The latest generation of consoles is finally upon us, and it appears that both Microsoft and Sony are displaying great price to performance value with their latest Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 respectively. Making amends with the gaming community for the PR nightmare that was the Xbox One launch, Microsoft is offering additional value with their Xbox Series X’s games and services. Not only is the console backwards compatible with all previous generations of Xbox, but with Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass, users will have access to over 100 games for a reasonably-priced monthly subscription.
When it comes to the specifications of the Xbox and the Playstation 5, we can see that both consoles will have a custom AMD Zen 2 CPU with 8 cores and 16 threads, a custom AMD RDNA 2 GPU, 16 GB of GDDR6, and around 1 TB of NVME SSD storage. A slight edge has to be given to Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, as it has a slightly faster CPU (3.8 GHz vs 3.5 GHz), a larger SSD (1 TB vs 825 GB) more FP32 power (12 TFLOPS vs 10.28 TFLOPS), more compute units (52 vs 36) – but at a lesser clock speed of 1.825 GHz vs 2.23 GHz – and a larger memory bus plus bandwidth (320-bit vs 256-bit, 560 GB/s @ 10GB vs 448 GB/s). Ultimately, the performance of these two consoles should still be quite similar, but perhaps the Xbox Series X is closer to being able to deliver its promise of 1440p 120 FPS and 4K 60 FPS gaming.
Now, if you don’t want to sell the Xbox Series X’s specifications short, you are going to need a monitor that can display the full processing power its capable of. Choosing a monitor is generally a good investment to make, as it can work both for console and PC, and it can last longer than the console itself. Additionally, the monitor is also important in that it can dictate how the games will be played. Reaching for too high a framerate or resolution may cause issues that require downscaling, which, in turn, will cause the monitor to have an increase in input lag due to not running on its native resolution and/or framerate.
To help you choose the right monitor for displaying your favorite game-types, as well as the resolution and framerate the Xbox Series X is capable of, we’ve compiled a list of three monitors for the Xbox Series X in three different categories:
- The best monitor for those that love competitive online multiplayer games.
- The best monitor for those that enjoy both multiplayer and single-player titles.
- The best monitor for those than enjoy triple-A single-player games.
Best Monitors for Xbox Series X – Our Recommendations
|Best 1080p 144hz Monitor for Xbox Series X||ASUS VG279Q||27"||AHVA (IPS)|
|Runner Up||AOC C27G1||27"||Curved VA|
|Best 1440p 144hz Monitor for Xbox Series X||ASUS TUF VG27AQ||27"||AHVA (IPS)|
|Runner Up||Dell S2721DGF||27"||IPS|
|Best 4k 60hz Monitor for Xbox Series X||BenQ EL2870U||28"||TN|
|Runner Up||LG 27UK650-W||27"||IPS|
Best 1080p 144hz Monitor for Xbox Series X
To begin the list, we have an option for those that enjoy competitive gaming; be it first-person shooters, fighting games, or even sports games. One of the most important monitor-related aspects when it comes to competitive multiplayers, is input lag. Having as low a response time and input lag is crucial, as that extra 10-20 milliseconds of input lag, found in lesser quality monitors, can make the difference between winning or losing a match.
If you are content with an FHD resolution, then you can rest assured that the Xbox Series X will be able to process it at a high framerate, as is the safest option. 1440p at 144 Hz is very hardware intensive and achieving these metrics will not only depend on the console’s hardware, but also on how well any particular game has been optimized, and how hardware demanding it is.
When it comes to high-quality monitors with minimal input lag, ASUS is – and for the most part always has been – in the top echelon of PC monitor manufacturers. Their 1080p 144 Hz variant, the ASUS VG279Q, has an AHVA IPS panel with an 8-bit depth, capable of displaying 1.68 million colors on its 27-inch screen. To be more specific, in regards to the colors it can show, this monitor covers 99% of the sRGB range, 75% of the Adobe RGB color spectrum, and 72% of the NTSC color space. It displays these colors at a brightness of 400 nits, and a 1,000 to one static contrast ratio. Another great aspect of the IPS panel is that, if you’re playing with friends locally, the viewing angle is large and can be seen from up to 178 degrees in both horizontal and vertical angles. Where the VG279Q excels the most is in regards to latency, as it has a minimum Grey-to-Grey response time of 1 millisecond, a 3 ms average response time, and an insanely low input lag of only 4 milliseconds.
Ergonomics may not seem very important for console gaming, but for long sessions it is important to have a monitor with the flexibility of a comfortable viewing angle. The VG279Q offers amazing versatility in this aspect: Its height can be adjusted by up to 130 millimeters, it can pivot by 90 degrees, it can swivel in both directions by 90 degrees, and it can be tilted forwards and backwards by 5 and 33 degrees respectively. Also, if you want to remove the screen from its stand, in order to mount it on a wall, the screen is also VESA compatible.
