list
65-inch: Philips 65PUS7601  Excellent backlight control
Great price for image quality
Complicated picture adjustment
Does not provide full HDR experience
The 65PUS7601 is probably the most aggressive gameplay feature on this list. in the form of his Ambilight system. Ambilight uses LED lights along the rear left, right and top edges of the TV to extinguish colored lights that can be adjusted in terms of hue, intensity and even location to the colors in the displayed image. The result is a greatly improved connection to what you're about to see. This is especially useful when playing. The Ambilight system even has a dedicated game mode designed to respond more quickly to changes in your game graphics. The 65PUS7601 also offers a generally strong 4K and HDR picture quality (at a relatively low price) and you can reduce the input delay to only about 30 ms if you pay attention to the setting. The set even features a special HDR game mode that combines HDR processing with the relatively strict and precise look of game graphics compared to & # 39; natural & # 39; Adjusts video.
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If you want to know more about shopping for game TVs, we've added some more information below. Continue reading to improve your AV skills!
Bits and B.O.B.s: If you're connected to the HDR point, you might want to think about the bit depth of your gaming TV. The best HDR experience requires a 10-bit screen that supports 1024 values for each RGB color. Otherwise, you will get a poorer color performance, including color stripes, where you should see subtle fades. Most premium HDR TVs today are 10-bit, but on the relatively affordable end of the TV market, that's far from usual.
The Xbox One S and PS4 consoles automatically rate the bit depth of your TV and select the optimum from HDR video output accordingly. The Xbox One S even provides a description of your TV's features under 4K TV details in the Advanced Video Settings menu. The Xbox One X will probably do the same thing.
It's clear that an 8-bit TV can provide good HDR color performance if it has a powerful video processing engine. However, 10-bit panels have an immediate advantage.
Another point is that some TVs – including Samsung's high-end models – actually support 12-bit color management / processing, even though their panels are only 10-or so. Both the Xbox One S and Xbox One X have color depth boxes in the Video Fidelity settings that allow you to select the maximum bit performance for your TV.
Color Purity: Another Advanced Setting, but One Important Thing Chroma subsampling applies to the ultimate game visualizations.
This term of video compression refers to the color purity of a TV and is usually written in the form of 4: 4: 4 and 4: 2: 0. These numbers indicate how many pixels in each top and bottom row are scanned for every two lines of four pixels. For example, at 4: 2: 0, the color of two pixels in the top row and no pixels in the bottom row is sampled.
It follows that the larger the numbers are, the cleaner the color performance, as there are fewer guesses as to how colors should look. The problem is, full 4: 4: 4 color support requires a lot of extra image data and therefore can not be processed by the HDMI connections or the processing of all TVs.
The differences in picture quality between 4: 4: 4 and 4: 2: 2 and even 4: 2: 0 are usually not enormous. However, they can be more pronounced in game graphics than in videos. So it's worth checking out what a TV you want to buy can support – even if it's not information that is regularly included in TV specification lists. The latest consoles are pretty good at detecting the optimal chroma subsampling that a TV can support, and automatically adjust their outputs accordingly.
This can cause annoying "handshaking" issues with some TVs, so the Xbox One S and the PS4 Pro now offer & # 39; Limiter & # 39; options for subsampling in their video source menus (& # 39; ; Enable 4: 2: 2 & nbsp; on the Xbox One S and 2160 YUV4: 2: 0 on the PS4 Pro).
Frame Rate Handling: Now that the Xbox One X is almost there and promising 4K native resolution games are running at 60 frames per second, make sure that the TV you've purchased is over has the latest HDMI sockets. If there is not at least one HDMI socket according to the specification v2.0a, it can not reach a higher resolution than 30 frames per second. Fortunately, this year's 4K televisions do far more have HDMI 2.0a connections than in the past few years, but it's still worth a review – especially if you buy a particularly affordable TV.