Best TVs for XBOX One X and PS4 Pro In 2018 – TV Buying Guide For Console Players
Looking for a new TV which will satisfy all your multimedia viewing demands and at the same time provide you with a responsive and immersive console gaming experience? Well, you are in luck; 2017 has been a particularly good year for 4K displays, especially for 4K TVs – while the most exciting new gaming monitors have been pushed for 2018.
There’s more content available each day for both 4K and HDR and the prices of 4K HDR TVs have significantly dropped, but which one to get out of so many choices? We’ve put together this buyer’s guide in order to narrow down your choices according to your budget as well as to point out everything you need to know when getting a new TV for console gaming, whether it’s Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 Pro.
These are the best 4K HDR TVs for gaming currently available.
Top 10 Gaming TVs For PS4 Pro And XBOX One X
|Type||Monitor||Size||Panel||Dolby Vision||Peak Brightness (cd/m2)||Input Lag (ms)||Response Time (ms)||1080p/120Hz||Backlight|
|Best OLED 4K HDR TV for XBOX One X and PS4 Pro||LG B7||55"||OLED||Yes||750||21||<1||Yes||N/A|
|Best LED 4K HDR TVs for XBOX One X and PS4 Pro||TCL P607||55"||VA||Yes||750||15||12||Yes||FALD|
|LG Nano Cell 55SJ8500||55"||IPS||Yes||600||15||11||Yes||Edge-Lit|
|Best Budget 4K TVs For Console Gaming||TCL 43S405||43"||VA||No||250||15||14||No||Direct|
|Best Premium 4K HDR TVs for Console Gaming||Sony XBR55X900E||55||VA||No||900||33||11||Yes||FALD|
Buyer’s Guide: Input Lag & Response Time
If you’re on the fence between getting a monitor or a TV for gaming, you’re most likely mainly worried about the input lag. Not so long ago, it was hard to find a TV that didn’t suffer from immense input lag which made the gaming experience simply awful. Nowadays, most of the TVs actually offer top-notch input lag required for fluid and responsive gameplay as long as you’re in the TV’s ‘Game Mode’. Note that all of the TVs in this buyer’a guide provide acceptable input lag for gaming without any issues.
While input and display lag measure the time it takes your PC and display to react and manifest your commands, the response time determines the speed at which pixels change from one shade to another. Neither input lag nor response time is specified by TV manufacturers whereas monitors state their response time speed values albeit not always entirely accurate. For this reason, we’ve included these specifications based on checked and accurate tests.
If you’re experiencing annoying delay and wondering how to fix input lag, be sure to check your network connection for ping first. Then, make sure that you are in TV’s Game Mode (might be called something different, but similar) which bypasses certain image post-processing and thus reduces input lag. Ensure that your controller isn’t damaged and that its batteries aren’t weak. Also, avoid HDMI splitters to connect your console as well as off-brand wireless controllers.
HDR (High Dynamic Range)
While HDR is just starting to enter the world of monitors, it’s quite widespread among modern TVs. The HDR-capable TVs make compatible content more immersive by enriching the contrast ratio, color gamut, and maximum brightness.
Since more and more content is being made for HDR, if you’re buying a TV, it’s wise to future-proof your new display by getting a TV’s that supports HDR content, whether in form of HDR10 or Dolby Vision. You can read more about HDR and how it works here.
Screen Backlight & Local Dimming
Some LED TVs, whether with full-array (direct) or edge-lit backlights, feature local dimming. In short, local dimming helps the TV better handle contrast by dimming parts of the display that need to be darker without affecting the bright pixels around it. Naturally, there are side-effects to this, and the type of backlight determines what they are.
We find that the full-array local dimming TVs have the best image quality and the least side effects, although that also depends on the overall panel quality. While FALD TVs produce better blacks than edge-lit, they can also cause a halo effect around the objects surrounded by dark.
The edge-lit TVs have a less precise backlight, so blacks aren’t as deep; moreover, they can cause image clouding and flashlighting. In any case, if you experience too much side effects caused by local dimming, you can always adjust its sensitivity in settings via features usually named something along the lines of ‘LED Dynamic Control’.
While you most likely couldn’t tell the difference between the edge-lit and direct-lit TV in daylight, if you were to watch a movie with dark scenes in a dim-lit room, the difference would become more obvious.
OLED TVs, on the other hand, don’t use any sort of backlight and thanks to their far superior contrast ratio, there’s no need for local dimming as blacks are vivid and deep.
Best TV Size For Gaming
As far as we’re concerned, a TV that will mostly be used for gaming shouldn’t be larger than 55 inches. Everything bigger than that will make the picture look considerably less sharp and vibrant. Additionally, the larger the TV, the more it struggles to handle motion blur and input lag.
