With the release of the PlayStation 5, gamers looking for a gaming monitor should want a display that's not only compatible with the console but one that can take advantage of all of the PS5's features. The PS5 supports 4k content up to 120fps, and although most monitors don't support 4k @ 120Hz the way TVs do, you can still find a 4k @ 60Hz monitor that would be great for gaming. Unlike the Xbox Series X, the PS5 doesn't support 1440p content, so it's best to go for a 4k option unless you want a 1080p resolution with a higher refresh rate. Monitors generally have lower input lag than TVs. They have ergonomic stands, take up less space, and you can still use them for work.
Note that we recently purchased a PS5 but have yet to test all our monitors with it. These recommendations are based on predictions and reported specifications.
We've tested more than 190 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best gaming monitors for PS5 that you can buy. Also, see our recommendations for the best 4k monitors, the best monitors for PS4, and the best gaming monitors.
The Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx is the best 4k monitor for PS5 that we've tested. It's one of the first HDMI 2.1 monitors on the market, so it can take full advantage of everything the PS5 has to offer - including 4k @ 120Hz support over HDMI, something that used to be reserved for DisplayPort connections on monitors. It's an excellent gaming monitor overall, with an impressive response time, resulting in clear motion with hardly any noticeable blur. Of course, like all good gaming monitors, it also has outstanding low input lag.
Gaming isn't just about motion handling; you also want your games to look their best. The Acer has good peak brightness, wide viewing angles, and excellent gray uniformity. It also has an impressive color gamut and can display a wide color gamut, so the latest HDR games look great, too. It's not the best choice for a dark room, though, as it has a relatively low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity.
It also supports multiple variable refresh rate (VRR) formats, including FreeSync. It should work with the PS5's VRR feature once that feature is added, but we don't know for sure yet. Overall, the Acer is an impressive monitor, and it's an excellent choice for PS5 gaming that should please most people.
If you find the Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx too expensive, then check out the Dell S2721QS. It also has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, but it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. It has good response times, though, so fast-moving content still looks reasonably clear. It gets brighter to combat glare, but just like the Acer, it's not ideal for dark rooms because it has a low contrast ratio. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any USB ports or gaming-oriented features.
If you want the best gaming experience, go with the Acer. It has a higher refresh rate, much better response times, and more extra features. However, if you're shopping on a tighter budget, the Dell is a good alternative.
If you're looking for something a bit bigger than most monitors, then the best large monitor for PS5 gaming that we've tested, the LG OLED48C1, is actually a TV. That's because most monitors above 34" are either wide-format displays that don't behave nicely with consoles, or they're simply not very good. This 48 inch OLED TV delivers an amazing gaming experience, with outstanding low input lag, a near-instantaneous response time, and a great selection of extra gaming features. HDR games look amazing thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio and high peak brightness in HDR.
Of course, since this is an OLED, we need to mention that there is a certain risk involved when using it as a monitor or even when gaming. When exposed to static elements, like the UI of your favorite game, there's a possibility that this TV will experience permanent burn-in. From the testing we've done, we don't expect this to be an issue for most people, especially if you mix it up a bit. If you tend to play the same game for thousands of hours, it could be an issue.
It replaces the LG CX OLED from last year, but the differences between them are extremely minor. Depending on which one is available in your area, you should get whichever model you can find at the best price. Although it's clearly a lot bigger than a standard monitor, if you're looking for a large display that delivers an amazing gaming experience while also delivering a great experience when used as a monitor, the C1 is a great choice.
For a cheaper option that still has lots of screen real estate, check out the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB. It doesn't have the near-infinite contrast ratio of the LG 48 C1 OLED, and it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, but it's more affordable and gets bright enough to overcome glare in most lighting conditions. Likewise, its HDR brightness is high, so it can bring out highlights. On top of that, it has a decent response time, although it may not be fast enough for competitive gamers, and you may still notice some blur or smearing. Its input lag is low, and like the LG, it supports FreeSync VRR.
Go with the LG if you want the best PS5 monitor with a large screen and exceptional picture quality, but if you're looking for a cheaper option, the Philips is a good alternative.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx is the best gaming monitor for PS5 in the budget category that we've tested. It's a compact model with a 24 inch screen and a 1080p resolution. It doesn't have the highest pixel density, but the picture quality is still good, with full sRGB coverage and excellent accuracy out of the box. The stand allows for plenty of ergonomic adjustments, and its wide viewing angles make it great for sharing content.
Motion handling is amazing thanks to its high refresh rate and exceptional response times. It supports VRR to reduce screen tearing, although you would still have to wait for a firmware update on the PS5 as it hasn't been implemented yet. As expected of a budget monitor, it can't display a wide color gamut, lacks a local dimming feature, and doesn't get very bright, resulting in a rather mediocre HDR experience.
There are no USB ports, but you do get a pair of built-in speakers. You can add a virtual crosshair or a frame rate indicator, and you can control all of the monitor's settings through software so that you don't have to fiddle with the physical controls. Overall, it's a simple but excellent gaming monitor that's easy on the wallet.
Jul 15, 2021: Refreshed the text for clarity, and replaced the LG CX with the LG C1, as it's more recent and easier to find. Moved the LG CX to a Notable Mention.
Jun 18, 2021: Replaced LG 27GN950-B with Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx. removed BenQ EW3270U and added Dell S2721QS as 'Cheaper Alternative'. replaced LG 32UL500-W with Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx.
May 20, 2021: Added the Dell U2718Q and LG 32UL950-W to Notable Mentions; updated text for clarity.
Apr 23, 2021: Reviewed picks for accuracy with minor updates to text for clarity.
Mar 24, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the BenQ EL2870U to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations are based on what we think is the best PS5 monitor currently available. They're 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'd prefer the make your own decision, here's the list of all of our 4k 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.