We are very happy to update this guide with 2018 tv’s and also answer the question whats the best tv you can buy today?. Kicking out old tv is easy but finding a good 4k TV for Xbox one X or PS4 Pro for gaming is not. Either you may have set eyes on one or at least be looking to get one in the coming months. And i’m sure this list of the best 4k tv of 2018 for gaming will surely come in handy
Well, there is ONE problem. Finding that “Good” 4k hdr tv is hard. Especially when there are immense amount of TVs circulating on the market. Most are purely marketing garbage and doesn’t have that gaming aura around them.
And don’t you think It’s really helpful if they come with the label ‘compatible with Xbox one x’ or ‘compatible with ps4 pro’? That is why we have created the exclusive list of Best 4k HDR TV for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro which helps you to compare and choose the best tv for gaming.
BEST 4K HDR TVs for Gaming
|Category||Name (US 2018 models)||EUR model name/alternatives and notes||Input Lag (4K+ HDR) (US Model)||Peak Brightness (10% window) (for US models)||Panel feature (US Models )|
|Best Premium 4K HDR TV||LG OLED C8||LG OLEDC8PLA||29.4ms||907nits ( Note:-industry standard for hdr brightness for oled tv is 500nits)||OLED|
|Best High-end 4K HDR TV||Samsung Q8FN||Samsung Q8D |
its the one closer to Q8F In US. The Q8F model in Europe is inferior to the Q8F in us
|19ms||1233 nits||FALD with 40 local dimming zones|
|Best Mid-range 4k HDR TV||Sony 900F||Sony XF90 ( its the same model as US)||24.2ms||988 nits||FALD|
|Best Budget 4K HDR TV||TCL R617||Samsung NU8000 (TCL model is not available)||19.6ms||1009 nits||FALD|
What you should look for when buying the 4K HDR Gaming TVs
Manufactures don’t disclose input lag values. Since you are getting tv for gaming, input lag should be the number one priority. Want proof? Search LG OLED B6 input lag fiasco. Input lag is the time taken from pushing a button on the controller to the action appearing on the screen. This can vary a lot in different TVs. If you are not playing first person shooters, then under 40 milliseconds is fine. for competitive MMORPG, the benchmark should be higher. If input lag value is very high, games are not pleasant to play and un-playable no matter how expensive the tv. Lower the input lag, better
Get a 4K UHD (3840 × 2160) HDR tv to enjoy the hdr games at its full potential. It makes a big difference in many aspects. TVs are not something that people replace every day. Its a one-time investment like car, house, and bike which you’ll probably use it for a few years. Besides 4k is the new 1080p and new consoles have native 4k UHD support.
HDR 10 Support
For HDR gaming you need HDR10 support. HDR stands for high dynamic range. It makes blacks darker and whites brighter which gives a far better contrast. companies name them different. 4K HDR, HDR Pro, SUHD, HDR ultimate, Q HDR, HDR that…HDR this.Basically, companies have their own branding for HDR10.
Make sure the tv has has 10-bit Panel and Wide Color Gamut Support (WCG). There are TVs with the 8-bit panel, and 8-bit panel with AFRC. These are not bad but get native 10-bit panel to get the full benefits of everything if possible. If the panel is 8-bit, tv can accept 10bit signal but can’t show it. 8bit roughly translates to 16m colors and 10bit goes to 1 Billion colors. So you are missing out a lot of details. It’s why some TVs with HDR branding performs awfully when comes to Gaming and looks good in movies.
Look for peak nits. It’ll give an idea of the HDR visual highlights. 1000 nits is the industry standard. Quite a few TVs goes beyond that.
FALD Vs. Edge-lit Vs. Direct lit
This is no longer valid in 2018. you can see edge lit tv’s completely trumps FALD and vise versa
2018 4K HDR TV for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro
We analyzed all the, 2018 and 2017 TV available tv’s. And here’s our picks of 2018 HDR TVs and almost all of the 2017 tvs are discontinued anyway. so we are sticking to 2018 tv’s you should consider. Input lags and HDR game rating are also added for reference.
