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If you recently treated yourself to one of 2020’s hottest consoles then you might be thinking about a TV upgrade that best compliments your new piece of kit. Whether you are the proud new owner of a PS5, Xbox Series X, or S you will need an HDMI input, which luckily the majority of TVs sport. While most TVs will do, if you are seeking the best gaming experience, you might want to think about a TV upgrade. 

We aren’t suggesting an 8K beast of a TV that dominates an entire wall cinema style. Many of the key features that help enhance your console gaming experience are available on a reasonably priced realistically sized set. to get these console-friendly features. For the features that compliment your console, you are probably looking at around the $1,000 mark. The ideal size being 65-inches.

TVs for optimal PS5 and Xbox Series X/S use

Geoffrey Morrison shared the following comparison chart with his article for cnet. It covers TVs that are known to support advanced gaming features such as 120Hz input, VRR, Auto Low Latency Mode, and eARC.

PS5 AND XBOX Series X/S Suitable TV’s

Brand Model 65-in. price Max input Hz VRR ALLM/AUTO eARC
LG UN85 $765 120Hz (HDMI 3,4) Yes Yes HDMI 3
Nano85 $1,000 120Hz (HDMI 3,4) Yes Yes HDMI 3
Nano90 $1,000 120Hz (HDMI 3,4) Yes Yes HDMI 3
Nano91 $1,000 120Hz (HDMI 3,4) Yes Yes HDMI 3
CX $2,200 120Hz (All) Yes Yes HDMI 2
GX $2,600 120Hz (All) Yes Yes HDMI 2
BX $2,000 120Hz (HDMI 3,4) Yes Yes HDMI 3
Samsung Q70T $1,100 120Hz Yes Yes Yes
Q80T $1,500 120Hz (HDMI 4) Yes Yes HDMI 3
Q90T $1,900 120Hz Yes Yes Yes
Q800T (8K) $2,700 120Hz Yes Yes Yes
Sony X900H $1,400 120Hz (HDMI 3,4) Yes Yes HDMI 3
TCL 6-Series $900 4K60/1440p120 Yes Yes HDMI 4
Vizio OLED $1,500 120Hz (HDMI 2,3) Yes Yes HDMI 1
P $1,000 120Hz (HDMI 3,4) Yes Yes HDMI 1
PX $1,500 120Hz (HDMI 3,4) Yes Yes HDMI 1
M-Series $600 60Hz Yes Yes HDMI 1

Points to note:

  • Prices are relevant for the time of the article and may change.
  • We haven’t included some TVs on the list even though they fit the criteria because they’re so expensive, namely 8K TVs like LG’s ZX series and Samsung’s Q950TS and Q900TS series.
  • The PS5 and Series X can also output 8K resolution to compatible TVs, but we consider 4K/120Hz, VRR and other enhancements like ray tracing and even HDR more important than 8K for gaming.
  • It is not specified by Samsung which inputs can handle 4K120 or eARC. It’s unlikely that all do, but the company didn’t clarify. The Input 3 is compatible with eARC and Input 4 with 4K120.
  • As to Sony, the software update that enables the X900H to accept 4K120 and eARC is “rolling out now” with VRR and ALLM coming “at a later date.”
  • Even though Vizio M-Series is only 60Hz it still has VRR.
  • TCL 6-Series can only accept 4K at 60Hz, but can accept 1440p at 120Hz.

All of the above prices listed were based on 65-inch sized screens. Input lag measurements were added for both 1080p and 4K HDR sources.

Top pick for PS5

LG OLEDCXP series

LG OLEDCXP series
LG OLEDCXP series. Image credit: china-phone.info

The 2020 LG CX outperforms the lot. With the lowest input lag of the bunch. It is the best for PS5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S game consoles. When you are mid-game the millisecond’s count and the LG OLEDCXP won’t leave you hanging.

1080p input lag: 14ms

4K HDR input lag: 14ms

Sizes: 48-, 55-, 65-, 77-inch

$2,197 AT AMAZON

$2,197 AT CRUTCHFIELD

$2,499 AT APPLIANCESCONNECT

Best for Xbox Series X/S

TCL 6-Series 

TCL 6-Series 
TCL 6-Series.Image credit: gagadget.com

The best pick for the money overall is a solid choice for gamers at less than half the price of the LG CX, with a new THX mode that combines low input lag and high contrast. Unlike the other two picks, its 120Hz input maxes out at 1440p resolution, not 4K. The Xbox Series S also maxes out at 1440p, making the two a great match (check more details below).

