5 Best Console Gaming Monitors of 2020 & 2021 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X

Reviewing the markets best console gaming monitors for 2020 and 2021

Best Gaming Monitor for 2020

10/11/20: Updated to include the best gaming monitors for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

Gaming monitors are different from your standard TVs and monitors. They are often optimized specifically for gaming and they offer a space-saving alternative to a widescreen TV. TV’s are fine for gaming but a more responsive gaming monitor could be the edge you need.

There is a lot of different options for the console gamer and it can quickly become a bit of a headache. In this article, we have compiled a shortlist of gaming monitors that meet certain criteria and address certain needs of any PlayStation (whether that’s PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5) or Xbox gamer (regardless of whether you own one of the models of Xbox One, or either the Xbox Series S or Xbox Series X).

After a multitude of testing and spending a little too much time gaming we have concluded that the ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q 43”  is the best console monitor overall and will make all your games on PlayStation or Xbox shine.

Our Top Picks

120FPS Gaming

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A Large gaming monitor with great screen clarity and color accuracy

Runner Up

A Great 4K monitor for console gaming

Best Console Gaming Monitors

120FPS Gaming

A Large gaming monitor with great screen clarity and color accuracy
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Editor's Rating
4.7/5

This is a huge 4K monitor with 12oHz support – making it the perfect display for gaming on either Xbox Series X or a PlayStation 5. It supports higher framerates and high resolutions, helping to really take advantage of these powerful next-generation consoles

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The ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q is a beast of a monitor, that can handle both the high resolution 4k gameplay supported by the latest consoles from Sony and Microsoft, and can also support the high framerate gameplay that the Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 offer.

Runner Up

A Great 4K monitor for console gaming
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4.8/5

The LG 27UK850-W is a 4K IPS monitor that supports HDR and is brought to you by one of the most trusted tech producers in the world – LG.

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The LG 27UK850-W looks very nice with its thin bezels, but it’s what’s on the inside that makes this monitor exciting.

The monitor features a 4K resolution with an IPS display. The colours are vivid and only get magnified more with its HDR support. Just make sure that your console supports this feature to take advantage of it. You can learn more about the HDR feature below.

This monitor features Freesync meaning you can get buttery smooth gameplay from your gaming PC also.

Best 4K Pick

A more affordable 4K monitor for console gamers
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4.6/5

The DELL U2718Q is a 27-inch 4K gaming monitor with HDR and IPS color accuracy to boot.

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The Dell U2718Q is very similar to the LG 27UK850-W. This is one of the most popular gaming monitors for console players because the graphics display is even better thanks to the HDR technology. This is an excellent alternative to the LG monitor.

Budget 4K Pick

A 4K console gaming monitor with FreeSync
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4.5/5

The ASUS VP28UQG is a perfect entry-level 4K console gaming monitor for competitive gamers thanks to its 1ms response time and its 28-inch screen.

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The Asus VP28UQG comes with Eye Care technology that reduces eye strain and ailments. If you also game on desktops, then you might find the FreeSync support useful as well. Just remember that this doesn’t have the best viewing angles and is best suited if you are sat directly in front.

A competitive Pick

Great console monitor for competitive gaming
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4.5/5

The BenQ RL2755 is a fantastic 1080p monitor and quite a popular seller. With a 27-inch TN panel and 1ms response time you get a reliable competitive edge

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The BenQ RL2755 is the perfect choice for console gamers looking for a fast responsive gaming monitor. It features a1080p resolution that looks crisp with accurate colours but because this is a TN panel, don’t expect better colours than the top IPS picks. Regardless, it is worthy of your investment.

How We Test & Choose

Whether it’s a best-of guide or a single product review, we ensure every monitor we recommend has been through a strict testing process. That’s right, we don’t just search Amazon for the top sellers, we hand-pick the market’s best monitors and test each one with the same meticulous care and attention as the last. This not only ensures that we can recommend the best products the market has to offer, but it also helps us build reader confidence as well.

As part of the monitor review process, we like to test each for color accuracy, responsiveness, panel uniformity, build quality, and overall gaming performance. We use a number of specifically-designed tools to capture the data for each monitor, ensuring only the highest levels of accuracy are recorded during testing. This process allows us to hand-select the best monitors from both a performance and value standpoint, whilst also enabling us to compare the latest models with last season’s best sellers.

Click here if you want to see our in-depth explanation of how we test each and every monitor.

