The 6 Best Gaming TVs in 2024

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If you are a competitive gamer or streamer, then you’re probably looking for testing data and reviews that verifies an epic gaming experience on your TV to ensure the best possibility of a WIN. That’s why we’re obsessed with quantifiable test criteria and its results that scientifically prove what the best gaming TV is for any use or budget.

Let’s get to the math and science of it to guarantee you’ll level up your gaming experience.

We meticulously refine our selection process to exclusively feature television sets with the following specifications, ensuring a top-tier gaming experience:


Minimum Specs for our Top Gaming TVs

  1. 120 Hz – A 120Hz capability in a TV allows for smoother motion and enhanced visual clarity, especially during fast-paced scenes and gaming. It reduces motion blur and provides a more immersive experience.
  2. VRR – Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) is crucial for gamers as it synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the game’s frame rate on the fly, reducing screen tearing and stuttering, resulting in a smoother and more fluid image so you don’t lose track of the enemy.
  3. HDMI 2.1 – HDMI 2.1 in TVs supports higher cable bandwidth enabling higher resolution, faster refresh rates, and features like Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), enhancing gaming visuals and responsiveness.
  4. Auto Low Latency Mode – Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) is crucial for gamers because it minimizes input lag, providing a more responsive gaming experience by automatically switching the TV into its low-latency or game mode when it detects that a gaming console or device is connected.

Having these minimum “game mode” specs is a great start, then we go one step further to ensure that your gaming TV is best in class.

We measure the following performance criteria in real world tests in-house and from our trusted testers (see our TV Trust List for more about those testers):


Minimum Criteria for our Top Gaming TVs

  1. Input Lagbelow 20ms. Checking input lag is vital to ensure that the delay between your reaction and the action on screen is as short as possible. We look for TVs that keep this delay below 20 ms so you don’t have to worry about losing to your hardware instead of other players.
  2. Response Time10 ms or less. We set a strict bar of 10 ms or less for response time. This helps ensure that the TV you pick doesn’t suffer from motion blur during fast-paced moments, letting you keep a competitive edge when the action picks up. Plus, good response times translate to more than gaming, and help make a TV better for all types of action, including sports and intense action movies.
  3. EOTF Tracking- less than .018. Accurate Gamma and HDR EOTF (Electro-Optical Transfer Function) tracking is important for gamers as it ensures precise and consistent display reproduction of brightness and color luminance levels. Our list only includes gaming TV with an EOTF (600 nit delta) of less than .018 This helps gamers win by making sure the display is not crushing black levels effectively hiding your competitors in the shadows or blowing out whites concealing your competitors in brighter areas of the image.

Discover our carefully chosen lineup of the best gaming TVs, each certifed tested and scientifically proven to excel in gaming performance. These selections are backed by reliable, data-driven evaluations. For a broader range of options, also consider our guide on the best TVs overall, best bright room TV or best TV for sports.

Latest Updates

  • 01/24/2024: Completely and thoroughly overhauled the guide to include the best and latest gaming TVs.
  • 01/20/2024: Samsung’s S90C has taken the Best Value spot with a price drop.
  • 01/18/2024Removed any TV that didn’t meet minimum test criteria; Sony A95K removed from the guide. Scored highest but missing high scoring test data and a very high price.
  • 11/23/2023: Republished the list to include TVs based on our True Score system.

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Top Gaming TVs For 2024

Prices accurate at the time of publishing

See How We Test the Testers

For competitive gamers and streamers demanding the best, we meticulously select gaming TVs based on rigorous testing, customer feedback, and then order our list based on our True Score rankings.

  • Runner Up

    Best Value

    Best Budget

    gr recommended award

    Best Mid-Range

    LG G3 OLED TV

    • Best for Gaming

    The LG G3 excels in gaming with best-in-class EOTF and high brightness, but its input lag may challenge competitive gamers.

    LG G3 OLED TV Review →

    True Score

    88
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  • Runner Up

    Best Value

    Best Budget

    gr recommended award

    Best Mid-Range

    Samsung S90C TV

    • Best for 4K

    The Samsung S90C, at the top end of mid-tier pricing, offers unmatched response time and low input lag, making it a prime choice for serious gamers.

