Best HDTVs for your Playstation 4, Xbox One and Wii U

The next-gen, or should I say the new current-gen (Playstation 4, Xbox One and Wii U) is finally here and most of you will probably be considering to upgrade your entertainment systems. One of the most important part of the entertainment systems is the HDTV. Many gamers use Monitors to play games on, but those who are really into gaming and can afford it always go for big HDTVs.

Now choosing a HDTV for gaming is pretty difficult as you have to consider in a lot of factors other than picture quality. There’s response time, dedicated gaming settings, clarity, noise reduction, input lag (input delay) etc. Luckily for you guys we’ll be listing the best HDTVs you can get for gaming.

Until recently most HDTVs available on the market had relatively high input lag leading to delayed actions while playing games. This is not a huge issue while play slow cinematic games like JRPGs or even Action games like The Last of Us. The problem comes along when you play a fast paced game, such as twitch shooters like like Call of Duty or fighters like Tekken, which relies on quick reactions for success. In games like these, every frame matter, as does your input for each frame. Luckily, Sony has recently been producing HDTVs that have a super quick response times and low input lag which is why most of the choices in our list with be Sony HDTVs.

To determine Input Lag we’re using data conducted via the Leo Bodnar device as it compares both Input Lag and Response Delay which leads to a more accurate figure. The numbers in the article may be higher than those you see advertised on websites, as they usually only show off Response Time only. For Gaming both Response Time and Input Lag matters immensely, so we’ll be considering them both. Do note that the timings are tested with each HDTV in ‘Gaming Mode’. For more information about Input Lag, Response Time and the Leo Bodnar test, check out this awesome article.

So without further ado, check out our list of the Best HDTVs for your Playstation 4, Xbox One and Wii U list below.

7. Samsung UN40F5500

Although being in the mid-range 5 series of HDTVs by Samsung the Samsung UN40F5500 does not sacrifice too much and is in fact better for Gaming than it’s more higher-end brothers. The Samsung UN40F5500 features the least Input lag across Samsung’s complete range of HDTVs in the market right now. The Samsung UN40F5500’s Input lag is 28ms while it’s bigger brothers from the 6, 7 and 8 series usually average around 40ms and beyond.

Samsung-UN40F5500

You can also check out the 2014 model in this range, which is the Samsung UN40H5500. The Samsung UN40H5500 comes in a new shape and has a higher motion rate but almost everything else is just about the same. The Samsung UN40H5500 is slightly more expensive plus we don’t have data on it’s Input lag timings right now so make your decision accordingly.

More info: Samsung UN40F5500 40-Inch 1080p 60Hz Slim Smart LED HDTV (2013 Model), Samsung UN40H5500 Slim 40-Inch 1080p 60Hz Smart LED TV

6. Sony W650A

A great bang for the buck offering from Sony. Stripped of certain key features, such as ‘Impulse Mode’, the Sony W650A otherwise offers all the necessary features required for optimal gaming. Video processing is kept at a minimum, which reflects positively on its input response. In terms of input lag, it clocks in at just 15ms on Input lag, which is the fastest on our list. This particular TV is recommended to those who want a great experience without breaking the bank.

Sony-W650B

The W650A also doesn’t have 3D but that’s not really a disadvantage, given that 3D gaming is not very mature at this stage and is gradually losing support as well as appeal in the eyes of consumers. But hey, this makes it cheaper so I’m not complaining.

More info: Sony KDL-32W650A 32-Inch 60Hz 1080p Internet LED HDTV (Black)

5. Sony W850B

The W950B is Sony’s brand new 2014 series HDTV that features a futuristic wedge design that for one looks great in the living room, but also allows you to have bigger front soundbars for your HDTV. One of the biggest complaints of modern HDTVs is the lackluster sound quality, so getting a cheap $50 soundbar will not only look decent but will greatly improve sound quality. I’m also a big fan of the new logo design at the front, it lights up thanks to an in-built blue LED which matches the the LED strip on the Playstation 4.

Sony-W850B

Something the W650A didn’t have but reset of the Sony HDTVs on our list do have is Impulse mode. Sony’s Impulse Mode is a backlight strobing technique that smooths out frames and makes it seem as if games are running at a higher frame rate without any impact on Input lag. It does dim the backlight and there’s also some minor flickering in certain instances, but that’s a small price to pay for smoother looking games. This technology is not the same as Motionflow, which is basically the high latency frame interpolation technique that you see on all HDTVs these days. Input lag for the W850B is slightly high at 22ms, resulting in it missing out on the top 4 on our list.

More info: Sony KDL60W850B 60-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED TV

4. Panasonic TC-P60VT60

It’s hard to admit but Plasmas are a dying breed. Their huge size, weight, heat generation and power consumption caused them to never catch up to LCD and LED displays but everyone knows that the colors on a Plasma are simply the best. One of the best Plasma HDTVs to hit the market is the Panasonic TC-P60VT60 which at the time of writing has been discontinued and can be pretty hard to find.
Panasonic-TCP60VT60
In terms of black levels and color reproduction, The Panasonic TC-P60VT60 is one of the best HDTVs available in the market right now. Nothing comes close in that regard. In addition, unlike LCDs, the VT60 doesn’t require techniques such as Impulse mode for smoother looking gaming, since the Plasma technology is already equipped with fantastic motion resolution. Too bad Panasonic discontinued their Plasmas, they were truly a sight to behold. Plasmas are also quite expensive, so the Panasonic TC-P60VT60 might stretch your budget. Input Lag is also a bit on the higher side at 35ms, but still very good for a single player gaming experience as well as as multiplayer games that don’t demand and ultra fast response from the player.

