If you have an Xbox Series X and prefer gaming on a monitor, there are plenty of options to choose from. Although high refresh rate 4k monitors with HDMI 2.1 support are becoming more common, there are still only a handful of them. This means you may have to sacrifice resolution to get smoother gameplay, as most models with a high refresh rate have a 1080p or 1440p resolution. Thankfully, the Xbox Series X supports all common resolutions, so you don't have to worry about compatibility, and it has HDMI 2.1 support for 4k gaming at 120 fps.
Although we have an Xbox Series X, we have yet to officially test all monitors with it, so some of these recommendations are based on predictions and overall performance.
We've tested over 220 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best monitors for the Xbox Series X. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best 4k monitors, the best 1440p 144Hz monitors, and the best budget gaming monitors.
The Gigabyte M32U is the best Xbox Series X monitor with a 4k resolution we've tested. It's an excellent gaming monitor for console gamers, with two HDMI 2.1 ports, meaning you can take full advantage of 4k @ 120Hz gaming on the Xbox Series X. The large, high-resolution screen delivers a very sharp image and a more immersive gaming experience, and it has wide viewing angles, making it a great choice for co-op gaming.
It delivers an impressive gaming experience overall. Motion looks amazing thanks to its incredible response time, so there's almost no blur behind fast-moving objects and no noticeable overshoot with our recommended settings. It also supports FreeSync, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience with the Xbox Series S|X.
Unfortunately, while it has HDR10 support and a local dimming feature, HDR content doesn't look good because the local dimming causes blooming around bright objects. Also, it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray, and it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop. If that isn't an issue for you, it's one of the best monitors for Xbox Series X that we've tested.
If you prefer something smaller, then look into the Gigabyte M28U. It's very similar to the Gigabyte M32U, except it has a slower response time at 60Hz, resulting in more motion blur. However, because it has a smaller screen, the pixel density is higher, meaning images look sharper. It has many of the same features as the larger model, with HDMI 2.1 inputs that support high frame rate gaming from the Xbox Series X, and it has low input lag once you update it to the latest firmware. It has decent peak brightness and good reflection handling, and it has wide viewing angles for co-op gaming. However, it also has an IPS panel with a low contrast ratio, and the black uniformity on our unit is poor.
If you're looking for the best monitor for Xbox Series X, the M32U is a great choice because of its smooth motion handling, but if you prefer something smaller to save some space in your setup, then look into the M28U.
The Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA is the best gaming monitor for Xbox Series X with a 1440p resolution that we've tested. This model is available in 27 inch and 32 inch sizes, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. The 32 inch we tested feels immersive due to its larger size, but it has a lower pixel density, so the image doesn't look as sharp, especially when sitting close.
It's an amazing gaming monitor, and although it's only 1440p, it's an excellent choice if you prefer the 'Performance' mode in your favorite games. It has a maximum refresh rate of 240Hz; this isn't supported by the Xbox at the moment, but it has a consistent response time that looks great at any refresh rate. It can display deep blacks and supports a wide color gamut, but it doesn't get quite bright enough for a true HDR experience, and its local dimming performs terribly and can be somewhat distracting.
Sadly, like most VA panel monitors, the viewing angles are mediocre, so it isn't the best option for playing co-op games or sharing content. Feature-wise, you get a USB hub with two USB 3.0 ports and some RGB bias lighting on the back of the monitor. It also has a Picture-in-Picture mode that lets you display two input signals simultaneously, great for watching a movie or TV show while gaming. All in all, this is a great monitor for the Xbox Series X and should please most people.
If you need a monitor with better viewing angles than the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T, check out the Gigabyte M27Q. It's only available in a 27 inch size, and it uses an IPS panel with much wider viewing angles, which means the image remains accurate when viewed from the side. However, it does come at a cost, as its contrast ratio is only mediocre, making blacks look grayish in the dark. It has excellent motion handling, low input lag, and it supports variable refresh rate to minimize screen tearing. Its USB hub includes a USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, although the power delivery is limited to 10W.
Overall, the Samsung and the Gigabyte are similar gaming-wise, but the Samsung comes out ahead since it delivers a better HDR experience. However, the Gigabyte is a great alternative if you need better viewing angles.
The best monitor for Xbox Series X for playing HDR games is the LG OLED48C1. It's a TV that we tested as a monitor because it's marketed as such. It offers unique features and performance that most monitors don't have, but there are some drawbacks. It doesn't have a DisplayPort input, so if you also want to game with your PC, you're limited to using an HDMI connection. It has four HDMI 2.1 ports, so like the Gigabyte M32U, it supports 120Hz gaming at up to a 4k resolution from the Xbox Series X.
Like all OLED panels, it has a nearly-instantaneous response time, resulting in incredibly clear motion with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has low input lag, resulting in a responsive gaming experience, and it supports FreeSync to reduce tearing. It's an incredible TV for gaming in a dark room, thanks to the OLED panel's ability to turn off individual pixels, resulting in deep inky blacks and perfect black uniformity.
Unfortunately, there's a risk of permanent burn-in, which can happen with cumulative exposure to static elements. However, we don't expect it to be an issue for those who watch varied content. Also, since this is a TV, the stand doesn't allow for any ergonomic adjustments, so it may be hard to place the screen in a comfortable viewing position. Overall, although there are some downsides to using a TV as a monitor, it remains an excellent choice and is the best monitor for Series X that we've tested.
The best monitor for Xbox Series X in the budget category that we've tested is the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx. It's an excellent gaming monitor with exceptional motion handling, whether you play at 120Hz or 60Hz, resulting in clear images and almost no blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It has a low resolution, which might disappoint some gamers, but there are more games on the Xbox Series X that support 1080p or 1440p gaming at 120Hz, so it's an excellent gaming monitor if you prefer smooth motion over a high-resolution image.
It uses an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, and it provides great visibility in bright settings as it gets bright and handles reflections well. It's not the best option for dark rooms, as its low contrast ratio makes blacks appear gray. It's decently well-built, and it comes with a stand that allows for tons of ergonomic adjustments as its round base lets you turn the screen 360 degrees. It also has a flicker-free backlight, which effectively eliminates image duplication and helps reduce eye strain.
Unfortunately, it's pretty light on extra features as there are no USB ports of any kind. Also, even though it supports HDR, the lack of a wide color gamut and the screen's low HDR brightness make the overall experience rather underwhelming, and it also has a low contrast ratio. Its variable refresh rate works over a wide refresh rate range, so you get a nearly tear-free gaming experience even when frame rates are low. Overall, it's an amazing budget gaming monitor worth considering.
Dec 21, 2021: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.
Dec 02, 2021: Moved the Dell S2721QS to Notable Mentions because it doesn't have many gaming features; added the Gigabyte M28U as 'Smaller Alternative' to the Gigabyte M32U: added the Gigabyte FV43U, Samsung Odyssey S28AG70, and the LG 27GP950-B to Notable Mentions.
Nov 05, 2021: Replaced the Gigabyte M28U with the Gigabyte M32U, as it has a better response time at 60Hz.
Oct 08, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks and updated text for clarity. No change in recommendations.
Sep 09, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the Gigabyte M32Q and LG 27GP850-B to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best gaming monitors for the Xbox Series X 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 1440p and 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.