The best gaming TVs in 2022

Whether you’re a hardcore gamer or just turn on your console a few times a month, you deserve a great gaming experience. And some TVs are better at playing video games than others. If gaming is an important consideration when you’re shopping for a TV, well, I’ve got a list of the models you’ll want to watch.

If you’re a team on Xbox, team Playstation, team PC, or a team, all of the above, these are my picks for the best TVs for gaming in 2022. I’m going to run it through for you and along the way explain which TVs do the best things so you can watch TV on The one that best suits your needs. I have picks from budget friendly to heaven permitting here, so there’s a little something for everyone.


Choose your gear

Before I get to my first choice, I want to explain my criteria and how I weigh them to get to the options I’m about to fall apart.

The first thing I look for is low input lag. Because if there’s a lot of delay between your thumb movement and the on-screen movement, it’s just a frustration nobody needs. Additionally, this can be a huge drawback in competitive play, where a few milliseconds can be the difference between winning or losing.

Next, I’m looking for solid picture quality in the TV Game mode preset, which is what you’ll want to use for minimal input lag. The picture quality doesn’t have to be great at the video lover’s grade, but it also can’t be neglected. The graphics of today’s games are great, and you deserve it all, so we strive to find the best balance between low input lag and great visuals.

Then we need to see great motion resolution. We don’t You have For 120Hz native panels for good motion accuracy. A 60Hz TV can sound good, but not all of them are, so we want to make sure we see as little distortion and stutter as possible for the best clarity during fast-moving gameplay.

But since you mentioned 120Hz, it’s definitely nice to have, along with some other advanced gaming features like Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Game Mode, Dolby Vision gaming, and maybe even up to 144Hz refresh rate in some cases. Now, for some of you, these are basics, not nice, so I’m definitely going to break it down for you.

I’d also give bonus points for impressive HDR and/or Dolby Vision performance, as well as extra features like a gamepad or game center.

There are plenty of other great TVs out there for gaming, but this is kind of a bummer. It’s hard to narrow down when you’re shopping — which is why I’m just highlighting my favorites here.

So, let’s scroll down the list, starting with some budget-friendly options and working our way to the best of the best.


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Our top pick for a budget-friendly gaming TV is the TCL 5-Series. This is a TV with local dimming for better black levels and decent contrast, HDR10 and Dolby Vision support, and very low input lag, between 12ms and 15ms. It’s a 60Hz panel, but it offers a variable refresh rate between 48Hz and 60Hz, which is rarely seen at this price. It has reasonably good motion resolution and a black frame insert feature that can reduce blur, if you like that sort of thing. Best of all, the image quality is great at this price. This really is one of the best deals out there, though I have to give a shout out to the Hisense U6H for being very competitive at around the same price.

Next on the budget-level list is actually a bow tie. These are two excellent TVs overall, both great for gaming and both very well priced for their picture quality: Hisense U8H and TCL 6-Series.

Both offer great picture quality with solid motion resolution, both use miniature LED backlighting and have array dimming zones for great contrast and HDR performance, both offer extremely low input lag and support global VRR and FreeSync, and both have 120Hz panels, though PC gamers may prefer TCL because it can go up to 144Hz in VRR. The Hisense U8H is a bit brighter than the TCL 6-Series, but TCL tends to upgrade a touch better than Hisense. Ultimately, the deciding factor might come down to which Smart TV interface you prefer, as the TCL 6-Series is a Roku TV, while the Hisense U8H uses the Google TV platform. Either way, these two are definitely the two best options on this list.

Hisense U8H

TCL Series 6


Next up is the TV that makes the list for no other reason than being from Sony. With PlayStation 5-friendly features you won’t find on any non-Sony TV, check out the Sony X90K. It features automatic HDR tone mapping, ensuring that you get the best HDR picture quality without having to manually adjust anything on your PS5. It also has automatic genre detection, which knows the difference between a game you’re playing versus a movie you’re streaming and automatically adjusts the picture position. It supports 4K gaming at 120Hz with VRR and input lag of up to 8.5ms. With mini LED backlighting and some of the most accurate colors in a game mode at or around this price point, the Sony X90K is an excellent choice for gaming in general, but a particularly good choice for PlayStation 5 fans.

Samsung QN90B QLED 4K Smart TV 50 inch wall mounted in the living room.

Now we come to the Samsung QN90B TV. Now, I could have put the less expensive QN85B here, but I think the QN90B makes the most sense because, for less money, you’re going to get a lot more image quality. And the gaming-friendly features build up from there. This situation ; Features a small LED backlight, some of the best backlight control on the market for minimal blooming and amazing black levels, some of the best glare reduction, four full-bandwidth HDMI 2.1 ports for 4K 120Hz, VRR, auto play mode, and auto detect Console – it will actually label your inputs automatically. But what sets this TV apart is that you don’t need a game console or PC at all, because Samsung supports the widest range of cloud gaming apps, including Xbox Game Pass. Really, the only thing this TV can’t do is Dolby Vision.

final boss

Playing on Samsung S95B OLED.
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Well, we’ve worked our way up to the best here, and my latest pick is, without a doubt, the best gaming TV you can buy…but finishing a very close second is another Samsung TV, one with the best overall picture quality on this list: I’m talking about a Samsung TV S95B QD-OLED.

Now, QD-OLED is a new type of OLED that can produce more colors and brighter colors than any other TV on this list. In fact, only the Sony A95K QD-OLED camera can match it. But Samsung S95B has all the amazing gaming features that I mentioned before with QN90B. Low input lag, great motion resolution, cloud gaming options, 4 HDMI 2.1 ports, 4K 120Hz, VRR, gaming hub – the only thing it can’t do is Dolby Vision. But with image quality like this, I’m not sure you care.

God class

Fornite on LG C2 OLED TV.
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And finally, we come to the best gaming TV you can buy in 2022. Drumroll, please. It’s the LG C2 OLED.

This TV has it all. It’s the only TV on this list with every gaming feature under the sun — 4 HDMI 2.1 ports, 4K 120Hz with G-sync VRR in Dolby Vision — all at the same time, if you can find the content. In addition, it has a fun gaming dashboard for outstanding performance stats, as well as stunning picture quality, instant response time, and extremely low input lag. The LG C2 is the complete package, there’s nothing else quite like it – except maybe the LG C1 OLED, and if you can find one of those, pick it up and save some money.

Either way, you just don’t get what I think The The best TV for gaming, but one of the best TVs you can buy right now, period. This makes it a great universal choice for just about anything you want to watch. You will love it.

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