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Best 120Hz 4K TVs for next-gen gaming

120Hz 4K TV hanging above fireplace
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The best 120Hz 4K TVs deliver everything that gamers care about. That 4K resolution delivers a boatload of pixels for better clarity, while the 120Hz refresh rate means that games play buttery smooth. Tack on fast response times and a slew of vital HDMI 2.1 ports, and you've got a recipe for the best TVs for PS5 and Xbox Series X.

120Hz refresh rates offer a smoother and sharper picture without the nauseating motion blur you might experience when you turn the camera quickly in-game. Some players might not notice a massive difference but refresh rates are particularly crucial for fast-paced shooters like Call of Duty Vanguard and Apex Legends where quick reflexes and even frame pacing are a must.

120Hz refresh rates are no longer all that uncommon. You’ll find them on many gaming monitors for smooth-looking HD and QHD gaming – but you'll need to make sure any 4K TV you're buying has a 120Hz panel and HDMI 2.1 input support to get equivalent performance. 

Not sure where to start? Below you'll find a list of all the HDMI 2.1 TVs we're recommending in the year 2022. Some of these picks will get even better over time thanks to over-the-air software updates - but all of them should be great right out of the box when you connect your consoles. 

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Best 120Hz 4K TVs: the list

120Hz LG C1 4K TV in stylish living room

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The best 120Hz 4K TV balancing features and price right now

Specifications

Available sizes: 48, 55, 65, 77 inches
Panel type: OLED
Input lag: < 10ms
Refresh rate: 120Hz
VRR: HDMI forum, FreeSync, G-Sync
ALLM: Yes
HDMI 2.1: Yes, 4x 40Gbps 2.1 ports

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful 4K HDR picture
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Four HDMI 2.1 ports
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Dolby Vision @ 120Hz

Reasons to avoid

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Reflective glass surface
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Not the brightest

Our top pick of all the best TVs and OLED TVs available today, the LG C1 OLED is an all-around powerhouse that also offers virtually all the gaming features you'll need for the best next-gen performance.

For starters, all four of its HDMI ports are 2.1-compatible. Outside of LG TVs, most other manufacturers have only started adding HDMI 2.1 to one port via firmware updates. With the LG C1 OLED, you could actually plug in both the Series X and the PS5 to their own dedicated 2.1 port.

There's a lot of game-specific options you'll find through the Game Optimizer setting that allows you to quickly adjust the White Stabilizer, Black Stabilizer and VRR – it's really made for people who want to know they're getting the best performance.

You’ve also got support for ALLM when the TV detects an incoming game signal through any one of the four HDMI 2.1 ports, and a Prevent Input Delay feature that drops input lag to sub-10ms levels. 

When you aren't gaming, you'll appreciate the LG C1 OLED for its Dolby Vision and Atmos support while streaming premium content. Because of its OLED display, it handles deep blacks and contrast between light and dark content much better than LED TVs, and even has full 4:4:4 PC color. In fact, its only visual negatives are the lack of HDR10+ support and that's not as bright as similarly priced LED TVs – but as long as you can draw the blinds on to keep direct sun off it, that probably won't be a problem. 

Read the full review: LG C1 OLED

Sony X90J 4K TV showing white-red leaf

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The Sony X90J 4K TV sees the company behind the PS5 finally get its TVs in line. While last year's Sony TV range was marred by inconsistent support for HDMI 2.1, this year's range gets the input standard right, with two HDMI 2.1 ports for connecting next-gen games consoles, including support for 4K 120Hz, VRR and ALLM.

There are two other HDMI 2.0 ports too for lower-specified consoles like the Nintendo Switch – and while some gaming TVs here have four ports at a 2.1 specification, we reckon most will do just fine with what the X90J offers. Just be sure to head into the picture settings and switch on 'Enhanced format' for your HDMI 2.1 ports, otherwise you won't get the benefit of them.