Also, Its worth noting that Samsung recently partnered with Microsoft for the Xbox one X. Now they are recommending Samsung QLED tv’s for HDR gaming. There are some benefits when getting QLED TVs for Xbox one X. It’ll instantly recognize the Xbox One X on connection and you can give a voice command ‘game mode’ on the remote which lets you optimize game settings. Secondly, lifetime guarantee (10 years) against burn-in.
But It might not be the best deal when you can get OLED tv’s around in that price range.
We are starting from where we left last year.
Best 4K HDR Gaming TVs of 2018
TCL R617 (2018) – Best Budget Gaming TV for Xbox One X & PS4 Pro
Hands down the best budget HDR gaming tv this year. We recommend this to every casual gamer and those with a strict budget. It offers more than for your money. New 2018 R series model is the more refined version of the predecessor. The input lag is 19.6ms in HDR mode which is very good for gaming.This tv offers more than for your money. We really recommend to get this one
Sony X900F (2018) – Best Mid-Range TV for Xbox One X & PS4 ProX900F is better than last year model 900E. X900E has a Full array, better processing (processor is so powerful), and superior build quality. We believe X900F is going to be the fan favorite of this year. It supports HDR10 and has a native 10-bit panel. The input lag is 24.2ms. The refresh rate is 120HZ (1080p)(60hz-4k). It supports Dolby Vision format. Overall great improvements compared to last year mid-range.
Samsung Q8FN (2018) – Best High-end TV for Xbox One X & PS4 Pro
Well, the flagships are absolute beasts but high-end offers a little bit more value for your money. Q8F build quality is excellent with a mixture of plastic and metal parts. compared to midrange 900F, q8 is a bit punchier when comes to HDR as it can reach 1500 nits, 19ms input lag and Freesync. If you own Xbox 1 x, these may be handy, as the Xbox One X will soon support 120Hz @ 1080p and at 1440p.
OLED TVs for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro
Well, now we would like to make a statement regarding OLEDs why? For daytime watching, sports and bright scenes, LED tv’s produce more accurate colors.In games we tend to see more bright scenes and explosions.But for very dark scenes and night-time movies OLED better. X900F blacks are awesome. It’s just that OLED black goes way deeper at the same time having peak brightness near as X900F. So, if you game at night OLEDs will look better.
However, OLED TVs are notorious for image retention. To combat this, ‘there’s additional menu called ‘pixel refresher.’ ‘Pixel refresher will recalibrate the screen to get rid of this problem. The downside is the time to re-calibrate the screen. It’ll take approx 1 hr, and the tv needs to be shut off. While this issue is seen less in 2018 Oled TV’s, it’s still there. The image retention arises when playing games over a long time.But don’t worry! these are common with all OLED panels. you’ll be ok.
Best Premium OLED HDR tv for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro
Crazy OLED TVs are worth to own. If you are LCD phobic and loves crazy black levels or doesn’t settle for anything less when it comes to picture quality, gaming, and movies, then this is for you! If you don’t mind spending a premium on TV, this is the Holy Grail of 2018. All the OLED TV’s of 2018 (LG) has the same picture quality. When you move up to higher models of LG OLED TVs, the changes are in designs.
So, for most people out there looking for a new premium purchase, we recommend the newly arrived C8 for the Xbox one x and ps4 pro. Not worth spending extra on higher OLED models because there’s no change in picture quality and all the higher models are using the same panel and the change is only in the design. Input lag is very low at 21.3ms and good for gaming.
And as usual, the image tension on OLED’s are still a minor problem but it’ll be ok. The chances are extremely rare and kinda near 0.9%. Regardless it’s amazing! If you own 2016 or 2017 oled versions we don’t recommend an upgrade for now.
If you are still wondering which one to choose and its worth to spend the extra money to spend on higher model tv’s? Yes and no. Depends on what’s your intent. For most people, the budget tv’s and mid range tv’s are good enough and you can use the extra money to buy new xbox one x or games or whatever you like. But one the other hand if you are a videophile, its worth to put the extra money on the tv.
Overall 2018 is a great year for gaming consoles. New tvs, Xbox One X, Ps4 pro exclusive games and plenty of things to choose. What we really missing is the HDMI 2.1 implementation on 2018 tv’s. We hope it’ll available on 2019 tvs. and We are pretty sure you will never go back to standard tvs once you see HDR.