Best Gaming Monitor For PS4 And XBOX One For 2020 – Buyer’s Guide and Monitor Reviews

While using a TV as the display for your console is convenient and may seem like a good option because of its big screen, you will have to cope with its slow response time and high input lag.

That’s why if you want a responsive and enjoyable gaming experience, but have a limited budget, buying a new monitor is the way to go.

In this buyer’s guide, you will find the best gaming monitors for PS4 and Xbox One as well as everything you need to know in order to decide which one is the best pick for you!

The 5 Best Gaming Monitors For Xbox One And PS4 In 2020

MonitorSizePanelResolutionRefresh RateVRR 
32”IPS1920×108060HzNone
32”VA1920×108075HzFreeSync
27”VA1920×108060HzNone
27”IPS1920×108075HzFreeSync
24”TN1920×108060HzNone

All five console gaming monitors will provide you with an input lag performance and a response time speed that are unmatched by any TV that’s available at this price range.

However, as these monitors differ from each other in screen sizepanel type, and specific features, make sure to follow our guidelines and tips in order to pick the ideal display for you.

Since this guide is primarily intended for the standard Xbox One and PS4 consoles, all monitors feature Full HD 1920×1080 resolution and a native 60Hz refresh rate.

Do you have the PS4 Pro or Xbox One S/X? Visit our best gaming monitors for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro guide.

If you are looking for a smart TV that can handle PC and console games, check out the best gaming TVs for PS4 Pro/Xbox One X and the best TVs for gaming on PS4/Xbox One.

Finally, if you’re looking for a monitor mainly for PC gaming and secondly for console gaming, visit our ultimate gaming monitors guide.

LG 32ML600M – Affordable 32" HDR Monitor

Best Monifor For Consoles 1080p

About the Monitor

If you are looking for the biggest PC monitor for PS4 and Xbox One gaming, we don’t recommend going over 32″.

Because you are limited to 1080p, a larger screen than 32″ would provide you with a really low pixel-per-inch ratio which results in a pixel-y image and smudgy details.

The LG 32ML600M is the best 32″ 1080p monitor with an IPS panel, and it’s also the only display with these specs that offers HDR (High Dynamic Range) support. 

Image Quality

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Pixel density i.e. pixel-per-inch (PPI) ratio

Out of all three panel technologies, which include IPS (In-Plane Switching), TN (Twisted Nematic), and VA (Vertical Alignment), IPS monitors offer the widest viewing angles and the most accurate, consistent, and vibrant colors.

The wide 178-degree viewing angles ensure that the picture won’t shift in color, contrast, or brightness when you watch the screen at skewed angles.

IPS panels also offer a fast pixel response time speed; though it’s not as fast as that of TN panels, it’s still quick enough to eliminate any prominent ghosting of fast-moving objects in video games.

Note that on a 32″ screen, 1080p resolution has a pixel density of 70 pixels per inch (PPI) meaning that it’s not ideal for regular PC use as individual pixels will be noticeable from up-close.

32″ 1080p displays are more suited for gaming at a distance. In fact, at around 4 ft (~120cm), you won’t be able to notice the individual pixels. Think of the LG 32ML600M as a small TV with responsiveness of a gaming monitor.

Now, as we’ve mentioned, the monitor also supports HDR.

Naturally, you cannot expect the same HDR viewing experience as you’d get from a 4K HDR TV since the LG 32ML600M has only 1080p resolution, a 300-nit peak brightness, and a 1,200:1 contrast ratio, but the colors will be just as vivid as that of some more expensive TVs.

Add to that the fact that the LG 32ML600M is also considerably cheaper and faster than any HDR TV even near this price range, you get a pretty well-balanced image quality and performance for the money.

Features

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Moving on, the LG 32ML600M also offers plenty of gaming features including custom crosshair overlays, Black Stabilizer (improves visibility in darker games), Dynamic Action Sync (minimizes input lag), and On-Screen Control (allows OSD adjustments in a desktop application). 

Just like all monitors included in this guide, the LG 32ML600M doesn’t use PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) to regulate brightness, so it is flicker-free. It also has a built-in low-blue light filter, so you can game for hours without straining your eyes.

Design & Connectivity

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The LG 32ML600M Xbox One and PS4 monitor features a simplistic and elegant design with a low-haze anti-glare matte screen coating, -5/10 degree tilt adjustability, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility in case you want to mount the screen on a third-party stand.

When it comes to connectivity, you will find two HDMI ports, a single VGA input, and a headphones jack.

The Pros

  • Precise, consistent, and rich colors
  • HDR support with wide color gamut
  • Quick response time speed

The Cons

  • Not practical for PC use due to low pixel density
  • No AMD FreeSync
  • Tilt-only stand

Philips 328E9QJAB – 32" Curved Monitor With FreeSync

Best Monitor For Xbox One 2020

About the Monitor

The Philips 328E9QJAB is the best 32″ 1080p monitor with a VA panel. It doesn’t support HDR, but it has a higher contrast ratio, a curved screen, and AMD FreeSync.

