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Best 120Hz 4K TVs For Next-Gen Gaming

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Gaming enthusiasts are able to get everything they want from the best 120Hz 4K TVs. The 4K resolution provides a lot of detail and the 120Hz refresh rate makes games run smooth. Add in fast response times and a slew of important HDMI 2.1 ports and you have the best TVs on PS5 and Xbox Series X.

120Hz refresh rates provide a sharper, more natural picture than the blurred images you may see when you move the camera around quickly. While some players may not notice the difference, fast-paced shooters such as Call of Duty Vanguard or Apex legends require quick reflexes and frame pacing.

These refresh rates of 120Hz are not uncommon. These are available on many gaming monitors. They’re ideal for smooth, HD, and QHD gaming. However, you will need to ensure that the 4K TV has a 120Hz panel as well as HDMI 2.0 input support.

Are you unsure where to begin? Below is a list listing all the HDMI 2.1 TVs that we recommend for 2022. Some of these picks may get better with time, but they should all be great straight out of the box when connected to your consoles.

BEST 120HZ 4K TVS

1. LG C1 OLED

SPECIFICATIONS

Available sizes: 48, 55, 65, 77-inch

Panel type: OLED

Input lag

Refresh rate: 120Hz at 4K

VRR Yes

ALLM: Yes

HDMI 2.1: Yes, four 40Gbps 2.1 ports

FreeSync / G-Sync: Yes

The LG C1 OLED is our top choice of all best TVs or OLED TVs. It’s a powerful, all-around TV that offers almost all the gaming features you need to have the best next-generation performance.

All four HDMI ports are compatible with 2.1. Other than LG TVs most manufacturers have not added HDMI 2.1 to any of their ports via firmware updates. The LG C1 OLED allows you to plug in the Series X as well as the PS5 to a dedicated 2.1 port.

The C Series OLED’s new gaming features are worth mentioning as this is where most of the innovation this year has been. There’s a new Game Optimiser setting, which allows you to adjust the White Stabilizer (Black Stabilizer), and VRR quickly.

AllM support is available when an incoming game signal is detected by the OLED through any of the four HDMI 2.0 ports. There’s also a Prevent input Delay feature which drops input delay to below 10ms.

The LG C1 OLED is great for streaming premium content and Dolby Vision support. It can handle deep blacks and contrast between dark and light content better than LED TVs. The OLED screen also supports full 4:4 to4 PC color. It’s only negative visual is its lack of HDR10+ support.

2. Samsung QN95A Neo QLED TV

SPECIFICATIONS

Available sizes: 55, 65, 75-inch

Panel type: QLED panel (LCD) with MiniLED backlighting

Input lag >10ms

Rate of refresh: 4K/120Hz

VRR Yes

ALLM: Yes

HDMI 2.1: Yes (x4)

Free-Sync / G-Sync: Yes

The Samsung QN95A TV is the first to feature a MiniLED backlight, the company’s flagship Neo QLED TV for 2021. Although it is a bit more expensive than other models on this list, it can serve as an HDMI 2.1 TV if you have the money.

The new SlimOneConnect box ships with the QN95A and includes a variety of cutting-edge gaming features.

Four HDMI inputs are housed in the box. One of them (HDMI 3), supports eARC. Each of the HDMI inputs can handle up to 40Gbps. This means that they can take 4K/120Hz and VRR as well as ALLM. Although they are not fully HDMI 2.0 connected, they provide sufficient bandwidth making this TV an excellent choice for next-gen gamers who wish to make the most of their new console.

The results speak for themself, with stunning SDR and images. These images benefit from rich blacks and brighter highlights. Thanks to the Mini LED backlight, there is no blooming or loss in shadow detail. Quantum dot technology also delivers rich, nuanced colors.

This 120Hz audio system packs a powerful 4.2.2 channel sound into your games.

3. Sony X90J 4K TV

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 65-inch

Resolution: 3840 x 2160

Panel technology: LCD

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Dimensions: 1452x905x338mm (WxHxD).