Monitors with HDMI 2.1

As many of you will be aware, the latest consoles from both Sony and Xbox come offering a whole fleet of impressive performance stats, tailored to ensure the best visual experience possible. The latest, and potentially most talked about, specification that has sparked consumers into voice is 4K gaming at 120FPS.

Whilst not many games actually support this feature, it is certainly something console gamers will be able to enjoy in the near future. That said, one of the big questions we get asked around the subject is: are there any monitors with HDMI 2.1?

Right now, there aren’t any HDMI 2.1 monitors available for purchase. I know, annoying. That said, ASUS are the first brand to announce a whole lineup of new HDMI 2.1 monitors that will cater nicely to both PC gamers and console players alike.

Whilst we won’t get a glimpse of those new monitors until the end of Q1 2021, you can rest assured that they will definitely be amongst the best console gaming monitors the market has to offer.

Things to Consider When Buying A Console Gaming Monitor

Like most gaming peripherals or computer parts, buying a console monitor shouldn’t be done haphazardly. There are certain factors that must be taken into consideration when purchasing any monitor, even more so when paring a display with one of the latest consoles. Doing this not only allows you to make a more informed decision, but it’ll allow you to handpick the one that best suits your specific needs.

For your convenience, we compiled all the specifications and features that you need to check and evaluate before making your final purchasing decision.

Immersive or Competitive?

One of the first things you should consider before purchasing a new console gaming monitor is; immersive or competitive? What i mean by that is, do you prioritize visual immersion or are you more concerned with the panel’s responsiveness? This is an important quality to understand, mainly because it’ll have a large impact on what specifications you actually look for in a monitor.

Below, I’ve listed some of the most important specs to consider whether you’re looking for an immersion or responsive monitor.

Immersive

  • 4K screen resolution
  • Wide color gamut (100%sRGB+, 85% DCI-P3+, 85% Adobe RGB+)
  • 32-inch (or above) screen size
  • IPS panel technology (greater color accuracy and wide color gamut)
  • Fast response time
  • High Dynamic Range

Competitive

  • Fast refresh rate
  • Fast response time
  • Low input lag
  • FreeSync VRR support

There are arguments for certain factors to lie within both immersive and competitive. That being said, when stripping it back to the bare essentials, I feel the above list covers everything you should be looking for when tailoring your gaming to either immersive or competitive gameplay.

Resolution

If you’re on one of the older base models of previous generations consoles, resolution matters least when it comes to gaming monitors – with 1080p being the max resolution supported by most games on PS4 or Xbox One. However, if you’re using one of the mid-generation upgrades of those consoles (Xbox One X or PS4 Pro), or next generations consoles (Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5) and want to play 4K games/watch 4K content on them, a 4K panel is definitely the best option.

If you only have a basic PS4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch, though, there’s no point in buying a monitor above 1080p unless you plan on using it for movies and general computer use also.

Do Consoles support ultrawide?

Ultrawide monitors are some of the most immersive on the market, offering a wide field of view that really adds to the visual experience you recieve.

Unfortunately, consoles do not natively support the 21:9 aspect ratio (ultrawide display AR). Resolutions like 2560 x 1080 and 3440 x 1440 that feature on these ultrawide monitors aren’t supported by games, with most opting for the more traditional 16:9 variant. Whether or not this will always be the case is yet to be determined, however, for now, we’ll have to  monitorsettle for 16:9 displays.

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

You may have seen the HDR (High Dynamic Range) setting on your phones but what exactly does it do? It’s easier to understand if we first define Dynamic Range. In simple terms, dynamic range is the measurement of how much the brightest area of an image differs from the darkest area. High dynamic range basically adjusts the image to make it look more true-to-life by improving and adding details to dark areas. Monitors that support HDR show dark colors in a deep and clear manner. This gives competitive gamers an edge since they will be able to see dark areas better.

But keep in mind that the following are the only HDR-capable game consoles:

  • Xbox One S
  • Xbox One X
  • Xbox Series S
  • Xbox Series X
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 4 Pro
  • PlayStation 5

Panel Type: IPS vs TN

IPS displays offer great color reproduction – far better than your usual HDTV but not quite as refined as the full HDR-10 standard. When it comes to monitors, it’s the best viewing experience you can have, especially when you take the increased viewing angles into consideration. IPS generally sacrifices some response time which may be a problem if you’re a dedicated, competitive-oriented gamer.

TN panels, on the other hand, are cheaper and have faster response times (usually 1ms compared to 5ms for most IPS panels), but are lacking in color reproduction and viewing angles, which might be relevant if you are planning on mounting your monitor or using a floor-based console gaming chair.

