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These are the 6 best 4K TVs for HDR/SDR Console and PC gaming

by on October 19, 2016
 

Stephan Jukic – October 19, 2016

The same factors which make 4K UHD TVs and particularly HDR 4K TVs into superior home entertainment systems when it comes to movies and general TV programming also come into play when we start to talk about console and PC gaming on these same televisions. The extra sharpness, high-end connectivity specs, high dynamic range, enhanced colors and overall higher quality of most name brand 4K ultra HD TVs allow them to turn both TV watching and gaming through a TV-connected console into something better than it was with HDTV or an ordinary PC monitor

And just as HDR movies and TV shows from streaming sources look particularly stunning on an HDR 4K TV, so too do the new generations of HDR games with 4K upscaling capacity which are emerging for the latest console systems if played on an HDR 4K TV. This is now the case like never before due to the emergence of new HDR consoles which also offer 4K game resolution either in native or upscaled form. We’re referring particularly to the new Xbox One S and PlayStation 4 Pro platforms which have been released or are on the verge of being released to the market now.

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Thus, the following list is our compilation of the best 4K TVs for console gaming in both HDR and SDR. We’ve considered a mix of factors such as price, display quality, the (obviously) presence of high dynamic range color and contrast and of course how well each TV performs at handling input lag for consoles. All of the following TVs are 2016 editions and most of them offer HDR specs of some kind, though not all.

  1. Samsung 2016 KS9000 SUHD HDR 4K TV $$$

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The Samsung KS9000 (or if you prefer its essentially identical but curved version the KS9500) offers what we consider to be the best overall combination of display quality, top-shelf HDR and very good input lag with robust console gaming connectivity. This TV manages deliver absolutely excellent motion control specs with a motion blur refresh rate of only 15 miliseconds, a superb refresh rate and a nicely low input lag of just 20 milliseconds while also being a 2016 4K HDR TV with some of the best color and black level/peak brightness specs you’ll find on sale among this year’s LCD TV models. For this reason we give the KS9000 our top spot on this listing for HDR console gaming and console gaming in general since its high display quality makes even SDR games upscaled from HD resolution look wonderful. The KS9000 is also an excellent TV for use as a gamer’s PC monitor due to its compatibility with multiple resolution and refresh rate formats.

We also gave the KS9000 our top rating because despite being such a stunning premium TV for gamers and movie fans alike, it isn’t as expensive as some other top-shelf HDR 4K Televisions. On the other hand, the KS9000 is still definitely not cheap, with the smaller 55 inch model costing a fairly hefty $1,797.99.

  1. LG OLED B6 4K HDR TV $$$$

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LG’s B6 OLED offers what are without a doubt the absolute best high dynamic range, black performance, color and other display specs of all the 4K TVs for gaming on this list. It also delivers some virtually perfect upscaling of non-4K content and stunning motion control performance pretty much across the board, with a motion blur response time of just 0.1 seconds. Additionally, this particular 4K TV also offers excellent performance as a 4K PC monitor for gaming through PC instead of console due to its robust support of different resolutions, frame rates/refresh rates and color sampling ratios.

On the other hand, despite its ability to offer some of the most stunningly superior console gaming visuals for HDR color, black performance, contrast and sharpness on native 4K or upscaled games from the Xbox One S or another platform, the B6 does come with two key points working against it. First of all, this is definitely the priciest 4K TV on our list, with even the 55 inch model costing $2,497.00 and the 65 inch version costing well over $3,000. Secondly, like all of the OLED TVs on sale from LG, the B6 offers a considerably weaker input lag than we’d like between the screen and console. At 43 milliseconds even for 1080p console gaming, the input lag for this TV is not ideal for high speed competitive gaming.

  1. Sony X800D 4K HDR TV $

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Now moving on to a much more budget-friendly piece console gaming TV, we come to the Sony X800D. This particular TV is extremely affordable while still offering some excellent HDR color performance with 10-bit color, wide color gamut and superb black levels. It’s also decently bright and comes with some very strong motion control specs, especially for motion blur control in all fast-paced content types displayed on its screen. This of course includes 4K and upscaled console or PC games.

Additionally, the X800D delivers  fairly decent console/PC gaming input lag of 33.2 milliseconds in 1080p resolution and 34 milliseconds when used for native 4K gameplay in its built-in menu option of “Game Mode”. The X800D’s support for different resolutions and frame rates/refresh rates when hooked up as a PC monitor is also excellent.

Like we said, the X900D is one very affordable 4K TV, with the 49 inch model costing well below $1000 at $798.00.

