The Best Gaming Monitors For PS4 Pro And XBOX One X (2021 Reviews)

budget pick

ASUS VG289Q

asus vg289q monitor
  • Inexpensive
  • Wide color gamut
  • FreeSync over HDMI
best overall

LG 32UN650

LG 32UN650 Monitor
  • Wide color gamut
  • Quick response time
  • FreeSync over HDMI
best overall

Dell S2721DGF

Dell S2721DGF Monitor
  • Best for Xbox One X
  • 1440p 120Hz + FreeSync
  • Quick response time speed

Whether you have or plan on purchasing an Xbox One X or a PlayStation 4 Pro console, you’ll need a worthy display if you wish to unleash the full potential of these gaming machines.

In this buying guide, you will find the best 4K console gaming monitors currently available, as well as a few 1440p and 120Hz models exclusively for the Xbox One X and Xbox One S.

Additionally, we’ll fill you in on everything you need to know and look out for when buying a new monitor for console gaming.

MonitorSizePanelResolutionRefresh RateFreeSync
HDMI
HDR 
28”IPS3840x216060HzYesYes
32”VA3840x216060HzYesYes
32”IPS3840x216060HzYesYes
43”VA3840x216060HzYesYes
benq ex2510
BenQ EX2510(For Xbox)
25”IPS1920x1080144HzYesYes
Dell S2721DGF Monitor
Dell S2721DGF(For Xbox)
27”IPS2560x1440165HzYesYes

These are the best gaming monitors for PS4 Pro and Xbox One X currently available in 2021. As you can see, they have different panels types, screen sizes, and features.

So, to pick the best display for you, stick to our guidelines and tips, and rest assured that you’ll be happy with your purchase.

All the monitors in the list have the best value/price ratio in their respective categories and have proven admirable performance, quality, and reliability.

We also have a buyer’s guide for the best PS5 and Xbox Series X gaming monitors, as well as the best TVs for the PS4 Pro/Xbox One X and gaming TVs for the PS5/Xbox Series X.

If you want to view our changelogs for this particular buying guide, you can do so at the end of this guide.

The Pros:

  • Vibrant colors and crystal-clear details
  • Quick response time speed
  • Plenty of gaming features including FreeSync over HDMI
  • Fully ergonomic design

The Cons:

  • Entry-level HDR support only

About The Monitor

If you’re looking for the best 4K monitor for console gaming on a budget, you should definitely consider the ASUS VG289Q. It’s one of the most affordable 4K monitors, yet it offers an IPS panel with a wide color gamut and lots of exclusive features.

Image Quality

Based on an IPS panel with 10-bit color achieved through dithering (8-bit + FRC) and 90% DCI-P3 color gamut, the ASUS VG289Q ensures accurate, vibrant, and consistent colors.

With proper calibration, it’s even fit for entry-level color-critical work and some basic content creation. If you are a professional designer, though, there are better 4K color-accurate displays that are factory-calibrated for better precision.

Since the monitor is only 28″ in size, 4K Ultra HD resolution will result in a high pixel density giving you plenty of screen space and stunning detail clarity.

However, in order to make small items such as text and icons easily readable, you will need to scale your GUI (graphical user interface).

This will limit the amount of available screen space, but it will make everything clearer and sharper.

In short, the ASUS VG289Q is the best budget 4K monitor for console gaming, PC use, and entry-level editing.

4k scaling

Features

Moving on, the monitor also offers a lot of game-enhancing features, including pre-calibrated picture presets for FPS, RTS/RPG, MOBA, and Racing genres as well as ‘Shadow Boost’ which can increase visibility in darker games.

Next, ‘GameFast Input Technology’ guarantees gameplay fluidity by reducing input lag, which in addition to the panel’s quick 5ms response time speed, makes for a responsive and immersive gaming experience.

Additional features of the ASUS VG289Q 4K monitor include Display Alignment for multi-tasking, HDCP 2.2 support, and AMD FreeSync technology, which is perfect if you have a device with a FreeSync-compatible GPU.

