The Best TVs For PS5 And Xbox Series X (2021 Reviews)

Looking for a new TV for your PS5, Xbox Series X, or Xbox Series S console? You'll find the best gaming TVs and all the information you need right here!

It would be a shame to hook up your brand new PS5 or Xbox Series X/S console to an old TV with washed out colors, grayish blacks, smearing, and other unwelcome visual artifacts.

Luckily, you don’t need a particularly expensive TV to put your console’s powerful hardware to good use.

Whether you just need a good budget 4K TV that’s good for gaming, a high-end TV that’s every gamer’s dream, or a mid-range TV that can deliver a gorgeous 4K 60Hz image quality with the option to kick it to a higher gear at 1080p/1440p to 120Hz – we’ve got you covered!

TVPanelInput LagResponse TimeVRR1080p/1440p 120Hz4K 120Hz 
VA11ms12msN/ANoNo
VA8ms11msN/AYesNo
VA6ms15msFreeSyncYesYes
VA6ms10msFreeSyncYesYes
OLED6ms<1msFreeSync, G-SYNC CompatibleYesYes
OLED6ms<1msFreeSync, G-SYNC CompatibleYesYes
best value

TCL R635

TCL R635 TV
  • 4K 60Hz, 1440p/1080p 120Hz
  • Low input lag, good response time speed
  • Excellent HDR picture quality
premium pick

LG CX

lg oled cx tv
  • 4K 120Hz
  • Low input lag, fast response time speed
  • Incredible image quality
budget pick

TCL S535

TCL S535 TV
  • 4K 60Hz
  • Low input lag
  • Good response time speed

We’ll start with the most affordable TVs you should consider for gaming, and gradually move up to the more expensive models with better image quality, smoother performance, and additional features.

The Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Low input lag
  • Good response time speed
  • Decent HDR image quality

The Cons:

  • Low peak brightness for the optimal HDR image quality
  • Minor ghosting in fast-paced games
  • No 120Hz support
  • No variable refresh rate

About The TV

So, what exactly makes a TV good for gaming?

First of all, you need low input lag in order not to feel any delay between your commands and the result on the TV. For 60Hz TVs, input lag under 16ms is great, whereas for 120Hz TVs, it should be 8ms or lower.

Secondly, you’ll want a fast response time speed, which is the speed at which pixels change from one color to another. If they take too long, you will be able to notice trailing artifacts behind fast-moving objects. The faster the response time, the better.

The S535 TVs from TCL’s 2020 5-series are the most affordable 4K gaming TVs that offer low input lag and fast response time, which is why we highly recommend saving up for it.

Image Quality

Another reason why we recommend the TCL S535 is that it also offers an excellent picture quality for the price!

It uses a VA (Vertical Alignment) panel with a high static contrast ratio of ~7000:1, which is even higher than that of many more expensive TVs.

Local dimming is supported as well, but since there are too few dimming zones (for instance, only 48 zones on the 55″ model), it’s not particularly effective.

Sadly, it has a peak brightness of only ~400-nits, so highlights (such as explosions) fall short when watching HDR content.

Of course, if you want a really good HDR TV, you would need to invest more money as well.

The TV also has a wide ~95% DCI-P3 color gamut for vibrant and lifelike colors. Supported HDR formats include HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision.

Features

Roku TV OS

Unfortunately, the TV doesn’t support 120Hz at any resolution and it doesn’t support a variable refresh rate. The lack of these two features is expected at this price range, though.

It does support BFI (Black Frame Insertion) at 60Hz, which, as the name suggests, inserts black frames between the regular ones and thus removes perceived motion blur.

To enable it, turn on the LED Motion Clarity option in the TV’s settings menu.

You can also use motion interpolation up to 60FPS for the so-called Soap Opera Effect, though we highly recommend not using this.

There’s a 960Hz PWM flicker for brightness regulation, but such a high frequency shouldn’t cause any problems to those sensitive to flickering.

Another useful feature of the TV is the Natural Cinema mode, which can remove 24Hz judder from 24p Blu-ray/DVD content and from 60p and 60i signals, including streaming devices, cable and satellite TV, as well as streaming applications such as Netflix.

Chroma 4:4:4 is supported as well, so text won’t be fringy when using the TV as a PC monitor.

Design & Connectivity

TCL S535 TV Back

The stand of the TV is fairly sturdy and has thin bezels.

