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Best HDR Gaming TVs - Winter 2016

With the arrival of the Xbox one S and PS4 Pro, HDR Gaming is quickly leaving the bounds of expensive high-end PCs into the more popular living room console. Unfortunately, HDR support isn’t that streamlined as it's not exactly a Fail/Pass thing beyond the basic HDR signal. Input lag is also incredibly important for gaming (see our recommendations for normal gaming), and some TVs have vastly different numbers in HDR. Because of all that, it can be a bit confusing. Here are the HDR gaming TVs we recommend.

Best high-end HDR Gaming TVs

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8.6HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
55" 65"

OLED TVs top our charts for HDR gaming, and the best 4k TV for gaming is the LG B6. The picture quality is great for HDR with its deep blacks and wide color gamut. Price is even more reasonable, so it's a better choice now.

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49" 55" 60" 65"

If you're sensitive to input lag and want the quickest 4k HDR TV, the Samsung KS8000 is the LED TV to get. At an impressively low 21ms, its only competition is other Samsung TVs. It's not OLED, but it's still an excellent TV that gets very bright. 

See our review

Best budget HDR Gaming TVs

HDR is as of now a premium feature, so no real budget TV supports it, only the mid-range and up.

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8.1HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
43" 49"

For a lower end model, the Sony X800D is the best at HDR, and its capabilities apply to gaming as well. Unlike some other TVs, the X800D doesn't have any additional input lag with an HDR input since you can have both HDR and game mode on at the same time. Its only real shortcoming when it comes to HDR is the peak brightness.

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40" 43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70"

If you're looking for something a bit larger, you should go for the Samsung KU6300. It's not as good at HDR as the X800D since it lacks a wide color gamut, but like the Sony, the latency isn't affected by having an HDR input. It does get brighter than our top pick so it will be a bit more suitable for a bright room. 

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Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best gaming HDR TVs to buy for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

A few examples of HDR TVs that didn't make the cut:

  • Vizio P Series 2016. While it has some excellent input lag for SDR gaming, the HDR capable ports have high input lag that renders this TV not suitable for it. See our review
  • Sony X930D. Great TV but its input lag reaches unacceptable levels in HDR mode. See our review
  • Samsung KS9000. Essentially the same picture quality as the KS8000, but with a better design and higher price tag. See our review
  • Samsung KU7000. Same picture quality as the KU6300 but supports a wide color gamut. Not worth the extra money in our opinion, especially considering the fairly low peak brightness. See our review

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs that support HDR. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them. 

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First off I really appreciate this site, I purchased my first 4K tv because of this site.. But my questions are 1. I already have the (SONY X800D) but I'm concern if this tv can really still do HDR while game mode is on? 2. For that price range do you think this is a good HDR/4K tv for the new ps4 pro? 3. When using the (SONY-X800D) how do you get the TV to show if your viewing 4K content?
Yes it can. The 43" X800D is our top recommendation for HDR gaming on a more strict budget. The 49" variation is a little different, as it has a lower native contrast ratio but better picture quality at an angle. If you are gaming in a dark room then the KU7000 is a slightly better choice in the 49" size for about the same price. Press the 'DISPLAY' button on the remote for resolution information about the current source.
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How's the Samsung KU6270 in 4K with HDR for gaming?
The KU6270 is very similar to the KU6300, it just lacks bluetooth. The KU6300 is good for HDR gaming due to its low input lag and good response time, although it doesn't have a wide enough color gamut to fully show HDR colors. We expect the KU6270 to be similar.
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In your review, you said that the color on the Samsung JU7100 is distorted at an angle. Do you have information on the angle at which the distortion becomes noticeable?
We consider the JU7100 good until about 19 degrees. You can see more information here.
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Hi, Between these two models(Samsung JU7100 [40"] & Sony X800D [43"]) which one is better for HDR Gaming and Gaming in general?
Since we don't have in our lab anymore the Samsung JU7100, we could not test the input lag in 4k and 4k/HDR, so it is a bit hard to say which one would be the best for gaming. But we can say without a doubt that the Sony X800D is an excellent choice.
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Hello I have a XBR65X930C and I would like your opinion on the input lag in HDR mode for video games, because I consider replacing my Xbox One by the Xbox One S. Thank you.
We have just updated our input lag results for this TV, since it got a firmware update that reduce a lot the input lag in 4k and HDR. Even if it was reduced a lot, the input lag under 4k HDR is around 59ms, which is a bit high even for casual games.
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