After seven long years, the new generation of gaming consoles are finally about to release. The Sony Playstation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X (and S) both make use of AMD’s Zen 2 processors and custom-built AMD RDNA2 GPUs; offering great value for their $499 price tag.
In terms of overall specifications, the Xbox Series X does have a slight edge on the Playstation 5, but ultimately the performance of the two consoles should be very similar. Both consoles feature an eight-core, 16-thread, CPU with a 3.8 GHz frequency for the Xbox, and 3.5 GHz frequency for the Playstation 5. Additionally, though both consoles will have a RDNA2 GPU, the one featured in the Xbox has a higher FP32 computing power of 12 TFLOPS, whereas the PS5 has 10.28 TFLOPS, and 16 less compute units (52 vs 36). However, the PS5’s GPU does have a faster clock speed at 2.23 GHz, versus Xbox’s 1.825 GHz; as well as a faster memory bandwidth of 560 GB/s and 320-bit bus width, against the 448 GB/s memory bandwidth and 256-bit bus width of the Xbox. Despite these minor differences, both console manufacturers have promised to deliver 1440p resolutions at 120 FPS, and 4K resolutions at 60 FPS – which seems like a tall order, but one that they will hopefully fulfill. Finally, it must be said that the Xbox Series X also has an edge in regards to backwards compatibility, as it can play any previous generation Xbox games, whereas the Playstation 5 will only be backwards compatible with Playstation 4 titles.
Still, no matter how much of a hardware advantage the Xbox has over the PS5, the exclusive titles are what console enthusiast are eager to play, and this is where Sony has a considerable edge. With exclusive IPs like God of War, Demon Souls, and the controversial, yet successful, The Last of Us series – to name a few – there’s good reason why the Playstation 5 has seen such a large amount of pre-orders, in comparison to the Xbox Series X.
So, if you’ve chosen to go the Sony route in terms of next generation gaming, we can’t blame you. What we can do, however, is help you choose the right monitor that will display the full processing power that the Playstation 5 is capable of. It is important to note that investing in a monitor – be it for a console or for a PC – is always a worthy investment to make, as it can be used for many years to come.
Choosing the right monitor for your preferences is also of equal importance, since the resolution and framerate will dictate how the games will be played. Too high a framerate, or too high of a resolution, may cause performance issues, which in turn will require downscaling that can cause additional input lag, due to the monitor not operating in its native metrics.
There are three resolution/framerate combos that we can recommend depending on your style of gaming:
1080p 144 Hz: For competitive gamers that require low input lag and who cannot afford framerate drops.
1440p 144 Hz: For those that enjoy both online multiplayers and triple-A single player titles.
4K 60 Hz: For gamers that solely enjoy single player AAA titles and want to enjoy them at the peak of their graphical capabilities.
To help you find the best monitor for your needs, we have compiled a list of the best monitor for each of these three categories to pair with the Sony Playstation 5 – for our Xbox Series X Monitor companion article, click here.
Best Gaming Monitors for Playstation 5 – Our Recommendations
Best 1080p 144Hz Gaming Monitor for PS5
Gaming on a competitive level means that there’s no leeway for frame drops and input lag, as every frame and every input could mean the difference between a win and a loss. Hence, why a 1080p monitor has been selected, as this is a resolution the Playstation 5 can easily handle no matter what the title. Instead of for the resolutions, its processing power can be utilized for maintaining high framerates, which are especially useful for first or third person shooters.
When it comes to gaming monitors, its hard to beat the track record of ASUS, who has been a leader in the industry for several years, as they’ve released several offline tournament-standard monitors. The reason why they’ve been so popular for offline tournaments is due both to their monitors’ reliability, as well as their exceptionally low input lag. For the 1080p 144 Hz category, ASUS features the VG279Q.
The IPS panel of this monitor allows for a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees, both vertically and horizontally, which is ideal for playing console games with others in an offline setting. Additionally, this panel has an 8-bit depth, and can display upwards of 1.68 million colors; covering 99% of the sRGB color space, 75% of the Adobe RGB color space, and 72% of the NTSC spectrum. The static contrast ratio of the VG279Q is 1,000 to one, and its brightness level can reach up to 400 nits.
As mentioned previously, ASUS excels in creating low-latency monitors, and the VG279Q is no exception. It has a grey-to-grey (G2G) response time of only one millisecond, an average response time of only three milliseconds, and an input lag of only four milliseconds. Especially for an IPS panel, this is exceptional performance.
The VG279Q also excels in ergonomic versatility, as this monitor can have its height adjusted but 130 mm, it can pivot by 90 degrees, it can swivel by 90 degrees in both directions, and it can be tilted forwards by five degrees, or backwards by 33 degrees. If you prefer mounting the monitor on a wall, the VG279’s stand can be removed and the monitor can by mounted according to the Video Electronics Standards Association’s (VESA) predetermined measurements.
Connectivity wise, the VG279Q can be connected to the Playstation five via its HDMI 1.4 port, though it also has a DisplayPort 1.2, and even a Digital Visual Interface (DVI-D Dual LINK) port. For audio, it has two 3.5 mm audio jacks (one audio-in and one audio-out), as well as two integrated 2 W speakers, which is an ideal feature for a console setting.