Screen Panel: OLED
As you can notice, all TVs in the list feature either IPS (In-Plane Switching), VA (Vertical Alignment), or OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) panel technology. In comparison to the VA and IPS LED panels, OLED TVs deliver a significantly better image quality which is why they are more expensive.
Not only is the picture better with a far superior contrast ratio that brings out the deepest black colors, but the pixel transition is faster as well ensuring virtually zero motion blur of the fast-moving objects. Not so long ago, OLED displays struggled with the input lag, but that’s been taken care of with the latest 2017 models.
Another drawback of the OLED TVs is image retention or burn-in which happens if the image remains static for too long. Consequently, the image would get ‘burned-in’ in the background even after changing the channel, for instance. In order to make the burned-in image disappear, you would have to turn the TV off for a while or try to ignore the effect until it’s gone.
Nowadays, OLED TVs come with various image preservation tools which can prevent the burn-in to happen in the first place by useful features such as automatic screensavers, etc.
Screen Panel: IPS, VA, QLED
When it comes to LED TVs, there’s a big difference between IPS and VA panels, so make sure you pick the one according to your preferences.
In comparison to the VA-panel TVs, the IPS technology offers more accurate and consistent colors, faster response time, and better viewing angles, but only mediocre contrast ratio. So, pick an IPS TV if you need a TV mainly for playing console games with your friends – the 178-degree viewing angles will allow everyone to enjoy the picture without the shift in color and contrast while the quick response time eliminates ghosting in fast-paced games.
If, however, you prefer a more immersive image quality with a better contrast ratio, go for the VA panel instead. Although it can cause slight shifts in contrast when the image is viewed from certain angles, and the inferior response time speed makes for prominent trailing of the fast-moving objects, the higher contrast will make up for it by delivering a striking image quality with deeper blacks.
You may also notice some Samsung TVs being labeled as QLED. The Q stands for the quantum-dot technology that extends the color gamut and contrast of the panel, which is usually VA. While these TVs do deliver an improved and engaging image quality, they’re significantly pricier; in most cases, you’d be better off getting (or saving up for) an OLED TV instead.
Best OLED TV for XBOX One X and PS4 Pro 2017 – 4K UHD HDR, 55″
LG B7: Best 4K HDR OLED TV For the Money
If you’re after the best TV in terms of value/money, then the LG OLED55B7A is for you. Whether you want to enjoy the impeccable image quality of 4K HDR movies and series or a responsive console gaming with low input lag and quick response time speed, the LG B7 OLED TV ensures perfection in both scenarios and lives up to the standards set by the last year’s LG B6 2016 model which has also proven outstanding quality.
The TV is based on a true 10-bit OLED panel that delivers incredibly rich colors with 70% Rec2020 and 95.5% DCI-P3 color gamut with deep, true black colors unmatched by any panel technology yet. The flawless viewing angles ensure that there’s no color and contrast shift when the TV is viewed from certain angles.
Another aspect that is unmatched by any other panel technology is the pixel response time speed. Thanks to the rapid ~0.4ms response time, you will experience zero ghosting of the fast moving objects and no motion blur in fast-paced games. In combination with the exceptional 21ms input lag in the Game Mode, you can enjoy the fluid and responsive gameplay without any issues whatsoever.
Additionally, the TruMotion technology allows you to interpolate the frame rate to 120Hz (60FPS to 120FPS or 30FPS to 60FPS – Frames Per Second) in order to further reduce motion blur. However, it lacks BFI (black frame insertion) which would’ve been a nice bonus. The LG B7 doesn’t use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) to regulate brightness, so those sensitive to screen flicker have nothing to worry about.
The LG B7 supports dynamic HDR via Dolby Vision which allows for scene-by-scene metadata implementation and the superior image quality of the compatible content with up to 750-nit peak brightness. It also supports HDR10 and HLG if you come across content that supports those HDR formats.
Available connector ports are as follows: four HDMI 2.0 ports (with ARC, CEC, and HDCP support), two USB2.0, USB3.0, Rj45, RS232, audio line-out, AV-in, and satellite-in. The TV uses webOS 3.5, has WiFi, and everything you can expect from a high-end smart TV including the magic remote for user-friendly navigation. The speakers provide punchy audio quality with 40W and 4.0 channel support.
Note that the LG B7A TV doesn’t offer Dolby Atmos sound meaning that if you watch content that supports this audio format through TV’s applications, you won’t be able to benefit from its superior audio quality. However, if you play something via a Blu-ray or your PC, the Dolby Atmos format will be supported.
LG 2017 OLED models come in several more variations. The LG C7 OLED TV, for instance, is based on the same panel but has a more modern design as well as full Dolby Atmos support. However, it’s also more expensive which makes the B7 version much more cost-effective. Alas, if you’re willing to invest in a more premium TV, check out the LG C7, the LG E7, and the 65-inch versions as they feature the same first-class panel.
