Whether you're in a dorm or simply don't have space for a big TV, console gaming on a monitor is a great alternative. Like any technology, not all monitors are created equal, and there are very different requirements depending on your usage. Luckily, the Xbox One can take advantage of many of the recent PC gaming technologies, including FreeSync VRR, and some games support a 1440p resolution, so many of the best monitors for PC gaming are also great for gaming on the Xbox One.
We've tested over 130 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best monitor for Xbox One X. See also our recommendations for the best curved gaming monitors, the best monitors for PS4, and the best FreeSync monitors.
The best 4k gaming monitor for Xbox One X is the LG 27UK650-W. It has good all-around performance and includes great gaming features packed into a stylish, modern design. It has a large 27 inch screen and 4k resolution to deliver an immersive gaming experience, and its wide viewing angles make it a great option for co-op gaming.
Its refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, but this shouldn't an issue if you're only gaming on the Xbox One X. It has a fast response time that results in minimal motion blur and native FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing. Input lag is extremely low and remains low even when playing with VRR or HDR enabled. As for its HDR performance, sadly, it can't display a wide color gamut, and it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop, so HDR content doesn't look much different from SDR content. It gets bright enough for use in most rooms, but it may struggle a bit in very bright settings.
Unfortunately, it doesn't perform all that well in dark rooms, as it has a low contrast ratio and sub-par black uniformity. There aren't many extra features on this monitor. You do get a black stabilizer feature that can make objects more visible in dark scenes and an upscaling feature to make lower resolution content look better. The backlight is flicker-free, which is great for reducing eye strain during long gaming sessions. Overall, it's a good, versatile monitor that should satisfy most people.
If you're looking for a bigger monitor for your Xbox One X, then the BenQ EW3270U is a good alternative. It doesn't have wide viewing angles like the LG 27UK650-W, but instead, with a VA panel, it has much better dark room performance as it's able to produce deep blacks, and it has decent black uniformity. It's also limited to 60Hz, but it supports FreeSync VRR, and it has a good response time, but there's still some motion blur. It has a low input lag, and this monitor is also a better choice for HDR gaming as it can display a wide color gamut, but unfortunately, it doesn't get very bright in that mode. Sadly, it has bad ergonomics as you can only tilt it, but it has built-in speakers if you don't want to pay extra for an external setup or if you don't use headphones while gaming.
The best monitor for Xbox One X with 4k that we've tested is the LG, but if you want a bigger screen for a more immersive gaming experience, look into the BenQ.
The best monitor for Xbox One that we've tested is the Acer Nitro XV273. It's an excellent gaming monitor packed with features. Its 1080p resolution is ideal for Xbox One owners as it doesn't need to upscale games, and it delivers good picture quality. Our unit has one of the best out-of-the-box color accuracy we've seen on any monitor, so you may not need to get it calibrated.
It has an outstanding response time at 60Hz, resulting in minimal motion blur. It has a Black Frame Insertion feature to help clear up motion blur, but it has a minimum flicker of 120Hzc, so you may notice image duplication with 60Hz content. The input lag is incredibly low at 60Hz, and it stays low even in HDR. Speaking about HDR, it gets decently bright in that mode and has remarkable gradient handling, but sadly, it doesn't display a wide color gamut for HDR content. It has built-in speakers, which is great if you don't want to buy a set, and it has a USB hub so you can charge your devices while gaming. Lastly, it has very good ergonomics that make it easier to place the screen in an ideal viewing position.
Unfortunately, it's not a good choice for dark room gaming because it has a low contrast ratio, and there's some backlight bleed, but that's typical of IPS panels. However, that means it has wide viewing angles, making it ideal for co-op gaming. If you game in a well-lit environment, it gets bright enough to combat glare and has decent reflection handling. Overall, most people should be happy with this, making it the best gaming monitor for Xbox One that we've tested.
If you prefer a higher-resolution monitor to take advantage of those 1440p games, then the LG 27GL850-B is a good alternative. Its ergonomics are worse than the Acer Nitro XV273X, but it delivers a better HDR experience because it displays a wide color gamut and gets somewhat bright in HDR. It has an incredible response time at 60Hz, and even though it doesn't have a Black Frame Insertion feature to clear up motion blur, you likely won't need one. The input lag is really low at 60Hz and supports FreeSync VRR over HDMI. Sadly, it has noticeable backlight bleed in dark scenes, but this may vary between units, and like any IPS panel, it has a low contrast ratio. The 1440p resolution helps deliver clear images, and its good reflection handling and peak brightness help with visibility in bright rooms.
If you prefer a 1080p monitor and want the best Xbox One gaming experience possible, then you can't go wrong with the Acer, but if you prefer something with a 1440p resolution, the LG is a good choice too.
The best budget gaming monitor for the Xbox One that we've tested is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV. It's a 27 inch monitor that's intended for creative professionals; however, its impressive performance makes it a great gaming monitor. It has a 1440p IPS panel with wide viewing angles, it handles reflections well, and it gets bright enough to combat glare even in the brightest settings. The stand allows for all manner of adjustments, with an impressive 180-degree swivel range.
Response time is great, which results in only a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects, and it has a native 75Hz refresh rate that makes motion look slightly smoother than your typical 60Hz panel. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) to reduce screen tearing, and it's compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC. There's an optional Black Frame Insertion feature that can improve motion clarity, but it can't be used at the same time as VRR. Input lag is also incredibly low on it.
The main downside is the lack of HDR support, and it's also less suitable for dark room gaming due to its low contrast ratio, which is typical for an IPS panel. On the upside, it has good out-of-the-box color accuracy, four USB 3.0 ports, and its integrated speakers can be used to play audio from an external device. If you're looking for the best monitor for Xbox One X, this is a well-rounded, versatile, and budget-friendly option that's easy to recommend.
10/16/2020: Minor changes to text for clarity; no changes to picks.
08/17/2020: Minor text and structure changes, replaced ASUS VG279Q with ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV.
07/15/2020: Changed the LG from '1440p Co-Op Gaming' alternate to '1440p' alternate.
03/31/2020: Removed LG 32UD99-W, Gigabyte AD27QD, Samsung CHG70, Samsung C27HG70, ViewSonic XG2402, and Acer XF251Q. Added BenQ EW3270U, Acer Nitro XV273X, LG 27GL850-B.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best gaming monitors for Xbox One 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.