With consistently advancing technology, the gaming industry keeps getting better and better. In the past, gamers used to play games on giant-sized gaming consoles as compared to nowadays. The arrival of 4K-TVs and Xbox, etc. have sped up the competition.
A few decades ago, people only used TV to watch movies and shows. Now, markets are flooded with smart TVs that are used for various purposes. Surprisingly enough, non-gaming people still exist, and being a non-gamer, I only use my TV to watch Spectrum TV cable service. On the other hand, the youngsters in my house love playing games on the very same TV.
Widely speaking, the younger generation is an avid fan of online gaming and these gaming enthusiasts want faster response time with the least input lag. A TV with these features allows them to spend less time to set up and more time to enjoy their gaming experience. Manufacturers keep updating TV features to cater to all types of audiences. Let’s take a look at some of the best TVs for gaming in 2020.
1. LG CX OLED
The LG CX is one of the best gaming TVs of 2020 that comes with an OLED panel. Delivering absolutely amazing and crisp picture quality, this TV is capable of producing blacks perfectly. Its wide viewing angles, exceptional color gamut, awesome reflection handling capacity, and ability to deliver HDR content with perfection makes it a great choice for gaming in a dark room. Its only drawback is its susceptibility to permanent burn-ins. A permanent burn-in happens when the static elements such as a channel logo or a game’s interface are displayed in the same position for a long time. Overall, it is one of the best gaming TVs available in the market.
2. Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED
Samsung’s Q80/Q80T is one of the best TVs with a QLED panel. It produces exceptional picture quality with out of the box motion handling. Its high contrast ratio with a complete array of local dimming ability generate amazing blacks for an excellent dark gaming room experience. In addition to that, this TV has a great response time with (an optional) Black Frame Insertion option. This feature allows further clarity in the picture. Its HDR color gamut is quite impressive. It uses Tizen OS, has a lot of app choices, and is completely user-friendly. Most of all, you don’t need to be concerned about the permanent burn-ins, unlike the OLED TVs. Its only disadvantage is the input lag. Overall, it is an excellent choice from a gaming point of view.
3. SONY X900H
LG and Samsung TVs may be among the best but they are also quite pricey and not everyone can afford to spend a lot of money to have a great gaming experience. For those, Sony X900H is a good option to consider. Its improved contrast ratio and capacity to produce better blacks with excellent response time and lower input lag than other high-priced TVs make it an attractive choice for gamers. It also has the Black Frame Insertion option but it is not so good. Its HDR quality is decent but not exceptional. On the other hand, its overall accuracy is perfect with a wide color gamut.
4. Vizio P Series Quantum 2020
Unlike other high-end TVs, this is an excellent choice for all types of TV lovers. Its picture quality is stunning with a perfect contrast ratio and a wide array of local dimming features, this TV produces perfect blacks and works well in both darkly or brightly lit rooms. It also has low input lag and a great response rate with a crisp, sharp, and flawless motion picture display. However, it is not a great choice for wide or bigger rooms because it doesn’t have wide viewing angles. It also doesn’t have its own app store but its SmartCast platform has some in-built apps that are pretty decent. The bright side is that its VA panel doesn’t get burn-ins. Overall, it is a very impressive 4K gaming TV in a lower price range.
5. TCL R617
TCL’s R617 is an excellent bargain for a TV that ranges under $500. It has the capacity to produce decent blacks with good brightness and contrast ratios. Its performance is quite impressive for its lower price range as it has a wide color gamut that uses the technology called Nano Band Phosphor. Its low input lag and high response rate with excellent quality HDR picture make it look even more remarkable. It is equipped with Dolby Vision which is another amazing feature at this price. All in all, it is one of the most affordable and quality 4K gaming TVs available in the market.
It all depends on your budget range. Before you spend your money on any one of these TVs, keep in mind the additional budget you’d need for setting up the cable and internet connections. Especially, if you are upgrading from the very old box TVs to the now available ultra-thin ones. I know because I had to call the Spectrum phone number to request help with installation too. The equipment is simply not the same.