The Xbox Series X’s custom AMD Radeon GPU provides a serious upgrade for display potential, all the way up to 8k resolution (assuming games eventually support it). If you want to maximize performance and enjoy the full beauty and maximum frame rate of every game you play, you’ll need a monitor to match. We have found these monitors more than up to the task, and we made sure to include a range of displays for different goals. Take a look!
This Samsung Odyssey monitor offers gamers the best of all worlds: It’s equipped with a gorgeous QHD display to take advantage of higher resolutions, and can support up to a 240Hz refresh rate for super-smooth gaming action, plus a 1-millisecond response time. Samsung’s Quantum Dot technology is also generally the best color and brightness you can get without going with OLED. HDR 600 is also supported to improve game visuals exactly as the developers have in mind. The screen is also curved which, while not great for group viewership, does help encourage a more immersive experience for a variety of games.
We would usually mention here that switching from a TV to a monitor for your console often means getting closer to the screen, too, since monitors are almost always designed for a closer experience. However, the large 32-inch size of this monitor allows you to keep a bit of distance without sacrificing too much otherwise. However, if you do plan on using this monitor in a desk setup (it also supports G-Sync and FreeSync, if you want to connect it to a PC), you can downgrade the size to a 27-inch model to save a little money.
Those looking for a more affordable gaming monitor will be pleased with this curved TUF model. It supports WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution and offers a 144Hz refresh rate that can optionally be boosted up to 165Hz. The 1ms response time and Shadow Boost contrast technology also help keep things clear and accurate. GamePlus enhancements and light filters are also perfect options for serious — and lengthy — gaming sessions.
HDR10 is also fully supported to get the most out of enhanced games. In addition to the HDMI 2.0 connection, there’s also a DisplayPort 1.2 port for easier switching back and forth if you’d like to connect a PC as well. FreeSync Premium is also included for a better PC experience.
If you like the elements of our Asus TUF pick but are looking for something a little different and don’t mind paying for it, this sturdy ROG Swift model is a serious upgrade. It swaps out the 32-inch curved screen for a 27-inch flat panel that supports a 2560 x 1440 resolution and up to a 165Hz refresh rate. GamePlus technology for tweaking settings and light filter modes are also available to customize until you find just the right experience. HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2 are included, as are two USB 3.0 ports.
We love this well-rounded monitor as a relatively affordable option for any gaming setup if you’re looking for excellent specs on a budget. The monitor offers a QHD 2560 x 1440 resolution, a 1ms response time, and a 144Hz refresh rate for reliable performance across a variety of demanding games. Color accuracy is excellent, and the HDR10 support ensures that compatible games can really show off. Extra gaming modes like the black stabilizer and crosshair setting are also handy if you feel like being extra competitive. Two HDMI ports and DisplayPort are included for multiple connections on more complex setups.
BenQ’s full 4K (3,840 x 2,160) monitor brings unparalleled eye and filter settings. If you have trouble with eye strain, you’ll love intelligent brightness features that adjust both brightness and color temperature (how much like “daylight” the light spectrum is) based on both content and ambient light conditions. You can also reduce blue light and flicker for added comfort while still enjoying brightness up to 300 cd/m2. Of course, you do have to give up some specs to reach full 4k, which is why the monitor is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB-C are all included for potential video connections.
This ViewSonic model is also a good option if you are looking for a full 4K display but want to save as much money as you can. It also supports HDR10 for automatically improving compatible games and offers both HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort connections. Different mode options include settings for both games and movies, and a blue light filter option is included, too. There’s also an option to upgrade to a 43-inch 4K model that can easily fill the role of a central TV as well, if that setup is more to your liking!
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