    Samsung S90C TV Review →

    True Score

    87
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  • Runner Up

    Best Value

    Best Budget

    gr recommended award

    Best Mid-Range

    Samsung S95C OLED TV

    • Best for 55-inch

    For gaming, Samsung S95C leads with the lowest input lag and high brightness, but its high cost may deter budget gamers.

    Samsung S95C OLED TV Review →

    True Score

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    Customers

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    DID YOU KNOW 87% OF TV REVIEWERS ARE UNTRUSTWORTHY?

    Our research found 28 of 210 TV reviewers can be trusted, and shockingly 1 out of 3 on Google Page 1 were fake reviews showing no proof of test claims. See our Expose and Trust List. This is why Gadget Review is committed to calculating the most accurate product scores on the web.

    To do this, we give every TV review site a Trust Rating, which measures how trustworthy the site and their testing claims are. We then leverage AI & a machine learning model to combine and calculate the Trust Rating with data from experts and consumers to deliver the True Score, the web’s most accurate product quality rating.

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  • Runner Up

    Best Value

    Best Budget

    gr recommended award

    Best Mid-Range

    LG C3 OLED TV

    • Best for 40-inch

    The LG C3 balances color gamut and input lag for a superior gaming experience, despite slightly less brightness and EOTF tracking.

    LG C3 OLED TV Review →

    True Score

    85
    86
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    Experts

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    $1,596.99

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  • Runner Up

    Best Value

    Best Budget

    gr recommended award

    Best Mid-Range

    TCL QM8/QM850G QLED TV

    • Best for 65-inch

    The TCL QM8 offers solid gaming value with good EOTF tracking and high brightness for bright room gaming, though it lags in input lag and response time.

    TCL QM8/QM850G QLED TV Review →

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Our Approach to Testing Gaming TVs

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Our approach to “testing” is vastly different than any other website on the Internet today. While we do some in-house testing to verify reviews, our gaming TV data set is constructed from other trusted sites testing and running benchmarks on response time, input lag, EOTF and more.

We collect this data so you don’t have to, simple as that. We then average that testing data to represent that product’s capabilities accurately. Subsequently, we then leverage that data, filter and sort our buying guides, ensuring that all the products on our guides meet the strict requirements for your use case, such as playing Call of Duty or another FPS.

Read more about our comprehensive TV testing methodology, where we employ advanced data science techniques and proprietary processes to meticulously analyze and evaluate televisions. Our approach is data-driven, ensuring precise and reliable assessments of TV performance across various parameters.

You may notice some of our graphs contain “Source: RTings”. This is to indicate that the data we’re showing off in a graph has come from a single source – because it’s the only source that actually tested the criteria and had data for it! Normally, our data is an average out of all of the various publications that test and provide data to give you a good idea of how a product is going to perform on average.

Which Criteria Matter for Testing Gaming TVs?

By focusing on these test criteria (3 required and 3 nice to have), one can effectively assess and compare gaming TVs, ensuring that the chosen model provides a superior gaming experience with quick responsiveness, accurate visuals, and immersive gameplay.

CRITERIARANGEREQUIREDDEFINITION
Response Time1ms – 10msYesSpeed at which a pixel can switch from one color to another
Input Lag< 20msYesTime it takes for your game console’s signal to translate into action on your screen
EOTF< 0.018 (600 nit Δ)YesStandard that governs how your display interprets and renders brightness and color
Color Gamut95%+ of DCI P3No (nice to have)Spectrum of colors that your display can produce
SDR Brightness300+ nitsNo (nice to have)Measure of how luminous your screen is in SDR mode, directly impacting how you perceive and interact with the game’s world
HDR Brightness750+ nitsNo (nice to have)Measure of how luminous your screen is in HDR mode, directly impacting how you perceive and interact with the game’s world

Our Trusted Data Sources

(Publication category Score is 80%+)

We looked at 210+ TV reviewers and while 24 are trustworthy (60%+ Trust Rating), we only use data from the testers that are “very trusted” which means a Trust Rating above 70%. The three we have listed below are our most trusted for TVs, along with our own in-house TV expert.

