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, which is great for gaming. 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 160 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 best PS5 gaming monitor we've tested with a 4k resolution is the LG 27GN950-B. It's a great model with a good amount of features, including RGB illumination on the back. It has a high 160Hz refresh rate, but you can't use it to its max capabilities with a PS5 because it has HDMI 2.0 support, so you can only play 4k games up to 60Hz. Still, it offers impressive gaming performance that should make most people happy.
It has an incredible response time and very low input lag at 60Hz, delivering a responsive gaming experience. It doesn't have a Black Frame Insertion feature to help reduce motion blur, but that shouldn't be an issue since fast-moving content already looks smooth. The 27 inch screen helps increase the pixel density compared to most 4k TVs, delivering clear images, and if you want to use it for co-op gaming, it has wide viewing angles. If you tend to game in a well-lit room, it has high peak brightness, but its reflection handling is disappointing, so it's best to avoid placing it opposite a window.
Unfortunately, it doesn't deliver the best HDR experience. It has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray, the local dimming feature is terrible as it causes blooming, and highlights don't pop. On the upside, it has a Picture-in-Picture mode, so you can display an image from your PS5 and computer at the same time. Overall, it's a great choice and the best monitor for PS5 that we've tested.
If you tend to game in a dark environment and want something with good dark room performance, look into the BenQ EW3270U. It has narrower viewing angles than the LG 27GN950-B, but it has a much better contrast ratio, allowing it to display deep blacks. The BenQ has a lower 60Hz max refresh rate, but that's fine for PS5 gaming, and it still has a quick response time. Input lag is low, and it has a flicker-free backlight to reduce eye strain during long gaming sessions. There are built-in speakers, which is great if you don't want to spend extra on a dedicated setup. Unfortunately, it has terrible ergonomics as it only has tilt adjustments. It also supports HDR10, but like the LG, it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out.
If you want the best gaming monitor for PS5, you can't go wrong with the LG, but if you want something with a VA panel and a better contrast ratio, then check out the BenQ.
If you want something bigger, the best monitor for PS5 isn't a monitor. The LG 48 CX OLED is a 4k TV that we tested as a monitor, and it provides exceptional picture quality and gaming performance thanks to its OLED panel. The self-emitting pixels produce a near-infinite contrast ratio with inky blacks. HDR also looks fantastic because of those perfect black levels, as well as its wide color gamut.
When it comes to PS5 gaming, it meets all the basic needs and then some. It's a 4k display with a 120Hz panel, and it includes four HDMI 2.1 ports, so it can technically take advantage of a 4k @ 120Hz signal. Of course, that will also depend on the game and whether it can do 120 fps. Still, the CX has a near-instant response time and low input lag, so even games with lower frame rates play exceptionally well. It also supports FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR, which you can read more about in our CX OLED TV review.
The downside of an OLED is that they're susceptible to permanent burn-in when static elements like a desktop user interface or the HUD of a game display for extended periods. However, the risk is relatively small, we don't expect it to affect those who play and watch varied content, and there are settings built in to help reduce the risk. It's not the brightest either, but should be good enough for moderate lighting. Overall, this is the best monitor for PS5 gaming if you want a larger screen.
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 CX 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 LG 32UL500-W is the best monitor for PS5 in the budget category we've tested. It's a 32 inch 4k model that provides amazing immersion. It has a high contrast ratio to produce deep blacks, making it great for gaming in the dark. Its viewing angles are good for a VA panel, fine for playing co-op games, but not for sharing work that requires the highest image accuracy.
It has a decent response time and a 60Hz refresh rate, resulting in reasonably clear images in fast-moving scenes. Input lag is low, and it supports variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. It has excellent coverage of the DCI P3 color space to produce a wide range of colors in HDR, but like most budget monitors, its peak brightness isn't high enough to display bright highlights. Despite its high contrast ratio, it lacks a local dimming feature to improve the black level.
Unfortunately, it doesn't get very bright, so it isn't ideal for well-lit rooms, but the reflection handling is still good. Also, the ergonomics are terrible as it only allows for tilt adjustment. On the upside, you can VESA-mount it, and there's a quick-release feature to remove the stand, making the mounting process easier. It has a flicker-free backlight and a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain. Overall, it's a large, budget-friendly monitor that should please most people.
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.
Feb 24, 2021: Removed Dell S2721QS due to lack of availability and price increase. Added LG 32UL500-W.
Feb 02, 2021: Updated text for accuracy and updated notable mentions to reflect current market prices and availability.
Dec 02, 2020: Replaced the LG 27UK650-W with the LG 27GN950-B and replaced the BenQ EL2780U with the Dell S2721QS.
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.