The Best TVs For Gaming On PS4 And XBOX One (2021 Reviews)

Looking for the best TV for gaming on PS4 and Xbox One? Check out the best TVs currently available and everything you need to know before buying one.

budget pick

TCL S325

tcl 43s325 tv
  • Cheap 1080p TV
  • Low input lag
  • Decent response time
best value

TCL S425

tcl 55s425 tv
  • Affordable 4K TV
  • Low input lag
  • Decent response time
best overall

Vizio MQ7

Vizio M Series Quantum M55Q7 H1 TV
  • Wide color gamut
  • Low input lag
  • Decent response time

Are you looking for a gaming TV for your PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Nintendo Switch, Wii, or Wii U?

We’ve compiled a list of only the best TVs for gaming, which will ensure low input lag and quick response time for a smooth gaming experience no matter whether you just need a cheap 720p TV or a more expensive 4K HDR model.

Although these consoles don’t support 4K UHD resolution natively, they (or the TV) can upscale the image to 4K, thus providing you with crisp and vibrant image quality for gaming as well as other multimedia use.

Since the prices of 4K TVs have dropped drastically in the recent years, we highly recommend future-proofing your setup with a 4K TV – unless you’re on a really limited budget or just want a secondary TV.

TVPanelResolutionInput LagResponse Time 
VA1920x108015ms15ms
VA3840x216013ms12ms
VA3840x216011ms12ms

As you can see, TCL dominates the budget range of LED TVs for gaming. In most budget price ranges, they simply deliver the best bang for the buck.

There are many things to consider when buying a TV besides its screen size and resolution. The most essential TV specs for gaming are response time and input lag.

Given that the manufacturer doesn’t reveal these specs, we’ve tested and researched the performance of each TV in this list, so you can rely on our information to pick the best TV for gaming on PS4 and Xbox One.

Note that this list consists of entry-level and mid-range TVs costing up to $500.

For the best high-end 4K HDR TVs, visit our best TVs for gaming on PS5 and Xbox Series X buyer’s guide.

For the most responsive console gaming experience, many gamers opt for monitors instead of TVs. However, monitors are usually more expensive and don’t offer as an immersive viewing experience as equally priced TVs.

Check out the best PS4/Xbox One monitors and the best PS4 Pro/Xbox One X monitors.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio for deep blacks
  • Smooth OS
  • Low input lag
  • Cheap

The Cons:

  • Low peak brightness
  • Moderate ghosting in fast-paced games
  • No Ethernet port

About The TV

Want the best cheap gaming TV? The TC S325 series offers the most affordable TVs that have proven fantastic performance for their price in both gaming and other multimedia activities.

We don’t recommend getting a cheaper TV than the TCL 32S325; many more expensive TVs aren’t nearly as good when it comes to gaming performance, which is why the S325 series is the best choice for around $200 (32″ – 43″ models, we don’t recommend the 49″ model since it’s notably more expensive, at that price point you can buy a better 4K TV).

Image Quality

The TCL S325 is based on a VA (Vertical Alignment) panel with a static contrast ratio of 3,500:1, which ensures deep black colors. However, it has a somewhat limited peak brightness of ~200-nits.

This means that the picture will be optimal in darker rooms rather than in bright rooms. There aren’t any advanced color adjustments available in the OSD (On-Screen Display), but the colors are accurate and vibrant straight out of the box.

The 32-inch model is available with either 1366×768 or 1920×1080 resolution. Note that the 32″ 1080p TCL TV has a slightly different series name – S327.

For its size, the 1366×768 resolution provides a solid picture quality with crisp details – given that you’re looking at the screen from a reasonable viewing distance.

The screen has a pixel density of roughly 50 PPI (pixels per inch), meaning that your eyes won’t be able to distinguish individual pixels on the screen as long as you’re sitting at least 5.5 ft away from the screen.

If you plan on sitting a bit closer to the screen, get the 1080p model since it’s only ~$10 more expensive.

Gaming Performance

tv with low input lag

When it comes to performance, the TCL S325 input lag amounts to only ~15ms (Game Mode needs to be enabled), which makes for imperceptible delay between your actions and the result on the screen.

Many much more expensive TVs don’t have as low input lag as the S325. In fact, there are even some older PC monitors models that have higher input lag!

The pixel response time speed also amounts to ~15ms, which is not bad either. However, in fast-paced games, there will be some motion blur and noticeable trailing behind fast-moving objects, particularly when dark pixels are predominant in the picture.