More info: Panasonic TC-P60VT60 60-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV

3.  Sony W802A

The W802A is an amazing HDTV but misses out on the top 2 due to the lack of a Triluminos display, which we’ll get into detail later on. The W802A has a very low 17ms Input lag timing coupled with great image processing thanks to the X-Reality Pro Engine, which makes every game look great and a joy to play. The inclusion of Impulse Mode makes it all the more special, by enhancing the smoothness and clarity of fast moving games.

Sony-W802A

As far as a mid-range HDTV for Gaming is concerned, both the W850B and W802A are your best bet, with the Panasonic TC-P60VT60 joining the run if you’re into Plasmas, but due to the lower Input Lag, the W802A is our personal choice.

More info: Sony KDL-55W802A 55-Inch 120Hz 1080p 3D Internet LED HDTV (Black)

2. Sony W900A

Lets move on to the high-end flagship HDTVs shall we? Even though the W900A is last year’s model, don’t think it’ll have any lesser features than the rest of the HDTVs on the list. In fact it beats out 2014’s W850B in both it’s display quality and Input lag. The W900A has a Triluminos display which is a special display panel that shows better and a wider range of colors thanks replacing the standard R/G/B dots with Quantom dots.

Samsung-W900A

I’m about to get a bit technical so bear with me a bit. Normal HDTV and display panels use a white light that shoots through Red, Green and Blue filters to display the image sourced onto the screen. This causes the colors to be washed out because it’s very hard for the three filters to accurately deduct the color in the source. A Triluminos display replaces the White light with a Blue LED causing a film of Quantom dots to produce Pure Green and Red colors. This allows the screen to display better colors resulting in a much more natural picture.

The Input lag comes in at 20ms, which is higher than the W802A, but superior black levels, color reproduction, and the rest of the features of the W900A help it land the number 2 spot on our list.

More info: Sony KDL-55W900A 55-Inch 240Hz 1080p 3D Internet LED HDTV (Black)

1. Sony W950B

The W950B is Sony’s top of the line flagship HDTV for 2014 and features everything you may ever want. The Sony W950B performs excellently while viewing images, watching movies in 2D or 3D and especially while Gaming thanks to it’s super low 17ms Input lag timing.

Sony-W950B

The W950B’s picture quality is unreal and can be only realized when you see it in person. Sony’s ever popular X-Reality Pro Engine is back working in the background to improving quality of video and pictures in real time, while the new Triluminos display panel shows off brilliant colors. A match made in heaven really. The W950B also has Impulse mode like most of Sony’s lineup, coupled with it’s existing set of features makes it the best HDTV for gaming.

More info: Sony KDL55W950B 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED TV

Well that concludes our list of the Best HDTVs you can buy for your Playstation 4, Xbox One and Wii U. To those wondering why we didn’t include PCs, well they’re a separate breed and I personally prefer to play PC games on a Gaming Monitor, expect a list covering those in the near future. Did this list help you out choosing your next HDTV? Let us know in the comments below.

  • toddraynerart

    Just curious, what’s with all the sony hate? I own a smaller 32 Samsung and only spent $400 and aside from the low refresh rate it’s a solid tv. I’ll never buy Samsung again after reading what the company stands for but that’s more of a personal choice. But I have to say after seeing the w900a in person, that thing is a beast in picture quality. I’m in the market to upgrade and if the w950b is anywhere better than the w900a I’m down. Yeah it’s a little more $$$ but it really does look great in store. Did I miss something about Sony tv’s? Are they shitty somehow? thx

  • async2013

    Surely judging by the output of xbones graphics it would be well suited to an old crt tv better?

  • Virdin Barzey

    Man, its amazing how folks can be so obviously bias. May be a crusade to save the company’s TV division. What a ridiculous article.

  • benbenkr

    Fucking awesome this site is. Delete an appropriate comment that discusses validly on how poor this article is.

  • Eric M.

    Had the top of the line 2013 Samsung 3d 240hz TV. Could never get the picture to look that great, returned it and purchased a 50″ S60 Panasanic Plasma. Never been happier. Response time is 32ms, an improvement over the 240CMR of the Samsung. Blacks look black, not muddied up, color is spot on after calibration. Cheaper too!

  • oSHINSAo

    This article was brought you by… Sony…

  • madbads

    x1 players should look into some 720p TV from 2008 for the best experience

    • Me

      With a comment like that I’d guess you were born around 2008 making your mental age around 6.

      • madbads

        im 7 in fact , and what i said is true , like it or not. just a free tip for x1 owners.

  • Orange Lada

    A Sony commercial with a few oddities thrown in.

    Nope – won’t buy Sony!

  • Will Robinson

    I have the samsung 55″ES7500 240hz cmr 840, it have all the bells n whistles, im very impressed with samsung

  • Exposed

    You should have two monitors for your consoles. 1 monitor for when you play competitively. In that case you should own some kind of smaller TN panel monitor. 1 larger TV for casual play and single-player experiences. — What makes a console great is that the hardware is balanced. One person is never playing by a different rule-set.

  • gemini002

    Lol everyone knows samsung destroys sony smh

    • mikeslemonadeFromN4G

      Sony is the best if you willing to pay more for marginal returns. As for me I’m in the market for a TV and I should find a pretty decent tv in the $400 range for my gaming needs.

  • Jonathon Burdine

    I have the 60″ Sharp Elite which shits on all these TV’s… I love my ELITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kevin

    I went with a Samsung LED 60 in 1080P 240 CM ,for my Xbox one and she plays and looks awesome.