  1. Evan Shepard – Gadget Review
  2. Matthew Lopes – RTings, MuckRack
  3. Will Greenwald – PCMag, MuckRack, Twitter
  4. David Katzmaier – CNET, MuckRack, Twitter

Interested in a comprehensive analysis of our data sources? We’ve got you covered. Below, you’ll find a detailed list of every TV review website we’ve identified, organized by their respective Trust Ratings from highest to lowest. But we didn’t stop there. We’ve meticulously reviewed each publication and verified the data by checking whether the authors have bio links to MuckRack or LinkedIn. We’re committed to not only checking the facts but ensuring their veracity.

TV Test Data & Results

1. Response Time TV Test Results

A slow response time is like having one hand tied behind your back in the high-stakes world of gaming. Imagine being in the heart of an intense battle, but your screen can’t keep up with your actions. Your enemies blur into ghostly shadows, their movements always a frustrating step ahead. This isn’t just about a slight inconvenience; it’s about being fundamentally outmatched, with your immersive experience shrouded in motion blur, artifacts, and black smears.

What is response time? It’s the speed at which a pixel can switch from one color to another. When the game is on the line, and every millisecond counts, a lower response time means your screen matches the rapid pace of your reactions. Ideally, for gaming, you’d want a response time of 8ms or less, with 4ms or less being the gold standard. At these speeds, you’ll see crystal clarity and precision, ensuring that no ghostly trails or blurs stand between you and victory.

Response Time (in milliseconds; lower is better)

2. Input Lag Time TV Test Results

Just as a slow response time binds you with invisible shackles, high input lag is like wading through quicksand, pulling you down when speed is of the essence. Imagine you’re facing an enemy in a duel; you press the button to leap or strike, but there’s a delay. Your character stumbles a moment too late, and the opportunity slips through your fingers. It’s not just about delayed reactions; it’s about being desynchronized from the game’s rhythm, turning your split-second decisions into missed chances.

What exactly is input lag? It’s the time it takes for your game console’s signal to translate into action on your screen. Ideally, for gaming, you’d want an input lag of 20ms or less to stay in perfect sync with the game. At these low latencies, your actions are immediate, your commands precise, and your timing impeccable. With minimal input lag, when you command it, it happens – instantly.

Input Lag (in milliseconds; lower is better)

3. EOTF Test Results

A poor EOTF (Perceptual Quantizer Electro-Optical Transfer Function) can cast a shadow over your visual experience. Imagine you’re delving into a world rich with colors and contrasts, where the dark corners hide foes, and the bright skies guide your journey. EOTF ensures that the intensity of your game’s visuals matches your real-world expectations, keeping you immersed in the game’s environment without losing detail or atmosphere.

What exactly is EOTF? It’s the standard that governs how your display interprets and renders brightness and color, ensuring that the content creator’s vision is accurately translated to your screen. A well-calibrated EOTF means that when you’re sneaking through shadows or facing a blinding light, the experience is as the game designers intended. Dark scenes reveal their secrets without being washed out, and bright scenes dazzle without overwhelming.

Ideally, for gaming, you’d want a display that adheres closely to the PQ EOTF standard, ensuring that every scene, from the subtlest moonlit landscape to the most explosive action, is presented with the correct luminance and contrast.

EOTF (source: rtings.com – 0 = no data exists; lower is better)

4. Color Gamut TV Test Results

Color Gamut is the least of important test results, especially if you’re a competitive gamer playing an FPS. Nevertheless, the right color gamut elevates your gaming to match the creator’s vision, immersing you in the vivid hues and shades they originally designed.

What exactly is color gamut? It’s the spectrum of colors that your display can produce. A wider gamut (P3)  means more colors.

Why is this so important? A wide color gamut ensures that the virtual worlds you explore are as rich and intense as they’re designed to be.

Standards like sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCI-P3 are the benchmarks for this color journey. For a truly immersive gaming experience, you want a display that covers close to 100% of the sRGB spectrum, ensuring that the basic colors of your games are vibrant and true. And for those who crave a deeper dive into visual intensity, aim for a display that approaches 90% of the DCI-P3 spectrum, offering a more cinematic and enveloping color experience.