Image Quality

The VA panel of the Philips 328E9QJAB monitor provides a superior contrast ratio of 3,000:1 which makes for deeper blacks and a more vivid relation between the darkest and the brightest tones.

However, the colors are not as accurate and punchy as they are on IPS models. There is no obviously better option here, some prefer higher contrast (VA), and some prefer better colors (IPS).

The Philips 328E9QJAB does have a bit wider color gamut covering 123% of the sRGB color space.

So, the picture will have saturated colors for a more immersive viewing experience – or you can stick with the regular sRGB gamut by selecting ‘sRGB’ under the ‘Color’ settings in the OSD menu of the monitor.

The viewing angles are almost as good as they are on IPS panels. Some minor shifts in contrast are expected, but only if you’re looking at the screen from a really skewed angle.

Another thing where IPS panels are better than VA is pixel response time, particularly when it comes to transitioning of dark pixels. So, in really dark games, you may notice some smearing of fast-moving objects, but nothing game-breaking.

Features

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Turning to the features, the Philips 328E9QJAB supports AMD FreeSync over HDMI and DisplayPort.

If you have a compatible graphics card, or an Xbox One console, FreeSync will allow the monitor to change its refresh rate dynamically according to the frame rate provided by the GPU.

This way, all screen tearing and stuttering is removed without any noticeable (~1ms) input lag penalty.

Now, the Philips 328E9QJAB FreeSync range is 48-75Hz/FPS, so if your FPS rate is under 48, it won’t work which is bad news for console games that are limited to 30FPS.

However, since FreeSync is based on VESA’s Adaptive-Sync standard, which is free, it doesn’t increase the monitor’s price. So, even if most of your games are limited to 30FPS, it’s nice to have this feature for other games or if you have a PC with a FreeSync-compatible graphics card.

Other noteworthy features include SmartImage (FPS, RTS, Racing, and two Gamer customizable picture presets), SmartResponse (four response time overdrive modes), five gamma presets, and a low-blue light mode.

Design & Connectivity

Best Gaming Monitor For Xbox One

The Philips 328E9QJAB has a subtle screen curvature of 1800R, ultra-thin glossy bezels, 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility, and a low-haze anti-glare screen coating while its stand is tilt-only.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, VGA, a headphones jack, and two 3W integrated speakers.

The Pros

  • Large curved screen
  • High contrast ratio and wide color gamut
  • AMD FreeSync up to 75Hz
  • Built-in speakers and DisplayPort included

The Cons

  • Not practical for PC use due to low pixel density
  • Tilt-only stand
  • Minor ghosting visible in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes

BenQ EW277HDR - 27" HDR Monitor

Best 1080p Hdr Monitor For Xbox One

About the Monitor

In case you want something that’s more practical for PC use and has a VA panel, the BenQ EW277HDR is for you. It’s not curved nor does it support AMD FreeSync, but it has HDR and a pretty high peak brightness.

Image Quality

With the BenQ EW277HDR, you get the same 3,000:1 contrast ratio for deep blacks as well as a wide color gamut (93% DCI-P3) for more saturated colors.

Plus, you get a higher peak brightness which boosts from regular 300-nits to 400-nits when HDR content is detected for more vivid details in the shadows and highlights of the picture.

The higher pixel density also makes for more screen real estate and sharper details. While 81 pixels per inch is still not ideal for PC use, it’s much better than 70 PPI of the 32″ 1080p models.

Just like with the Philips 328E9QJAB, there is a bit of visible motion blur in fast-paced games, particularly in darker scenes. For slower and more graphically-oriented games, this isn’t an issue at all. If you mostly play FPS games though, consider the 27″ IPS gaming monitor we’ll get into next.

Features

The BenQ EW277HDR also offers the unique Brightness Intelligence Plus technology which consists of built-in sensors that automatically adjust the screen’s brightness and color temperature according to ambient lighting.

This will ensure the optimal picture quality as well as a comfortable and healthy viewing experience for your eyes.

Design & Connectivity

Best 1080p Hdr Monitor For Ps4

Unfortunately, the gorgeous thin-bezel design of the monitor is tilt-only and not VESA mount compatible while connectivity options include two HDMI ports, VGA, a headphones jack, and two 2W integrated speakers.

The Pros

  • High contrast ratio and wide color gamut
  • HDR support
  • Excellent peak luminance for the price
  • Brightness Intelligence Plus technology

The Cons

  • Tilt-only stand
  • No VESA mount compatibility
  • No AMD FreeSync

Acer CB272 – 27" IPS Monitor With FreeSync

Best Xbox One Gaming Monitor

About the Monitor

Want an affordable IPS monitor with gorgeous colors as well as AMD FreeSync for your Xbox One? The Acer CB272 is an excellent display for the price with bunch of extra features and it even includes a versatile stand!

Image Quality

Featuring an IPS panel with 8-bit color depth, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, a 250-nit peak brightness, and wide 178-degree viewing angles, the Acer CB272 offers a great image quality considering its price of just $150.

What’s more, it has a quick response time speed for virtually no ghosting in fast-paced video games.

