The Best Gaming Monitors For PS5 And Xbox Series X (2021 Reviews)

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Need a new monitor for the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X that will take advantage of your console’s mighty hardware?

To unleash the full power of these gaming consoles, you’ll ideally need a monitor with an HDMI 2.1 port for 4K 120Hz support.

At the moment, there aren’t any HDMI 2.1 gaming monitors available, but we will list all such upcoming displays here, so that you can keep an eye out for them.

Note that these 4K 120Hz gaming monitors will be quite expensive and that the PS5 and the Xbox Series X won’t be able to sustain 120FPS at 4K in many games.

So, many console gamers will opt for the 1080p 120Hz or 1440p 120Hz route instead.

These displays are a lot more affordable and you still get that significant kick in motion clarity from 60Hz as getting 120FPS is a lot easier at 1080p and 1440p in comparison to 4K.

MonitorSizeResolutionPanelRefresh Rate 
Dell S2721DGF Monitor
Dell S2721DGF (For Xbox)
premium pick

Samsung G7

samsung odyssey g7 monitor
  • DisplayHDR 600
  • Quick response time
  • 1440p 120Hz + FreeSync (for Xbox)
budget pick

BenQ EX2510

benq ex2510
  • Vibrant colors
  • Quick response time
  • FreeSync up to 120Hz
best overall

Dell S2721DGF

Dell S2721DGF Monitor
  • 98% DCI-P3 color gamut
  • Quick response time
  • 1440p 120Hz + FreeSync (for Xbox)

The Pros:

  • Accurate and rich colors
  • Ergonomic design
  • AMD FreeSync up to 144Hz
  • Fast pixel response time speed
  • Wide viewing angles

The Cons:

  • Inferior contrast ratio to that of VA panels

About The Monitor

Keep in mind that not all 1080p 144Hz gaming monitors necessarily support the 1080p 120Hz mode on consoles.

BenQ’s MOBIUZ EX2510 and EX2710 are the first 1080p 144Hz displays to boast a dedicated 1080p 120Hz mode for the PS5 and the Xbox Series X and S consoles.

Luckily, both of BenQ’s monitors are excellent! They offer vibrant colors and fast response time speed for an immersive and responsive gaming experience.

Image Quality

The main difference between the BenQ EX2510 and the BenQ EX2710 is in their screen size, and therefore, pixel density (pixel-per-inch ratio).

Because the BenQ EX2510 has a smaller 24.5″ viewable screen, the pixels will be denser, which results in more screen real estate as well as sharper details and text.

On the BenQ EX2710, the picture quality will be somewhat pixelated in comparison. So, if you want a generally better image quality, we recommend going with the EX2510 model.

The monitor is based on a 24.5″ IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel. This technology offers 178° wide viewing angles, so the picture won’t shift in brightness, contrast, or color if you look at the screen at skewed angles.

Further, the BenQ EX2510 features accurate and consistent colors with 100% of the sRGB color space coverage. Its static contrast ratio amounts to 1,000:1, which is standard for IPS panel monitors.

You won’t get as deep blacks as that of VA panels with a ~3,000:1 contrast ratio, but this panel technology has advantages of its own at this price range, such as a faster response time and more consistent colors.

Furthermore, the BenQ EX2510 monitor has a strong 400-nit peak brightness, so the picture will be more than bright enough even in well-lit rooms.

Next, it has a quick 2ms GtG pixel response time speed for minimal trailing visible behind fast-moving objects and low input lag of ~4ms, which makes for imperceptible delay.

It also supports HDR (High Dynamic Range), but due to its lack of wide color gamut and local dimming, HDR picture quality is underwhelming. Naturally, this is expected from a 1080p display at this price range.


amd freesync logo

AMD FreeSync is supported with a 48-144Hz variable refresh rate (VRR) range, or 48-120Hz at 120Hz.

This technology allows the monitor to change its refresh rate dynamically, according to the frame rate generated by the GPU.

As a result, all screen tearing and stuttering is gone with no perceptible input lag introduced, which is the case with V-Sync.

Even when your FPS (Frames Per Second) drops below 48, AMD LFC (Low Framerate Compensation) kicks in with frame rate multiplication (47FPS -> 94Hz) to keep tearing at bay.

There’s also a feature called Blur Reduction, which can reduce the amount of perceived motion blur by backlight strobing at a cost of image brightness.

However, Blur Reduction cannot be active at the same time as FreeSync.