Additionally, the VG279Q has one HDMI 1.4 port, one DP 1.2 slot, 1 DVI-D Dual Link port, and two 3.5 mm audio jacks – one audio-in the other audio-out. It even has two integrated 2W speakers, so you don’t have to worry about purchasing additional ones. Other included features are: A 5-way OSD joystick, ELMB Sync (Extreme Low Motion Blur), GamePlus, Trace Free Technology, SPLENDID Video Intelligence technology, a blue light filter and flicker-free technology. The retail price of the ASUS VG279Q is $299. It can be hard to find at times, due to its popularity, so if you do find it make sure to be quick – especially if it’s on sale.
Best 1440p 144hz Monitor for Xbox Series X
If you like competitive games but aren’t too serious about them, meaning that you don’t mind sacrificing frame-perfect inputs for the added visual pleasure of playing triple-A games at a higher resolution, then a 1440p 144 Hz monitor is the way to go. Microsoft has claimed that the Xbox Series X will be capable of processing games on a 1440p resolution monitor at 120 FPS, but whether or not that will hold true for all – or even the majority of – titles is something only time will tell; though it certainly does not seem unlikely. The good news is that hardware demanding games like triple-A titles can be played on resolutions lower than 144 FPS and can still be just as good, while competitive multiplayer games are usually not that hardware demanding, so if there are any games that the Xbox Series X can process at 120 FPS, it will be online multiplayer titles like Fortnite or Valorant.
The 1440p 144 Hz monitor we recommend is ASUS’s, 27-inch, TUF Gaming VG27AQ. Much like the aforementioned VG279Q, this monitor also has an AHVA IPS panel with an 8-bit depth and a W-LED backlight display. It is capable of reproducing 1.68 million colors, covering 99% of the sRGB, 72% of the NTSC, 77% of the DCI P3, and 71% of the Adobe RGB color spaces. It has a brightness of 320 nits that can peak at 350 nits, and an impressive static contrast ratio of 1,200 to one. Once again, thanks to the IPS panel, both viewing angles are 178 degrees, and the MPRT response time is only 1 millisecond; with a 4 millisecond Grey-to-Grey response time and an input lag of only 5.3 milliseconds.
The ergonomics and connectivity included are almost identical to the VG279Q, with the only difference being that the TUF Gaming is missing the 3.5mm audio-in jack and DVI/D Dual Link port. It still does have the two 2-watt speakers, as well as some additional software features like GameVisual, Shadow Boost, and GameFast Input technology.
If you’re looking for a 1440p, 144 Hz monitor, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279AQ will meet and exceed your expectations. It is currently selling for its retail price of $429, which may seem a bit much for a monitor, but it is definitely worth the cost for its quality and value.
Best 4k 60hz Monitor for Xbox Series X
Last, but definitely not least, we have the 4K resolution option at 60 Hz. Once again, Microsoft has stated the Xbox Series X will be capable of supporting this resolution for the next generation of games, but to what extent is definitely questionable. Of course, 4K is definitely not a resolution meant for games that require strict timings online (currently), as processing games at 4K is intensely hardware demanding and very prone to frame drops. Of course, for single-player cinematic titles, this resolution is ideal, for it provides the means to enjoy a game’s graphical achievements at a level of detail that can be mesmerizing. Frame drops for triple-A single-player titles are just a minor inconvenience that will hardly impact the game and its immersive experience. Of course, this doesn’t mean that the response times and input lag of the monitor don’t matter, since timing dependent single-player games do exist, and plenty of frustration can arise if inputs don’t come out on time.
The monitor that offers high fidelity, picture quality, and low input lag all in one – and at an incredibly low price – is the BenQ EL2870U. This monitor has a W-LED backlight display with a 10-bit depth (including Frame Rate Control – FRC), a 300-nit brightness, and the ability to display over one billion colors (30 bits), covering 97% of the sRGB color space, 72% of the NTSC color spectrum, and 70% of the DCI P3 color space. The EL2870U has a TN panel, meaning that the viewing angle isn’t the greatest (170-degree horizontal and 160-degree vertical viewing angles) but the upside to the TN panel is that it has a 1-millisecond G2G response time, a 4-millisecond average response time, and an input lag of only 5 milliseconds – which is quite impressive for a 4K display.
Because this monitor is meant to be viewed from the front, it has very little to offer in terms of ergonomic flexibility. The screen can be tilted forwards and backwards by up to 5 and 15 degrees, and the stand can be removed so that the monitor can be mounted (VESA compatible); but that’s about it.
Connectivity wise we have two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DP 1.4 slot, and a 3.5 mm audio-out jack with HDCP 2.2 compatibility. The monitor has two integrated 2-watt speakers as well. Plenty of features are also included, like AMA (Advanced Motion Accelerator), Brightness Intelligence Plus, flicker-free technology, and a low blue light filter.
Perhaps the most appealing aspect of the BenQ EL2870U is its price, as it can currently be found for only $299 – down from its original $499 retail price.