The best 4K TVs for PS5 gaming 2022

The PS5 is arguably the pinnacle of next-gen gaming; with 4K gameplay up to 120 FPS, outcompeting even some of the beefiest PC setups, but to truly utilise the PS5’s capabilities you’ll need a terrific 4K TV to match it.


by Ryan Houghton |

As 4K gaming TVs are often on the more expensive end, it’s important to know what you’re looking for in the search for the latest and greatest tech to compliment your PS5.

As such, we’ve compiled our top picks for the very best 4K TVs for PS5 gaming that offer great refresh rates, beautiful picture quality and, most importantly, are affordable.

But first, we’d like to clarify some TV tech terms that are useful to know beforehand.

Related: PS5 Restock

What is refresh rate?

Potentially one of the most important aspects of your sparkly new TV; refresh rate is essentially how often a new image can be displayed on the TV; for example, a 60Hz TV can create a new image 60 times in a second.

This is crucial in gaming all because you’ll need your TV to be as responsive as possible during gameplay.

A slow refresh rate means you’ll experience input lag, which not only feels awful to use, but it’ll affect your ability to play the games themselves.

What is HDR?

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and it is one of the sole reasons to invest in a beautiful new 4K TV.

 It essentially amplifies colour on the screen, allowing the darker tones to become truly dark, and the lighter tones to really pop.

What is OLED?

OLED is a relatively recent development for all screen-based tech; traditional LED LCD screens use backlighting to illuminate pixels, requiring a thicker model.

OLED displays, however, are self-illuminating, meaning they require far less space and are much quicker with the general operation (around 1000 times quicker than LCD in theory).

What is QLED?

QLED is yet another recent screen tech development, debuting in 2016, the “Q” stands for quantum dot.

These tiny “dots” act as an additional layer that the backlight passes through before reaching the screen itself.

Whether QLED or OLED is better is hotly debated, but most critics agree that QLED visually looks better, with greater brightness ranges than OLED.

What is Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)?

VRR is essentially a device’s method of eliminating screen-tearing, that not only looks ugly but also affects your gaming performance.

This typically happens when the output device (your PS5) is emitting a frame rate that is different to the frame rate of the screen.

As a result, the TV attempts to catch up by skipping frames, leading to stuttering and pesky screen-tearing, where lines appear on the screen briefly.

The best 4K TVs for PS5 Gaming

Now that we’ve got the jargon out of the way, here are our top picks for the finest 4K gaming TVs for the PS5 available this year.

1.LG OLED55C14LB 4K Smart TV

2. Samsung QN94A

3. LG OLED65G26LA

4. Samsung TU8000

5. Sony BRAVIA KD65X80JU

Specifications
Screen Size: 55"
Resolution: 3840 x 2160 p
HDR: Yes
VRR: Yes
Audio Output Power: 40 W
HDMI Features: HDMI 2.1, HDMI 2.0, HDMI Enhanced Audio Return Channel (e), HDCP 2.2, HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)
Energy Rating: G
Refresh Rate: 100/120 Hz
Guarantee: 5 Years
Additional Features: Google Assistant and Alexa built-in
Pros Cons
• Ultra-low latency (120 Hz refresh rate) • Very poor energy rating
• 4K HDR Features
• Great speakers

Overview:

Easily making our top spot, LG’s OLED C1 Smart TV crushes the competition in terms of performance, aesthetics and overall value.

Possessing the highly coveted 120Hz refresh rate, with VRR and HDR support, it is incredibly difficult to envision a better experience for the price.

LG’s build quality shines throughout the C1; its ultra-thin screen and bezels are a dizzying reminder of just how much TV tech has improved over the past few years.

LG’s interface, despite being slightly clunkier than Samsung’s in my opinion, is still a breeze to use and is fairly rapid in switching between applications and output devices.

Despite not being the cheapest screen out there, the true value of this purchase lies in the ultra-low latency, VRR and HDR compatibility accompanied with an unbeatable 120Hz refresh rate.

It also has some hefty 40W speakers, so there’s not a major need to invest in an expensive surround sound.

Our only majorly noticeable downside to this mostly impeccable TV is its power consumption.

The LG C1 screens have a Class G energy rating, the poorest energy efficiency a tech product can receive, which is quite shocking for a product released in 2021.

Yet, this is seemingly the price for ultra-low latency, and with rising energy bills and the still admittedly expensive initial cost, if you’re looking to save money, you might be better off with some of our other picks.

