Have a PS5 but an outdated TV? You could be missing out on some of the best features for the latest PlayStation console, such as the 3D audio functionalities Sony has introduced with its new hardware. Although any one of the best gaming TVs will be a terrific match for the PS5, it’s worth noting that some will undoubtedly pair better than others.
As you might expect, many of the best TV options for pairing with the PS5 come from Sony, who have gone so far as to introduce a ‘Perfect for PS5’ lineup of home screens. Each of these feature Sony-exclusive features made specifically to integrate with the PS5 and elevate the overall gaming experience through the console. These features include HDR Auto Tone Mapping, which sees the TV’s HDR settings automatically adjust to optimise the appearance of your games when it recognises you’re linking your PS5 console.
But are the best gaming TVs for the Sony console really these ‘Perfect for PS5’ Sony TVs? Maybe not, as home screens from competitors offer many of the same features and more.
So with this in mind, we’ve put our expertise to work to sort out which TVs are the best to pair with your PS5 and help you elevate your overall gaming experience with Sony’s latest generation console.
Best gaming TVs for PS5
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Surprise! The best TV for pairing with your PS5 doesn't come from Sony, or even from either Samsung or LG. Instead, our pick for the best gaming TV for PS5 is this TCL C835, which is nothing short of an all-around powerhouse. Why?
As TCL often does with its products, the TCL C835 exceptionally balances quality features and performance specs at a price that is much more budget-friendly than its closest competitors. That last detail is particularly crucial, as PS5 gamers having just forked out hundreds on their new Sony console will understandably be conscious of how much they have left over to spend on a home screen companion.
And at a price point that's friendly to a lot of budgets, the TCL C835 offers a lot to like for the cost-conscious consumer looking to get the very best bang for their buck particularly where gaming is concerned. Its use of Mini-LED backlighting is the best example of how little the C835 compromises when compared to premium competitors despite its lower price, offering brightness to 1,500 nits that beats out OLED capabilities. The thousands of tiny LED lights in locally dimmable zones, ranging from grouping sizes starting at 240 in the 55-inch model and up to 360 in the 75-inch, also add considerable heft in the C835's ability to compete even at its low price point. As we wrote in our review: "[This] LED light excites a layer of quantum dots to deliver RGB colour with a claimed full 100% of the DCI-P3 space, greater even than the latest QD-OLED panels."
The TCL C835 also manages to offer HDR10+ as a point of difference to many of its premium competitors, including those in Sony's 'Perfect for PS5 lineup', and this gives it another edge in the discussion of best TVs for pairing with your PlayStation console. While HDR10+ isn't dramatically superior to HDR10, it does nonetheless offer superior picture performance capabilities that are well worth consideration when discussing a home screen to play the latest PS5 exclusives on.
And elsewhere what the C835 offers gamers at its price is no less excellent, with VRR support up to 120/144Hz, Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Clear Motion Rate (CMR) keeping input lag down to 6ms to provide smooth and lag-free onscreen visuals. The build of the TCL C835 is somewhat thicker than most other competitors, but given the same can be said of the PS5 (and the Xbox Series X, for that matter), this isn't likely to be too much of a hindrance, if at all.
Read the full review: TCL 55C835 4K Mini LED TV
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If you have more cash to splash, this Samsung S95B might be the better choice for you than any other TV on the list as it offers sublime picture quality, dynamic colours and an eye-catching array of gaming features.
Samsung's QD-OLED display featured here in the S95B combines the famous self-emissive properties of OLED with the brightness and colour range potential of QLED, resulting in superb picture quality and exceptional brightness with better blacks and contrast. As we said in our review, "we're looking at a TV that has had the kitchen sink thrown at it, with Samsung's latest AI-inspired picture processor, a massively comprehensive and re-designed Tizen-based smart system, the latest gaming features, and even, despite the ultra-slim design, a clever object tracking sound audio system".
And for gamers there is even more joy to be found. Four HDMI ports feature with the S95B, with each of them supporting 4K at 120Hz and including VRR and ALLM. Better yet, the primary source of power under the hood of this one in Samsung's Neural Quantum Processor utilises multiple neural networks to instantly analyse and optimise what you see on screen. That means that whether it's gaming, streaming or upscaling to 4K from HD sources, the S95B's NQP has you covered.
The built-in sound system is also impressive for such a slim set, with Dolby Atmos and Samsung's Object Tracking tech for positional audio - something that will particularly appeal to PS5 gamers looking to get the best out of their console's 3D audio ambitions.
It'll cost you, but if price isn't a concern for you this Samsung S95B is likely the best TV to pair with your PS5.
Read the full Samsung S95B OLED TV review
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The best TV overall and the best gaming TV is, surprisingly, not our pick for the best TV for PS5. Sure, the LG C2 is a TV that is nothing short of exceptional, but that being true means it comes with a hefty price tag and it's our opinion that there are some better options to consider who balance slightly lesser performance specs but at far friendlier price points.
Still, the LG C2's 4K OLED display is without doubt an absolute marvel, delivering exquisite black levels, vibrant colours and a dynamic overall picture performance that allows its quality to maintain across every task you'll throw at it. The new Alpha a9 Gen 5 processor in 2022's update to the C2 models is the real MVP here, boosting object enhancement and dynamic tone mapping. Audio for the C2 out of the box is also excellent for a home screen, boasting ‘virtual surround sound’ (ie. a good fit for the PS5), with the TV also capable of upscaling stereo content into 7.1.2-channel sound.
As for where and how the C2 excels for gamers, the inclusions of FreeSync, G-Sync and standard VRR right out of the box are a solid start. And with native 120Hz refresh rate and HDMI 2.1, PS5 owners can be assured of getting the maximum resolution and frame rate for their prized console. The new "Prevent Input Delay" setting is also a handy addition for gamers, although the C2's lack of HRD10+ is a disappointment at its price.
There's almost no chance getting your hands on an LG C2 for your home will end in disappointment, as we've picked it out as the best option elsewhere for very good reason. But considering its price and knowing how much you've already paid for your PS5, we still think there's better.
Read the full LG C2 review