Overall, the amount of trailing is tolerable and won’t bother most gamers, especially after considering the price of the TV.

Features

When you set the monitor at 31/100 brightness, it starts using PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) to regulate luminance.

This introduces screen flickering (180Hz), which is invisible to the human eye but may cause headaches to those sensitive to it after prolonged use.

The flickering also helps clear up the motion blur. So, if you’re a fan of fast-paced FPS games, reducing the screen’s brightness to 31 or less will provide you with clearer motion.

Moving on, the TCL S325 supports 24p format for judder-free playback, but only of native 24p content from DVDs and Blu-rays.

It features Roku TV OS, which offers easy-to-use and smooth navigation through the smart features. You’ll effortlessly find all the popular streaming apps, including Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Video, Hulu, etc.

The remote is easy to use, but the provided Roku application for smartphones and tablets is a lot better.

Just like all TVs included in this guide, the S325 supports 4:4:4 chroma, so you won’t get text fringing when you connect the TV to a PC.

Note that the older S305/S405 series doesn’t support 4:4:4.

Design & Connectivity

tcl s325 tv back

The TCL S325 TVs have simplistic design with reasonably thick bezels and decent build quality. They can also be mounted on a wall or a third-party stand.

Connectivity includes three HDMI ports (one with ARC, all three with HDCP 2.2), a USB port, optical audio-out, and analog audio-out ports, composite-in, a tuner, and two 4W integrated Dolby D+ speakers with a decent, but not great audio quality.

Note that the TV has no Ethernet port, so you will have to use WiFi for the Internet.

Summary

Keep in mind that the TCL’s 3 series 2020, the S335, is not as good for gaming as S325 due to the higher input lag. So, get the older S325 series from 2019 if you can. Hopefully, the 2021 series will be better.

The Pros:

  • Good value for the price
  • Low input lag
  • High contrast ratio
  • Smooth OS

The Cons:

  • Low peak brightness level
  • Moderate ghosting in fast-paced games

About The TV

Here we have yet another TCL TV, this time from the S425 series. If you’re looking for the cheapest 4K TV for gaming that’s actually good and well worth the money, the best-selling TCL 55S425 is definitely for you.

Image Quality

The TCL S425 series is also based on VA panel technology, but with a higher static contrast ratio of 6,000:1 for even deeper blacks. Moreover, it supports 10-bit color via dithering (8-bit + FRC) as well as entry-level HDR (High Dynamic Range).

Alas, just like the S325 series, its weakest point is the brightness with a peak luminance of 200-nits for both HDR and SDR content.

With such low peak brightness and no local dimming, the HDR content won’t look nearly as good as it does on mid-range or high-end HDR TVs, but for its price, it is a nice addition as some HDR games will look a bit better.

Due to its low brightness and semi-glossy screen surface, the TV will be very reflective in well-lit rooms, so you’ll have to dim the lights for the optimal viewing experience.

Gaming Performance

The TCL S425 TV input lag is impressive. In Game Mode, it amounts to only ~13ms which is on par with some monitors and fit for competitive gameplay.

Additionally, the response time speed is a bit faster than that of the S325 series with a 12ms pixel transition speed. So, there will be less motion blur in fast-paced games.

For 4K Ultra HD resolution, remember to enable the HDMI 2.0 option in the TV’s settings.

Features

The S425-series also features the Roku TV OS with smooth navigation, a basic remote controller, and a nifty smartphone/tablet application.

Just like with the S325 series, 24Hz judder can be removed from the native 24p content on Blu-rays and DVDs, but not from PCs, cable/satellite, or streaming applications.

Lowering the TV’s brightness to 17/100 introduces PWM flicker at 120Hz as opposed to 31/100 setting and 180Hz of the S325 series. 

The colors are accurate out of the box but can be further enhanced by calibrating the screen using the TV’s settings.

Design & Connectivity

tcl 55s425 tv back

Unlike the S325 series, the TCL S425 TVs have an Ethernet port – plus WiFi, three HDMI ports (one with ARC, all three with HDCP 2.2), a USB port, analog 3.5mm audio-out, digital audio-out, composite-in, and a tuner.

There are two 8W DD+ integrated speakers, but the sound quality isn’t great. The bezels are somewhat thick and so is the overall design, but it’s all tolerable at this price range.

Summary

In short, the TCL S425 is the best budget 4K TV for PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, as well as for PS4 and Xbox One (S). It may lack brightness, but you simply can’t beat its gaming performance for the price.