DCI P3 XY Color Gamut (as a %; high is better)

5. SDR & HDR Brightness TV Test Results

When it comes to gaming, brightness is important for a couple of reasons. Higher peak brightness helps counter in room ambient light and allows the display to deploy less tone mapping in HDR to meet the mastering requirement of individual content. Brightness is also important for enhancing how visible details are in dark or dynamic scenes, improving immersion and helping you confirm if that shadow you saw was just a shadow or someone creeping up on you.

Poor brightness can lead to washed-out colors, bad contrast, and muddy details. While 300 nits for SDR brightness is “good enough” for a gaming TV, for the best result, your set should be capable of pumping out 500 nits or more. And for HDR Brightness look for at least 750 nits.

SDR Brightness (in nits, higher is better)

HDR Brightness (in nits, higher is better)

Gaming TVs: 7 Mistakes To Avoid

  1. Ignoring HDMI 2.1 Support: Ensuring the TV has HDMI 2.1 ports is crucial for modern gaming. HDMI 2.1 supports higher bandwidth, allowing for features like 4K at 120Hz, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM). Not having HDMI 2.1 can limit the performance and features you get from your gaming console or PC.

  2. Mismatching TV Specs with Console Capabilities: Buying a TV with advanced features that your current gaming console can’t utilize is an unnecessary expense. For instance, if your console doesn’t support 4K or VRR, a TV that does won’t enhance your gaming experience. Conversely, if you have a next-gen console, like a PS5 or are planning to upgrade, ensure the TV meets those specs to fully benefit from your console’s capabilities.

  3. Opting for Curved Screens Without Consideration: Curved TV screens are effectively dead. There are a few left on the market but aren’t high end in term of their spec or capability. In the most simplistic of terms, it’s not something you should worry about or even consider.

  4. Overlooking Other Use Cases: A TV is typically used for more than just gaming. Consider how the TV performs with other content like movies, live sports, and regular TV shows. Check for good color accuracy, viewing angles, smart features, and sound quality. Ensuring a well-rounded performance will make your TV more enjoyable overall. And try to avoid buying a regular TV for outside since they’re not designed for that environment. If you are considering a TV for this use, take a look our our best TV for outdoors.

  5. Neglecting Panel Type and Image Quality: Different panel types (e.g., OLED, QLED, LED) offer different benefits. OLEDs have excellent contrast ratios and perfect blacks, ideal for dark gaming environments, while QLEDs and LEDs might offer brighter screens suitable for well-lit rooms. However, OLEDs can be prone to burn-in, which can be a concern for static images like game HUDs.

  6. Ignoring Input Lag and Refresh Rate: For a responsive gaming experience, low input lag is crucial. Similarly, a higher refresh rate (like 120Hz) can make fast-paced games look smoother. Neglecting these specs can result in a less responsive and less fluid gaming experience.

  7. Not Considering Future Needs: If you’re planning to upgrade your gaming setup or consoles in the near future, consider what features you might need. Buying a TV that only meets your current needs might lead to another purchase sooner than you’d like.

The Best Gaming TV Tests Compared

Product
True Score
Inputs Lag
Response Time
HDR Brightness
EOTF (600 nit)
Color Gamut (DCI P3 xy)

LG G3 OLED TV Review

  • Best for Gaming

88
  • 11.8 ms

  • 2.6 ms

  • 1,385 nits

  • 0.0027

  • 97.55%

$2,296.99
$3,300
$1,003
87
  • 8.5 ms

  • 1.4 ms

  • 1,058 nits

  • 0.0031

  • 99.98%

$1,597.99
$1,998
$400
86
  • 8.3 ms

  • 5.5 ms

  • 1,383 nits

  • 0.0029

  • 99.81%

$2,297.99
$3,298
$1,000

LG C3 OLED TV Review

  • Best for 40-inch

85
  • 9.6 ms

  • 2.3 ms

  • 795 nits

  • 0.0056

  • 98.98%

$1,596.99
$2,000
$403
80
  • 14.3 ms

  • 8.9 ms

  • 2,005 nits

  • 0.037

  • 94.59%

$899.99
$998
$98

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