Connectivity options include four HDMI 2.0 ports, one USB port, both digital and analog audio jacks, Ethernet, a tuner, WiFi (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), composite-in, and dual 8W speakers.

HDCP 2.2, CEC, ARC, and eARC are supported over HDMI, while other supported audio formats include DTS, DTS:X, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Atmos.

Alternatives

  • TCL S435 – A cheaper 4K TV that’s good for gaming. However, it has an even lower 200-nit peak brightness, no wide color gamut support, and slower response time speed.
  • TCL S525 – TCL’s 5-series TV from 2019. It has a lower 300-nit peak brightness, a lower 6,000:1 contrast ratio, and a bit slower 14ms response time speed. Further, it has a 180Hz PWM flicker below 25/100 brightness causing image duplications and potential headaches to those sensitive to flickering.
  • Hisense H8G – A good alternative with a bit higher 650-nit peak brightness, but a lower 5000:1 contrast ratio. Pixel response time speed is similar at ~14ms.
  • Vizio M7 Quantum 2020 – Offers a bit lower 5000:1 contrast ratio, but it has a slightly faster 12ms response time speed and AMD FreeSync support for tear-free gameplay. It’s more expensive though, so you should consider the following R635 as well.

The Pros:

  • Excellent value for the price
  • Low input lag
  • Good response time speed
  • Great HDR image quality
  • 120Hz at 1080p/1440p

The Cons:

  • Minor ghosting in fast-paced games
  • No variable refresh rate
  • Local dimming causes some halo/bloom effects

About The TV

If you want to take advantage of 120Hz, TCL’s 2020 6-series TVs are the cheapest models with this feature; luckily, they are exceptionally good!

Naturally, you will only be able to select 120Hz at 1440p or 1080p, not at 4K – which is expected at this price range as HDMI 2.1 TVs are more expensive.

Since most PS5 and Xbox Series X games aim for 4K 60FPS and optional 120FPS at lower resolutions in supported games, the lack of HDMI 2.1 won’t be deal-breaking for many gamers. There’ll most likely be only a few games that can actually run over 60FPS at 4K.

Image Quality

The TCL R635 has only a slightly faster pixel response time speed than the S535, so some smearing will still be noticeable in fast-paced games.

However, the higher 120Hz refresh rate makes fast-paced motion significantly smoother making for a more enjoyable gaming experience at 1080p or 1440p.

The TV refreshes the image twice as fast, essentially cutting input lag in half, thus providing you with a slight advantage over your opponents with regular 60Hz displays.

But that’s not all!

The R635 series also offers a considerably better image quality. It has a stellar peak brightness of 1000-nits and a static contrast ratio of ~5,500:1.

Further, its mini LED backlight has a decent local dimming implementation, which can push the contrast ratio up to ~10,000:1 for even deeper blacks and punchier highlights.

Alas, there aren’t that many dimming zones, so some blooming and haloing will be visible in certain scenarios.

In addition to its ~93% DCI-P3 color gamut, it delivers an eye-catching HDR viewing experience for the price. Supported HDR formats include HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision.

Features

Sadly, the TV doesn’t support a variable refresh rate, but it supports BFI at 60Hz via its LED Motion Clarity technology and it can interpolate frames up to 120FPS (Soap Opera Effect).

Just like the S535 series, it can remove judder from all content, it supports 4:4:4 chroma, and it has a 960Hz flicker backlight.

Design & Connectivity

TCL R635 TV Back

The TV features excellent build quality with a slim design and thin bezels, while connectivity options as well as the supported audio formats are identical to the S535.

Alternatives

  • Hisense H9F – Offers a bit higher 1,200-nit peak brightness, but a slightly lower 9,000:1 contrast ratio. It also has a faster 9ms pixel response time speed, but no 120Hz support at 1080p/1440p.
  • Hisense H9G – It has an even higher 1,500-nit peak brightness, a high 10,000:1 contrast ratio, and a rapid 8ms response time speed. However, it’s more expensive yet it doesn’t support 120Hz at 1080p/1440p.

The Pros:

  • HDMI 2.1 for 4K 120Hz
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Low input lag
  • Good HDR image quality

The Cons:

  • Minor ghosting in fast-paced games, especially in darker scenes
  • Low peak brightness

About The TV

Want a 4K 120Hz TV with HDMI 2.1 to take full advantage of your PS5 or Xbox Series X? Samsung’s Q70T is the first such model you should consider!

