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Better Gaming TV: X800H, X900H or X950H?

In 2020, Sony released the X800H, X900H and X950H 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TVs. So how good are these television sets when it comes to playing PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series S as well as other videogame consoles? You can find out in this comparison guide.

Quick Summary

The X950H 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV easily has the best HDR brightness levels when compared to the X800H 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV and X900H 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV.

When it comes to input lag, the Sony X800H has lower latency than the other two television when comparing similar display settings at 60Hz. For 120Hz, the Sony X900H has lower input lag than the Sony X950H.

The X900H will also be the only model that supports variable refresh rate and 120 frames per second in 4K resolution once the TV has been updated to HDMI 2.1 via a firmware update. The PS5, PS5 Digital, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X will be taking advantage of HDMI 2.1; so, the X900H is more future-proofed than the other two television sets.

Overall, we recommend picking up the X950H if you want the best HDR gaming television set as it easily beats out the other two models. If you prefer playing games with lower input lag and smoother frame rate (especially on the PS5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X), then the X900H is the better option.

If you are interested, you can purchase any of the aforementioned television sets on Amazon with the following links:

X800H vs. X900H vs. X950H Comparison Chart

 Sony X800H 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV Sony X900H 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV Sony X950H 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
Screen Sizes 43" X800H: XBR43X800H

49" X800H: XBR49X800H

55" X800H: XBR55X800H

65" X800H: XBR65X800H

75" X800H: XBR75X800H

85" X800H: XBR85X800H
55" X900H: XBR55X900H

65" X900H: XBR65X900H

75" X900H: XBR75X900H

85" X900H: XBR85X900H
49" X950H: XBR49X950H

55" X950H: XBR55X950H

65" X950H: XBR65X950H

75" X950H: XBR75X950H

85" X950H: XBR85X950H
HDMI Ports 4x HDMI 2.04x HDMI 2.0 (can be upgraded to HDMI 2.1 via firmware update)4x HDMI 2.0
HDMI 2.1 Features None120 frames per second at 4K

Auto Low Latency Mode

eARC

Variable Refresh Rate
eARC
Dolby Vision SupportYesYesYes
HDR10 SupportYesYesYes
HDR10+ SupportNoNoNo
Wide Color Gamut SupportYesYesYes
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness 504 nits556 nits980 nits
HDR Peak 2% Window 446 nits307 nits865 nits
HDR Peak 10% Window 532 nits449 nits1176 nits
HDR Peak 25% Window 531 nits739 nits983 nits
HDR Peak 50% Window 531 nits683 nits723 nits
HDR Peak 100% Window 531 nits552 nits694 nits
HDR Sustained 2% Window 444 nits 304 nits840 nits
HDR Sustained 10% Window 530 nits445 nits1156 nits
HDR Sustained 25% Window 530 nits727 nits974 nits
HDR Sustained 50% Window 530 nits680 nits721 nits
HDR Sustained 100% Window 530 nits551 nits692 nits
HDR ABL 0.0110.0500.028
Native Refresh Rate 60Hz120Hz120Hz
FreeSync Support NoNoNo
GSYNC Support NoNoNo
Input Lag at 1080p/60Hz with Game Mode 9.8 ms15.4 ms19.3 ms
Input Lag at 1080p/120Hz with Game Mode N/A7.2 ms10.8 ms
Input Lag at 1440p/60Hz with Game Mode N/A15.0 ms19.2 ms
Input Lag at 4K/60 Hz with Game Mode 10.2 ms15.1 ms19.1 ms
Input Lag at 4K/60 Hz/10-bit HDR with Game Mode 12.7 ms15.2 ms19.0 ms
Input Lag at 4K/60 Hz/4:4:4 10.2 ms15.1 ms19.1 ms
Input Lag at 1080p/60 Hz without Game Mode 123.8 ms91.1 ms85.7 ms
Input Lag at 4K/60 Hz without Game Mode 123.8 ms90.9 ms85.6 ms
Input Lag at 4K/60 Hz with Interpolation 123.9 ms87.2 ms78.3 ms
Composite Input Support Yes via 3 RCA to AV Input AdapterYes via 3 RCA to AV Input AdapterYes via 3 RCA to AV Input Adapter
Cable/Antenna Input Support YesYesYes
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Screen Sizes

The Sony X800H 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV comes with the most available screen size options as you can pick between 43-inch, 49-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch and 85-inch. With the Sony X900H 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV, you can pick between 5-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch or 85-inch. The Sony X950H 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV is available in 49-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch and 85-inch.