Specifications
Screen Size: 50"
Resolution: 3840 x 2160 p
HDR: Yes
VRR: Yes
Audio Output Power: 20 W
HDMI Features: 4 x HDMI 2.1 (eARC Support)
Energy Rating: F
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
Guarantee: 5 Years
Additional Features: N/A
Pros Cons
• Ultra-low latency (120 Hz refresh rate) • Weaker sound-system than our other picks
• VRR support • High energy consumption
• Great picture with beautiful colours
• Affordable

Overview:

Samsung’s Neo QN94A Smart TV is an absolute bargain at its current price, boasting a 120Hz 4K display for under £1000 while utilising the stunning QLED display that truly gives OLED a run for its money.

The QN94A is packed with a ton of amazingly innovative features that make this TV a joy to use, namely the brilliant re-chargeable smart remote, yes that’s right.

And on top of that, the remote also has a solar battery, meaning you can literally charge it with sunlight.

Such a small, yet original idea for saving energy is, in my opinion, why Samsung TVs are ahead of the curve.

In terms of the TV's overall build quality, it’s largely without fault. The QLED screen is admittedly slightly thicker than your ultra-thin QLED as it is still an LCD, yet it's thin enough to where this isn’t too bothersome.

At the back of the TV, there are a multitude of grooves designed for cable management, so if you’re like me and hate tangled HDMI’s and optical cables, this is a great option.

Our only downsides are, of course, the energy rating which leaves much to be desired, and the speakers that are weaker than some of our other choices at 20W, yet with Samsung's 3D audio, they still pack a punch.

Specifications
Screen Size: 65"
Resolution: 3840 x 2160 p
HDR: Yes
VRR: Yes
Audio Output Power: 60 W
HDMI Features: 4 x HDMI 2.1 (eARC Support)
Energy Rating: F
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
Guarantee: 5 Years
Additional Features: Google Assistant and Alexa built-in
Pros Cons
• Potentially the best OLED screen available • Very expensive
• Ultra-sharp • Poor energy rating
• Beautiful brightness
• 120 Hz Ultra-low latency
• Great speakers

Overview:

If you’re looking for the absolute top-dog of smart televisions this year, and you can spare no expense, LG’s G2 4K Smart TV is the be-all-end-all choice for you.

Using a completely redesigned OLED Evo panel, this is LG’s brightest TV to date, with very little competition in the Smart TV market that can truly top it.

Needless to say, the G2’s display is stunning. Rich, flawless picture quality with the beloved HDR capabilities, plus its impeccable 120Hz refresh rate with ultra-low latency is undeniably beautiful to behold.

And to compensate for its ludicrous price point, LG has thrown in some terrific 60W speakers with Dolby surround, so forget about buying the 7.1 surround sound for now.

Unsurprisingly, at 65”, this TV isn’t particularly energy-friendly, with an F energy rating, definitely off-putting for the environmentally and financially conscious user.

Undeniably, this smart TV is very, very pricey, and a lot of the QOL features included aren’t exactly a necessity.

However, if you’re looking for the sharpest, brightest picture quality with ultra-low latency that feels terrific with the PS5, this is the definitive gaming TV for you.

Specifications
Screen Size: 55"
Resolution: 3840 x 2160 p
HDR: Yes
VRR: No
Audio Output Power: 20 W
HDMI Features: 3 x HDMI 2.1 (eARC Support)
Energy Rating: A
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Guarantee: N/A
Additional Features: N/A
Pros Cons
• Great value • Lower refresh rate (60 Hz)
• Beautiful display • No VRR support
• Great energy rating • Weak speakers

Overview:

Quite possibly our best value pick, Samsung’s TU8000 4K Smart TV rocks a beautiful crystal display, with Samsung’s own Crystal Processor for enhanced real-time image sharpening.

Despite not having a 120Hz refresh rate, 60Hz is going to be plenty for a lot of higher-end games that will be largely incapable of reaching 120 FPS.

Samsung’s interface is a pleasure to use and is certainly my personal preference. Paired with its terrific remote with voice commands built-in, the overall experience with this smart TV feels incredibly premium for such a great price.

Not to mention its A energy rating, which is great for a 4K smart TV, perfect for keeping energy bills low and remaining environmentally conscious.

