Best 4K TVs for Xbox One Windows Central 2021
The Samsung Q80 is an excellent choice for console gamers, particularly Xbox One X owners. If you need to take your gaming to the next level with 4K and HDR technologies, you could do much worse than the Q8F. Do yourself a favor and spend the money to get the most out of your console.
Samsung's excellent Q80 will not completely destroy your bank balance.
Ignoring the QLED marketing jargon, this 4K HDR TV series is a good option for Xbox One owners to enjoy 4K gaming. This doesn't offer the best visual quality on the market, but at this price point, it's not meant to.
Who should buy this TV?
If you're looking for that 4K TV experience and QLED technology, but don't want to break the bank, then the Q80 is a great option.
Is it a good time to buy this TV?
Samsung has a regular product cycle for its TV line-ups, and this model of the Q80 is from the 2019 series collection, which means you're getting the latest display tech.
Reasons to buy
- 4K resolution
- HDR10+ support
- QLED technology
- Gorgeous picture quality
- Stunning design
Reasons not to buy
- Not cheap
- Poor viewing angles
Samsung Q8F is the best bang for your buck
As well as 4K and HDR10 support, this display series from Samsung comes rocking QLED technology for satisfying visuals and solid levels of contrast and brightness. Not only do movies and media come to life on-screen, but also characters and action from the latest games with a refresh rate of 120Hz. The tech allows Samsung to produce some seriously dark blacks and low response times, too, which are also pretty good for gaming.
You'll love the deep blacks, great colors, and minimalistic design.
The company also added a few unique features to the TV, including an external connection device. Instead of plugging countless cables into the rear of the TV, this little device acts as a bridge between the set and the rest of your media hardware. This makes managing cables that little bit more convenient and allows for easier access to ports.
Available in 55-, 65-, 75-, and 82-inch configurations, the Q80 is a highly recommended purchase for anyone looking to pick up an Xbox One X for media consumption. We'd recommend you go for the 55-inch variant unless you have the desire (or the free space and cash) to go with the larger panels.
Alternatives to the Samsung Q80
The Samsung Q80 is an excellent choice for Xbox One X gamers, but it's not without its faults. Should you want something a little different or at a cheaper price, we've got some fantastic alternatives right here.
The C8 packs dangerous OLED technology
This panel (available in 55, 65, and 77-inch variants) is perfect for the living room and the Xbox One X. HDR, 4K, a fast processor for interactive content, Dolby Atmos, and OLED technology ensure you're investing in a great entertainment experience.
To say the LG C9 is thin doesn't really do it justice. It's super thin. Not only does it look spectacular, but LG has also packed in some serious technology, including individually lit LEDs, support for 4K content, Dolby Atmos, and HDR10. What makes it suitable for gaming is the LEDs, which can be turned off completely, depending on what's being displayed, for great blacks.
If you enjoy getting the most for your money, the Sony X950G is a great option for the Xbox One X. Much like the LG C9, this panel has local LED dimming for better picture quality and darker blacks, supports all the standards you need to game on Microsoft's console (with a refresh rate of 120Hz), and does it all without pointless fancy features you may not use.
If you have more money than sense, the LG E9 is a perfect addition
This 55-inch display is gorgeous and super-thin, and the overall package is aesthetically pleasing. From the glass-bordered bezel to the superb integrated soundbar, this premium signature TV truly brings HDR and 4K content to life thanks to the excellent picture quality.
You likely don't need the LG E9, but that won't stop you wanting one in your living room. Priced out of reach for most consumers, this signature TV is one of the best the company offers, sporting a gorgeous design and excellent picture quality. There's 4K and HDR10 support, as one would expect with the price, but the overall package is quite simply sublime.
The affordable TCL S525 shouldn't be overlooked because of the price. This TV should be considered if you want to get into 4K gaming, but have less time to enjoy your game collection. You won't get the best picture quality (and response time is 16ms), nor will the HDR feature be as useful as other panels on this list, but on tight budgets, TCL has you covered.
The Samsung Q80 offers impressive visuals at a somewhat affordable price. There are better televisions available (even from Samsung itself), but you'll be heading into the high-price territory and beyond. 4K HDR is becoming more accessible to gamers with reduced pricing on cheaper TVs like the TCL S525, perfect for anyone looking to move into 4K without spending too much.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Rich Edmonds is a staff reviewer at Windows Central, which means he tests out more software and hardware than he cares to remember. Joining Mobile Nations in 2010, you can usually find him inside a PC case tinkering around when not at a screen fighting with Grammarly to use British words. Hit him up on Twitter: @RichEdmonds.
Jez Corden is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing on Xbox, Surface, and Windows PC. He spends the vast majority of his game gaming or writing about gaming, with a mission to provide gamers in the Microsoft ecosystem the best and most up-to-date info possible.
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