You can learn more about the difference between an IPS and TN panel by checking our TN vs IPS vs VA article.

Refresh Rate

Previous generation consoles only ran at a maximum of 60fps. This meant that if you’re gaming on any model of PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you’ll be playing at a maximum framerate of 60fps – regardless of which display you are playing on. The latest next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony (the Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, and PlayStation 5) support gaming at up to 120fps, depending on the game. If you’re using one of these systems, you are absolutely going to want to choose a monitor that supports this high refresh rate range.

The 5 Best Console Gaming Monitors For PlayStation & Xbox

120FPS Gaming

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Runner Up

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Best 4K Pick

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Budget 4K Pick

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A competitive Pick

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120FPS Gaming

A Large gaming monitor with great screen clarity and color accuracy
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Pros

High-gaming performance

Great for PC and console gamers

Great build quality

FreeSync Premium support

Cons

On the expensive side

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The ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q is an utterly gorgeous large monitor, with robust support for 4k resolutions, and high framerate gaming. This is a perfect partner for next-generation consoles like the Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, and PlayStation 5. It’s also a great display for watching films, TV, and other video content.

This huge 43-inch display makes it a suitable substitute for a TV, as well as a great quality gaming monitor. It would also pair very nicely with a top end gaming PC, making this an extremely versatile display.

This monitor is equipped with the following ports:

  • 3 HDMI 2.0 ports
  • 1 DisplayPort 1.4
  • 2 USB ports
  • 3.5mm headphone jack Input

With thin bezels, an attractive design, and support for features like FreeSync 2, multiple HDR modes, a bundled remote control, this really is the monitor that can do everything.

This isn’t a cheap monitor by any means, but it will be a great display to partner with a next-generation games console.

Runner Up

A Great 4K monitor for console gaming
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Tech Specs

Size

27”

Refresh Rate

60Hz

Response Time

5ms

Panel

IPS

Resolution

3840 x 2160

Pros

IPS panel

4K resolution

Freesync

Thin bezels

Sleek build

Cons

Expensive

Low response time (5ms)

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The LG 27UK850-W is a 4K monitor with an IPS panel which also supports HDR.

This monitor is visually stunning and is the only one on this list that will accommodate the full capabilities of the PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, and 4K-capable PCs. 4K resolution is gaining traction across all platforms and will make your gaming experience look more beautiful than ever before, at least with the PS4 and Xbox One titles that are actually in 4K.

While the screen size is likely smaller than what most console gamers are used to, playing on a 27-inch display does have its benefits: it’s easier to react to things when your eyes don’t have to move as far. You also get more pixels crammed into a smaller space compared to a larger model.

At the back of the monitor you’ll see the following:

  • DisplayPort 1.2
  • USB 3.1 Type-C port
  • 2 HDMI 2.0 ports
  • 2 USB downstreams
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

The monitor only has 1 OSD joystick that’s located underneath the LG logo. On top of that, this has an on-screen control option that lets you adjust the monitor’s settings with just a click of a mouse instead of having to physically press the OSD joystick.

There are also several picture settings to choose from. In fact, you can choose from different predefined gaming modes to give you the best display output when playing different game genres.

The only real downside to the monitor is the high price tag which sits at around $650. However, if you’re not interested in the Freesync support, which is only useful if you plan to also use this as a PC monitor, then you might want to check out our next option.

Best 4K Pick

A more affordable 4K monitor for console gamers
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Tech Specs

Size

27”

Refresh Rate

60Hz

Response Time

5ms

Panel

IPS

Resolution

3840 x 2160

Pros

Almost non-existent bezels

IPS panel for great colors

4K resolution

Large screen

Stand has a cable management holder

Cons

A little bit expensive

5ms response time

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If you find the LG 27UK850-W to be a little too expensive or perhaps you won’t be taking advantage of the AMD FreeSync technology, then this is the third-best investment in our roundup.

Like our top pick, the U2718Q is a 27-inch 4K gaming monitor with an IPS monitor that also supports HDR. 27-inches is considered to be the sweet spot for 4K gaming monitors and makes sitting further away acceptable.

The Dell U2718Q looks simple yet sleek and features thin bezels with an attractive metallic finish. Adding to the clean design, the stand has a cable management holder to run your cables through and keep the general area tidy. The monitor also has plenty of adjustment options, you can adjust the height, tilt, pivot, and swivel; you can even mount it since it’s VESA compatible.