FreeSync is supported over both HDMI and DisplayPort on this monitor, so you will be able to use it with the Xbox One as well as AMD’s and NVIDIA’s compatible graphics cards.

This technology provides a variable refresh rate (VRR), which eliminates screen tearing and stuttering. The VRR range on this monitor is 40-60Hz/FPS.

Unfortunately, this means that console games that are locked to 30 FPS won’t have any benefit from it, but almost all 4K FreeSync monitors have this VRR range anyway.

The ASUS VG289Q supports HDR (High Dynamic Range), but since the display lacks proper brightness and contrast capabilities as well as local dimming, HDR content will just get a bit better colors.

Design & Connectivity

asus vg289q monitor back

The monitor features a modern design with ultra-thin bezels and an ergonomic stand with up to 150mm height adjustment, -5°/20° tilt, +/- 62° swivel, 90° pivot, and 100x100mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity includes two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, and dual 2W speakers.

Alternatives

If you want an even more economical 4K monitor, check out the Philips 276E8VJSB which is a 27″ 4K IPS monitor, but it has neither FreeSync, HDR, nor VESA mount compatibility.

Have a USB-C device that supports DP Alt Mode and PD (power delivery), check out the best 4K USB-C monitors.

The Pros:

  • FreeSync over HDMI
  • Wide color gamut
  • High contrast ratio

The Cons:

  • Minor ghosting in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes
  • Narrow viewing angles
  • Tilt-only stand

About The Monitor

The LG 32UL500 is the most cost-effective 32″ 4K monitor available. It supports FreeSync over HDMI for Xbox One and features a high-contrast VA panel which delivers deep blacks.

Additionally, it has two HDMI 2.0 ports, HDR support with a wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, and two integrated speakers.

Image Quality

In comparison to TN and IPS panels, which usually have a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, the VA panel of the LG 32UL500 boasts a superior 3,000:1 ratio. This makes for notably deeper blacks and a more distinctive relation between the darkest and the brightest shades.

The viewing angles are 178-degrees, just like with the IPS, but some shifts in color/contrast are expected when looking at the screen from below or above. The colors are also much closer to that of IPS panels than TN, but they aren’t as punchy and consistent.

The LG 32UL500 4K console monitor is factory-calibrated and covers a wider range of colors than the standard sRGB gamut. It also has advanced 6-axis color adjustments available.

The response time speed amounts to 5ms, but in darker scenes, motion blur and ghosting is noticeable with fast-moving objects. It’s not game-breaking by any means, but if you are a competitive FPS gamer, you should look for a monitor with an IPS panel instead.

Features

AMD FreeSync works over both HDMI ports and over the DisplayPort connector with a 40-60Hz VRR range.

Other exclusive features include Black Stabilizer for darker games, Screen Split for multi-tasking, On-Screen Control, and Dynamic Action Sync for minimal input lag.

The LG 32UL500 also supports HDR, which provides a notable enhancement in picture quality of compatible content thanks to the wide color gamut and high contrast ratio, though the peak brightness could be a bit higher as it sits at around mediocre 300-nits.

Design & Connectivity

lg 32ul500 monitor back

As you can see, the LG 32UL500 design is plain and simple with two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, two 5W built-in speakers, and a headphones jack. Ergonomics include tilt and VESA mount compatibility.

Alternatives

Note that the LG 32UL500 is the 2019 model. There’s the LG 32UN500 from 2020, but these monitors use the same panel, so the image quality and performance will be pretty much the same, apart from panel variance. So, we recommend getting whichever is available/cheaper.

There’s also the 2018 model with a height-adjustable stand available at this price range, the LG 32UK550.

The Pros:

  • FreeSync over HDMI
  • Wide color gamut
  • Wide viewing angles

The Cons:

  • Tilt-only stand
  • IPS glow and inferior contrast ratio to VA panels

About The Monitor

If you don’t want to deal with narrow viewing angles and inferior response time speed of the above-mentioned VA model, you’ll need a monitor with an IPS panel.