Image Quality

In comparison to TCL’s R635, you get a notably lower peak brightness of ~500-nits, so highlights won’t be as strong.

Its contrast ratio is very good though, at around 7,000:1 without local dimming. So, you’ll get quite deep and inky blacks without the visual artifacts introduced by imperfect local dimming solutions, like that of the R635.

Colors are vibrant and vivid with ~90% DCI-P3 gamut, while the supported HDR formats include HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG.

Features

amd freesync logo

The Samsung Q70T TVs have very low input lag of ~6ms, but the pixel response time speed is not as impressive at ~15ms. So, some smearing will be noticeable, particularly in darker scenes as pixels take longer to change from dark to bright pixels.

AMD FreeSync is supported up to 120Hz, which allows the TV to change its refresh rate dynamically. So, at 100FPS, the TV changes its refresh rate to 100Hz and thus eliminates screen tearing and stuttering completely, without noticeably (~1ms) affecting input lag.

There’s also a BFI feature available called LED Clear Motion which works at both 60Hz and 120Hz. It can remove ghosting in fast-paced games, but introduce image duplications.

Further, BFI and FreeSync cannot be active at the same time. Framerate interpolation is also supported up to 120FPS.

The TV can remove judder from all content and it supports 4:4:4 chroma, while its backlight flickers at 600Hz to regulate brightness, which shouldn’t bother those sensitive to flickering due to such high frequency.

Design & Connectivity

Samsung Q70T TV Design

Since the TV is edge-lit, it has a very slim design. It also has thin bezels, but the stand is fairly sturdy. There are four HDMI ports, but only one (HDMI4) supports HDMI 2.1 for 4K 120Hz.

Other connectivity options include two USB ports, a digital audio-out port, a tuner, Ethernet, WiFi (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), Bluetooth (4.2), and dual 10W speakers.

HDCP 2.2, CEC, ARC (HDMI3 only), and eARC are supported over HDMI, while the supported audio formats include Dolby Atoms via eARC and Dolby Digital via both ARC and Optical.

The Pros:

  • HDMI 2.1 for 4K 120Hz
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Low input lag
  • Fast response time speed
  • Good HDR image quality

The Cons:

  • Low contrast ratio

About The TV

Samsung’s Q80T series is a great alternative to the Q70T models if you want better performance and a brighter screen, but don’t mind losing some contrast ratio.

Note that there are also 49″ and 50″ variants of the Q80T series, but they don’t support FreeSync or 120Hz, so we don’t recommend them for gaming at this price range.

Image Quality

The Samsung Q80T has a notably higher ~750-nit peak brightness than the Q70T, which makes for more vivid highlights and better reflection handling.

However, it has a significantly lower ~3,000:1 contrast ratio. There’s a decent local dimming solution implemented that can dim parts of the screen that need to be dark without affecting the bright areas thus pushing the contrast ratio to ~4,500:1.

Still, blacks will be darker on the cheaper Q70T models. The Q80T also has the same ~90% DCI-P3 color gamut and the same HDR support (HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG).

Features

What makes the Q80T worth the extra cost is the superior pixel response time speed of ~10ms for very little visible trailing behind fast-moving objects. It’s one of the fastest LED-backlit TVs capable of 4K 120Hz.

Furthermore, it supports FreeSync and motion interpolation up to 120FPS, as well as BFI at both 60Hz and 120Hz.

As expected of a TV at this price range, it supports 4:4:4 chroma and it can remove judder from any content. The backlight has a 960Hz flicker for brightness regulation, which is imperceptible.

Design & Connectivity

Samsung Q80T TV Design

The TV’s stand resembles monitor stands, but it’s quite sturdy, while the bezels are thin. Connectivity options are identical to the Q70T series.

The Pros:

  • HDMI 2.1 for 4K 120Hz
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Low input lag
  • Instantaneous response time speed
  • Excellent HDR image quality

The Cons:

  • Risk of permanent image burn-in

About The TV

OLED TVs offer the best image quality and the smoothest performance, but they’re a bit more expensive and you have to be careful about screen burn-in.

Image Quality

Unlike LED-backlit displays, OLED TVs and monitors don’t rely on a backlight to produce the image as each pixel is self-emissive. This makes for a basically infinite contrast ratio. Black is black. White is white; and there’s no backlight bleeding or glowing of any kind.