Looking at the In/Out ports on the back,

  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 port
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
  • 1 x USB 3.0 hub
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack

 

The only downside to this monitor is the average response time of 5ms. It is about as slow as you want a gaming monitor response time to be but when you factor in the IPS panel this issue becomes less of a problem.

While this monitor doesn’t have a joystick navigation button, like our top pick, it does have four tactile buttons located on the underside of the bottom-right bezel allowing for easy navigation.

Budget 4K Pick

Budget 4K Pick
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Tech Specs

Size

28”

Refresh Rate

60Hz

Response Time

1ms

Panel

TN

Resolution

3840 x 2160

Pros

4K resolution

Fast response rate

FreeSync technology

Asus Eye Care Technology

Easy-to-navigate 5-way OSD joystick

Cons

Poor viewing angles

Not VESA compatible

Only has tilt adjustment

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If you are more of a competitive gamer and prefer performance and speed over high resolution and colour reproduction, then this is the best console monitor according to our tests.

The Asus VP28UQG, like our top pick, is a 4K resolution gaming monitor. This one from Asus is 1-inch larger at 28-inches and boasts a 1ms response time thanks to its TN panel. It also utilizes the Asus Eye Care technology to take care of your eyes by eliminating flickering and at the same time, lowers the blue light to reduce eye strain. The beauty of this monitor is it does all of this whilst also coming in at a much lower price.

This has an ergonomically designed 5-way joystick that lets you change its brightness, color, and a few other settings via the on-screen display (OSD). This joystick helps you make fast adjustments unlike less intuitive controls seen on some similar monitors.

The monitor is somewhat lacking in the aesthetic department, you could say it is cheap looking, however, the bezels are relatively thin and if you ignore the stand it doesn’t look all that bad.

The stand is poor and does have some wobble if you move the desk due to the large screen size. The stand only allows for a basic tilt adjustment back and forward; no elevation, rotating, or anything of that sort here. And it lacks VESA support meaning you stuck with the lackluster base.

The In/Out ports aren’t really as extensive as the others on the list,

  • 1 x  HDMI 2.0
  • 2x DisplayPort 1.2
  • 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack

This is a really responsive 4K monitor and that is down to its TN panel. Unfortunately, this brings poor viewing angles into the mix but as long as this is used for gaming and you are going to sit in front of it directly there shouldn’t be an issue.

Nonetheless, our testers still felt this was one of the best monitors you could use while gaming on an Xbox One X or PS4 Pro.

A competitive Pick

Great console monitor for competitive gaming
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Tech Specs

Size

27”

Refresh Rate

60Hz

Response Time

1ms

Panel

TN

Resolution

1920 x 1080

Pros

1ms response time

Has a gaming console rest

Built-in speakers

With retractable headset holder

Slip-resistant base

With cable management holder

VESA compatible

Cons

Poor viewing angles

TN panel

Only has tilt adjustment

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The BenQ RL2755 is a solid gaming monitor thanks to its balance between cost and its features.

To start, this is a 27-inch gaming 1080p monitor. The 1080p resolution guarantees that you get a Full HD experience but due to the TN panel you will have to be sat directly in front of this as the viewing angles aren’t great.

The overall build quality is fantastic and the monitor is perfect for console and PC gamers alike. The monitor also features a headset holder around the rear which cleans the desk space up and adds a bit of organisation. The monitor only has tilt adjustments but it is VESA compatible so you can mount it if you prefer.

This monitor is optimised for gaming which can be seen in its 1ms response time. The RL-series from BenQ are favoured in the competitive scene and often feature at console-based eSports tournaments.

This monitor’s settings are controlled using 6 buttons (including the power button) which are located on the front of the monitor at the right-side bezel. Personally, I prefer this positioning since you can see what you are doing more easily than the traditional bottom of bezel or back of monitor setup.

The monitor also has:

  • 2 x HDMI ports
  • 1 x DVI-D port
  • 1 x D-Sub input
  • 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 1 x line in audio

If you have an Xbox One, PS4, or Switch, then there’s nothing better in this price range.

Final Word

So, there you have it, our comprehensive rundown of the best console gaming monitors this 2021. We hope this guide has made understanding the tech that goes into console monitors a little easier. This knowledge should enable you to choose a monitor that is actually right for your specific needs. Whether you’re a part-time gamer that just wants a great visual experience or someone more focused on competitive gaming, there is a top display in this list that suits your requirements.

If you have any questions regarding console gaming monitors or any of the monitors in this guide, feel free to drop us a comment in the section below. Better still, why not head on over to our Community hub where you can discuss everything monitor related with like-minded individuals.