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Published Sep. 4, 2021

The future is now, you lucky PlayStation 5 owner you. The gameplay! The graphics! The sheer jealousy all your friends feel because you snagged the most in-demand piece of electronics of the last year! Your gleaming white monolith certainly deserves a place of honor on the shelf of your entertainment center. But what’s this? Are you not showing your gleaming obelisk of leisure the proper respect by pairing it with (GASP!) an inferior television?  If you’re worried that you aren’t getting the most eye-popping visuals out of your PS5, this guide should help you find a proper set to brighten and sharpen your screen and amplify your friends’ envy. From 4K to 8K, HDMI 2.1 to variable refresh rates, we’ve got all kinds of TV upgrades here so you can have the best TVs for PS5 gameplay.

How we selected the best TVs for PS5

To find the best TVs for PS5, we surveyed dozens of reviews and testimonials, eliminated sets that didn’t offer the most important game-boosting features, and demoed the final selections in-store in order to ensure these were the right TVs for the job. Like the world warriors of Street Fighter, any of these sets could come out on top if they meld with the right player, it’s just a matter of matching your style and desire to your 4K (or 8K) combatant.

What to consider when picking a gaming TV for PS5

The key to picking a TV to pair with a PS5 is knowing that it has some features that you can take advantage of right now, and some that will be more important in the future. Every single one of the televisions we’ve listed will have a great display with deep blacks, 4K (or better) resolution, and vibrant colors. Some will be able to take advantage of higher framerates and visual features that will improve the game image even further. Of course, all the TVs also have streaming apps, and some even have smart home compatibility. Taking these as a baseline, we looked at price and display technology as the true separation factors, and came up with the following categories.

Cost

There are some basic features that you’re going to be looking for in the best TVs for PS5. Many of these features are new to the market, and weren’t available on any TV before two or three years ago. Therefore, finding a TV that includes everything you’d want to see the PS5 at its best is relatively difficult and undoubtedly expensive. While we’ve included a budget-conscious option, the vast majority of televisions that we recommend to pair with a PS5 are going to be more than $1000. If you’re not necessarily looking for every single next-gen feature, there are plenty of great screens that will look amazing even if they don’t produce the absolute best possible picture. 

HDMI 2.1—An introduction to PS5 resolution and framerate

The main television technology that allows the PS5 to shine is HDMI 2.1. HDMI is the port that connects your audio and video between your gaming system and television. The HDMI standard has been the standard since the mid-2000s, but HDMI 2.1, the latest iteration of this tech, didn’t start appearing on televisions until 2018. HDMI 2.1 allows for a much larger amount of data to be sent and received between the console and the display, unlocking the highest resolutions at the best framerates. 

The PS5, at its maximum, can output 4K resolution at 120 frames per second. Keep in mind that very, very few games actually meet this maximum benchmark at this time, as processing demands can greatly affect that framerate. The last Sony console, the PS4 Pro, could manage 4K and 60fps at maximum, but few games ever reached that maximum either. The 4K/60fps threshold is much more reasonable for the PS5, and HDMI 2.1 (along with the more powerful processor and chipset of the PlayStation 5 itself) allows for that. 

What about 8K resolution?

As of this moment, the PS5 does not support 8K resolution output. Some features of the PS5, such as the ability to install a secondary hard drive, weren’t activated at launch. Sony says these features, including 8K video and gaming, will be added via firmware over time.

In the meantime, there is still some visual benefit to playing PS5 games on an 8K TV. Much like how a 1080p HD image on a 4K television looks better on a 4K television, a 4K image on an 8K television will still look better because of upscaling tech in the console and the television. We have included an 8K television in our list, but it isn’t our top recommendation since you’ll be buying into the technology ahead of really needing it. 

For what it’s worth, there’s very little content currently available in 8K. It’s unclear how well the current crop of PS5 games would run at that resolution, and most streaming services cap their videos at 4K. So almost everything you watch on an 8K is upscaled. By the time 8K gaming, streaming, and movies are readily available, the 8K television you buy today may be obsolete in other ways. Long story, short: playing PS5 games in 8K is a nice idea, but far from a necessity.

What non-gaming features do I want?

You probably aren’t only going to use your TV to play PS5. All of the televisions included in this list have “Smart TV’ features, meaning your options for streaming are to stream through the downloadable apps on your PS5 or through apps you can download directly to your television. (You can also watch most of them through the PS5. We recommend the PS5 streaming apps over many of the ones found in smart TVs). Some of the televisions can also connect to other services, such as home assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. These features don’t weigh too heavily in this list, as they don’t affect your gaming experience.

The other main consideration is audio. Even the nicest televisions have pretty ordinary sound output on the built-in speakers. Truly great sound demands its own system. For playing PS5 games, we strongly recommend players purchase a headset, which can take unique advantage of the console’s Tempest 3D audio technology. For recommendations on speakers for watching TV and movies, please check out our picks for the best soundbars and the best surround sound systems for home theaters.

