Best 4K & HDR TVs for GamingBy Lee Neikirk
One of the hottest new features for gamers in 2016 is the advent of gaming in 4K and HDR, or High Dynamic Range. The latest home consoles—such as the PS4 Pro and Xbox One S—support not only a native output of 4K (3,840 x 2,160) UHD resolution, but also play games in the new HDR format, a type of video format that adds a bunch of additional brightness and color.
Of course, to get the most out of those fancy new consoles, you'll need a 4K/HDR capable TV—specifically, one that can do 4K/HDR gaming while still giving you low input lag. That's where we come in! These TVs not only offer the low input lag you need to keep questing, racing, gunning, and blitzing in style, but have the color and brightness capabilities to make jaw-dropping HDR images. These are the best right now.
Updated December 06, 2016
LG E6 Series
LG's 4K OLEDs are some of the best-looking HDR TVs around. Until recently, the high-end E6 Series dominated our picture quality considerations but was plagued by poor input lag results during HDR gaming. Fortunately, LG recently rolled out a firmware update for the 2016 4K OLEDs reducing their 4K/HDR input lag from 60 ms closer to 30 ms.
With the update, the E6 (which is second in LG's 4K OLED lineup only to the flagship G6 Series—which is a stellar TV but that we aren't recommending for price-to-performance reason—is the best-performing TV you can buy for 4K/HDR gaming. However, there are still good 4K/HDR TVs with slightly better input lag results. This one simply has some of the best picture quality money can buy.
LG B6 Series
The slightly more affordable LG B6 Series may not boast quite the same high-end performance as the step-up E6, but it's still a 4K OLED, and that gives it certain innate advantages where picture quality is concerned. Like the E6, the B6 delivers excellent contrast, color accurate, and great HDR performance. LG is still working on the firmware update to enable "HDR game mode" for the B6, allegedly, but afterward the series should perform very similarly, input lag-wise, to the E6.
The best thing about the B6 Series is that it's the most affordable amongst LG's 2016 lineup of 4K OLED TVs. While still quite expensive, it offers extremely comparable performance to the $8,000 G6 flagship series for considerably less money. Once the "HDR game mode" update is live, the B6 will be one of the best 4K/HDR TVs for gamers around.
Samsung KS8000 Series
The Samsung KS8000 series (also known as the KS7000 outside the US) is available in 49-, 55-, 60-, and 65-inch sizes starting around $1,000. For that price, you get a 4K/UHD smart TV with incredible brightness and color saturation, as well as 4K resolution, snappy smart features, and excellent High Dynamic Range performance.
Despite all of its pomp and circumstance, however, Samsung's KS8000 series also happens to be an excellent choice for gamers. While it doesn't have the lowest LED LCD input lag on record, our own testing and that of some of our colleagues revealed an average input lag (in Game mode) around 30ms, even with HDR enabled. Some older, low-resolution games may do a bit worse, but this should be nearly imperceptible on newer games, whether you're playing a competitive match of Overwatch in 1080p or the 4K/HDR-compatible Gears of War 4.
Vizio P Series (2016)
Another great choice for gamers, the Vizio P Series is one of the most valuable 4K/HDR sets around due to its great combination of core performance and low input lag. It's most comparable to the KS8000 series, but there are a couple caveats you should know about before jumping headlong into the 2016 P Series.
The 50/55/65/70 inch 2016 P Series TVs all deliver good input lag numbers, but you have to use the "faster" HDMI 2.0b/HDCP 2.2-compliant HDMI 5 input. It's marked on the TV, but if you own multiple consoles it's a hassle to have to switch. However, with that port you should see an average input lag of 20 ms or less with modern consoles, making the P Series a great choice for gamers.
Starting at $1,000 for the 50-inch model, the P Series gives you a 4K/UHD smart TV with both HDR10 and Dolby Vision compliance as well as the built-in Google Chromecast "SmartCast" system. You even get a decent little Android tablet to control the TV, so this one's a great choice for technophile gamers looking for a future-proof fraggin' machine.
Samsung KU7000 Series
Samsung's KU7000 Series is available in five screen sizes—40, 43, 49, 55, and 65 inches—starting at a very affordable $549. These 4K/HDR TVs don't deliver nearly the brightness or color saturation of the other TVs on the list, but they get the job done, providing great core picture quality and decent input lag results (between 20 and 40 ms, roughly).
This one lends appreciable brightness and color to allow for HDR versions of games (on Xbox One S or PS4 Pro, for example) to look a good deal better than their non-HDR versions, but you won't have your jaw dropped like you would with the OLEDs or Samsung's KS8000 series.
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