The LG 32UN650 is the cheapest 32″ 4K IPS monitor you’ll find since most displays with these specifications are aimed at professional use. Luckily, the LG 32UN650 is great for gaming, as well as other use!

Image Quality

The LG 32UN650 has a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, so you won’t get quite as deep blacks as those of the VA models, but you get wide viewing angles, which will make the picture flawless regardless of the angle you’re looking at the screen – and there’ll be no annoying gamma/saturation shifts from the normal viewing position.

It also covers a wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, but there’s no sRGB mode, so if you want to use the monitor for color-critical work, you’ll need a colorimeter to profile it yourself.

For gaming, watching movies, and other use, the wide color gamut provides you with more saturated colors and superior shade variety.

HDR is supported, but due to the lowly 1,000:1 contrast ratio and 350-nit peak brightness, most content won’t look any better; the wide color gamut, on the other hand, might make some scenes in certain games look somewhat richer.

Lastly, due to the faster dark to bright pixel transitions of the IPS technology, you won’t get obvious smearing behind fast-moving objects in dark scenes.

Features

The LG 32UN650 supports AMD FreeSync with a 40-60Hz VRR range over both HDMI and DisplayPort for tear-free gameplay as long as your frame rate remains within this range.

Other useful features include Black Stabilizer and advanced image adjustment tools, such as four gamma modes, 6-axis hue/saturation, and color temperature settings in increments of 500K.

Design & Connectivity

LG 32UN650 Monitor Design

You can adjust the height of the monitor by up to 110mm, tilt it by -5°/20°, or VESA mount it via the 100x100mm pattern.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 inputs, DisplayPort 1.4, a headphones jack, and two 5W built-in speakers.

The Pros:

  • Bright image quality with rich colors and high contrast ratio
  • Extensive connectivity options
  • FreeSync over HDMI
  • DisplayHDR 1000 and UHDA certified

The Cons:

  • Expensive
  • BGR subpixel layout
  • Minor ghosting in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes

About The Monitor

Now, if you want a bigger monitor than 32″ for 4K console gaming, the Philips 436M6VBPAB is the only viable option available at the moment.

However, at this price range, there are excellent 4K TVs for gaming, which have virtually unnoticeable input lag and a much better HDR image quality than the 436M6.

Regardless, the Philips 436M6 does have a lower input lag and faster response time than any TV at this price range as well as FreeSync support, so it still offers a sterling balance between responsiveness and immersion.

Keep in mind that this is an older monitor and that its price ranges from ~$500 – $800. We only recommend considering it around $500.

For $650, you can get a considerably better TV for console gaming, such as the TCL R635 with mini LED full-array local dimming and 120Hz at 1080p/1440p support.

Image Quality

The Philips 436M6VBPAB monitor is based on a quantum-dot enhanced VA panel with a 4,000:1 static contrast ratio, a 720-nit peak brightness, 10-bit color support (with dithering), and 97.6% DCI-P3 color gamut.

Watching HDR-compatible content further pushes the display’s capabilities to over 1,000-nit peak luminance and 20,000:1 active contrast ratio.

Other panel-related specs include wide 178-degree viewing angles and a response time speed of 4ms, which will cause some ghosting when a lot of dark pixels are involved in the picture, but much less than on any TV near this price range.

The Philips 436M6VBPAB is edge-lit and has 32 dimming zones, which dim parts of the screen that need to be dark without affecting parts of the image that need to remain bright, thus effectively increasing the contrast ratio.

However, because there are only 32 zones, they cannot keep up with fast-moving objects, which creates noticeable trailing of bright objects moving across dark backgrounds. This is only evident in very specific scenarios, and it rarely affects the gaming experience.

Local dimming is only available for HDR content, and it cannot be disabled.

Note that the display uses the BGR subpixel layout instead of standard RGB, which causes text to appear somewhat fringy and smudgy though it’s only noticeable when looking at the screen up-close. For office-related PC use, you can use scaling to make this less visible.

