Modern TVs are not only gauged through their price and quality but also their compatibility with next-gen consoles. The best gaming television for PCs, Xbox Series, and PS5 must support features such as 4k at 120Hz and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) for the best performance. That said, the set doesn’t have to be pricey, so we’ll cover affordable options with unique gaming features as well. Below you’ll find four TV sets that perfectly mix image quality and next-gen features at your budget.
The CI TV series is the latest version of LG CX, but it has an improved image processor meaning that it’s better, especially for movies. The newer version still has all four HDMI ports, 4K 120Hz, VRR, and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), not to mention the tremendous low input lag level. In addition, you can now customize the gaming mode depending on the type of game you’re playing. Setting the LG C1 to the RPG mode enhances image processing while the Frames Per Second (FPS) mode creeps up your response time.
Samsung Q80A offers quality features that we expect from a gaming television at an affordable price than comparable sets. Notably, the 50-inch model brings the best price while still including bright HDR, rich colors, and HDMI 2.1. It’s worth noting that the 50-inch size has weaker speakers than bigger sizes. Besides, the bigger Samsung Q80A TV sizes have speakers around the edges enabling positional audio and Object Tracking Sound. The TV’s Game bar comes as a package that guides you as you tweak settings and customize everything. It’s the best TV option if you are content with a single next-gen console and a quality TV for movies and gaming. Of course, the TV has several HDMI 2.0 ports for other things.
Sony X85J is another affordable HDMI 2.1 gaming TV with really impressive color reproduction from its Trilumino Pro and 4K HDR processor XI. The TV is also one of the few gaming TVs with a 43-inch type, which is handy if you prefer smaller panels. Moreover, the combination of built-in speakers, VRR, low input lag, and twin HDMI 2.1 ports with 4K 120 Hz deliver an excellent contrast, perfect with fast-moving content. A recent firmware update from Sony enabled the ALLM and HDR Gaming Interest Group (HGIG) to the X85J.
If you’re looking for a gaming TV that won’t break the bank, you should consider Hisense. 55A6G is a huge, well-specified set that comes at a competitive price. The A6G features both Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10+ and also supports ALLM and VRR aspects of HDMI 2.1 on all inputs. It also has integrated WI-Fi, RF connectors, CI Card, eARC compatibility, Ethernet, and USB. Generally, the HISENSE 55A6G is fit for 4K and full HD 1080p content.
This year’s Samsung QN95A is perhaps the closest LED TVs have come to OLED’s contrast level. This TV uses a new type of Mini-LED backlight panel that enhances HDR performance enabling exceptional dimming levels. Combining the contrast with better brightness and the advanced processing delivers a complete image quality package we’ve seen on any 4K TV. Although the TV has matching price tags with OLEDs, its four HDMI ports supporting VRR, ALLM, and 4K 120Hz balances cost and performance. Don’t forget Samsung’s Game Bar, which provides a special gaming menu to keep everything customized.
The list for gaming TVs is endless, but we’ve highlighted four of the best to ensure that your gaming experience is superb this festive season. Check out the features and current prices for each one of these to ensure that you find one that meets your preferences.