You can take a look at the model number for each screen size for all three television sets below:

  • 43″ X800H: XBR43X800H
  • 49″ X800H: XBR49X800H
  • 55″ X800H: XBR55X800H
  • 65″ X800H: XBR65X800H
  • 75″ X800H: XBR75X800H
  • 85″ X800H: XBR85X800H
  • 55″ X900H: XBR55X900H
  • 65″ X900H: XBR65X900H
  • 75″ X900H: XBR75X900H
  • 85″ X900H: XBR85X900H
  • 49″ X950H: XBR49X950H
  • 55″ X950H: XBR55X950H
  • 65″ X950H: XBR65X950H
  • 75″ X950H: XBR75X950H
  • 85″ X950H: XBR85X950H
The Sony X800H 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV on Amazon.

HDMI Ports

The X800H, X900H and X950H come with four full bandwidth HDMI 2.0 ports. Sony will also be updating the HDMI ports of the X900H to HDMI 2.1 via a firmware update.

HDMI 2.1 Features

Despite not having HDMI 2.1 ports, the Sony X950H does support one HDMI 2.1 feature called eARC, which provides higher-quality audio to an external AV receiver or soundbar.

The X900H also supports the aforementioned eARC in addition to variable refresh rate (to smooth out and remove screen tearing from games with inconsistent frame rates) and ALLM (also known as the auto low latency mode, which will automatically switch your TV settings to a game mode for reduced input lag).

With HDMI 2.1, the X900H will be able to display games in 120 frames per second at up to 4K resolution (the X950H are limited to 1080p or 1440p resolutions if you want to play supported games at 120 fps).

The PlayStation 5, PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X support variable refresh rate and ALLM. The Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles are capable of playing games at 120 frames per second in 4K.

Dolby Vision

All three television sets in this versus guide support Dolby Vision. This HDR feature is being used by the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

HDR10

The 2020 Sony TVs also support HDR10.

HDR10+

However, none of the televisions are compatible with HDR10+.

Wide Color Gamut

The X800H, X900H and X950H 4K UHD Smart LED TVs all utilize a wide color gamut.

HDR Brightness Levels

When it comes to HDR brightness, the X950H easily has the brightest display in all scenes out of this group.

As for the other two sets, the X800H has the brightness advantage over the X900H at HDR Peak 2% Window, HDR Peak 10% Window, HDR Sustained 2% Window and HDR Peak 10% Window. On the other hand, the X900H is brighter than the X800H at HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness, HDR Peak 25% Window, HDR Peak 50% Window, HDR Peak 100% Window, HDR Sustained 25% Window, HDR Sustained 50% Window and HDR Sustained 100% Window.

To really showcase HDR, we recommend televisions that are capable of displaying brightness of at least 500 nits. According to tests done by RTINGS, the X950H is able to comfortably clear this threshold in all scenes. The X900H is able to hit this barometer in all scenes except for HDR Peak 2% Window, HDR Peak 10% Window, HDR Sustained 2% Window and HDR Peak 10% Window. The X800H is able to hit the threshold in every scene except for HDR Peak 2% Window and HDR Sustained 2% Window.

You can take a look at RTINGS HDR brightness test results for the X800H, X900H and X950H below:

HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness

  • X800H: 504 nits
  • X900H: 556 nits
  • X950H: 980 nits

HDR Peak 2% Window

  • X800H: 446 nits
  • X900H: 307 nits
  • X950H: 865 nits

HDR Peak 10% Window

  • X800H: 532 nits
  • X900H: 449 nits
  • X950H: 1176 nits

HDR Peak 25% Window

  • X800H: 531 nits
  • X900H: 739 nits
  • X950H: 983 nits

HDR Peak 50% Window

  • X800H: 531 nits
  • X900H: 683 nits
  • X950H: 723 nits

HDR Peak 100% Window

  • X800H: 531 nits
  • X900H: 552 nits
  • X950H: 694 nits

HDR Sustained 2% Window

  • X800H: 444 nits
  • X900H: 304 nits
  • X950H: 840 nits

HDR Sustained 10% Window

  • X800H: 530 nits
  • X900H: 445 nits
  • X950H: 1156 nits

HDR Sustained 25% Window

  • X800H: 530 nits
  • X900H: 727 nits
  • X950H: 974 nits

HDR Sustained 50% Window

  • X800H: 530 nits
  • X900H: 680 nits
  • X950H: 721 nits

HDR Sustained 100% Window

  • X800H: 530 nits
  • X900H: 551 nits
  • X950H: 692 nits

HDR ABL

  • X800H: 0.011
  • X900H: 0.050
  • X950H: 0.028
The Sony X900H 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV on Amazon.

Native Refresh Rate

The X800H 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV has a native refresh rate of 60 Hz, which means that it can display games at a maximum of 60 frames per second. The X900H 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV and X950H 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV have a native refresh rate of 120 Hz as both television sets are capable of displaying games at up to 120 frames per second.

FreeSync Support

The X800H, X900H and X950H do not support the FreeSync feature from AMD’s GPU when it comes to PC gaming.

GSYNC Support

None of the television sets in this comparison support GSYNC, a feature for NVIDIA’s PC graphics cards.

Input Lag

For a quality gaming experience, we recommend a television with latency that is less than 30 ms. When game mode is activated, all three of the Sony 2020 LED TVs are comfortably below that limit.

When pitted against each other, the Sony X800H comes out on top, according to tests done by RTINGS. The X800H has the lowest input lag at 1080p/60Hz, 4K/60 Hz, 4K/60 Hz/10-bit HDR and 4K/60 Hz/4:4:4.

When playing games at 120Hz, the X900H has lower latency than the X950H at 1080p and 1440p.

The 1080p/60Hz setting is used for the older HDMI home consoles like the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo Switch.

The 1440p/60Hz is utilized by the Xbox One X, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

Both the 4K/60 Hz and 4K/60 Hz/10-bit HDR settings are supported by the PlayStation 4 Pro, PlayStation 5, Xbox One X and Xbox Series X.

PC games can be played in any of the aforementioned display settings in addition to 4K/60 Hz/4:4:4.

You can take a look at RTINGS input lag tests for the X800H, X900H and X950H below:

Input Lag at 1080p/60Hz with Game Mode

  • X800H: 9.8 ms
  • X900H: 15.4 ms
  • X950H: 19.3 ms

Input Lag at 1080p/120Hz with Game Mode

  • X800H: N/A
  • X900H: 7.2 ms
  • X950H: 10.8 ms

Input Lag at 1440p/60Hz with Game Mode

  • X800H: N/A
  • X900H: 15.0 ms
  • X950H: 19.2 ms

Input Lag at 4K/60 Hz with Game Mode

  • X800H: 10.2 ms
  • X900H: 15.1 ms
  • X950H: 19.1 ms

Input Lag at 4K/60 Hz/10-bit HDR with Game Mode

  • X800H: 12.7 ms
  • X900H: 15.2 ms
  • X950H: 19.0 ms

Input Lag at 4K/60 Hz/4:4:4

  • X800H: 10.2 ms
  • X900H: 15.1 ms
  • X950H: 19.1 ms

Input Lag at 1080p/60 Hz without Game Mode

  • X800H: 123.8 ms
  • X900H: 91.1 ms
  • X950H: 85.7 ms

Input Lag at 4K/60 Hz without Game Mode

  • X800H: 123.8 ms
  • X900H: 90.9 ms
  • X950H: 85.6 ms

Input Lag at 4K/60 Hz with Interpolation

  • X800H: 123.9 ms
  • X900H: 87.2 ms
  • X950H: 78.3 ms
The Sony X950H 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV on Amazon.

Composite Input Support

All three television sets come with a composite input although you need to purchase a 3 RCA to AV Input Adapter in order to connect old home consoles like the PS1, PS2, N64, Gamecube and Xbox.

Cable/Antenna Input Support

The X800H, X900H and X950H each come with a cable/antenna input, which means that you should be able to directly connect retro gaming systems like the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis.

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