Features

At the bottom of the screen, 10 RGB LEDs can be synched with the colors on the screen, which makes the display appear bigger, and the viewing experience more immersive. You can also manually alter colors and glow patterns of this feature.

Furthermore, the Philips 436M6VBPAB HDR10 monitor supports AMD FreeSync over HDMI, so it’s particularly great for Xbox One X. The FreeSync range is 48-60Hz, it can be used with compatible NVIDIA cards without issues, and you can simultaneously use it with HDR.

In the OSD menu, you will also find PiP/PbP, and pre-calibrated gaming presets for FPS, RTS, and Racing genres as well as two customizable profiles.

Design & Connectivity

best 4k gaming monitor for ps4 pro

The design resembles a TV more than a monitor though you can tilt the screen by -5/10 degrees and VESA mount it via the 200x200mm pattern. It also comes with a remote controller for OSD settings.

Moving on, the Philips 436M6VBPAB 4K console monitor has a glossy screen surface, which makes the picture pop out even more, but you have to keep an eye on the amount of light in your room as the screen is reflective.

Connectivity includes two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.4, mini-DisplayPort 1.4, USB type C (with DP Alt Mode), two downstream fast-charging USB 3.0 ports, a headphones jack, and two 7W DTS integrated speakers with quite a decent sound quality.

Alternatives

There are different models of the Philips 436M6VBPAB depending on the region it’s sold in:

Another difference between these two monitors is that the /00 variant can use local dimming for SDR content too.

Despite its downsides, the Philips 436M6 is currently the best 32″+ 4K 60Hz console gaming monitor available.

Philips plans to release a new console monitor in 2020 called the Philips 558M1RY, which is a 55″ 4K display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Dell has a 55″ 4K OLED monitor with 120Hz, the Alienware AW5520QF, and you’ve probably heard of the BFGD (Big Format Gaming Displays) 4K 120Hz monitors including the HP Omen X 65 and the ASUS PG65UQ.

There’s also the ASUS XG438Q 4K 120Hz monitor, though it only has eight dimming zones and DisplayHDR 600.

Now, all of the above-mentioned 4K 120Hz displays have HDMI 2.0, meaning that you won’t be able to utilize VRR nor 120Hz at 4K with PS5 and Xbox Series X or Series S.

So, unless you want a monitor mainly for PC gaming and secondly for console gaming, we recommend waiting for the HDMI 2.1 displays if you’re willing to spend $1,000+ on a display.

Alternatively, consider the LG CX OLED TV with HDMI 2.1, native 120Hz at 4K support, true blacks, and instantaneous pixel response time speed.

The Pros:

  • More responsive gameplay thanks to 120Hz
  • Gaming features such as FreeSync over HDMI
  • Accurate colors and quick response time
  • Ergonomic design

The Cons:

  • Design lacks pivot option

About The Monitor

The Xbox One X and the Xbox One S also support 120Hz at 1080p and 1440p. Keep in mind that, at the time of this writing, most Xbox One games are limited to either 30FPS or 60FPS, so ensure your favorite games have uncapped frame rates if you decide to go this route.

Higher refresh rates also ensure less screen tearing and stuttering, as well as lower input lag. For the best gaming experience possible, we’ve only selected gaming monitors that support AMD FreeSync as well as 120Hz.

Finally, note that just because a monitor supports 120Hz over HDMI, Xbox One won’t necessarily support it. Xbox One relies on standard VESA timings, whereas most 120Hz (144Hz) monitors have their own customized video signal timings.

The BenQ EX2510 is one of the displays that work with the Xbox One S and X without issues at 1080p 120Hz.

Image Quality

As it’s based on an IPS panel, the BenQ EX2510 delivers vibrant colors, wide viewing angles, and a quick response time speed.

It covers the standard sRGB color gamut (99%), supports 8-bit color depth, has a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, and a decent peak brightness of 400-nits.