Sony X90J 4K TV is the latest TV from the company that brought you the PS5. Last year’s Sony TV range had issues with inconsistent support for HDMI 2.0, but this year’s model supports the input standard and has two HDMI 2.1 ports to connect next-generation consoles.

Two other HDMI 2.0 ports are available for lower-specified consoles, such as the Nintendo Switch. Some gaming TVs below have four ports at a 2.1 specification. However, most will be able to use the X90J’s four ports.

The X90J features a 120Hz panel with 4K resolution, two full-spec HDMI 2.1 ports to connect your Xbox Series X or PS5 with VRR (variable refresh rate), and ALLM [auto low latency mode for sub-10ms lag]. This will really enhance your gaming experience. Make sure you turn on the Enhanced format for the HDMI port in the picture settings. Otherwise, you won’t be able to enjoy the 2.1 specifications.

The X90J has outstanding image quality thanks to a new Cognitive XR processing that was rolled out to Sony 2021 sets. This allows for exceptional upscaling, contrast control, and increased resolution. Google TV Smart Platform is also available on the X90J, which allows for simple setup and broad app support. You can also enjoy the perks of Google Cast via Android devices. Dolby Vision HDR audio and Dolby Atmos audio are also included (neither of these features is available on the Q80T, which previously topped this guide).

There are still some issues with the X90J, such as off-axis viewing problems and difficulties with direct sunlight. The X90J will be beaten by its step-up X95J model. However, there is a slight cost increase. The Sony X90J still delivers outstanding performance at a fair price.

4. Hisense U7G Series ULED TV (US Only).

SPECIFICATIONS

Available sizes: 55, 65, 75-inch

Panel type: ULED

Input lag = N/A

Rate of refresh: 4K/120Hz

VRR Yes

ALLM: Yes

HDMI 2.1: Yes (two ports)

FreeSync / G-Sync: FreeSync

Hisense has proven its ability to produce premium-quality television sets such as the U80G and U8G. The U7G is in a unique position among its siblings, despite having fewer features than the other sets. Hisense describes the U7G as a “TV that makes gaming smooth and easy like butter”. It focuses on improving gamers’ experiences in meaningful ways.

These features include a 120Hz high display, Game Mode Pro to reduce input lag, and an Auto Low Latency Mode. Variable Refresh Rate, Variable Refresh Rate, and Freesync are all available for PC gamers. These features will be of great benefit to serious gamers or aspiring esports players who want the best possible advantage. The U7G is compatible with many of Hisense’s U Series standards, including Dolby Vision and IQ as well as HDR10+.

The end of the story? The U7G’s capabilities will be appreciated by PC Gamers and individuals who are able to obtain an Xbox Series or PlayStation5.

The TV is a wonderful TV for general use, besides gaming. This is due to the beautiful display and great Android TV implementation.

5. TCL 6-Series QLED TV, TCL 6-Series LED TV with Mini LED (US).

SPECIFICATIONS

Available sizes: 55, 65, 75-inch

Type of panel: LED-LCD Panel with MiniLED backlighting

Input lag >10ms

Refresh rate: 1440p/120Hz, or 4K/60Hz

VRR Yes

ALLM: Yes

HDMI 2.1:

Free-Sync / G-Sync: No

We’ve focused our list on HDMI 2.1 TVs capable of handling 120Hz in 4K resolution, but we also include the TCL 6-Series LED TV. This TV can reach 4K and 120Hz independently, but can only reach 60Hz for UHD content. The TVs we picked are quite expensive, unless you purchase the smallest models. We wanted to include a sub-$1000 4K TV for gamers who care more about frame rate and resolution.

TCL 6-Series supports 120 FPS at 1440p, thanks to its unique THX Certified Gaming Mode. This benchmark is the highest spec for the Xbox Series. It makes the budget next-gen console and TV an ideal match.

The 6-Series is a beautiful TV. We love its minimalist design, Roku OS, MiniLED backlight that provides excellent performance in black colors, quantum dots coloring, and other pleasant touches. Gamers will appreciate the fact that these TVs support VRR and ALLM, despite not having HDMI 2.1 ports.