As we said earlier, 1080p on 27″ monitor isn’t perfect for office-related use involving productivity work and spreadsheets, but it’s okay for gaming, especialy if you sit a bit further from the screen.

Features

The Acer CB272 supports AMD FreeSync over both HDMI and DisplayPort with a 48-75Hz range.

Further, it has a Motion Blur Reduction technology called VRB (Visual Response Boost) which can, via backlight strobing, further eliminate trailing of fast-moving objects for CRT-like motion clarity.

Alas, this feature can only be used if the refresh rate is set at 75Hz, so you won’t be able to take advantage of it on consoles, only on PC.

Other available features include Black Boost (for better visibility in darker games), customizable and pre-optimized picture presets including sRGB Mode, and advanced picture adjustment tools such as gamma, grayscale, and 6-axis hue/saturation.

Design & Connectivity

Best Xbox One Monitor

The design of the monitor is another exceptionally good feature of the Acer CB272 for its price. You get a gorgeous slim design with ultra-thin bezels as well as full ergonomic support with up to 120mm height adjustment, 360° swivel, 90° pivot, -5°/20° tilt, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, VGA, a headphones jack, and two 2W built-in speakers. Unfortunately, only VGA and audio cables are provided with the monitor.

Alternatives

If you want a smaller version of this monitor, there’s the Acer CB242Y. It’s a 24″ screen which offers a great pixel density for PC use. It has all the same specs as the CB272 except that it has no DisplayPort input.

LG also offers excellent 24″ and 27″ 1080p IPS gaming monitors with FreeSync and wider VRR range of 40-75Hz. Their design, however, is not as good. It’s sturdy, but the stands are tilt-only and without VESA mount compatibility.

Have a look at our LG 24MP59G review for more information.

The Pros

  • Vibrant colors and quick response time speed
  • AMD FreeSync up to 75Hz
  • Fully ergonomic design
  • Built-in speakers and DisplayPort included

The Cons

  • None

BenQ ZOWIE RL2455S – The Choice Of The Pros

best monitor for ps4 and xbox one

About the Monitor

The BenQ ZOWIE RL2455S is the #1 choice of professional eSports gamers; it’s the successor to the popular BenQ RL2455HM 24-inch console gaming monitor.

Image Quality

For the lowest input lag and the fastest response time speed of only 1ms (GtG), the BenQ RL2455 features a TN panel which ensures the best performance in competitive video games.

However, such speed comes at a cost of narrow viewing angles (160°/170°) and inferior image quality to IPS and VA panels. But, if you’re a truly hardcore gamer, performance comes before image quality and immersion.

To make up for the lack of contrast and color quality, the BenQ RL2455S offers the Black eQualizer and Color Vibrance features which allow you to tweak the gamma curvature and color saturation in order to get better visibility and visuals in video games.

Features

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Other gaming features include pre-calibrated picture presets for FPS, RTS, and Racing genres specifically optimized for popular titles such as Fortnite, Tekken, Mortal Kombat, Rocket League, CoD, and many more games.

You will also find ‘Smart Scaling’ and ‘Display Mode’ features which offer custom screen size and aspect ratio presets.

Design & Connectivity

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Although the BenQ RL2455S gaming monitor for Xbox One and PS4 has rather thick bezels, they are designed to reduce reflections. In addition to the anti-glare screen coating, you won’t have to worry about any distractions while gaming.

The angular base also serves as a convenient spot to place your controllers. The stand is tilt-only, but it’s VESA mount compatible.

Moving on to the connectivity, there are two HDMI ports, DVI, VGA, a headphones jack, and two 2W speakers.

Summary

On Amazon, besides the 27″ model (BenQ RL2755), you will find the BenQ RL2455T which has a height-adjustable stand and another 24″ version (BenQ RL2460) with both a height-adjustable stand and an additional HDMI output port that can be used for lag-free head-to-head multiplayer gaming and streaming (showcased in the video below).

In short, you can’t go wrong with the BenQ RL-series console gaming monitors. Unless you need a height-adjustable stand and/or HDMI-out port, we recommend the BenQ RL2455S as the most cost-efficient monitor for hardcore console gaming.

The Pros

  • Impressive input lag and response time speed
  • Plenty of useful gaming features
  • Gaming-oriented design

The Cons

  • Tilt-only design
  • Narrow viewing angles
  • Inferior image quality to IPS and VA panels
  • No AMD FreeSync

Conclusion

Whichever monitor you decide for, it will deliver a much more responsive and intense gameplay experience compared to an equally priced TV.

If you are a mostly casual gamer, we recommend either the LG 32ML600M or the Philips 328E9QJAB for a comfortable gaming experience from your favorite armchair, office chair, or couch.

For mixed use of console and PC gaming/multimedia use, the 27″ BenQ EW277HDR and the Acer CB272 offer a well-balanced performance and great image quality. In case you also plan on doing some office-related stuff, consider the 24″ LG 24MP59G as well.

Lastly, if you just want the best performance in competitive games, the BenQ RL2455S is for you. 

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