Whether you're in a dorm or simply have a small space, monitors are a great alternative to large TVs for console gaming. Monitors are usually a lot cheaper, they look great close up, and they take up a lot less space. Many high-end gaming monitors also offer better motion performance and lower input lag than any TV on the market, which is great if you're a competitive online gamer.
We've tested over 170 monitors, and below you'll find our top picks for the best monitors for PS4 and PS4 Pro gaming. See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best PS5 monitors, and the best 4k gaming monitors.
The best gaming monitor for PS4 that we've tested is the ViewSonic Elite XG270. It's a 27 inch IPS model with a 1080p resolution. It's well-built, and it has a stand that offers a good amount of ergonomic adjustments. It has wide viewing angles so that you don't lose image accuracy when viewed from the side, which is great for sharing content and playing co-op games. It gets pretty bright to combat glare in most lighting conditions, but it isn't well-suited for dark rooms due to its low contrast ratio.
It has an incredibly low input lag and outstanding response time at 60Hz, so gaming feels smooth and responsive. The backlight is flicker-free at all brightness levels, which helps eliminate motion duplication and reduce eye strain. It supports HDR and can display a wide color gamut, but its peak brightness is just okay and not quite enough to make highlights pop the way they should.
It has a USB hub with three USB 3.0 ports as well as built-in speakers. There's even some RGB bias lighting on the back of the monitor, although you need to install the companion software on a PC to customize it. There's some pretty heavy backlight bleed; however, uniformity varies between units, so yours may be completely different. All in all, it's an excellent gaming monitor that should please most PS4 gamers.
If you're shopping on a smaller budget, consider the Dell Alienware AW2521HF. It's very similar to the ViewSonic Elite XG270, but it has a more compact 25 inch screen. The smaller screen size doesn't feel as immersive as the 27 inch on the ViewSonic, but it does result in a higher pixel density, so images and text look sharper. It also has outstanding response time and input lag at 60Hz, as well as a flicker-free backlight. It doesn't support HDR, although you aren't losing much because the ViewSonic can't deliver a true HDR experience due to its limited peak brightness. There are four USB ports but no built-in speakers.
Overall, the ViewSonic is better because it has faster response times at 60Hz and a bigger screen. However, if you find it too expensive, the Dell is a great alternative, as long as you don't mind compromising a bit.
The best monitor for PS4 Pro with a 4k resolution is the LG 27GN950-B. It's a premium gaming monitor packed with features, and it delivers great overall performance. It has a max refresh rate of 160Hz, which you can only achieve over a DisplayPort connection. It's limited to 60Hz over an HDMI connection, which is fine as that's the max frame rate of the PS4 Pro anyways.
Motion in fast-moving content looks good thanks to its incredible response time. It doesn't have a Black Frame Insertion feature, but it's unlikely you need it as motion already looks so smooth. Input lag is also extremely low at 60Hz, which is great. The 27 inch screen and 4k resolution help deliver an immersive gaming experience with great detail. If you tend to play in a well-lit room, it gets bright enough to combat glare, but it may be best to avoid placing it opposite of bright lights because the reflection handling is disappointing.
Unfortunately, it has sub-par ergonomics as it doesn't offer any swivel adjustments. With an IPS panel, it has a low contrast ratio, and despite having an edge-lit local dimming feature, it performs terribly, and blacks look gray when viewed in the dark. It supports HDR10, displays a wide color gamut, and has decent HDR peak brightness, but it may not deliver a true HDR experience because of its low contrast. Regardless, most people should enjoy this monitor.
If you prefer a 4k monitor that performs better in dark rooms, consider the BenQ EW3270U. While it doesn't have viewing angles as wide or a response time as fast as the LG 27GN950-B, its VA panel has a much better contrast ratio, so it's better for gaming in the dark. It doesn't get as bright as the LG, so glare may be an issue in bright rooms. That said, it has a very good response time, so motion looks smooth, and it has a low input lag, so gaming feels responsive. Unfortunately, its viewing angles are only okay, so it's best suited to viewing head-on, and it has terrible ergonomics, allowing for very little adjustment. At 32 inches, it's also bigger than the LG.
Get the LG if you prefer a smaller 4k monitor that's less suited to dark room gaming, but if you often play in the dark, go with the BenQ.
The best monitor for PS4 in the budget category that we've tested is the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx. It's an excellent gaming monitor that won't cost you much, and it competes with more expensive options. Despite its lower 1080p resolution, it still delivers fairly clear images thanks to its 24 inch screen because it has a higher pixel density.
Its response time and input lag at 60Hz are both fantastic, delivering a responsive gaming experience. It has a Black Frame Insertion feature to try to clear up motion blur, but it only works within a narrow flicker range. The monitor performs well in bright environments as it has good reflection handling and great peak brightness. If you want to use it for co-op gaming, its wide viewing angles allow you to see an accurate image from the side. Also, it has excellent ergonomics with a circular base that you can rotate a full 360 degrees.
Sadly, it doesn't deliver the best HDR experience. It has a low contrast ratio that results in blacks looking gray, and it lacks a local dimming feature. It also doesn't get bright enough in HDR to make highlights stand out, and it can't display a wide color gamut. On the plus side, it has a few extra features like built-in speakers, so you don't have to spend extra on a dedicated setup. All in all, this is the best monitor for PS4 available for a low price.
Apr 27, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. Replaced Acer Nitro XV273 with ViewSonic Elite XG270 because the Acer is discontinued, replaced LG 27GN750-B with Dell Alienware AW2521HF.
Mar 03, 2021: Replaced the LG 27UK650-W with the LG 27GN950-B due to availability and performance; replaced the ASUS VG279Q with the Acer Nitro XF243Y because the Acer has better performance.
Jan 18, 2021: Checked picks for accuracy and updated text for clarity.
Nov 19, 2020: Replaced the MSI Optix G27C4 with the LG 27GN750-B.
Apr 01, 2020: All recommendations have been changed to reflect the new scoring in test bench 1.1.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors for PS4 currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.
If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.