It has excellent image quality, thanks in part to the Cognitive XR processor rolled out to Sony's top 2021 sets, making for excellent upscaling and contrast control. The X90J also sports the new Google TV smart platform, for easy setup and broad app support as well as the perks of Google Cast from Android devices. There's Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio packed in too – though we should note that Dolby Vision at 120Hz isn't supported here.

This is also the most affordable TV in Sony's 'Perfect for PlayStation 5' range – it means that this is the only TV here to support the PS5's 'Auto HDR Tone Mapping' feature, which means the console outputs HDR to exactly match the light and dark capabilities of the TV. So in theory, you'll get a slightly better picture than you would from en equivalent screen without it.

There were a few issues we found in our testing, including middling off-axis viewing and struggles with direct daylight. Still, the Sony X90J succeeds in delivering stellar performance, and with its replacement arriving imminently from Sony's 2022 range, its price drop means it's now incredible value – especially at the larger sizes, where it's cheaper than most direct competitors.

Read the full review: Sony X90J 4K TV

Person watching 120Hz Samsung QN95A 4K TV in their living room

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The best 120Hz TV for playing in bright rooms

Specifications

Available sizes: 55, 65, 75-inch
Panel type: QLED (LCD) with MiniLED backlighting
Input lag: < 10ms
Refresh rate: 120Hz
VRR: HDMI forum, FreeSync
ALLM: Yes
HDMI 2.1: Yes, 4x 40Gbps HDMI 2.1

Reasons to buy

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Brighter than basically anything
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Excellent gaming features

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision
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Local dimming can be aggressive

The Samsung QN95B is the company’s flagship 4K TV for 2022, featuring a Mini LED backlight, which Samsung calls 'Neo QLED'. It's a bit pricier than most models in this list – but if you have the cash, it could serve you well as a well-specified HDMI 2.1 TV.

There’s a host of cutting-edge gaming features that’ll please next-gen console owners, all part of the new Slim One Connect box that ships with the QN95B. 

The box houses four HDMI inputs, one of which (HDMI 3) supports eARC. All of the HDMI inputs are capable of handling up to 40Gbps, which means they can accept 4K/120Hz, VRR and ALLM. While not full HDMI 2.1 connections, they offer sufficient bandwidth, making this TV a great choice for next-gen gamers who want to take full advantage of their new console.

The results speak for themselves, with superb SDR and HDR images that benefit from deep blacks and brighter highlights, all of which are delivered without blooming or loss of shadow detail (thanks to the Mini LED backlight). The inclusion of quantum dot technology delivers saturated and nuanced colours, too.

The huge levels of brightness (basically, as bright as any 4K TV gets) means this is ideal if you game during the day in rooms that get a ton of sunlight – it's much better at overcoming those reflections than basically anything else.

The OTS+ audio system packed into this 120Hz means you're getting some impactful multi-channel sound from your games too.

Read the full review: Samsung QN95B Neo QLED TV

Hisense U7G ULED TV

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A great cheap 120Hz TV

Specifications

Available sizes: 55, 65, 75 inches
Panel type: ULED
Input lag: < 10ms
Refresh rate: 120Hz
VRR: HDMI forum, FreeSync
ALLM: Yes
HDMI 2.1: Yes, 2x

Reasons to buy

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Great image quality for the price
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Full HDMI 2.1 support

Reasons to avoid

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Audio quality could be better
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Doesn't handle black tones as well as OLED

Television sets like the U80GU8GU9DG and A6G have proven that Hisense can manufacture premium-like devices that won’t crush your bank account. While those sets offer a little something for everyone minus preferential differences in feature sets, the U7G sits in an interesting position amongst its siblings. Described by Hisense as a “TV that makes gaming smooth like butter,” the U7G focuses on improving gamers’ experiences in some meaningful ways.  