Best LED TVs for PS4 Pro and XBOX One X 2017
TCL P Series P607: Best 4K HDR LED TV For the Money
If you want a good but cheap gaming TV, then the TCL P607 is the cheapest you should aim for. It’s the best TCL TV for gaming and one of the most affordable 55-inch 4K HDR TVs yet it offers exceptional performance and image quality that’s comparable to certain higher-end TVs. Unlike the cutting-edge OLED panel of the above-mentioned TV, the TCL P607 features a VA panel with 10-bit color achieved through dithering (8-bit + FRC).
Nevertheless, the TV delivers vivid and deep black tones and vibrant colors thanks to the high-contrast panel with 7,500:1 static ratio and 750-nit peak brightness. Both HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats are supported while the 72-zone full-array local dimming nicely complements the superior contrast and brings out more details in black colors and shadows.
The TCL P607 VA panel TV covers 93% of the DCI-P3 color space (69% Rec2020) and provides 178-degree viewing angles with only minor contrast shifts when the TV is viewed from skewed angles. Furthermore, the 12ms response time speed will result in somewhat noticeable ghosting in fast-paced video games though it’s acceptable for a TV, especially at this price. The input lag performance, on the other hand, is amazing with only ~15ms.
When it comes to connectivity, the TCL P607 55-inch smart TV includes three HDMI 2.0a ports with HDCP, a USB (max 0.5A), RJ45, S/PDIF, AV-in, satellite-in, audio line-out, and two 8W integrated speakers for basic sound production quality. The OS of the TCL P607 is Roku TV smart platform with user-friendly and responsive navigation.
1080p at 120Hz is available as well, however, the TCL P Series P607 display uses PWM at 120Hz, though most people won’t notice the flickering it can cause. Alas, there’s no motion interpolation option available.
Overall, the TCL P607 outperforms the rivaling TVs from the more popular brands such as the Sony XE80, Samsung MU7000, and LG UJ7700 which are all more expensive and even if they were equally priced, the TCL would be of more value/price.
So, if you’re on a tight budget and want a TV for smooth console gaming as well as immersive everyday multimedia activities, we strongly advise you to save up for the TCL P607 since it’s worth much more yet offers premium performance. For the money, it’s the best 4K HDR10 TV for console gaming at the moment.
LG Nano Cell 55SJ8500: Best 4K HDR IPS-Panel TV for Gaming
The LG 55SJ8500 Nano Cell display features a true 10-bit IPS panel with rich color gamut (95% DCI-P3) which ensures much more accurate and consistent colors as well as faster response time and better viewing angles in comparison to the TCL P607. However, it has 12-zone edge-lit backlight with local dimming and lower contrast ratio at 1,400:1 meaning that black colors lack depth when put next to the TCL.
Nevertheless, if you prefer fast-paced video games, you’ll appreciate the quick response time speed of the LG Nano Cell which effectively eliminates ghosting. The LG SJ8500 input lag performance is outstanding and with only 14ms makes it the lowest input lag TV 2017. Additionally, 1080p at 120Hz is supported and you can use motion interpolation at 30FPS and 60FPS via the TruMotion240 technology.
Overall, the LG 55SJ8500 is the first-class TV worth its price, but it isn’t as cost-efficient as the TCL P607. Alas, if you’re after a TV with a more appealing design and an overall premium feel, it’s a solid choice. Due to the nature of the panel, motion blur isn’t as noticeable as it’s with the TCL P607 which in addition to the wider viewing angles, make a better choice if you plan to use the TV mostly for console gaming.
Although it offers stunning colors as well as full HDR support (HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG), its contrast and peak brightness fall short.
Connector ports include four HDMI 2.0 (ARC, CEC), two USB 2.0, a USB 3.0 as well as the satellite-in, RS232, RJ45, AV, and the optical audio-out. There are two 20W built-in speakers for decent audio enjoyment while the LG’s webOS 3.5 ensures smooth and seamless control. We did a more thorough review of the LG 55SJ8500 which you can check out here.
Samsung MU8000: Best 4K HDR VA-Panel TV for Gaming
Another exceptional mid-range 4K HDR TV is the Samsung UN55MU8000. It also features edge-lit local dimming but thanks to its higher contrast (4,700:1), watching movies in dark environments is more enjoyable. The VA panel suffers from the expected skewed viewing angles when it comes to contrast shifts, but it’s rather negligible. Additionally, ghosting is noticeable though mostly when dark pixels are involved.
The Samsung UM8000 input lag amounts to around 24ms which ensures responsive and immersive gameplay. While HLG and HDR10 formats are supported, the TV lacks Dolby Vision and 120Hz at 1080p support although motion interpolation is available at both 30FPS and 60FPS. Overall, the image is bright, black shades are vivid, and colors are vibrant thanks to the 10-bit panel with 94% DCI-P3 color gamut.