Features

AMD FreeSync is supported over both HDMI and DisplayPort with a 48-144Hz VRR range. NVIDIA also certified the monitor as G-SYNC compatible, so you will be able to use FreeSync with select NVIDIA cards (GTX 10-series or newer) without any issues.

Other gaming features include Black eQualizer, Motion Blur Reduction, pre-calibrated picture presets, and HDR support through software emulation (no increased brightness, wide color gamut or local dimming is supported).

For more information, visit our BenQ EX2510 review.

Design & Connectivity

benq mobiuz ex2510 design

The BenQ EX2510 has a fairly ergonomic stand with up to 130mm height adjustment, -5°/20° tilt, +/- 20° swivel, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility, but you cannot pivot the screen.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, two 2.5W built-in speakers, and a headphones jack.

Alternatives

The BenQ EX2510 is also available as a 27″ sized variant, the EX2710, if you’d prefer a bigger screen, but don’t mind the lower pixel density.

The Pros:

  • 120Hz and rapid 1ms response time speed
  • Plenty of gaming features including FreeSync over HDMI
  • Wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut
  • Fully ergonomic design and rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • No sRGB color mode

About The Monitor

If you want a bigger monitor with a higher resolution, the Dell S2721DGF is for you!

Image Quality

Apart from the higher resolution for sharper details, the Dell S2721DGF monitor also features a Nano IPS panel with a wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut for more vibrant colors!

Alas, there’s no sRGB mode which would restrict the monitor’s native ~135% sRGB gamut to 100% for a more accurate color output of sRGB content.

This isn’t a big issue for console gaming as you just get more saturated colors, but sRGB content (including most web content, non-HDR games, etc.) will be over-saturated on PC.

Next, the monitor has a rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed, which ensures that there’s zero trailing visible behind fast-moving objects.

Finally, the monitor has a decent peak brightness of 400-nits, while its contrast ratio is standard at 1,000:1.

Features

The Dell S2721DGF is one of the rare 1440p 120Hz+ gaming monitors that supports the 1440p 120Hz mode on the Xbox One and Series consoles with FreeSync simultaneously active.

In combination with its fast response time and low input lag, you get an incredible responsive gaming experience; there’s no tearing, no ghosting, and no input delay, while the wide color gamut and high resolution make for excellent picture quality.

Other features include Dark Stabilizer (better visibility in darker areas of games), pre-calibrated picture presets, an on-screen timer, and a refresh rate tracker.

Design & Connectivity

Dell S2721DGF Design 1

The monitor also boasts premium build quality with versatile ergonomics including up to 130mm height adjustment, -5°/21° tilt, +/- 45° swivel, 90° rotate, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

You’ll also find RGB LEDs at the back of the monitor and at the front (the Dell logo).

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 inputs, a headphones jack, audio line-out, and a quad-USB 3.0 hub.

Alternatives

  • BenQ EX2780Q – Another monitor that supports 1440p 120Hz + FreeSync on the Xbox consoles. However, it has a bit slower response time speed than the Dell S2721DGF, and not as wide color gamut.

If you’re looking for a VA panel 1440p 120Hz gaming monitor, check out the AOC CQ27G2, the Samsung CHG70, and the Dell S3220DGF (note that only the A03 or newer revisions of the S3220DGF support the 1440p 120Hz mode).

There’s also the Samsung Odyssey G7 1440p 240Hz curved VA-panel gaming monitor with 1ms GtG response time speed, FreeSync, and DisplayHDR 600, but it’s a bit more expensive.

Buyer’s Guide: Which Console Gaming Monitor Is Right For Me?

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As you can see, there are a lot of gaming monitors to choose from for console gaming.

If you’ve followed our guidelines regarding what panel type, screen size, refresh rate, and other components you should choose, we guarantee that you will be pleased with the monitor you’ve picked.

Here’s a summary of things to look out for when buying a monitor for console gaming.

Monitor vs. TV: Recap

There are two main things why a monitor is better for console gaming than a TV.

First of all, gaming monitors have lower input lag. Every monitor in this list has a lower input lag than an equally-priced TV.