Other interesting features include Black eQualizer (improves visibility in darker games), Brightness Intelligence Plus (uses a built-in sensor to automatically adjust brightness) and various pre-calibrated picture modes (FPS, RPG, Racing, etc.).

Check out our BenQ EX2510 review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

benq mobiuz ex2510 design

The monitor offers a sturdy stand with a good range of ergonomics, including up to 130mm height adjustment, -5°/20° tilt, +/- 20° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack and dual 2.5W integrated speakers.

How To Change The Refresh Rate To 120Hz

If you are having trouble selecting 120Hz at 1920×1080 on your console, try adjusting the following settings:

For Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S:

Under Profile & System, go to Settings -> General -> TV & display options -> Video fidelity & overscan -> Connection. Now, change Auto-detect (Recommended) to HDMI. Go back to TV & display options, and select 120Hz.

To actually see the benefits of 120Hz, you’ll need to play games that support the 120FPS mode including:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  • Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition
  • Dirt 5
  • ExoMecha
  • Gears 5 (Multiplayer)
  • Halo Infinite (Multiplayer)
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Metal: Hellsinger
  • Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Orphan of the Machine
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Second Extinction
  • The Falconeer
  • The Touryst
  • Fortnite
  • Overwatch

For PlayStation 5:

Settings -> Saved Data and Game/App Settings -> Game Presets. Now, change Performance Mode or Resolution Mode to Performance Mode.

Next, you’ll need to enable the 120FPS/Hz mode in the video game settings. Note that only a few PS5 games support this mode:

  • Borderlands 3
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  • Destiny 2
  • Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
  • DIRT 5
  • Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
  • The Nioh Collection
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  • Fortnite


Given that other monitor manufacturers haven’t disclosed if their 144Hz displays will support the 120Hz mode on the PS5 and the Xbox Series X/S, and since a lot of monitors haven’t yet been tested, we recommend sticking with the BenQ EX2510 and EX2710 models.

Should a better alternative appear, we’ll update the article. However, the BenQ EX2510 is our top-recommended 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor for PC gaming under $250 too, so you can’t go wrong with it.

ASUS published a list of their gaming monitors that support 1080p 120Hz, 1440p 120Hz and 4K 120Hz on PS5 and Xbox consoles, while Acer has a list of all the models that support 4K 120Hz and 1080p 120Hz.

MSI also has a list of their monitors that support 1080p 120Hz and 1440p downscaling for PS5 and Xbox consoles.

If your monitor does not support 1080p 120Hz on PS5, there’s something else you can try, the HDMI EDID Emulator. It should work with all 1080p 144Hz models, you just have to disable HDCP in Sony’s settings. For more information, you can check out this video.

Other confirmed 1080p 144Hz gaming monitors that support the 1080p 120Hz mode on the PS5 are the AOC 24G2, the AOC C27G2 and the BenQ XL2411K. However, we still recommend getting the BenQ EX2510 as it offers better value for money and the best balance between image quality and performance.

The AOC 24G2 is a great budget alternative, but the EX2510 has a slightly faster response time speed and a higher-quality panel with somewhat better viewing angles and a stronger peak brightness.

The BenQ XL2411K is a good alternative for competitive gaming as it has a TN panel with a slightly faster response time speed and DyAc (Dynamic Accuracy) backlight strobing technology with lower brightness penalty and less strobe crosstalk.

However, it has inferior image quality and narrow viewing angles. It’s designed for professional gamers, so consider it only if you’re willing to sacrifice image quality for the slightest advantage.

BenQ released a video listing all of their monitors that support the 1080p 120Hz mode on the Xbox Series X.

What About 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitors For PS5?

PS5 doesn’t support the 1440p resolution natively. Sony said that they may add support for it via a firmware update if there’s enough demand for it.

Now, some 1440p monitors can accept the 4K UHD signal from the PS5 and downscale it to 1440p, so that the picture won’t look blurry but rather very close to native 4K.

However, this way you’re limited to 60Hz at “1440p”, but it’s still better than 1080p on a 1440p monitor, which would be blurry.

Not all 1440p monitors can accept the 4K UHD signal and downscale it to 1440p (thus forcing you to blurry 1080p), and this information is often omitted by the manufacturer. However, MSI and ViewSonic keep a list of their monitors that do support QHD downscaling for PS5. For other monitors, you’ll have to rely on online reviews.

So, for PS5, you’re stuck with 1080p 120Hz or 4K 60Hz until HDMI 2.1 monitors become available. You can check out the best 4K 60Hz console gaming monitors in our dedicated PS4 Pro and Xbox One X monitor guide.