If you want a gaming TV with a more premium-looking design as well as with the soap opera effect ability which the TCL P607 lacks, pick either the MU8000 or the LG Nano Cell display according to which panel you prefer. In any other case, go for the TCL P607.
Best Budget 4K TVs For Console Gaming
TCL S Series S405: Most Affordable 4K HDR TV For PS4 Pro and X1X
If the P607 is too expensive for you, we recommend you settle for one of the following smaller TVs or get one of the TCLs from the S Series which are available in 43-inch, 49-inch, 55-inch, and 65-inch variants.
The TCL 55S405 is almost half the price of the P607, but it has significantly lower contrast ratio, color gamut, and peak brightness as well as no local dimming. It’s still great for gaming due to the very good input lag performance; in fact, it’s the best budget TV for PS4 Pro and Xbox One X for the price.
The 43-inch version, the TCL 43S405, is the cheapest 4K TV for gaming 2017 that will provide you with a decent image quality as well as very responsive gameplay. The TCL 49S405 price sometimes even drops below 400 USD making it the best 4K TV for the money in this category. However, keep in mind its inferior image quality in comparison to the more expensive models. If you’re not in a rush to get a TV, we’d recommend you save up for the P607.
Samsung MU6300 Series: Cost-Effective 4K HDR TVs
If you can invest a bit more and are looking for something in-between the TCL P607 and TCL S405 TVs, the Samsung MU6300 TV series are an excellent choice. While these 4K HDR TV also rely on direct backlighting and have no local dimming, they’re capable of delivering considerably brighter image and wider color gamut.
The input lag is a bit slower at 20ms as opposed to the 15ms of the TCL, but such notice isn’t really noticeable. The MU6300 series offers 40-inch, 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch. Only the 43-inch Samsung UN43MU6300 uses an IPS panel with better viewing angles and faster response time while the rest feature a high-contrast VA panel.
Best Premium 4K HDR TVs for Console Gaming
Sony XE90: Exceptional 4K HDR TV For Multimedia Enjoyment
The Sony XBR55X900E offers premium quality in design, image quality, and performance. It’s based on a VA panel with a stellar 900-nit peak brightness, wide color gamut (97% DCI-P3), and superb 5,500:1 contrast ratio which along the 35-zone full-array local dimming provides vivid and true black colors. There’s minimal ghosting visible considering it’s a VA panel, and gamers can enjoy 1080p at 120Hz as well as motion interpolation for the soap opera effect at both 30 FPS and 60 FPS.
When it comes to input lag, the Sony X900E is last on our list with around 34ms but it’s still acceptable for gaming, less so if you mainly play competitive fast-paced games. Connectivity includes two USB2.0, a USB3.0, RJ45, RS232, Optical audio-out, AV-In, Satellite-In, four HDMI 2.0 (with ARC and CEC), and IR-out. HDR supports includes HDR10 but lacks Dolby Vision.
Although the Sony XBR-55X900E is capable of delivering a brighter image than the LG OLED B7, we recommending saving up another $300 and getting the LG B7 due to its overall far better motion blur and contrast performance.
Sony XE93: High-End 4K HDR TV
A step up from the Sony XE90 is the Sony XBR55X930E with a heftier price tag but also a much brighter picture with the stunning 1500-nit peak brightness which makes it ideal for really bright-lit rooms and areas. The backlight is edge-lit but very precise and doesn’t involve any issues common to this type of technology.
Just like the XE90E series, the XE93E 4K HDR TVs offer 1080p at 120Hz and motion interpolation. Input lag, however, is significantly lower at around 26ms while the response time speed amounts to decent 12ms.
The Sony X930E features the new and responsive Andriod 7.0 Nougat operating system for quick and smooth navigation with the TV. Although the contrast ratio is higher at 6,000:1 ratio, it still doesn’t compare to the OLED TVs by LG and since the XE93 is also more expensive, we recommend you save the money and go for the LG B7 unless you need a really bright TV.
These are the best 4K TVs for gaming 2017. We’ve included only the best of the best models in order not to overwhelm you with unnecessary TV deals and comparisons thereof. As long as you follow our guidelines about what essential specifications (such as the type of panel, backlight, etc) are ideal for you, we guarantee that you will be satisfied with your new TV and the price you paid for it.
Due to the huge price drop of the LG OLED B7A TV, we recommend it if your budget is around $1,500. We’ve left out some popular TVs from the list, such as the Samsung Q6 and Samsung Q7 series even though they are the official partners with Microsoft Xbox One X. The reason behind it is simple; the quantum-dot technology isn’t as good as OLED yet the prices are pretty much the same.
If your budget is below $500, find the perfect TV for you from the best budget 4K TVs for gaming category, according to your preference. At around $800 price mark, the TCL P607 is the best value/money TV by far until LG OLED, so we recommend you save up for it.