  1. Samsung KS8000 SUHD HDR 4K TV $$

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Moving back to pricier offerings with plenty of quality to offer in exchange, we reach the Samsung KS8000 4K SUHD HDR TV for 2016. In most ways it’s very similar to the KS9000 which takes our top spot and its motion control specs and PC monitor connectivity capacities are pretty much identical to those of the KS9000. However, we consider the HDR display brightness, color and black performance of the KS8000 to be slightly lesser than those of the KS9000. On the other hand, this model is cheaper than its higher SUHD cousin. The 55 inch version costs a few hundred bucks less at $1,397.99.

Basically, the KS8000 is the cheapest top-shelf performance HDR TV selling now for high dynamic range console and PC gaming.

  1. Vizio P-Series 2016 HDR 4K TV (50 inch or 65 inch and larger models) $/$$

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Vizio’s V-Series 2016 HDR TVs are absolutely excellent models when it comes to stunning color performance, deep, rich blacks and some very decent brightness. They also offer superb motion control specs and particularly excellent motion blur control which will help both movie and gaming content move along smoothly and crisply. Furthermore, the basic input lag for SDR 4K and 1080p video at 60Hz is excellent at 19 milliseconds.

However, while the Vizio P-Series 4K TV is a superb model for displaying high dynamic range in both the HDR10 and Dolby Vision standards for both movies/TV programming and HDR games from consoles like the Xbox One S, its biggest problem is that the TV offers a terrible 63 millisecond input lag in 4K resolution with HDR enabled during console gaming.

That said, as long as you don’t mind slow input lag as a trade-off for gaming with HDR color and vibrancy, the 2016 P-series is an excellent console gaming 4K TV and a nicely priced one as well, with the 50 inch model  selling for $1000.

Bonus: Vizio D-Series 2016 4K TV. $

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The 2016 Vizio D-Series 4K TV doesn’t come with any sort of high dynamic range, it doesn’t offer very good connectivity as a 4K PC gaming monitor since it only supports 4k resolution at 60Hz in 4:2:0 and we think its motion control specs are only moderately good. However, what the 2016 Vizio D-Series model does offer and better than any other 4K TV we know of is superbly low input lag for regular SDR 4K and upscaled gaming. At 13.2 milliseconds, this is the most competitively low input lag you can get your hands on in a 4K TV if you’re into competitive online console gaming. Again however, the drawback is that the rich HDR gaming visuals of the Xbox One S and PS 4 Pro consoles won’t display on this model.

The D-Series is one highly affordable 4K TV to boot, with the 55 inch model retailing for just $553.59. This makes it the most affordable 4K console gaming TV on this list by far.

Story by 4k.com

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  • Raymond
    October 19, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Steve, do you recommend the 49 inch Sony X800D over the 55 inch X850D for gaming? And if so, why?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      October 19, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Hey there Raymond, actually yes. The X850D is the somewhat better 4K UHD TV and it offers a higher native refresh rate but this won’t be as important for 4K or HD gaming. That said, the input lag of both is almost the same but we included the X800D instead of the X850D because the former is so much cheaper. You would essentially get the same sort of gaming performance at a lower price. Unless you’re insistent on 55 inch display, in which case I’d in any case recommend the KS8000 (listed as well) over either 4K TV since it’s not only better at display performance and HDR specs but also comes with a lower input lag.

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    • Rod
      October 20, 2016 at 5:47 am

      Great to see HDR content.
      Can you look into two things.

      1) HDR from PC (Shadow Warrior2) / (BF1) (Nvidia)
      2) Do TVs support HDR feature on PC if using custom resolutions for 21:9 like 3480×1620

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  • Serus
    October 19, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    I read somewhere that the Samsung models don’t support HDR in gaming mode and that the movie mode has an unacceptable input lag. Can you confirm this?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      October 19, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      Hey Serus, the Samsung SUHD TVs for 2016 definitely support HDR in gaming mode. The input lag also remains very decent, about 22 milliseconds. This t least applies for the units and models we’ve reviwed and certainly or those mentioned in this guide.

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  • Wil
    October 20, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Hello, I’ve been very interested to buy the Sony X800D 4K HDR TV in the past few weeks and with the release of the PS4 pro more than ever I would like to complement a TV like the X800D with the PS4 Pro. but I have a few things that I would like to ask: how does HDR on the X800D look in a video game, does it look beautiful with rich colors that is satisfying enough? I also would like to know does the visual quality of a video game degrades when is in game mode in the X800D? lastly is there a noticeable high input lag if a video game is played outside of game mode? any answers would be very appreciated and helpful in my decision of buying the Sony X800D.