Input lag is the time a monitor or TV takes to react and display your commands, which is why it’s important for responsive gameplay.

Secondly, monitors have a faster response time speed, which is the time pixels take to change from one color to another.

If a display has a too slow response time, moving objects will leave a trail behind them, resulting in ghosting or motion blur.

Of course, some TVs have faster response times and lower input lag than certain gaming monitors, but these are naturally a lot more expensive, such as LG’s OLED TVs.

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

best monitor for ps4 pro

Not all HDR displays are the same. Some deliver an outstanding image quality due to the superior color depth, brightness, and contrast capabilities of the display while others barely improve the image quality of HDR content.

For the best HDR viewing experience, a display should be capable of at least 1,000-nit peak brightness, 20,000:1 contrast ratio, 4K UHD resolution, and 90% DCI-P3 color gamut with 10-bit color depth support. Preferably, it should also have a good local dimming solution.

The only monitor that meets all those demands in this list is the Philips 436M6VBPAB. Although it could use additional dimming zones, it offers a good HDR picture quality.

Other HDR monitors in the list offer limited HDR support with specs such as 600-nit peak brightness, which is still an improvement over the standard image quality, but not nearly as good as the ‘full HDR’ support.

4K/60Hz Requirements

cables for 4k 60hz

To achieve 4K at 60Hz, make sure that you’ve connected your monitor via the HDMI 2.0 port; Some 4K monitors have both HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 1.4 inputs where the HDMI 1.4 port is limited to 4K at 30Hz.

Additionally, ensure that you are using the correct VESA-certified HDMI cables labeled as ‘High-Speed HDMI’ or ‘HDMI Premium Certified Cabe’.

Xbox One: AMD FreeSync

The Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X consoles support AMD FreeSync and FreeSync Premium Pro over HDMI. FreeSync allows a compatible display’s refresh rates to change dynamically and in sync with the GPU’s frame rates.

This eliminates screen tearing and stuttering without adding input lag as V-SYNC does. However, it only works within a certain refresh rate range depending on the monitor.

Check the video below to see how to enable FreeSync on Xbox One X.

Xbox One X: 4K 60Hz vs. 1080p 120Hz vs. 1440p 120Hz

The Xbox One S and Xbox One X also support a 120Hz refresh rate at 1080p and 1440p.

While most of the games are limited to 30FPS or 60FPS on Xbox One, some do have uncapped frame rates, such as Rainbow Six Siege.

Even when the frame rate is locked, a higher refresh rate is still useful as it reduces screen tearing, stuttering, and input lag.

Whether all that’s a worthy trade-off for 4K and HDR depends on what games you are playing and your personal preference.

Conclusion

We hope you’ve found this buyer’s guide helpful and can now make an informed decision about your new monitor for console gaming.

If you are still uncertain, we highly recommend the ASUS VG289Q as the best budget monitor with great colors and performance.

In case you prefer something bigger for a more immersive viewing experience, the LG 32UL500 and the LG 32UN650 will provide you with amazing image quality for the money. The Philips 436M6 is also a good option if it’s available at an affordable price.

If you have an Xbox One console, you should take advantage of its 120Hz support and consider the Dell S2721DGF and the BenQ EX2510, depending on your budget and preference.

Changelog +

  • February 17, 2021:
    – Added the LG 32UN650.
  • December 4, 2020:
    – Added the Dell S2721DGF as the best 1440p 120Hz monitor for the Xbox consoles, as well as a couple of alternatives: BenQ EX2780Q, AOC CQ27G2, Samsung CHG70, Samsung G7, and Dell S322DGF (A3 or newer revision).
    – Replaced the LG 27GL650F with the more affordable and better BenQ EX2510.
    – Removed the overpriced ASUS CG32UQ as you can just get the Samsung G7 for the same price and get a similar HDR viewing experience – plus 1440p 120Hz support with 1ms GtG response time speed, and 240Hz if you have a gaming PC.

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Rob Shafer
Rob Shafer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.