The best TVs for PS5 Reviews & Recommendations

Playing PS5 on the best TV possible makes a huge difference in bringing your games to life. These televisions won’t just satisfy you, some will electrify you and bring your console to its full potential.

Best OLED TV: LG C1 Series

Everything You Need

The LG C1 features an incredible OLED screen with all gaming-relevant features at a reasonable price, and is our #1 recommendation among all the models in this list. LG

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Why it made the cut: A beautiful, wide-angle OLED screen with the best colors available on the market, the LG C1 has every feature you need to max out your PS5 experience.

Specs:

  • OLED display
  • HDR10+ certified
  • FreeSync Premium and G-SYNC compatible
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Auto Low Latency Mode
  • Variable Refresh Rate
  • 4 HDMI 2.1 inputs
  • Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in
  • Available sizes: 48”, 55”, 65”, 77”, 83”
ProsCons
• Every feature you need for gaming • Not as bright as QLED displays
• Extremely high-quality image • Larger sizes can get very pricey
• Freesync and G-SYNC support for PC gaming

All four HDMI ports support 2.1 features. Framerates are smooth and steady. The 4K resolution is clear and crisp. The colors have rich depth, and the blacks are wonderfully inky. If you want to connect your gaming PC, the LG C1 can do even more, with updated FreeSync and G-Sync to work in concert with the latest graphics cards. It’s a nearly perfect television, which explains why you’ll have to pay quite a bit for it. The LG C1 starts at $1,500 for the 48-inch model. If you can afford it, the LG C1 is the best choice.

Best TV under $750: TCL 5-series

Last-Gen But Solid

The TCL 5-series is a budget option that offers great picture for the price. TCL

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Why it made the cut: The vast majority of next-gen features really bump up the price of a TV, so it’s hard to find something truly PS5-worthy at below $1,000. If you just want a really good 4K screen without worrying about refresh rates and HDMI 2.1, though, the TCL 5-series is an excellent choice at a great price.

Specs:

  • QLED display
  • Auto Low Latency Mode
  • 4 standard HDMI inputs (1 eARC for easier audio set-up)
  • Google TV or Roku TV streaming apps built in
  • Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant support
  • Sizes: 50”, 55”, 65”, 75”
ProsCons
• Low cost of entry • No HDMI 2.1
• Good image quality for the price • Can’t take full advantage of PS5 capabilities
• Include ALLM for improved gaming experiences

The future isn’t cheap, and after spending $500-$600 on a PS5, another $100-$200 on accessories, and a further $200-$300 on games, you may not want to spend another $1,000 bucks or more on a new TV. The TCL 5-series is a 4K QLED panel that will really impress you with its clear colors and solid blacks. It features an “Auto Low Latency Mode,” or ALLM, which automatically switches the display to optimal settings when it detects a game console in one of its HDMI ports, reducing the need to manipulate the sliders yourself every time you want to switch.  You’re not going to get the best framerates, but the 5-series starts at $600 for a 50-inch TV, so you’re also not going to be paying an arm and a leg, either.

Best TV for single-player experiences: Hisense U7G series 

Built For Gaming

Designed with gaming in mind, the Hisense U7G includes great specs for PS5 play at a lower-than-average price. Hisense

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Why it made the cut: While the Hisense U7G’s color, blacks, and viewing angles aren’t market-leading, it’s incredibly feature-rich with the next-gen settings and inputs you’d want at an approachable price.

Specs

  • ULED display
  • HDR10+ certified
  • FreeSync compatible
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Auto Low Latency Mode
  • Variable Refresh Rate
  • 2 HDMI 2.1 inputs, 2 standard HDMI inputs
  • Google Assistant built-in
  • Sizes: 55”, 65”, 75”
ProsCons
• Lowest-cost set to include all relevant next-gen features • Very narrow viewing angle
• Freesync for PC gaming • Limited number of screen sizes
• 2 HDMI 2.1 inputs

Hisense’s U7G model is built with gaming in mind. Hisense packed nearly every relevant next-gen gaming feature into it: HDR10, 120Hz refresh rate, two HDMI 2.1 ports—all the key specs. It even features FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, which enhances the U7G’s performance when paired with a gaming PC. And the price point is incredible, with the 55-inch model starting at $850. 