Of course, our only noticeable downsides are the lower refresh rate and lack of VRR support, leading to an overall clunkier gaming experience than with later 4K TVs and the weaker sound system.

Samsung’s TU8000 has some slightly puny speakers at only 20 W, the sound is very decent, but you’re not getting that uproarious, full sound you might’ve got with the pricier televisions on our list.

Overall, if you’re on a budget, this is possibly one of the best value smart TVs on the market and is great with the PS5.

Specifications
Screen Size: 65"
Resolution: 3840 x 2160 p
HDR: Yes
VRR: No
Audio Output Power: 20 W
HDMI Features: 4 x HDMI 2.1 (eARC Support)
Energy Rating: G
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Guarantee: 5
Additional Features: N/A
Pros Cons
• Great screen size • Colours are weaker than other picks
• Decent 4K gaming with 60 Hz refresh rate • No VRR support
• Good sound • Google TV interface is a little clunky
• Weak speakers • Cheaper build quality

Overview:

On the weaker end of the spectrum, the Sony BRAVIA X80JU smart TV is often described as the new entry-level smart TV, despite its higher price point.

Running at only 60Hz with 4K gaming (despite what Amazon’s website suggests), a large portion of the price is justified by the absolute behemoth of a screen you get.

Speaking of the screen, delving into the display, the X80JU is largely outclassed by our other choices. It has an outdated LED screen which looks, by today’s standards, quite old.

HDR mode is decent, but often dark colours are not truly as dark as they should be, colours are nice and the picture overall is sharp, but it’s difficult to compete with the much newer OLED and QLED screens.

The X80JU’s audio quality is quite lovely, despite being 20 W, giving a great immersive sound that Sony is well-known for providing.

Sony decidedly went for a new interface with Google TV for the X80JU, and it could be a lot better.

The screen itself is often plastered with advertisements and recommendations for YouTube, films and television shows, a total opposite to Samsung’s cleaner interface.

Plus there’s no easy way around removing them from the home screen, so you’re better off just bearing with them.

My final gripe with the overall TV is the material of the body. It’s made of a rather dull plastic that feels slightly flimsy but looks satisfactory overall.

FAQ's

HDMI, Resolution and Refresh Rate: A Quick Reference Guide

Port interfaces have a direct effect on the resolution and refresh rate attainable by a monitor. More recent iterations of the HDMI interface can transfer larger volumes of information, allowing for higher refresh rates and resolutions to be achieved.

Linking your gaming PC, PS5 or Xbox Series X to the correct port and with the right cable will ensure that your monitor performs at the peak of its powers. Here’s a quick guide breaking down the maximum refresh rates and resolutions for HDMI connections:

HDMI 1.4 - 120Hz at 1080p, 75Hz at 1440p, 30Hz at 4K

HDMI 2.0 - 240Hz at 1080p, 144Hz at 1440p, 60Hz at 4K

HDMI 2.0a - The same as 2.0, but with additional support for HDR

HDMI 2.0b - The same 2.0a, but with additional support for HLG

HDMI 2.1 - 120Hz at 4K, 60Hz at 8K UHD

The version of HDMI that a TV carries is not always specified clearly. However, if a TV advertises HDR technology, it’s a safe bet that it has at least the HDMI 2.0a iteration, and likewise for HDMI 2.0b and HLG.

What cables do I need for 4K gaming with the PS5?

Your standard HDMI cables won’t do unfortunately, you’ll need to invest in a good HDMI 2.1 cable.

What are the best speakers for your 4K TV setup?

Check out our comprehensive list of the best surround sound systems for your home cinema setup. If you’re not keen on tangled wires, then here’s a great selection of some soundbars.

What’s the most graphically impressive game on the PS5?

To get the best out of your shiny new 4K TV, check out our list of the top PS5 games right now that are nothing short of breath-taking.

Thinking of switching consoles?

We keep our lists regularly updated to find the best deals available all year round, find our article on the Xbox Series X/S restocks here.

One of our editors recently sold their PS5 to pick up the latest Xbox Series S, to our shock and awe, find out why here.

As Nintendo fans, we've also been keeping our eye on Nintendo Switch stock, so rest assured you can play the latest and greatest titles. There are a couple of versions of the Switch now to decide on, so check out our advice for Nintendo newcomers.

Ryan is a tech writer and reviewer for What's The Best, specialising in PCs and gaming. He is a keen PC gamer and an avid reader.

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