The Samsung Q8F 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.

Our Pick

Samsung Q8F

Samsung's excellent Q8F will not destroy your bank balance.

Ignoring the QLED marketing jargon, this 4K HDR TV series is a good option for Xbox One X (and Xbox One S) 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 Q8F is a great option. Plus, with a newer generation available, you might be able to find some more discounts.

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 Q8F is from the 2018 series collection, which means you're getting almost the latest display tech. A successor has already been released in the form of the Q80R, but we'd still recommend this model if you can pick one up.

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

This TV is the successor to the excellent Q7F. While it's priced at a bit higher for the 55-inch variant, there's not a whole lot different aside from a refined design and some improvements to the visuals.

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. 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 Q8F 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.

There's a newer model out, the Samsung Q80R, but we'd still recommend the Q8F if you can grab it at a good price since the quality is almost the same with regards to 4K gaming on Xbox and you'll likely score a better deal with the Q8F.

Alternatives to the Samsung Q8F

The Samsung Q8F is a great 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.

Latest tech

Samsung Q80R

The latest Samsung has to offer

This 2019 TV from Samsung is the successor to our top pick, the Q8F. Why we don't recommend this panel above the older 4K TV is due to the quality being roughly the same, but the price of this newer set costing considerably more. Should you desire the latest tech, the Q80R is a great match for the Xbox One X.

A refresh rate of 120Hz is joined by a solid response time for intense gaming. There are better TVs out there, but you'll be expected to pay yet more for enhanced visuals. For the price, the Q80R is a great TV.

Runner-up

LG C8

The C8 packs serious 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 C8 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 good for gaming is the LEDs, which can be turned off completely, depending on what's being displayed, for great blacks.

Smart LEDs

Sony X900F

A superb mid-range TV that offers great value

The Sony X900F is great for 4K content, especially when it comes to smooth and responsive gaming. For the price, Sony has packed in some serious internals like local LED dimming that makes a notable difference.

If you enjoy getting the most for your money, the Sony X900F is a great option for the Xbox One X. Much like the LG C8, 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, and does it all without pointless fancy features you may not use.

Premium pick

LG G7

If you have more money than sense, the LG G7 is a perfect addition

This 65-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 G7, 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.

Budget Pick

TCL S517

An average, affordable 4K HDR TV

The TCL S517 is a budget option worth considering. The display will not be as bright as more expensive TVs, nor will the included HDR support provide a viewing experience that matches them in quality, but for just shy of $480 you really can't grumble.

The affordable TCL S517 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. Priced at under $500, you won't get the best picture quality (and response time is 16ms), nor will the HDR feature be as good as other panels on this list, but on tight budgets TCL has you covered.

Bottom line

The Samsung Q8F 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 S405, perfect for anyone looking to move into 4K without spending too much.

Our Pick

Samsung Q8F

Samsung's excellent Q8F will not destroy your bank balance.

Ignoring the QLED marketing jargon, this 4K HDR TV series is a good option for Xbox One X (and Xbox One S) 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.

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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