Playing games on big screens is immersive, fun, and once you taste that, there is no going back. Especially, if you splurge on high-end PCs and the latest consoles, you would want to experience the gorgeous graphics of games on a larger canvas. And it’s not just about the quality of visuals, but also their responsiveness. So these days, the modern big flat TVs come with ultra HD (4K) imagery and fluid response times (low latency).
Now, as with any product, there is an abundance of options to sieve through, a lot many factors to consider, and a slew of TV parlance to grasp. So, to make things easier for you, we have made this guide which will help you in picking the best TVs for your gaming needs. But, before we glance at the TVs, here’s a quick lowdown of what you should know about the TV tech, particularly related to the gaming use case.
Gaming TVs: Important factors to consider
- Input Lag: It is the time it takes for the action to take place (or it to be presented on screen) after you hit the button on your controller. It is more important than resolution for gamers ’cause it could be the deciding factor in winning and losing in several fast-paced titles. Anything below 30ms is good and under 20ms is excellent. Class-leading TVs boast as low as 10ms or even lower. You may jump over to Rtings or Display Lag websites to find the input lag data of popular TVs. Incidentally, if you are a competitive player, the ideal refresh rate is 120Hz. But, for the regular user or as you go down the price hill, a good-quality 60Hz panel would also get the job done. Also, you can enable Game Mode on your TV to get rid of unnecessary post-processing in favor of faster response and smoother animations.
- Size: It is a subjective matter. But, something too small wouldn’t be immersive, and too big will be tough to track within your field of vision. We have listed 55-inch TVs here which is a sweet spot in our opinion. But then, take your room size, TV position, and sitting arrangements into consideration.
- Resolution and HDR capability: All the TVs curated here are of 4K (3840×2160 pixels) Resolution. It has really become a standard, especially to experience the stunning and detailed visuals of the latest games. If you pick a low-priced 4K TV, the upscaling of lower resolution content won’t be necessarily up to the mark. This is something to keep in mind. Also, unless the ideal contrast ratio, peak brightness (400 nits or above at least), color representation (preferably 10-bit depth) are met, you may not get the best out of HDR content.
- Ports: It’s preferable to have the latest HDMI 2.1 certified port on the top-trim TVs. HDMI 2.1 can push 4K120fps / 8K60fps, whilst the HDMI 2.0 ports can only drive 4K60fps / 8K30fps content. With HDMI 2.1, you also get next-gen features like Variable Refresh Rate (VRR allows the display to dynamically refresh the speed of the frames with respect to the source so that different portions of the game can seamlessly switch to high and low frame rates), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM tells the TV to toggle low latency Game mode depending on the content on screen), and Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC ensures both in and out of high-bandwidth content through the single cable to and from external soundbar or receiver). Rest, you may also want to ensure the presence of a 3.5 jack (if you plan to use a headphone), and an ethernet socket (if you want to connect to the internet directly) in the port area.
Best Gaming TVs to buy in India
There are TVs from premium to mid-range and much affordable price ranges here. Pick one that fits your bill.
LG CX is undoubtedly one of the best TVs out there. It is also in our opinion the best LG TV for gaming. It sports a 4K OLED screen with an infinite contrast ratio. It is capable of 120Hz refresh rate out of the box. There is BFI (Black Frame Insertion), Motion Interpolation for countering motion blur. Being a tricked out TV, you get HDMI 2.1 support on all 4 HDMI ports, but only up to 40Gbps bandwidth. This means, you also get VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) for low input lag. You will have to enable the Game Mode from the TV settings to enjoy these features.
Based on the GPU you have in your machine, you can benefit FreeSync or G-Sync. As far as I/O is concerned, you get 3 USBs, a 3.5mm jack, Ethernet socket, among other things. The audio comes out of a 40W speaker system that is backed by 5.1 Dolby Digital and Atmos. Thanks to HDMI 2.1 compatibility, you also get eARC for high bandwidth audio to other devices.
LG CX Specs
Display: 4K OLED 120Hz Infinite Contrast ratio, BFI, Motion Interpolation, VRR, FreeSync, G-Sync, ALLM | HDR: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG | Ports: HDMI 4 (all 2.1; 40Gbps), USB 3, 3.5mm jack, Ethernet, Digital Optical Audio Out 1, Composite In 1 (incl. adapter), Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1 | Wireless: Dual Band WiFi, Bluetooth | Audio: ARC (HDMI 2), eARC, 5.1 Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos, 40W (w/woofer), Front Firing, Dolby Atmos
In our testing, Sony A8H (review) lacked the HDMI 2.1 capability and other perks that make LG CX a better gaming contender.
Samsung Q95T comes with a 4K QLED panel upfront with a direct full array of 16x dimming zones. It is exceptionally bright at the same time maintaining excellent contrast. The TV flaunts a native 120Hz refresh rate, and top-end tweaks like BFI, VRR, ALLM for a smooth gameplay experience. Being a Samsung TV, you get an HDR10+ dynamic range.