1080p input lag: 20ms

4K HDR input lag: 18ms

Sizes: 55-, 65-, 75-inch

$900 AT AMAZON

$900 AT WALMART

$900 AT BEST BUY

Most affordable 4K/120Hz

Sony XBR-X900H series

Sony XBR-X900H series
Sony XBR-X900H series. Image credit: techradar.com

With overall image quality on par with the TCL 6-Series and a price that’s not that much more expensive, The X900H has a whole host of connections, more than the TCL 6-Series, and matches its image quality to boot. With a 4K/120Hz HDMI and a price that is only marginally higher, it presents much better value for money.

1080p input lag: 16ms

4K HDR input lag: 15ms

Sizes: 55-, 65-, 75-, 85-inch

$1,400 AT BEST BUY

Good Value 4K/120Hz

Samsung Q80T series

Samsung Q80T series
Samsung Q80T series. Image credit: allhomecinema.com

Sporting a solid Samsung design built for longevity the Q80T series model 65-inch has what you need in a $K/120Hz package. It is a little pricer than the Sony TV above but it is still one of the cheaper options. The image quality competes with the Sony x9000H it is a big step up from the Samsung Q70 thanks to its full-array of local dimming. 

Note that the 49- and 50-inch sizes in the series lack 4K/120Hz and VRR support.

1080p input lag: 21ms

4K HDR input lag: 20ms

Sizes: 49-, 50-, 55-, 65-, 75-, 85-inch

$1,498 AT WALMART

$1,498 AT CRUTCHFIELD

$1,500 AT BEST BUY

Budget VRR option

Vizio M-Series Quantum

Vizio M-Series Quantum
Vizio M-Series Quantum. Image credit: techradar.com

The one gaming TV which is the least expensive on this list can’t accept 4K/120Hz input at all — it’s a 60Hz TV — but it still supports VRR, as well as Auto Game Mode and eARC.

1080p input lag: 28ms

4K HDR input lag: 27ms

Sizes: 50-, 55-, 65-inch

$946 AT AMAZON

$698 AT WALMART

$600 AT BEST BUY

120Hz refresh v’s input

Many TVs are able to refresh at rates f 120Hz. It’s not a recent upgrade, as for having a 120Hz input, that is a different story. The majority of TV sources are nowhere near that input level. For that reason, many TV’s in the last decade just are not equipped for it. Gaming with larger sources was tasked to PCs in the past but now with thePS5 and Series X, it’s becoming a requirement for your TV. Some of the TVs from our list can accept 4K at 120Hz on all HDMI inputs. Others can only do so on select inputs and one, the TCL 6-Series, can only accept 120Hz at lower-than-4K resolution (1440p).

The Xbox Series S may play on lower input TV’s because it enders the game at a lower resolution before ascending it to your TV.

VRR flexibility

Your TV works at a fixed refresh rate or variable refresh rate (VRR). A fixed-rate is generally fine for TV broadcasts sending a continual signal but a console rendering a game isn’t always refreshed at a steady rate. There are too many variables when you play, particularly if you hit gameplay with a heavier bit of action or are playing on multiplayer. This means if your TV is ready for the next refresh and your console hasn’t finished the TV will stick to the older image instead with a duplicate. This is what causes stilted or jagged gameplay. Sometimes you even get a partial image refresh. 

Having a variable refresh rate will give you much smoother imaging and in turn smoother action in-game. It basically instructs your TV to wait for the refresh sent.

Auto low-latency modes

Lot’s of modern TVs have features to help enhance image quality for better viewing pleasure. Great for kicking back with a movie, but bound to cause lag if you are gaming. Most game mode functions will essentially turn off unnecessary enhancement features. This lets it focus more on the input coming to it. It goes by a few names some refer to it as Auto Low Latency Mode others Auto Game Mode.

When your console starts communicating with an ALLM ready TV it should do this automatically for convenience. The TV’s we have highlighted are all capable of auto-enabling a gaming optimal mode of working.

Do I need eARC?

If you want to use new audio formats then eARC might be a feature to consider. It’s not a necessity but if you want to access amazon streaming or any internal apps you might find it useful.

if you connect your PS5 to your receiver, then connect your receiver to the TV you can choose eARC audio or 4K120.

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