This includes a high 120Hz display, Game Mode Pro to help reduce input lag, an Auto Low Latency Mode, Variable Refresh Rate compatible with the PS5, and FreeSync for PC/Xbox gamers. All of those features should definitely help serious gaming enthusiasts or aspiring esports players looking to have the biggest advantage possible. It helps that the U7G features many standards to Hisense’s U Series line-up including Dolby Vision, IQ and Atmos alongside HDR10+ – in our tests, we were very impressed with the brightness and overall image quality for the price.

Long story short? PC Gamers or individuals lucky enough to get their hands on an Xbox Series X or PS5 will appreciate the U7G’s capabilities. 

On its own merit, the TV functions as a great general-use screen outside of gaming thanks to both great Android TV implementation and beautiful display.

Read the full review: Hisense U7G Series ULED TV

LG C2 OLED TV on TV bench with lamp nearby

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The best 42-inch 120Hz TV

Specifications

Available sizes: 42, 48, 55, 65, 77, 83 inches
Panel type: OLED Evo
Input lag: < 10ms
Refresh rate: 120Hz
VRR: HDMI forum, FreeSync, G-Sync
ALLM: Yes
HDMI 2.1: Yes, 4x

Reasons to buy

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Unbeatable gaming features
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Stunning picture with brighter OLED panel…

Reasons to avoid

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…but 42 and 48-inch models have less bright panel
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More expensive than LG C1

The LG C2 is the latest in LG's line-up of crowd-pleasing OLEDs, and is the successor to the LG C1 at the top of this list. It is, as you might expect, better than the LG C1… but it's also much more expensive, which is why we think the C1 is still the best pick for most people, while it lasts.

The LG C2 does have one very important unique feature for this list, though: it has a 42-inch model, making it the smallest 120Hz TV here, which will be a smash hit for gamers who want to fit the best tech into the smallest space. At any size, you get a fully-equipped suite of four HDMI 2.1 ports, with support for 4K 120Hz (including Dolby Vision gaming at 120fps – a rare feature), VRR (including FreeSync and G-Sync), and ALLM.

All models at 55 inches and above also feature a new brighter OLED panel, which means you get even better HDR performance than the LG C1, while a newer image processor subtly improves detail and texture in images. We were so impressed with the color saturation and subtle nuance in dark scenes during testing that we called it "one of the best OLED panels we’ve ever seen." But you should note that the 42-inch and 48-inch models have a less bright panel (but still the next-gen) image quality.

The LG C2 is an incredible OLED TV – it just comes with a high price, and we think most people would be better off getting the LG C1 and putting the saved money towards a soundbar.

Read the full review: LG C2 OLED TV

120Hz LG Nano 90 4K TV showing colorful landscape within gray room

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This mid-range LCD has two HDMI 2.1 ports and rich Nanocell colors

Specifications

Available sizes: 55, 65, 75, 86 inches
Panel type: LCD LED
Input lag: 18ms
Refresh rate: 120Hz
VRR: HDMI forum, FreeSync
ALLM: Yes
HDMI 2.1: Yes, 2x 40Gbps ports

Reasons to buy

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Two HDMI 2.1 ports
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Exceptional color range and contrast

Reasons to avoid

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Backlight blooming and flickering
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Mediocre upscaling

A more affordable mid-range alternative to the LG C1 OLED, the LG Nano 90 has two HDMI 2.1 ports with VRR and ALLM, making the LCD TV perfectly suited to handle both next-gen consoles at once if you somehow snag both. We measured the Game mode input lag at 18ms, at the higher end of our list but still at the low end at which you'll easily get accustomed.

The Nano 90 doesn't top our best 120Hz 4K TV guide in part because we noted some issues with its backlighting during our review. Bright objects can produce some blooming, the backlight can sometimes turn off entirely during dark scenes then visibly flicker back to life, and it doesn't perform as well in dark rooms. It also isn't as reliable with upscaling as its rivals on this list.

Despite this, we still found plenty of upsides to the LG Nano 90. It has excellent HDR-quality viewing angles from the side, it uses tiny 'Nanocell' dots that filter out unwanted color wavelengths so color fidelity is highly accurate, it performs decently well with contrast despite a limited number of dimming zones, and the build-in speakers impressed us.