Additional features include, ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur), ASUS’s GamePlus, Trace Free Technology (TFT), SPLENDID Video Intelligence Technology, a blue light filter, and a five-way OSD joystick – among others. The ASUS VG279Q can currently be found for $289.99, and will become available on November the 1st. It is important to mention that due to this monitor’s popularity, it can be hard to find at times, so, if you do find it available, don’t let the opportunity pass you by.
Best 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitor for PS5
ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQ
Increasing the resolution means that the processing load also increases exponentially, which is why we wouldn’t recommend a 1440p 144 Hz monitor for those that are seriously competitive with their console gaming – unless you know that the games you play are not hardware intensive. Of course, Sony has mentioned that the Playstation 5 will be able to play titles at 1440p and 120 Hz framerates, but considering how even the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti has had difficulty processing Call of Duty: Warzone at 144 FPS at 1440p – using an Intel i9-9900K processor – chances are the Playstation 5 will not be able to hold its promise for many titles, especially as the generation of games progresses. That being said, even if certain games, like triple-A titles, don’t reach 120 FPS, anything at or above 60 FPS can still be as visually impressive, especially at this higher resolution.
Once again, we have to recommend an ASUS monitor, which this time is the TUF Gaming VG27AQ. This monitor, like the aforementioned VG279Q, makes use of a similar AHVA IPS panel, so it can also be used for offline multiplayers with its wide viewing angles. It has an eight-bit depth and a W-LED backlight display that can reach a brightness level of up to 350 nits. In terms of the colors it can display, it fairs similarly to its 1080p variant, as it can show 99% of the sRGB color space, 72% of the NTSC spectrum, 77% of the DCI P3 spectrum, and 71% of the Adobe RGB color space. Where it surpasses the VG279Q is its static contrast ratio, which is 1,200 to one.
In terms of input lag and G2G response times, as is standard with ASUS monitors, the VG27AQ displays exceptional performance. It has a one millisecond MPRT response time, a four millisecond G2G response time, and an input lag of only 5.3 milliseconds.
Similar again to the VG279Q, this monitor offers a full array of ergonomic versatility, as well as two integrated 2 W speakers. It also includes two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.2, and one 3.5 mm audio-out. Note that this monitor can have its refresh rate overclocked to 165 Hz, but can only do so when plugged into a device via the DisplayPort. The HDMI port, which is needed for the Playstation 5, can still support 144 Hz.
Additional features for this monitor include: A 5-way OSD joystick, Adaptative-Sync, ELMB, GameFast Input technology, GamePlus, GameVisual, Shadow Boost, Trace Free technology, and Flicker-Free technology.
Like the VG279Q, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQ is also a very popular monitor that can be difficult to find at times. It has an MSRP of $499, but its price does fluctuate according to availability. For its retail price it is a bit expensive, but it’s still worth every penny for its all-around quality and performance.
Best 4k 60Hz Gaming Monitor for PS5
Finally, we have the ultimate in gaming resolution: 3840 x 2160. Now, chances are that there will be titles that the Playstation 5 will struggle to maintain 60 FPS at a 4K resolution, but considering how many single player titles were natively running at 30 FPS on the Playstation 4, and considering that you can always just downscale the resolution if things get too ugly, playing at 4K is definitely worth the risk. Also, it may be said that single player titles deal with frame drops better than competitive online multiplayers, but you still want to have as little input lag possible, especially for challenging, or timing-dependent, titles like Demon Souls. This is the reason why we’ve chosen to showcase a TN panel, which may suffer slightly in its viewing angle, but has an excellent response time that is otherwise lacking in 4K displays.
We speak, of course, of the BenQ EL270U. This TN panel features a 10-bit depth (8 bit + Frame Rate Control) and a W-LED backlight display capable of reaching a 300-nit brightness. Its color gamut is where this monitor shines. It can display over one billion colors, including 97% of the sRGB, 72% of the NTSC, and 70% of the DCI P3 color spaces.
As previously mentioned, the viewing angle does suffer due to the TN panel, with a 160-degree vertical and 170-degree horizontal viewing angles, but for single player games this should hardly be an issue, as you are meant to view the screen from the front. Due to this limitation, the EL2870U does not feature much in terms of ergonomic flexibility – but it can be removed from its stand and mounted on a wall, and it is VESA compatible.
Sacrificing that viewing angle does come with an upside, as it means an exception one millisecond G2G response time, a four-millisecond average response time, and an input lag of only five milliseconds; all being exceptional metrics for a 4K monitor.
In terms of connectivity, we have two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DP 1.4, and a 3.5 mm audio jack – though two 2W speakers are also included.
Additionally, we have plenty of features, like Advance Motion Accelerator (AMA), Brightness Intelligence Plus, Flicker-Free technology, and a low blue light filter option. The BenQ EL2870 has a retail price of $499, but can be found for as low as $299 when on sale, so keep an eye out for this monitor as it is a brilliant option for 4K gaming, and especially so for the Playstation 5.