Out of the four HDMI ports, one is HDMI 2.1 compatible, which offers VRR, 4K@120Hz gaming, and eARC. Sound-wise, the TV has got a 60W speaker system that’s Dolby Digital Plus certified.
Samsung Q95T Specs
Display: 4K QLED, 120Hz, DIRECT FULL ARRAY 16X, (Auto Motion Plus) motion interpolation, BFI, FreeSync Premium, ALLM, VRR | HDR: HDR10+, HLG | Ports: four HDMIs (4K@120Hz HDMI 4-2.1), three USBs, a digital audio output, Ethernet, and the usual tuner inputs (no headphone jack) | WIRELESS: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth | Audio: ARC, eARC, up-firing and down-firing speakers, 60W, Dolby Digital Plus
If you want something similar but cheaper, you can check out Samsung Q80T.
Sony X9000H is a strong candidate for the best gaming TVs to buy in India. It is decked with a 4K 120Hz full array LCD screen. It boasts several of Sony’s proprietary picture optimizations including X-Motion Clarity for smooth and clear output. It can manage a splendid contrast ratio too. Although the HDMI 3rd and 4th ports are 2.1 eligible, for some reason there’s no VRR or ALLM. Speaking of missing features, you don’t get support for FreeSync or G-Sync here.
Rest, it is outfitted with a 20W speaker system aided by Dolby and DTS enhancements. Now Sony may be able to fix some of the absent stuff via software updates.
Sony X9000H Specs
Display: 4K, LCD, FALD, 120Hz X-Motion Clarity, 4267:1 | HDR: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, PWM dimming, BFI, Motion Interpolation, No VRR, No FreeSync or G-Sync, No ALLM (SW update)| Ports: HDMI (3,4: 2.1), Ethernet, 2 USB, headphones port | Wireless: Dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth | Audio: ARC (HDMI 3), eARC, 3.5 jack, 20W, Dolby Audio, Dolby Atmos, DTS Digital Surround
Sony X90H and Samsung Q70RA are worthy alternatives to check out in this range.
LG Nano 91
Nano cell is an LG patented display that is deemed to be an improvement over regular IPS panels in terms of purer colors. It has a full array of backlighting with a 2000:1 contrast ratio. Much like the CX, you get 4K resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and major HDR format support. There is even HDMI 2.1 on all 4 ports but with full fat 48 Gbps bandwidth. Needless to say, you get amenities like VRR, ALLM, eARC audio transmission, etc.
Now, it falls short of OLED goodness in terms of blacks, blooming, perceived sharpness, color uniformity, and details in dark portions. Although these effects won’t lessen the visual experience by a mile but are one of the reasons for the price difference between the two televisions.
LG Nano 91 Specs
Display: 4K Nano cell FALD, 120Hz 2000:1, HDR 10, Dolby Vision, HLG, Motion Pro, HGIG, ALLM, FreeSync, VRR | Ports: HDMI 2.1 on all 4 ports, 2 USB, Ethernet, Headphone | Wireless: WiFi, Bluetooth | Audio: eARC (HDMI 3), 20W Down Firing, Dolby Atmos
Samsung The Frame 2020
Samsung The Frame 2020, like its name, is a fashion-first TV but packs the punch to deliver a reasonable gaming experience. It decks out a 4K QLED fascia with a 120Hz refresh rate, high contrast ratio, and compatibility with major HDR standards. Samsung has baked in BFI and motion interpolation for smoother animations. It provides a rather low input lag and is backed by VRR, FreeSync, and ALLM for fluid gameplay.
There is HDMI 2.1 support on the 4th HDMI dock. Other peripheral options include an optical audio port, 2 USB sockets, and an ethernet. On the audio front, you get support for ARC as well as eARC transfer to the external output.
Samsung The Frame 2020 Specs
Display: 4K QLED, 8131:1, 120Hz, No local dimming, edge backlighting, PWM, BFI, Motion Interpolation, ALLM, VRR, FreeSync | HDR: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, | Ports: 4 HDMI (2.1), 2 USB, optical audio, Ethernet | Wireless: Dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth | Audio: ARC (HDMI 3), eARC, Dolby Atmos 5.1, 40W
Samsung TU8000 is a 4K LCD TV with discerning contrast and ample color details. It supports chroma 4:4:4 subsampling, which makes it a suitable substitute for a PC monitor. But, being a relatively low-specced model, you won’t see things like HDMI 2.1 or VRR here. The viewing angles might appear narrow to your liking. There is no local dimming which means the TV doesn’t have much control over blacks. But, it is something a naked eye probably won’t notice.
Samsung has added 3 HDMI ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, ethernet, and an optical output among other things. For audio, you get a 20W speaker augmented by features like ARC, eARC, and 5.1 Dolby Atmos.