Hisense U7G
Tested with Apex Legends, a game we’re very familiar with, we noticed an improvement in smoothness and detail in graphics. Billy Cadden

So there has to be a catch, right? There are a couple of minor ones. First of all, more advanced settings do mean more complex adjustments, so don’t expect the fastest setup if you want the optimal experience. Also, the viewing angles on the U7G are limited compared to some of our other recommendations, so you’ll want to sit directly in front of the panel to get the full glory of its pristine picture. While this means group multiplayer sessions in the living room might have some discernably “better” seats, it’s a non-factor if your gaming setup is for you alone. Overall, the screen quality is a tremendous upgrade over most TVs from even a couple years ago. And little touches help you get the most out of an already value-packed set. HDMI ports are clearly labeled with different Hz capabilities. And the two feet, which are secured via two screws, can attach to two different spots depending on how wide your TV stand is.

Best QLED TV: Samsung QN90A series

Brighter, Better Gaming Colors 

Offering better color brightness than its OLED competition, the Samsung QN90A is excellent for dark-room gaming and the Mini-LED-powered display is really impressive. Samsung

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Why it made the cut: Termed “Neo QLED” by the Samsung marketing team, the Mini-LED technology in the Samsung QN90A offers the best display on the market for gaming, but at the cost of some of the compatibility features that the LG C1 offers.

Specs:

  • Mini-LED QLED display
  • HDR10+ certified
  • FreeSync Premium and G-SYNC compatible
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Variable Refresh Rate
  • 1 HDMI 2.1 input, 3 standard HDMI inputs
  • Amazon Alexa built-in
  • Available sizes: 50”, 55”, 65”, 75”, 85”
ProsCons
• Wonderfully bright screen that keeps clarity in a sunny room • Only 1 HDMI 2.1 port
• Wide variety of sizes

Mini-LED is a “best of both worlds” screen technology, and the Samsung QN90A is one of the best examples of it. Mini-LED puts tiny sets of lights beneath the panel, allowing for better brightness control and pure output that OLED technology can’t match. While it doesn’t reach the depth of OLED’s blacks, colorful games like Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart will pop and look incredible on the QN90A screen. However, it only has only one HDMI 2.1 port capable of showing a game at 120Hz and few gaming-specific presets. Gamers with complex setups may find that limiting.

Best 8K TV: Sony Z8H series

Above and Beyond

The world isn’t quite ready for 8K, but the Sony Z8H won’t disappoint if you are. Sony

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Why it made the cut: In 2021, 8K is an unnecessary luxury, but the Sony Z8H is a great choice if you want to treat yourself.

Specs:

  • 8K LED display
  • HDR10+ certified
  • FreeSync Premium and G-SYNC compatible
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Variable Refresh Rate
  • 4 HDMI 2.1 inputs
  • Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in
  • Available sizes: 75”, 85”
ProsCons
• Clear jump in image quality over 4K • Very little native 8K content available
• HDMI 2.1 • Prohibitively expensive
• Strong customer service from Sony

Let’s be honest: The Sony Z8H is overkill. Yes, the picture quality is undoubtedly better than 4K televisions, even if you aren’t watching in native 8K. Yes, you’ll probably make people very, very jealous when you say the words “8K TV.” But your PS5 can’t run games or video in 8K right now. Sony may, hopefully, activate that potential in the PS5 in the next few years, but TV manufacturers will make new versions of their TVs every year, so it makes sense to hold off on making that kind of upgrade until you can actually take advantage of it.

That said, if money is no object, you will see a difference playing games on the Z8H, even over the LG C1. The image will be sharper, the colors better, and the blacks just as nice. Plus, it only comes in massive sizes. If having the absolute best, rather than the best value, is your platonic ideal of a best TV for PS5, this is the move.

FAQs

Q: Which TV brand service is best?

Sony truly shines when it comes to customer service, first offering high-quality sets with very few problems, and later addressing issues with high levels of customer satisfaction if problems happen to occur. LG, Hisense, and TCL tend to let retailers cover a lot of the rarely-occurring early-purchase issues with their models. Samsung’s service ranks a smidge below Sony but has a good overall reputation for customer service.

Q: What are the worst TV brands?

When it comes to TVs, you tend to get what you pay for. Brands that specialize in low-cost displays tend to earn a reputation for buggy, breakable TVs. Some previously-well-regarded brands like RCA, Hitachi, and Westinghouse have fallen far behind their competitors, and tend to offer vanilla, cheap, featureless televisions that only appeal to people with an urgent need and little time or budget to comparison shop. In general, we strongly urge you to stick with brands with a reputation for quality. If you’ve never heard of the television maker, it’s almost certainly one to avoid.

Final thoughts on the best TVs for PS5

Each TV on this list is a great fit for playing games on PS5. The LG C1 OLED is the critic’s pick, with incredible picture and a great feature set, but there are solid reasons to opt for a QLED screen over an OLED. And if a $1,000-plus isn’t in the cards, there are still plenty of ways to optimize your setup for high-end console gaming.

Even with our recommendations in hand, the best thing to do is to preview the floor models in a store. Your eyes will tell you what they like. No matter what model you choose, your PS5 is going to look great, and you’ll really get to make your friends jealous.

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