In contrast, the Xbox Series X and Series S support 1440p 120Hz natively.

Just like it was the case with the Xbox One X, not all 1440p 144Hz+ gaming monitors support the ‘1440p 120Hz’ mode. They might only support 120Hz at 1080p.

Further, not all monitors that support 1440p 120Hz can simultaneously run FreeSync, so we’ve selected only the best options for you below.

The Pros:

  • Quick 1ms response time speed
  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles
  • 1440p 120Hz + FreeSync at the same time

The Cons:

  • Inferior contrast ratio to that of VA panels
  • No sRGB color gamut mode
  • Can’t use HDR on the Xbox Series X/S

About The Monitor

The Dell S2721DGF is one of the rare 1440p 144Hz+ gaming monitors that supports the 1440p 120Hz mode on the Xbox Series X and Series S — and that can simultaneously run FreeSync for tear-free gameplay.

This is a popular PC gaming monitor thanks to its fast Nano IPS panel with a 1ms GtG pixel response time speed for zero ghosting in fast-paced games.

The Nano IPS panel also provides you with a wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut for vibrant and saturated colors. Other specifications include a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio and a 400-nit peak brightness, which is standard for IPS monitors at this price range.

Note that the monitor supports HDR, but you cannot activate it on the Xbox Series consoles as it cannot send a 4K signal.

You’re not exactly missing anything great here as the Dell S2721DGF would need a much higher contrast ratio and brightness for a noteworthy HDR viewing experience.

Other interesting features of the monitor include Dark Stabilizer (for better visibility in dark areas of games), various pre-calibrated picture modes for different genres, an on-screen timer and a refresh rate tracker.

LG offers a monitor based on the same panel, the LG 27GL850, but it cannot run FreeSync at the same time as 1440p 120Hz.

Design & Connectivity

Dell S2721DGF Design

The stand of the monitor is sturdy and versatile with up to 130mm height adjustment, 90° pivot, +/- 45° swivel, -5°/21° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

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

For PC, the monitor supports up to 165Hz at 2560×1440, and it has both NVIDIA’s G-SYNC Compatible and AMD’s FreeSync Premium Pro certifications.


  • BenQ EX2780Q – Another 27″ 1440p 144Hz IPS gaming monitor that supports 1440p 120Hz + FreeSync on the XSX/XSS. However, it has a slightly slower panel with a 5ms GtG response time speed, so it’s not quite as good as the Dell S2721DGF for competitive fast-paced games. If you’re not that competitive or sensitive to ghosting, it’s still a good option as it features a handy remote controller and decent 2W built-in speakers with a 5W subwoofer.
  • LG 27GN950 – A 27″ 4K 144Hz IPS gaming monitor. It supports 4K 144Hz over DisplayPort on PC, but it also supports 1440p 120Hz on the Xbox Series X and Series S, as well as 1080p 120Hz on the PS5 and the Xbox consoles. So, it’s a good choice if you’re both a PC and a console gamer.

The Pros:

  • Quick 1ms response time speed
  • Vibrant colors, high contrast ratio, and strong peak brightness
  • 1440p 120Hz + FreeSync at the same time

The Cons:

  • Can’t use HDR at the same time as 1440p 120Hz or FreeSync

About The Monitor

Unlike the Dell S2721DGF, the Samsung Odyssey G7 uses a curved VA panel with a higher contrast ratio for much deeper blacks. It’s available in both 27″ and 32″ sized variants with identical specifications except for the screen size, and therefore, pixel-per-inch ratio.

Granted, you won’t be able to use the monitor’s full 240Hz refresh rate, but if you want a 1440p 120Hz gaming monitor with a VA panel and a fast response time speed, you don’t have any other options.

Samsung’s G7 displays are the only widescreen VA panel monitors with a 1ms GtG response time speed currently available, which allows them to provide inky and vivid blacks without any smearing in fast-paced games.

You can also use 1440p 120Hz and FreeSync at the same time with the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles.

The Samsung G7 can also accept a 4K UHD signal from the console as well as HDR, but in this case, you are limited to 60Hz without FreeSync.

In comparison to the Dell S2721DGF, the G7 monitors have a higher 600-nit peak brightness, a higher 2,500:1 contrast ratio, 90% DCI-P3 color gamut and 8 dimming zones, so there’s a meaningful improvement in HDR image quality.

So, you can choose between 1440p 120Hz + FreeSync in games where frame rate is more important to you for a smoother performance, such as competitive FPS titles, and “4K” + HDR for the more graphically-oriented games for better image quality.