Read the full review: LG Nano 90 (65NANO906)

120Hz TV explained

120Hz panel: why does it matter?

Do refresh rates really matter enough to justify buying a new television set? We'd argue that without an advanced television, the upgraded hardware in your new Sony or Microsoft console becomes superfluous. All that power won't translate into better performance unless your TV can support it.

Hertz, or refresh rate, determines the number of frames that your television can display per second. Because both the PS5 and Xbox Series X can generate 120 frames per second (fps) in 4K UHD resolution, you need a television panel that works up to 120 Hertz to make that mode work. 

Your current 4K TV likely can only support 60Hz/4K. That worked perfectly well with the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, both of which could hit 60FPS in 4K for some games. Yet if you upgrade to the latest console, your frame rate can't substantially improve unless you play at a lower resolution like 1440p. So you won't see the performance boost you might be expecting.

With a higher max Hz in 4K, you'll see a smoother and sharper output on the television with less nauseating motion blurring when you turn the camera quickly in-game. This is particularly handy for fast-paced shooters like Call of Duty where you need to turn on a dime and react quickly to threats. But the visual boost from increased frames isn't limited to any one genre of game. 

That's why we'd strongly recommend buying one of the televisions in this guide if your budget can afford it and a next-gen console. 

A man playing a video game in a large room on a Samsung TV

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HDMI 2.1: What does it do?

HDMI 2.1 is a more powerful data transfer standard that improves your television's capacity to handle high refresh rates and resolutions simultaneously. That said, this new standard also adds two other important gaming features by default: Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM). 

VRR is a tool that enables your TV to automatically adjust its Hz based on the output from your gaming console. While the Xbox Series X and PS5 offer a 120Hz 4K maximum, individual games' frame rates will fluctuate and drop based on what's happening on screen. The more frames you drop, the more tearing and stuttering you'll see as the television tries to adjust.

With VRR activated, your television will adjust its refresh rate on the fly so it never deviates from the game's fps output. That way, even if the game performance is struggling, the gameplay will remain smooth and seamless.

As for ALLM, it detects when you're playing a video game and adjusts your TV settings on the fly to reduce input lag as much as possible. It's a simple but essential feature that ensures you don't need to switch manually from Game to Cinema mode over and over.

If you're looking to buy a new television for gaming, HDMI 2.1 future-proofs your set so it can handle the latest in console tech for years to come.

For more on the differences between refresh rate, input lag and refresh time, read our guide: Input lag and monitor speed explained.

The importance of 120Hz devices

It's worth noting that, just as 4K TVs require 4K sources to output in native 4K, a 120Hz TV will need 120Hz gaming or video to really get the most of out of its capabilities.

Many of the best streaming devices will come with 120Hz as standard, as with the Apple TV 4K (2021) or Nvidia Shield TV – though many more budget models and streaming sticks may be capped at 30fps or 60fps. So it's important to make sure that every link in the chain can match the specs you're hoping to utilise in your screen.

Confused about 120Hz and 120fps? Don't be. The former refers to the number of frames a game outputs while the latter refers to how many frames the associated screen can display.  

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Matt Bolton
Matt Bolton

Matt is TechRadar's Senior Editor for TV and Audio, meaning he's in charge of persuading our team of reviewers to watch gorgeous TVs and listen to fantastic speakers and headphones. It's a tough task, as you can imagine. Matt has over a decade of experience in tech publishing, and previously ran the TV & audio coverage for our colleagues at T3.com, and before that he edited T3 magazine. During his career, he's also contributed to places as varied as Creative Bloq, PC Gamer, PetsRadar, MacLife, and Edge. TV and movie nerdism is his speciality, and he goes to the cinema three times a week. He's always happy to explain the virtues of Dolby Vision over a drink, but he might need to use props, like he's explaining the offside rule.

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