The launch of the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S is getting closer and closer. This next generation console boasts impressive architectural improvements in terms of CPU, GPU and I/O. In fact, its by far the biggest leap in performance a console has ever seen. Microsoft’s main goal is to disrupt the console market with a custom designed Zen 2 CPU and Navi APU by providing an estimated 4 times the power of the previous generation console along with drastically reducing load times in order to allow developers to create the worlds and games they have always envisioned. A new exciting feature of the Xbox Series X and S is the ability to support higher frame rates and resolutions which were never hit before in such a small package; we’re talking up to 8K and 120Hz.
The new high speed solid state drives will allow Series X to use the SSD as virtual RAM, tremendously decreasing load times. Loading screens will be much shorter and immersive game worlds will load much faster that ever before. Thanks to these revolutionary improvements to the raw performance of the consoles, you will need a great monitor or TV in order to enjoy them. It will be best to pair with a display with fast response times and low input lag. Its also important to note that the screen needs to support Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and variable refresh rate technology such as Freesync 2, in order to enjoy a tear free smooth experience.
Main areas to focus on
1. Display resolution
This new Xbox Series X will support the huge 8K resolution over HDMI 2.1 but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be the recommended resolution to play on. Lets be honest, we’re still far from high-performance 8K gaming since we’ve just started to handle 4K very well since a few years ago; the option is there if you’ve already got an 8K TV and want to try some undemanding games but you can’t expect a lot of them to work above 30 FPS without any form of software or hardware scaling.
If you happen to be in the market for an 8K display then the Dell UltraSharp 8K 32″ Monitor provides a crystal clear environment for games, videos and movies; it supports video input through Display Port though so you’ll need an adapter in order to pair well with the new generation consoles. The advantages of an 8K monitor start to become apparent for higher diagonal devices, 4K still being very good for 32″, but if you’re also buying this monitor for content creation or general creative work then it will be a great addition to your arsenal.
You should also take into consideration that the new consoles are built with high refresh rate in mind so getting a lower resolution monitor in order to get higher FPS is still a solid idea; for the people that are planning to do couch gaming and are going to sit a respectable 1-2 metres+ from the TV/monitor then 1080p or 1440p are better resolutions that allow you to enjoy the fluidity of higher refresh rate.
2. Response Times
If you’re going to buy into the performance of the next generation Xbox Series X then it would be a shame to use a display with slower response time that can introduce a lot of ghosting. The monitor shouldn’t hold you back so its time to get one with a faster response time. Monitors with TN panels offer amazing response times of 1ms but they suffer from bad viewing angles and poor color reproduction. IPS panels have very good color accuracy and respectable response times but they may get pricy if you’re also looking for one with a higher refresh rate. VA (Vertical Alignment) panels are also an alternative that sit right between TN and IPS in performance; they manage to give a very good picture while also having good viewing angles, color accuracy and great refresh rates. They are also cheaper than the average IPS panel.
By far the best display panel that you can get are OLEDs and QLEDs which are indeed expensive but provide the best picture quality/color accuracy, respectably low response times and good refresh rates. If budget isn’t much of an issue, you should definitely look into OLED TVs or monitors for your next purchase.
Like the current generation consoles, the upcoming Xbox Series X and Series S support AMD’s adaptive sync technology that prevents screen tearing for smooth and fluid gameplay at any FPS. To use this technology, you’ll need a monitor that supports Freesync over HDMI. There’s also a new Freesync standard called FreeSync 2 or FreeSync Premium Pro which is the latest variable refresh rate technology; that will provide you with support for dynamic refresh rates and High Dynamic Range 10 standard. HDR-enabled panels will take you in a new world of immersive-ness and words cannot the full ‘picture’ of this technology – you need to see it with your own eyes!
If Freesync 2 seems like a good deal to you then Low Framerate Compensation (LFC) is equally important thanks to its ability to widen the adaptive refresh rate interval. FreeSync doesn’t come into play when playing games with frame rates below the adaptive frame rate range (e.g 30 FPS) but with LFC, the monitor will intelligently display frame rates multiple times in order to get over the FreeSync 2 threshold and activate it in the process. Fluid and stutter free game play should work every time and in any demanding game with these two technologies combined.
The best highlight of the new Xbox Series X console is the higher resolution and refresh rates. Series X will support 8K resolution with frame rates up to 120 fps. Even if this claim is not inclusive, meaning that with a higher resolution you’ll probably drop to lower frame rates and with a lower resolution you’ll enjoy top the top 120Hz, the hardware behind these consoles are revolutionizing gaming at a more friendly budget than the one needed to build a PC.
In order to better cover all the budget options in the TV market, we’ve provided display panels at four different price points which are either feature-packed or very value-oriented towards the Xbox Series X. We have something for every wallet so let’s get into the recommended display list for the Xbox Series X and Series S!
Best Gaming TVs for Xbox Series X – Our Recommendations
1. LG 65″ Class CX Series Smart OLED 4K TV
Best High End Gaming TV for Next Gen Consoles
This LG panel sits pretty comfortably at the top end of the high-performance TV stack where it impresses with a strong feature set and a competitive price. Dolby Vision and HDR10 compatible, this 4K 120Hz TV can be paired through the HDMI 2.1 ports in order to provide the greatest gaming experience. The superior picture quality is available thanks to the emissive OLED display which allows the pixels to emit their own light; that means you get to experience true blacks and a new dimension of contrast and HDR experience.
