We’ve been working on next generation console gaming for several months now with the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. And if you haven’t upgraded the TV you’re playing on before Buying a new console – first, congratulations on finding one – is now as good a time as any. The latest 2021 TV models from LG, Samsung, Sony and other companies are now shipping, and many of them are optimized for HDMI 2.1 and gaming features such as variable refresh rate (VRR), auto low latency mode (ALLM), and buttery smooth 120Hz action.
HDMI 2.1 still had early growing pains last year, with some TVs offering a mixed package of features that omitted things like VRR or ALLM. But it seems like TV makers have done a lot better with their 2021 lineups.
Our top picks for the best gaming TV for PS5 and the best gaming TV for Xbox meet two main criteria: They stand out from the crowd for their gaming chops and next-generation support, but they also deliver a phenomenal picture for video entertainment such as Netflix, Disney Plus or whatever you are watching.
1. LG G1 OLED
The absolute best gaming TV for the PS5 and Xbox Series X
Thanks to its more efficient internal operation and panel enhancements, the G1 can get brighter than any of LG’s previous OLEDs. This results in brighter HDR highlights for movies, TV shows and gaming. But it still retains the perfect blacks and phenomenal viewing angles that OLED is known for.
In 2021, LG will also pay more attention to gamers in the TV’s settings menu. There is a new “Game Optimizer” dashboard that provides quick access to settings such as VRR – and you can choose from a variety of game genres so that the TV automatically applies the ideal picture optimizations. Vincent Teoh at HDTV test did a great review of the G1.
The G1 is intended to be mounted on the wall; it does not come standard with traditional stands. But it practically parallels the included specially designed wall mount that efficiently routes connected cables, so the mounting process is well worth it.
2. LG CX OLED
Best deal on a gaming TV
LG’s CX series OLEDs from last year were the best choice for people who wanted a TV that could get the most out of their new PS5 or Xbox on day one. The CX line has since been succeeded by the 2021 C1 models, but I think “settling for” the 2020 LG OLED is a much smarter move for the money. You get all the major game features: 120Hz, VRR (including G-Sync and FreeSync) and ALLM. And every HDMI port on the CX is HDMI 2.1, which still can’t be said for some of the best TVs of 2021. That means you can connect both an Xbox Series X or S and a PS5 without any next-generation enhancements. losing both machines.
You save a lot of money by choosing the CX instead of something like the G1 or C1. And unless you’re a fan of clarity, I think you’ll be very pleased with the fantastic OLED picture quality from last year’s mainstream LG set.
3. Samsung Neo QLED QN90A
The best LCD TV for next-generation PlayStation and Xbox gaming
Samsung’s new QN90A series is the company’s first TV to use Mini LED technology, replacing the standard full-array backlighting system with a your more smaller LEDs crammed into the same space. This results in significantly better contrast, even higher brightness – and LCD TVs already beat OLED here – and less “blooming” around white objects on a dark background.
Like LG, Samsung is also paying special attention to gamers this year with a ‘Game Bar’ that allows you to quickly adjust the screen aspect ratio (for a wider, more inclusive picture in supported games), keep up with the TV’s incredibly low input lag. and check that other settings like HDR and VRR are enabled to get the most out of your new console. Samsung supports all of the crucial next-gen features, but unfortunately, despite the QN90A’s premium price, the HDMI situation isn’t as good as I’d like: only one of this TV’s four HDMI ports is HDMI 2.1. That being said, reviews paint the QN90A if one of (if not the) best LCD TVs on the market today. So if you’re going to game in a bright room and have the money it’s still recommended.
4. OLED vision
A cheaper OLED gaming TV
Vizio’s first OLED TV needed some firmware updates to fix bugs and get where it should be in terms of performance, but the company has been working well on it in the months since the TV shipped last year. It is now a fully capable next-generation gaming set with several HDMI 2.1 ports and all major functions (120Hz, VRR) checked.
Input lag is slightly higher than LG’s, but not enough to become an issue unless you’re the ultra-competitive gamer type – especially considering how much less expensive Vizio’s OLED is compared to Sony or LG’s.
5. TCL 6 series
The best budget gaming TV for Xbox Series X
TCL’s 6 Series is the most affordable TV among our recommendations, but that comes with a tradeoff: while this is a 4K TV, it doesn’t support 4K gaming at 120Hz. Instead, that fluidity comes out at 1440p resolution. (The Xbox consoles can take advantage of this resolution, but the PS5 currently cannot and does not fall back to 1080p for 120Hz gaming.)
If you can live without 4K at 120Hz – and remember that many games drop the resolution to even 120 frames per second – you get a great 4K HDR LCD TV with impressive local dimming, intuitive Roku software built in, and a significantly lower price than already. our other top picks for next-generation gaming TVs.