Additionally, the OLED technology offers superior color quality and viewing angles. The BX has a wide ~97% DCI-P3 color gamut, and the picture will remain perfect regardless of the angle you’re looking at the screen.

Its peak brightness is a bit lower than that of LED TVs at this price range, but at ~800-nits maximum luminance for HDR content, you still get an amazing HDR viewing experience, especially in dark rooms, where the infinite contrast ratio really shines at.

Supported HDR formats include HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG.

The main downside of OLEDs is the risk of permanent image burn-in and temporary image retention. Basically, if you leave the TV on for a long time, the static elements of the picture can permanently burn-in.

However, there are plenty of built-in features to prevent this, such as screen savers, pixel refreshers/shifters, etc.

Image retention, on the other hand, is when the static elements (such as in-game HUDs or mini-maps) remain visible once the picture changes, but it goes away after watching different content for a while.

If you’re careful, this won’t be an issue, it’s just something to keep in mind. You can still enjoy playing your favorite games for up to ~8 hours, and then display something else on the TV so that the pixels ‘refresh.’

Many games offer ways to help with this, like hiding the HUD, scoreboards, mini-maps when not needed, etc. You should avoid using the TV as background noise or leaving it paused at game menus for hours, and you’ll be good to go.

Features

freesync and gsync

The LG BX supports both AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA’s G-SYNC Compatible variable refresh rate up to 120Hz. So, you can use VRR with both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X and Series S, as well as with compatible AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards without any issues.

Another big advantage of the OLED technology is the instantaneous pixel response time speed, which makes for zero ghosting in fast-paced games and incredible motion clarity.

You can even use the BFI technology implementation called OLED Motion to further reduce perceived motion blur at both 60Hz and 120Hz. Framerate interpolation is also supported up to 120FPS. Input lag amounts to ~6ms, which makes for imperceptible delay.

PWM is not used for brightness regulation, but there are some luminance fluctuations every ~8ms. However, it’s not noticeable. Naturally, 4:4:4 chroma is supported and you can remove judder from any content.

Design & Connectivity

LG BX TV Back

Yet another advantage of the OLED technology is that the TVs are incredibly thin, as you can see from the picture.

Connectivity options include four HDMI ports, three USB ports, both digital and analog audio-out ports, composite-in, a tuner, Ethernet, WiFi (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, and dual 10W speakers + a 20W subwoofer.

Two HDMI ports are HDMI 2.1 (HDMI3 and HDMI4), while the other two are limited to the HDMI 2.0 bandwidth. Other supported features include HDCP 2.2, CEC, ARC (HDMI3), eARC, Dolby Atoms, and Dolby Digital.

Alternatives

  • Samsung Q90T – If you’re worried about image burn-in, consider the Q90T as a LED alternative. In comparison to the Q80T, it offers a much higher ~1500-nit peak brightness and a 10,000:1 contrast ratio. However, you still won’t get as deep blacks as that of OLED. Further, the Q90T has a slower 10ms response time speed, so motion won’t be nearly as smooth either.

The Pros:

  • HDMI 2.1 for 4K 120Hz
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Low input lag
  • Instantaneous response time speed
  • Excellent HDR image quality

The Cons:

  • Risk of permanent image burn-in

About The TV

LG’s CX OLED TV is a more premium version of the BX. It uses the same panel, so the image quality and performance will be largely similar.

The main difference lies in the slightly different design. The CX also has four HDMI 2.1 ports, instead of only two, and it’s available as a 48″ and a 65″ variant.

Finally, the CX model has a slightly faster processor, but this doesn’t affect console/PC gaming performance.

Visit our full LG OLED48CX review for more information.

lg oled cx tv design

Conclusion

These are the best TVs for PS5 and Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S we recommend! Not sure which one to get? Feel free to leave us a comment below!

Overall, if you’re on a limited budget, you can’t go wrong with the TCL S535, but we recommend saving up for the TCL R635 as you’ll get a significantly better image quality and smoother performance.

To take your gaming and viewing experience to the next level, go with LG’s BX or CX OLED TV. In case you can’t afford them or you’re too worried about burn-in, Samsung’s Q80T and Q90T TVs are excellent LED-backlit alternatives.

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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.