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  • Kevin
    October 20, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Hi,
    I just had the UN49KU7000 delivered and I’m having an issue with live sporting events ghosting and leaving trails. I tried changing the calibrations, modes and updating the software but the issue persists. Netflix, video games and tv shows look solid but the trails continues (especially during football games and with lighter colors). Is there a calibration I am maybe missing or perhaps I should update my HDMI wire from the standard Comcast freebie? Any info would help. Thanks.

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  • Eric K.
    October 21, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks for this article, sounds like the Sony should workout well for me.

    FYI I just bought a P series Vizio last night and came to find out the HDR10 doesn’t work with the Xbox One S currently. I feel totally lied to because with the HDR10 update, it’s supposed to work fine. Now I just spent $1000 on a TV that doesn’t support HDR which makes my Xbox One S kind of a pointless purchase. I have contacted Vizio and they say they are working on an update but can’t give me any idea as to when it will be available. So now with a 15 day return policy I’m mind of short on time, I think I’ll save some money and get the Sony. Thoughts guys?

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    • Eric K.
      October 21, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Edit: I think I’ll go with the Samsung KS8000 in this article, sounds like it has a better picture than the Sony and is very comparable to the Vizio P series while actually being able to do HDR while gaming at 4K with an Xbox One S and not sacrificing response time. Any thoughts would be appreciated, looks like people with the Vizio P series have been waiting for a long time for an update to work with HDR on the Xbox One S games. I don’t really want to wait for a “eventual” update from Vizio P since they are being really quiet about it

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  • opti
    October 25, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Hi all,
    i´m searching for a small 4k tv or just a screen for postpodruction of 4k videos… i.e. shot with a panasonic GH4R… any recomodations? thanks.

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  • Obi Doh
    October 26, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Is it worth stepping up to the ks9800. Is there a noticeable difference between the ks9000 and ks9800? Thank you.

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  • Josh
    October 26, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Hey Stephen, do all the TV’s listed here use 8 bit or 10 bit color?

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  • Nuno Aparicio
    October 31, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Hi Stefan,

    I dont know if the TV’s are really different with a normal Monitor in terms of input lag and response.
    For example i have a Monitor with an 1 MS of response, before i had one with 5 ms, and i notice an HUGE difference in terms of gaming,
    Normally i play only Driving Simulation games like iRacing or rFactor etc…
    So i am a bit puzzled when i see you writing that an input of 22 MS is decent…
    Which monitor would u recommend for my type of games?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      October 31, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Hello Nuno, Input lag and response time are two very different settings and should not be compared or confused. Input lag is naturally higher than any normal response time for one thing and more importantly, they simply measure two very different things. Response time is the sped at which pixels on the screen change color to create new image variations while input lag is the speed at which the display responds to external control inputs for changes in what’s being displayed through keyboards or joysticks and console controllers.

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  • Jonathan
    November 2, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Steve,
    I’m about to purchase an xbox one s to game on my Sony xd9305. Is it really that bad for input lag that some reviews have indicated?

    Thanks for the advice

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  • Kris
    November 4, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Hello,

    Curious why the KS9800 isn’t mentioned. Is the increased cost not worth it? Any reason you chose the 9000 over it? Looking to upgrade my 65HU7250+SEK-3500 to a newer set. Would I see a huge difference upgrading to a 9000? Any help appreciated!

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  • Matthew
    November 5, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Stephen,

    I bought a Samsung ku6500 tv about 2 months ago in preparation for the PS4 Pro. The more I’ve read into the specs of the system and my own TV the more worried I get that I’ve jumped the gun. Will my TV upscale games for the ps4 pro? Will the checkerboard technique that the system uses work for on my TV?

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  • Matthew
    November 5, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Hi Stephen,

    I bought a Samsung ku6500 tv two months ago in preparation for the PS4 Pro. The more I’ve read up on the specs for the console and my own TV the more worried I’m getting that I’ve jumped the gun. Will my TV work with the ps4 pro? Will the ps4 pro checkerboard upscaling work on my tv?

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  • Matthew Smith
    November 6, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Hi Stephen,

    I bought a Samsung KU6500 and was wondering if the PlayStation pro will use the HDR on my TV? I realize that it’s not HDR10 but I can live with using a lesser version if the ps4 pro can use it. If not I guess there’s no reason to buy a ps4 pro.

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  • Ross
    November 8, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Hi Stephen

    What would be your thoughts on SONY KD55XD9305?
    I understand the input lag even in game mode is about 55ms is that really bad?
    This is an expensive tv and even thought im not solely buying it for gaming i will be upgrading my ps4 to pro if i do purchase this tv. the main game is battlefield 1 and i think i need to have a low input lag.

    thank you so much.

