Best 4K TV 2018: 6 awesome Ultra-HD TVs you need to see to believe

Best 4K TVs Buying Guide: Welcome to TechRadar’s round-up of the best 4K TVs you can buy for any budget in 2018.

There has never been a better time to buy a 4K Ultra-HD TV. The technology is better now than it’s ever been, and 4K content has become the new norm for streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, as well as Blu-ray discs.

Yes, far from being the niche technology that it was a few years ago, 4K (also known as Ultra HD) is the 4x improvement your TV has been waiting for.

But making a good 4K TVs isn’t just about how many pixels you can push to a screen; it’s about the quality of those pixels. To that end, there’s even newer technology that we’re excited about, like High Dynamic Range and Wide Colour Gamut, that promise to take all those new pixels and make them truly shine.

If the world of TV buying feels unapproachable when you’re first getting into it, don’t worry. Give it some time and it will all make sense. Plus, you’ve got us here to help you pick out the best 4K TV on the market.

Over the years, hundreds of TVs have passed through our reviewers’ doorsteps. Using that wealth of experience, we’ve created a list of the best 4K TVs. We constantly update the list with the latest and greatest panels, so if you see things shuffled around a bit since the last time you were here, don’t freak out.

Check out our video above for an introduction to the world of 4K.

What you need to know about 4K TVs

Not only do these screens have four times the amount of pixels as their aged (but still-revered) 1080p brethren, but 4K screens also usually pack in screen technology like High Dynamic Range (

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Westworld’s free Alexa game is like a radio drama crossed with a quiz show

Westworld is known for slipping elaborate story hints into its viral marketing material, giving fans an early look at upcoming plot developments. Westworld: The Maze, a short game released today for Amazon Alexa devices, does the opposite. It’s a clever tie-in narrative that draws on players’ existing knowledge of Westworld lore — or at least their skill at navigating the Westworld wiki.

The Maze follows a voice-controlled “choose your own adventure” format that other Alexa games have used. You play a host who’s just beginning to wake up to the nature of Westworld’s true reality, thanks to some cryptic advice from a mysterious character in Westworld’s Sweetwater saloon. Your goal is to find the center of a metaphorical maze, but to…

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Microsoft says it’s no longer planning VR support on Xbox

Microsoft has completely pulled back on plans to support virtual reality headsets on the Xbox. In an interview with Gamesindustry.biz, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer of gaming Mike Nichols said that “we don’t have any plans specific to Xbox consoles in virtual reality or mixed reality.” Nichols goes on to say that the PC is “probably the best platform” for virtual and mixed reality, and that for the Xbox, “our focus is primarily on experiences you would play on your TV.”

This basically completes the slow decay of Microsoft’s console VR plans, at least for now. In 2016, Xbox chief Phil Spencer said that the upcoming Project Scorpio console would support “high-end VR” like that available on Windows PCs. Since Microsoft had previously…

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Instagram goes all-in on longer videos in an effort to shut down YouTube

Just as we had expected, Instagram has just unveiled a new app called IGTV that allows users to post long-form videos up to 10 minutes in length for the average user, and up to an hour for the platform’s superstars.

You’ll see videos appear both inside the Instagram app and inside IGTV with the latter focusing on taking screen time away from platforms like YouTube which is currently dominating the ad-driven streaming video space.

Like YouTube, IGTV will focus its spotlight on its brightest stars allowing you to uncover new channels and personas that appeal to your specific interests. You’ll be able to pop from regular Instagram to IGTV with the press of a button on the app’s homescreen, and IGTV will retain a lot of the look and feel of traditional Instagram.

The differentiating factor between them is that everyone will be given access to vertical videos, not just the social media’s elite. This will allow for more immersion, Instagram hopes, and longer sessions than the traditional app has allowed.

Will Instagram become the new YouTube?

What you’ll see when you first open up IGTV is a full screen video – something that has been curated for you – behind a row of tabs. These tabs contain other recommended videos that are sorted in a number of different ways (‘For You’, ‘Following’, ‘Popular’, etc…) and you can swap between channels by touching any of the videos that you see on the screen.

While you’re watching the videos, you can comment, share or like without leaving the full-screen video mode – a property Instagram seems to have borrowed from its parent company, Facebook.

Uploading a video is as simple as going to the profile screen and selecting a video from your camera roll, just like you would’ve done with the original Instagram.

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