Thanks to its FreeSync 2 implementation and LFC, we can’t think of a better way to experience the capabilities of Xbox Series X (or PS5’s) in a gaming environment. You’ll basically never get screen tearing or a choppy frame rate no matter what you’re playing and thanks to the multiple HDMI 2.1 ports, you can pair this display to a high performance PC at the same time with a console. 4K 120Hz is possible out of the box and if there’s any game that may run at lower performance due to lower FPS then this TV’s upscaling algorithm is a gem and it will allow you to hit that nice refresh rate without sacrificing much of the picture quality.
The LG CX series is the benchmark of the segment and all in all, an amazing proposition for those who want the best of the best and can afford to pay north of $2,000 for a Smart TV with excellent gaming capabilities. The combination of hardware features powered by stellar software integration makes this TV a must recommend.
2. Samsung 55″ Class Q90T Smart QLED 4K TV
Best High End Gaming TV with Incredible Value
If you are willing to compromise on the panel just a bit and consider $1,400 a much more fit price for a great gaming TV then this Samsung Q90T is a great alternative of the LG CX Series. It brings a great feature set, very similar to the previous TV we recommended but with a QLED panel instead of OLED. We consider this TV a great sweet spot for every enthusiast who wants to be more friendly with their wallet. With an even better peak brightness of 1,500 nits this TV can easily display high contrast visuals; inky blacks next to some vibrant pixels still look gorgeous but slightly less impressive than with the previous OLED panel. Anyway, you’ll have to search a lot for that little difference because the color accuracy is still amazing.
Packed with a native 4K resolution, FreeSync, HDR10+, LFC and a display refresh rate of 120Hz, you can only expect a great experience and we truly believe you will. The only slight downside of the I/O on this TV is the presence of a single HDMI 2.1 port and 3 x HDMI 2.0 ports; be sure to use that 2.1 port for the Xbox Series X in order to take advantage of that big amount of throughput necessary for 4K 120Hz.
We believe getting a QLED instead of an OLED is a very slight sacrifice in order to not break the bank on a Smart TV purchase and this Samsung Q90T is exactly it. Plus, the software stack is arguably even more impressive than on the LG CX Series.
3. TCL 55″ Class 6-Series QLED Roku Smart TV
Best Budget Gaming TV for Next Gen Consoles
At around the $650 retail price, this 55″ TV provides an affordable pairing with 4K native resolutions and HDR support. Its 240 local dimming zones of the Mini LED QLED panel allows Dolby Vision and HDR 10 while getting a very strong contrast ratio. The only aspect you’ll notably compromise on is the ability to play at 4K 120Hz because this panel doesn’t support inputs for that resolution; you’re can either choose to play at 4K 60Hz or 1440p (or lower) 120Hz. This is mainly due to the absence of a HDMI 2.0 port because the panel looks like it could handle it.
This TV’s impressive software stack can detect when you’re done with your casual Netflix or YouTube session and immediately switch to a high performance game mode where high and variable refresh rate is enabled; this feature is called Certified Game Mode. Input lag is also heavily reduced and the low pixel response time will give you a great edge in fast paced action or eSports games.
Some corners have been cut here and there and even though this TV can’t handle the Xbox Series X’s 4K 120Hz output (because of the lack of a HDMI 2.1 port), you can’t argue with the $650 price point. It brings incredible value as a gaming TV alone but then it also doubles as a huge 4K 55″ panel which can be used for other various activities besides gaming.
4. Hisense 55″ Class H8G Quantum Series ULED Smart TVs
Best Cheap Gaming TV for Next Gen Consoles
Don’t be fooled by the lack of a flashy brand name as this ~$500 retail TV puts up some serious numbers. One of the cheapest 4K TVs that you can buy but it still offers great looking HDR content on a Quantum Dot powered display while peaking its brightness at ~700 nits; this panel is no slouch and we recommend you should take it into consideration. Oh and have we mentioned that the H8G also supports the popular Dolby Vision and HDR10+ format? That’s crazy at this price. Color accuracy out of the way, lets focus on gaming performance.
It has an integrated game mode that helps keep the input lag down at 1ms that you can use when you’re playing your competitive games. Some screen fade and slightly lower brightness is apparent in this game mode. Its only notable downsides are the lack of HDMI 2.1 and variable refresh rate (FreeSync support) and that means you’ll be able to play your games at ‘just’ 4K 60Hz. We would believe that’s still exciting for a TV that costs as much as the future Xbox Series X. Food for thought, you can upgrade your full living room entertainment experience with just $1,000.
The Hisense H8G is running Android TV so you have ample support for any of your favorite streaming apps and some separate games from their app store. Overall, a great value offer we certainly had a hard time believing how cheap this TV is for how much it offers.
We finish here the round-up of 4 amazing TVs which we think can pair very well with Microsoft’s and Sony’s upcoming console generation. Many people shy away from a demanding gaming PC and prefer the ease of use of a console; this is why this market is very important and popular. Today we’ve gone through TVs that are absolute gems picture and performance-wise, like the LG CX (pronounced C-10) series and also more value-oriented options that make few compromises. The general rule is that the higher you go up the TV product stack, the fewer additional features you’re going to get; that’s the sad truth but that bodes very well for budget entertainment seekers for which we’ve covered two excellent panels at $500 and $650.
The new Xbox Series X console is going to be launched on November 10 so there’s still 2 months to go until then, allowing ample time to choose a suitable TV as a new purchase or an upgrade over the one you already have. Here at PremiumBuilds, we are passionate about features and value and you can be sure that the products showcased are well researched and tested before they make it into our recommendations. We also love to hear your thoughts and we’re happy to answer in the comment section below!