Visit our Samsung Odyssey G7 review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

samsung c32g75t monitor

Note that the Samsung G7 monitors have a very steep 1000R screen curvature. Some users might not like it, some might love it, and some won’t give it much thought. Overall, the curvature is more pronounced on the 32″ model, but you get used to it.

The stand offers a good range of ergonomics including up to 120mm height adjustment, 90° pivot, -9°/13° tilt, +/- 15° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility. There’s also RGB lighting at the back and front of the monitor.

Connectivity options include two DisplayPort 1.4 inputs, one HDMI 2.0 port, a headphones jack and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

About The Monitor

The Acer Nitro XV282K KV is the first 28″ 4K 144Hz gaming monitor to be announced with an HDMI 2.1 port.

It will feature a wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut for vibrant colors, a rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed for minimal ghosting and DisplayHDR 400 certification.

Other panel-related specifications are standard for an IPS panel display, such as a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, 178° wide viewing angles and dithered 10-bit color depth support.

Noteworthy features include AMD FreeSync with a 48-144Hz VRR range and the VRB (Visual Response Boost) backlight strobing technology.

Design & Connectivity

Acer XV282K KV Design

The design of the monitor consists of ultra-thin bezels at the top and at the sides of the screen, while the stand offers tilt and height adjustment up to 100mm.

The Acer XV282K KV is also VESA mount compatible (100x100mm) and has an abundance of connectivity options including two HDMI 2.1 ports, DisplayPort 1.4 (with DSC support), a quad-USB 3.0 hub, a headphones jack and dual 2W integrated speakers.

The monitor will most likely be available in May 2021 for around $900.

About The Monitor

If you’re interested in a larger 32″ 4K gaming monitor with a 120Hz refresh rate and HDMI 2.1, keep an eye out for the Philips 328M1R.

It will feature a VA panel, so you get a higher static contrast ratio for deeper blacks, but its pixel response time speed will most likely be a bit slower, so it probably won’t be ideal for competitive fast-paced gamers.

Other features include FreeSync support (speculated 48-120Hz VRR range) and DisplayHDR 600 certification implying a peak brightness of 600-nits, 10-bit color depth support, a wider than 90% DCI-P3 color gamut and local dimming.

Design & Connectivity

What’s interesting about the monitor’s design is that it will feature a glossy screen surface with a light matte anti-glare finish. So, the picture will be more vivid, but also a bit reflective, so you’ll have to mind the lighting.

Another cool feature is the Ambilight technology which consists of LEDs placed at the top and at the sides of the monitor (at the rear). These LEDs can be synchronized with on-screen video and audio content for atmospheric ambient lighting.

The stand offers height, tilt and swivel adjustments as well as VESA mount compatibility, while connectivity options include three HDMI 2.1 ports, DisplayPort 1.4, a quad-USB 3.0 hub, a headphones jack and dual 5W speakers, plus a subwoofer.

The release date should be sometime in Q1 2021, whereas the price is speculated to be around 600 euros.

ViewSonic also plans to release a 32″ 4K 144Hz gaming monitor with HDMI 2.1, called the ViewSonic Elite XG320U.

It will carry VESA’s DisplayHDR 600 certification as well as AMD’s FreeSync Premium Pro support for minimal input lag and optimal HDR gamut and tone mapping for compatible games.

It’s unknown what panel type the monitor will have, but based on its wide 99% Adobe RGB gamut, it will most likely be IPS.

Other features include the PureXP backlight strobing technology and a gamer-inspired design with a mouse bungee, a headphones jack and RGB lighting.

The release date is expected to be in Q1 2021, but the pricing is unknown.


ASUS plans to release HDMI 2.1 monitors as well — in 27″, 32″ and 43″ form factors, but we don’t have any other information, such as model names, etc.

If you’re after a good HDMI 2.1 gaming display, we also recommend considering LG’s OLED CX TV with a superior image quality and performance than any LED-backlit panel.

You can find the best 4K 60Hz gaming monitors in our best PS4 Pro/Xbox One X monitor buyer’s guide.


These are the best monitors for PS5 and the Xbox Series X/Series S we can recommend right now.

For 1080p 120Hz, the BenQ EX2510 is an excellent pick for both consoles.

When it comes to 1440p 120Hz for the Xbox Series consoles, we recommend either the Dell S2721DGF, the BenQ EX2780Q, or the Samsung G7 depending on your budget and preference.

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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.