If you have a PS4 Pro, Xbox One X or a powerful gaming PC, you want to enjoy games with the best graphics. This requires a corresponding monitor or the right television. More and more devices are receiving useful features that are particularly interesting for gamers. GIGA introduces the best 4K gaming TVs and explains what else to consider when making a purchase.
High input lag or insufficient refresh rates have been the main reasons why PC gamers in particular have been reluctant to use a television instead of a monitor. In the meantime there are more and more devices that want to excel with them. Even G-Sync or FreeSync is now available for some models.
As the range of functions of such devices is increasing more and more, one is accordingly confronted with even more technical terms. VRR, HDR or ALLM, to name just a few. We are therefore presenting gaming TVs in three different price categories, all of which are particularly suitable for gaming in 4K. GIGA also discusses the most important features of such televisions and explains which of them are relevant for gamers.
The best gaming TVs 2020: All devices at a glance
|Luxury class||LG OLED 55C97LA||approx. 1,340 euros||To Saturn|
|Middle class||Samsung 55RU8009||approx. 500 euros|
|Entry-level model||LG 55UM71007LB||approx. 450 euros|
This television really leaves nothing to be desired. On top of that Stiftung Warentest the device with "Very good" (1.5) rated. The variant of the LG OLED 55C97LA is 55 inches tall and has a 4K resolution. The TV is also available in 65 inches, the price is then correspondingly higher at just under 1,900 euros. Furthermore, the TV has one HDMI 2.1 port and in this case also one variable refresh rate (VRR), which is particularly useful when gaming – both on the console and on the PC.
The maximal Refresh rate lies by 120 Hz and adapts dynamically to ensure pictures are as calm as possible. What owners of an Nvidia graphics card should be particularly pleased about: the LG OLED 55C97LA supports G-Sync. This feature was added in a software update and is intended to prevent distorted images (tearing) by synchronizing the frame rates between the graphics card and the television.
- G-Sync support
- VRR (up to 120 Hz)
- Very low input lag (12.9 ms)
- HDMI 2.1
- High image quality for all content
- Good sound
- Low brightness and risk of burn-in for static content
- High price
If you don’t want to spend that much on a television, it would be Samsung 55RU8009 an inexpensive alternative. This model also has a 4K resolution and comes with a size of 55 inches. Why this size? On the one hand it represents the best price-performance ratio and on the other hand the smaller version only has a refresh rate of 50/60 Hz. This could be a decisive criterion, especially for gamers.
This television also supports FreeSync, which mainly benefits owners of an Xbox One. The entire package is supplemented by a variable refresh rate (VRR) of up to 120 Hz and an extreme low input lag of 15 ms. If you only gamble in FullHD and support your console VRR, an input lag of only 6 ms is possible. Currently only Xbox One S or Xbox One X support this feature.
- FreeSync support
- VRR (up to 120 Hz)
- Very low input lag (6 to 15 ms)
- No local dimming
- Mediocre sound
Finally, our entry-level model comes: the LG 55UM71007LB. Cheap does not automatically mean bad, because loud Stiftung Warentest the LED TV is at least with "Good“(2.4) been assessed. This model offers excellent value for money anyway. Gamers still have to deal with it accordingly fewer features satisfied, since this device offers neither a variable refresh rate nor support for FreeSync or G-Sync.
But you get a 55-inch TV with 4K resolution and good picture quality. The sound is just as solid. In addition, the Input lag with the LG 55UM71007LB with only 11 ms extremely low and is ideal for gaming. Unfortunately, the maximum is Refresh rate with this model only 50 Hz. So that should be considered before buying.
- Excellent value for money
- Good picture quality
- Low input lag (11 ms)
- Solid sound
- No FreeSync / G-Sync
- Low refresh rate (50 Hz)
The selection of televisions is immense these days. At the same time, manufacturers are advertising with more and more special functions, which makes a decision all the more difficult. As far as video games are concerned, televisions are receiving more and more gaming functions, which should make them an attractive alternative to conventional PC monitors.
In our selection, we therefore deliberately chose models that have these properties. Various price segments were also covered. So that we can give you the best possible overview, we have not only our own experience, but also user ratings and external test institutions such as test.de supported.
The most important features of a television are the resolution and the screen size. In the former, we deliberately decided to use only devices 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) decided. Said resolution has now become the standard, is future-proof and owners of a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X can enjoy their games in the best graphics. Depending on the performance of your hardware, the resolution can also be scaled down to Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) at any time.
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As for the size of the TV, there is one device with one Minimum size of 55 inches (140 cm screen diagonal) is recommended. Smaller gaming TVs often have the disadvantage that theirs Refresh rate limited to only 50/60 Hz. While this does not always have to be a problem, it makes sense for your television, especially with regard to the future console generation 100 Hz or more can represent.
The biggest disadvantage that TVs have had over monitors: the Input lag. In addition to the response time, this also depends on other factors such as the resolution and the refresh rate of the television. The input lag thus represents the total time required for all processes to process your inputs accordingly and then display them on the television. The lower this value is, the better. An input lag of 15 ms or less is particularly recommended for responsive games.
Depending on the purpose for which a television is primarily intended, it offers different functions that should be considered before buying. Since this is all about gaming, we have limited ourselves to those features that are particularly useful in this area.
Starting with the connections, the TV should ideally HDMI 2.1 support. The main reason for this is that many other functions are only supported by this HDMI standard. Among other things, HDMI 2.1 is mandatory if newer ones HDR-Standards such as Dolby Vision should run. Basically cares "High dynamic range" (HDR) for a wider range of colors. In addition, the maximum brightness is increased and contrasts are shown more clearly. In our video we go into detail about the technology:
Through so-called "Local dimming" contrasts and the HDR effect can be significantly improved again. The is also coupled to HDMI 2.1 "Variable refresh rate" (VRR) and the "Automatic Low Latency Mode" (ALLM), which should ensure a better gaming experience thanks to flexible refresh rates and lower latencies.
AMDs works similarly FreeSync or G-Sync by Nvidia. The synchronization of the refresh rates of the TV and the console or the PC prevents unsightly distortions (tearing). At the moment this works only on the Xbox One S / X and on the PC, if you have a compatible graphics card. Unfortunately, the PS4 is currently empty. With the new generation of consoles, however, a lot could change in this regard, which is why it is worth considering investing in a gaming TV with such functions at an early stage.
A larger screen area basically has the advantage that you can experience games much more immersively. Even more so if your television has the appropriate speakers or an additional sound bar. For many, there is hardly anything better than lying down on the sofa or the bed after a hard day and playing comfortably. Consoles in particular are perfectly suited for such a scenario, although this is also conceivable for gaming PCs.
Good sound is at least as important as breathtaking graphics:
When is it worth buying a gaming television?
- You want to experience games as immersively and in the best 4K graphics – for example on your PS4 Pro or Xbox One X.
- You own an Xbox One and would like to benefit from FreeSync and other practical features.
- You prefer to gamble comfortably from the sofa or bed and conventional monitors are too small for you.