Samsung TU8000 Specs
Display: 4K LCD, 60Hz, 6421:1, edge backlighting, no local dimming, no VRR, PWM, BFI, Motion Interpolation | HDR: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | Ports: 3 x HDMI, 2 x USB 2.0, Ethernet, optical audio port | Wireless: dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth | Audio: ARC (HDMI 2), eARC, Dolby Atmos 5.1, 20W
Xiaomi Mi QLED TV
Xiaomi Mi QLED is an impressive offering at its price segment. It exhibits a 4K OLED display that outs 60 frames per second. There is HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and other formats for enhanced colors and contrast. Interestingly enough the TV ships with HDMI 2.1 on all 2 HDMI ports. You get the benefit of eARC on the second port. ALLM is also in the mix. But, no VRR as it is pointless on a 60Hz screen.
The rest of the repertoire also consists of 2 USB, ethernet, 3.5mm jack, 6 speaker setup with 30W production. Again Xiaomi excites the package with Dolby+ and DTS-HD support.
Xiaomi Mi QLED TV 4K 55
Display: 4K QLED, 60Hz, HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG, ALLM, no local dimming zones, no VRR | Ports: 3 HDMI (all 2.1), USB x 2, Ethernet, 3.5mm jack, optical | Wireless: Dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth | Audio: 6 30W, Dolby+ DTS-HD, eARC (HDMI 2)
TCL C715 features a 4K VA panel with QLED backlighting. It presents a 60Hz refresh rate, 5000:1 contrast ratio, and premier HDR formats such as Dolby Vision and HDR10. You get 3 HDMI ports, 2 USB, 1 ethernet, and a 3.5mm jack. There is support for dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth. The audio comes out of a 20W dual speaker system. This is bolstered by Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD processing. The sound signature is best suited for vocals.
TCL C715 Specs
Display: 4K QLED (VA), 60Hz, 5000:1, HDR10, Dolby Vision | Ports: 3 HDMI, 2 USB, Ethernet, Headphone Jack | Wireless: dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth | Audio: 20W DTS-HD, Dolby Atmos, ARC
OnePlus U1 offers a better price to performance compared to its previous releases. The 4K TV has got a VA LCD panel upfront which can get a bit reflective. It shows a 95-percent screen-to-body ratio with support for content in HDR 10, HDR 10+, HLG, and Dolby Vision formats.
On the I/O side of things, you have three HDMI (one of them with HDMI ARC), two USB sockets, and an Ethernet port, among other things. But, one thing that doesn’t make the cut is the headphone jack. That said audio from the 30W speaker system capable of Dolby and DTS tuning should come across as decent.
Display: 4K 60Hz, VA LCD, reflective| HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, MEMC | Wireless: Dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth | Ports: 3 HDMI, HDMI1 support ARC, 2 USB, Ethernet, No 3.5mm jack, optical audio port | Audio: 30W 4 Speakers, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Audio, DTS-HD
If you don’t mind paying up, the OnePlus Q1 series is there with better specs and features.
If you have a tight budget, then LG’s UM7300 has a fine value proposition to offer. It sports a 4K 60Hz screen that is IPS LCD in nature. It gives out pleasing viewing angles and close to natural colors. However, being an affordable TV, it offers a pretty average contrast ratio. Thus both highlights and shadows (dark regions) don’t have the punch. It fends off reflections pretty well. Although you can play HDR content, the result will be held back by the contrast and color gamut support.
Ports-wise, you get 2 HDMI with ARC on the second port, 1 USB, and 1 ethernet. There are dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth compatibility. The downward-firing speaker is complemented by DTS Virtual X and Dolby Digital audio.
Display: 4K 60Hz, LCD IPS, 1105:1, No local dimming, direct backlighting, good reflection handling, PWM Dimming, No BFI, Motion Interpolation at 30fps, NO VRR | HDR: HDR10, HLG | Ports: 2 HDMI, ARC (on 2), 1 USB, 1 Ethernet, optical audio output | Wireless: Dual-band WiFI, Bluetooth | Audio: Down Firing 20W, DTS Virtual:X, 5.1 Dolby Digital
If you must go even lower in your budget, then there are options like the Samsung NU6100, Toshiba 50U5050, Hisense A71F, Realme SLED TV, Nokia LED TV and Motorola ZX Pro.
Best 4K Gaming TVs to buy in 2021
These are the best gaming TVs for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, and other consoles. Before setting up with any of these consoles, do a google for the best/ recommended settings. This will serve you better results.
|Models||Panel Type||Resolution||Refresh Rate||HDMI 2.1||Software||Price|
|SONY X9000H||LCD (FALD)||4K||120Hz||Yes||Android TV||₹1,04,490|
|LG Nano 91||LCD Nano cell (FALD)||4K||100 Hz||Yes||WebOS||₹162,990|
|Samsung The Frame||QLED||4K||120Hz||Yes||TizenOS||₹84,999|
|Samsung TU8000||LCD||4K||60Hz||No||Tizen OS||₹63,470|
|Xiaomi Mi QLED TV 4K 55||QLED||4K||60Hz||Yes||Android TV with PatchWall UI||₹54,999|
|TCL C715||QLED||4K||60Hz||No||Android TV||₹59,885|
|OnePlus U1||LCD (VA)||4K||60Hz||No||Android TV with Oxygen UI||₹49,999|
|LG UM7300||IPS LCD||4K||6)Hz||No||WebOS||₹47,999|