    Ross

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      November 18, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Also just to follow up Ross, it’s Sony’s cheaper 4K TVs like the X800D, X750D and X700D which, oddly, offer the best 4K console gaming input lags and especially so for HDR gaming which sits at around 30 to 35 ms. The X850D and X930D operate at more than 50ms. For most casual gaming 55ms is perfectly fine, unless you need serious competitive speed, in which case 35ms and lower is what you want.

      The model you reference doesn’t correspond clearly to the U.S models we’ve reviewed, so I can’t be sure what it’s input lag metrics are.

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  • Ross
    November 8, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Hi Stephen

    I would be grateful if you could help/advise.

    I would like to buy the following TV: SONY 55XD9305 the cost is upwards of $2000.
    The primary reason is because I will buy the PS4 Pro and would like to use utilise the Ps4’s power and upscaling and want to see it on 55″, I cant fit 60″ or above in my living room.

    Does 55XD9305 have input lag issue as i heard it is around the 50ms mark and sometimes goes up to 70ms and then drops back even though it is in GAME mode.

    Thank you for your help.

    Regards,

    Ross

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      November 18, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Hey there Ross, I am sorry but the model you describe is not one we’ve reviewed. So i’m not sure which North American/U.S model number it corresponds to. Sony’s 2016 4K TVs do however generally offer excellent 4K console gaming capabilities and the models we’ve reviewed so far all manage gaming with input lags well below 50ms when in game mode. Only with HDR gaming activated do you see higher input lags in most models, except the X800D and the X750D..

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  • David
    November 8, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Hi Stephen,

    So for the X800D, can it run in game mode with HDR enabled? I’ve heard of some 2015/2016 models 4K Sony TVs not being able to do this, but if the X800D can do – and at its price point – that would be fantastic.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      November 18, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Hey there David, yes it can actually, the input lag is decent enough too, at 33 milliseconds. I believe this can be done in “Game” and “Graphic” Mode.

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  • Timon
    November 15, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Hey Stefen,
    Thanks for the awesome article! Can I get your recommendation btn the Vizio P Series 50″ or 65″, I assume you left out the 55″ due to its IPS panel type? I read that the 50″ has an effective refresh rate(ERR) of 120 Hz but a native refresh rate(NRR) of 60Hz and the 65″ has 240 Hz ERR and 120 Hz NRR, will I be able to notice the differences in the refresh rates? I am planning on keeping the tv for awhile and mainly using it for gaming (not competitively) and movies/streaming.

    Thanks!

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      November 18, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Hello there Timon, To start with, yes, I left out the 55 inch model because of the IPS display. Some people prefer them but we think that the wide viewing angle benefit is a small one compared to all the weaknesses of IPS in a 4K TV. That said, the 50 inch model does indeed come with a 60Hz refresh rate but offers motion interpolation for up to 120Hz. The 60 inch model delivers native 120Hz refresh and you can basically ignore the 240Hz ERR, it’s mostly irrelevant as far as observable performance goes and almost all stated motion rates or motion interpolation rates of more than 120Hz are largely exaggerated in their benefits for the time being (unless display technology evolves further on this) .

      With that in mind, what I’m saying is that if you can get the 60 inch model, i’d definitely recommend it more due to its higher native refresh rate of 120Hz but in either case, that of the 60Hz 50 inch model or the 60 inch model, you’re not likely to notice a great difference for most content viewing. Vizio’s P-Series TV models offer excellent motion handling and motion interpolation regardless of their size from what we’ve seen.

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  • zzzzz zzzzz
    December 5, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I think the lag on every one of these is dismal. And it’s totally invalid in my book to state the lag in any non-4:4:4 mode, as you did with the KS9000 and potentially others.

    Sub-20ms in 4:4:4 is a minimum requirement.

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  • Charlie
    December 11, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Stephen,

    Ive decided to put my money on the KS9000 65″ (ks9005 in Sweden) with the pricedrop after christmas.
    I will primary use this with my gaming pc and put my money on a tv instead of an expensive G-sync monitor since I can use it with my ps4 and my couch. Do you have any experience with screentearing when gaming on PC? And ofc will I be really satisfied with it!?

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  • Osman
    December 18, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Hola Stephen,

    Really good article, mate. Found it while doing research for a 4K TV used as a monitor. Since you’ve recommended Samsung UN55KS8000 55-Inch as well, can you please advise if it’d also be good for general purpose PC stuff? I’d be hooking it with my laptop and use it as a monitor + TV + console gaming (probably in that order as well).

    Cheers.
    Osman

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