With the release of the Xbox Series X/S , console gaming fans finally have the ability to game at 120 FPS in 4K resolution. Currently not all Xbox games support it, but for those that do it can make an very noticeable difference in performance. Having a higher framerate alone will make a game feel dramatically smoother, but pairing that with the pixel density of 4K is that truly makes the Xbox Series X/S line next feel generation in the console space.
Unfortunately, with new technology comes new confusion. The HDMI port found on the back of your new Xbox is going to need to be connected to a display that supports the relatively new HDMI 2.1 standard, and it’s going to need to be connected using a cable with the same level of support. And if you’re wanting your new display to pull double duty as PC monitor then you’re going to have an even harder time, because monitors have been particularly slow to adopt the new HDMI standard since DisplayPort has become so standardized. So we’ve compiled a list of 4K HDMI 2.1 compliant monitors to hook up your new Xbox up to to get you up and gaming in no time.
Samsung Odyssey G7
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Let’s start off with a bang: the Samsung Odyssey G7 is a solid 28 inch IPS display with a great feature set. In addition to working natively with the Xbox Series X/S it’s also AMD FreeSync Premium certified (and Nvidia G-Sync compatible), sports DisplayHDR 400, and features full tilt and swivel adjustability. If you’re after a great PC monitor that is also more than capable of keeping up with your new Xbox then the G7 is going to fit the bill perfectly.
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ASUS ROG Strix XG43UQ Xbox Edition
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If you’re not the type to give up a single inch of screen real estate when transitioning to a gaming monitor from, say, a living room television then the ASUS ROG Strix XG43UQ is going to be an easy choice. In addition to just being massive it has an impressive DisplayHDR 1000 certification, a remote, dual 10-watt speakers, an anti-glare coating, and ELMB sync (which reduces motion blur). And, as the name suggests, it was developed in conjunction with Microsoft to ensure maximum compatibility (and then some) with all supported features on the Xbox Series X. And, for what it’s worth, it also has a very fashionable ROG etched back panel, which doesn’t add much in the way of functionality but could be a nice touch for those of you who have the back of your monitor visible in your workspace. It also comes with a mini ROG logo projector, if you’re just really into the ROG branding with your setup.
In addition to just being a darn good monitor for Xbox or PC gaming, GIGABYTE is offering something that has become commonplace on many of their displays: built-in KVM functionality. That means that you can connect one keyboard and mouse to it and use that same keyboard and mouse to control different machines connected to the monitor’s inputs. And with the keyboard an mouse support on the Xbox Series X/S it adds a new layer of functionality in addition to supporting HDMI 2.1. It also includes dual 3 watt speakers, picture in picture modes, and HDR400 certification. This one really does do it all.
Acer Predator XB273K
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The Acer Predator XB273K is a serious monitor for some serious gaming. It’s an IPS panel display with quantum dot backlighting, DisplayHDR 400, Acer’s gamer-focused OSD, and an shade to keep glare off of the display’s anti-glare coating. At 27 inches it’s right within the general recommended size for competitive gaming, so if you’re looking to take your Xbox gaming a bit more seriously then Acer has you covered.
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GIGABYTE AORUS FI32U
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Another offering from GIGABYTE, this time in their AORUS line, the FI32U is the most color accurate monitor on our list so far at 95 percent DCI-P3 and 123 percent sRGB. It’s a great-looking IPS panel with full 144Hz 4K support listed for both the Xbox Series X as well as the PlayStation 5, and has full six axis color control for really dialing in whatever system you’re hooking up to it. If you want the most accurate colors and the most color-related tweaking options for your Xbox then it’s hard to go wrong with the FI32U. Like the M32U we listed previously it also includes built-in KVM functionality to keep your desk free when switching between devices. The built-in USB Type-C connectivity also means that you can charge your phone or tablet while also sharing your keyboard and mouse using the KVM functionality.
When HDMI hit the market it became the great video cable equalizer. Gone were the days of having different types of video plugs and hoping you had the corresponding port on the back of your television or monitor, it was all just the same, friendly HDMI port. But as HDMI has evolved and added features traversing the different types and versions has become its own kind of mess. Thankfully manufacturers are keen to catch up and there are new HDMI 2.1 monitors hitting the market all the time. Before you jump into 120 FPS gaming at 4K be sure to adjust your Xbox settings in the menu and make sure you’re playing a game that supports it, and always double check your HDMI cable compatibility.
For more hardware guides, check out 2021’s 7 Best Ultrawide Monitors for Gaming and How to show FPS in Battlefield 2042 on Pro Game Guides.