Note that the TCL 4 Series 2020, S435, is not as good as 2019’s S425 for gaming due to the slower pixel response time speed, which results in more visible ghosting.

The Pros:

  • Excellent value for the price
  • Low input lag
  • Wide color gamut
  • Good contrast ratio and peak brightness
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Dolby Vision & HDR10+ supported

The Cons:

  • Moderate ghosting in fast-paced games

About The TV

If you can afford something a bit pricier than the S425 series, we highly recommend getting the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020. For its price, it offers quite a lot!

Image Quality

While it has peak brightness of 500-nits, which is double than that of the previously mentioned displays, you’re still not getting the true HDR viewing experience which requires at least 1000-nits.

Regardless, the picture is considerably brighter in comparison to the TVs mentioned above; you get more vivid details in highlights of the picture and you can watch the TV in reasonably bright rooms without worrying about glare and reflections.

The TV has a decent contrast ratio of ~5,500:1, and it supports local dimming, but as there are only 30 zones, the HDR viewing experience is, again, not on par with the more expensive TVs – as expected.

In other words, you’re not getting the ‘true’ HDR viewing experience, but rather a glimpse of it, which is understandable at this price range.

Surprisingly, the Vizio MQ7 supports all major HDR formats, including HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG.

Another exceptional thing about this TV is that it has an excellent DCI-P3 gamut coverage of ~99%, so colors will be vibrant and rich. In comparison, the previously mentioned TCL TVs have ~80% DCI-P3 gamut.

Next, it has a decent pixel response time speed of ~12ms, so some ghosting will be noticeable in fast-paced games, but to a tolerable degree. Input lag is only ~11ms meaning that you won’t be able to feel any delays.

Note that the TV uses PWM dimming below the maximum brightness, but due to its high 480Hz frequency, it shouldn’t bother most users sensitive to flickering.

Features

amd freesync logo

The Vizio MQ7 TV supports AMD FreeSync, which provides a variable refresh rate for the Xbox consoles with a 40-60Hz range.

So, if you have 45FPS (Frames Per Second) in a game, the TV will dynamically change its refresh rate to 45Hz, thus completely eliminating screen tearing and stuttering without adding input lag! Sadly, it doesn’t work below 40FPS.

There’s also a BFI (Black Frame Insertion) feature called ‘Clear Action.’ This technology ‘inserts’ black frames between the regular frames and by doing so reduces perceived motion blur, but sacrifices some brightness in the process. It’s particularly useful if you’re playing fast-paced games in a dark room where the lower brightness won’t bother you.

In the Film Mode, you can prevent judder from 24p DVDs, Blu-rays, and streaming apps, but not from a 60Hz PC signal – however, 4:4:4 chroma is supported.

The TV is based on SmartCast OS, which is fairly responsive and easy to use.

Design & Connectivity

Vizio M55Q7 H1 TV

The Vizio MQ7 has a nice design with thin bezels and VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include a USB 2.0 port, both digital and analog audio ports, dual 10W speakers, composite-in, tuner, Ethernet, WiFi (2.4 GHz and 5GHz), and four HDMI 2.0 ports (although advertised as HDMI 2.1), one of which supports eARC; supported audio formats include DTS, DTS:X, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Atmos.

Summary

All in all, the Vizio MQ7 is the best TV you can get for gaming under $500. Alternatively, you might be interested in the following models at this price range:

  • TCL S535 – Has a bit higher contrast ratio and better local dimming (7000:1), but a lower peak brightness (up to ~400-nits), not quite as wide color gamut (~95% DCI-P3), and no FreeSync or HDR10+ support.
  • Hisense H8G – Offers the same contrast ratio as the MQ7, but has a bit higher peak brightness (up to 750-nits). However, it doesn’t have as wide color gamut (~90% DCI-P3) or FreeSync support.

In terms of input lag and pixel responsiveness, all three TVs are similar.

Conclusion

Did you find the best TV for your PS4 or Xbox One console? Let us know in the comments if you need any help!

Overall, the TCL’s S325 and S425 TVs are great for gamers on a budget, whereas the Vizio MQ7, or one of its alternatives, is perfect for those who want a bit better image quality, smoother performance, and additional features – but don’t want to overpay for features their console won’t be able to utilize.

In case you’re looking for a better and more future-proof TV with features such as HDMI 2.1, 120Hz, and great HDR image quality, be sure to visit our best PS4 Pro/X1X TVs and best PS5/XSX TV buyer’s guides.

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Rob Shafer
Rob Shafer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.