6. LG Nano 90 LCD TV

SPECIFICATIONS

Available sizes: 55, 65, 75, 86-inch

Panel type: LCD

Input lag 18ms

Rate of refresh: 4K/120Hz

VRR Yes

ALLM: Yes

HDMI 2.1: Yes, two 40Gbps 2.1 ports

FreeSync / G-Sync: FreeSync

The LG Nano 90 is a mid-range option to the LG C1 OLED. It has two HDMI 2.0 ports with VRR and ALLM. This LCD TV can handle both next-generation consoles simultaneously if you manage to snag both. The Game mode input delay was measured at 18ms. This is higher than the average, but still within the range at which you will be comfortable.

We found some issues with the Nano 90’s backlighting and it doesn’t rank high in our 120Hz 4K TV Guide. Some bright objects can cause blooming. The backlight can sometimes go out completely during dark scenes, then flicker back to life. It also doesn’t perform well in dark areas. It is not as reliable in scaling like the other contenders on this list.

We still found many positives about the LG Nano 90 despite this. It offers excellent HDR-quality viewing angles, including from the sides. The Nano cell dots filter out undesirable color wavelengths, so color fidelity and accuracy are high. We were impressed by the built-in speakers, as well as the decent contrast performance.

Why is a 120Hz panel important?

Are refresh rates important enough for a television set to be worth the investment? The new consoles from Microsoft and Sony are useless without high-end televisions. Your TV must be capable of supporting all that power.

The refresh rate (or Hertz) determines how many frames your TV can display per second. To make this mode work, both the PS5 (and Xbox Series X) can produce 120 frames per second (fps), in 4K UHD resolution. You will need a TV panel that can operate at 120 Hertz.

Your current 4K TV can likely only support 60Hz/4K. This worked well with the Xbox One X or PS4 Pro. Both can reach 60FPS in 4K for certain games. However, unless you play at 1440p or lower resolutions, your frame rate won’t significantly increase when you upgrade to the new console. You won’t get the performance boost that you may be expecting.

You’ll notice a smoother, sharper output from the TV with less motion blurring in 4K. This is especially useful for fast-paced shooters such as Call of Duty, where you have to react quickly to threats and turn on a dime. The visual benefits of increased frames aren’t just for one game.

If you have the budget or to purchase a new-generation console, we recommend that you buy one of these televisions.

HDMI 2.1: What is it good for?

HDMI 2.0 is a faster data transfer standard that increases your TV’s ability to handle high refresh rates while simultaneously displaying higher resolutions. This new standard adds two important gaming features by default: Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM).

VRR allows your TV’s Hz to be automatically adjusted based on your gaming console output. The Xbox Series X and PS5 have a maximum 120Hz 4K frame rate, but individual games’ frame rates can fluctuate or drop depending on what’s going on on the screen. As the television attempts to adjust, the more frames you lose, the more tearing you’ll notice and the more stuttering.

Your TV will automatically adjust its refresh rate to match the game’s frame rate when VRR is activated. This ensures that even when the game is slow, the gameplay remains smooth and seamless.

Allen detects when you are playing video games and adjusts your TV settings to minimize input lag. This simple, but crucial feature ensures that you don’t have to manually switch from Game to Cinema mode.

HDMI 2.1 is the future-proofing technology that allows you to purchase a new TV for gaming. It will allow your set to be able to handle all of the latest console techs for many years.

You can find out more about the differences between refresh rate and input lag in our guide Monitor speed and input lag explained.

The importance of 120Hz devices

Notably, 4K TVs need 4K sources to output native 4K. A 120Hz TV will require 120Hz video or gaming to get the best out of its capabilities.

Most streaming devices come standard with 120Hz, such as the Apple TV4K (2021) and Nvidia Shield TV. However, some streaming sticks and budget models may have a lower speed of 30fps or 60fps. It is important that each link in the chain matches the specifications you intend to use on your screen.

Are you confused about 120Hz and 120fps speeds? Don’t be. The first refers to the number and type of frames that a game outputs, while the second refers to how many frames an associated screen can display.

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