If you have an Xbox Series X and prefer gaming on a monitor, there are plenty of options to choose from, especially if you're looking for a high refresh rate. However, there aren't many high-refresh 4k monitors on the market at this time, which means that you might have to sacrifice resolution to get smoother gameplay, as most models with a high refresh rate have a 1080p or 1440p resolution. Thankfully, the Series X supports all common resolutions, so you don't have to worry about compatibility. Unfortunately, there aren't many monitors that can deliver a good HDR experience, as most of them don't get bright enough. In that case, a TV is often a better choice.
Note that we've recently purchased an Xbox Series X, but we have yet to test our monitors with it. These recommendations are based on predictions and reported specifications.
We've tested over 155 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 best Xbox Series X monitor with a 4k resolution that we've tested is the LG 27GN950-B. It's a great 4k model that delivers an amazingly responsive and smooth gaming experience. However, you can only achieve above 60Hz refresh rate over a DisplayPort connection, which the Xbox Series X doesn't have. This means you can only get a maximum of 60Hz over HDMI when connected to the Series X.
It's great for gaming due to its exceptional response time. It's fast with virtually no overshoot, resulting in clear images in fast-moving scenes. Input lag is incredibly low, and it supports variable refresh rate (VRR) technology to reduce screen tearing. Its IPS panel has wide viewing angles that make it easier to share content or play co-op games, which you might need because the stand doesn't allow for any swivel adjustment. The overall HDR experience is fairly decent. It has a good wide color gamut and gets bright enough to make some highlights pop.
Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio that results in blacks looking grayish, making it less ideal for dark rooms. It has a local dimming feature; however, it's edge-lit and performs terribly. There are two USB 3.0 ports for charging and a Picture-in-Picture mode that lets you display two input signals at once, allowing you to watch a movie or TV show while gaming. Overall, while it may not be able to take advantage of all the Xbox Series X's features, it's a great monitor that should please most people.
If you often game in the dark, then you should consider the BenQ EW3270U. Unlike the LG 27GN950-B, it has a VA panel that can produce deep blacks, making it more suitable for dark rooms, but that means it has narrow viewing angles, making it less-suited for co-op gaming. However, it has a bigger 32 inch screen to provide an even more immersive gaming experience. It has a good response time, low input lag, and FreeSync VRR support. Unfortunately, it has terrible ergonomics, so it may be difficult to place it in an ideal viewing position. Also, it doesn't get very bright, which means that it might not be able to overcome intense glare, and highlights in HDR content don't pop as much.
Overall, the LG is a better choice due to its faster response time, wider viewing angles, and higher peak brightness. However, if you prefer a monitor that performs better in dark rooms, then go with the BenQ.
The Samsung Odyssey G7 is the best gaming monitor for Xbox Series X that we've tested. It's a versatile option with excellent gaming performance, one of the best we've tested. It has a high native 240Hz refresh rate, and you can reach 144Hz over HDMI when connected to the Xbox. It has an aggressively curved screen, and there's even some RGB lighting on the back panel.
It has features most gamers are looking for, such FreeSync support. It has an incredibly quick response time that remains fast when gaming at 60Hz, and it also has a Black Frame Feature that flickers at an incredibly wide range, helping the appearance of motion. Input lag is incredibly low, and even though it only slightly increases with VRR enabled, most people shouldn't notice it. It's a great choice for dark room gaming because its VA panel has great native contrast and okay black uniformity. There's an edge-lit local dimming feature, but it performs terribly and can get quite distracting.
Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks washed out when viewing from the side, and it's not suggested for a wide seating arrangement. It has okay ergonomics as you can even rotate it into portrait mode, but it has a narrow swivel range. On the plus side, it's good for HDR gaming as it displays a wide color gamut and has acceptable HDR peak brightness, enough to make some highlights stand out. Overall, this is the best monitor for Xbox Series X if you want a 1440p resolution.
If you want a monitor with wider viewing angles than the Samsung Odyssey G7, then check out the MSI Optix MAG274RF-QD. It's only available in a 27 inch size, and the screen is flat. Viewing angles are good, which means you don't lose image accuracy when viewing from the side; however, it comes at the expense of a lower contrast ratio, so it isn't as well-suited for dark rooms. It has better response times than the Samsung but a lower maximum refresh rate of 165Hz, and it supports VRR to reduce screen tearing. It has exceptional DCI P3 coverage to display a wide range of colors in HDR, but its peak brightness only mediocre, which means it can't produce bright highlights. There's a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, although it can only deliver up to 15W of power.
Overall, the Samsung and the MSI are quite similar in gaming performance, so choosing between them depends on your setup and needs. The Samsung is better for dark rooms and delivers a better HDR gaming experience due to its higher peak brightness, but the MSI has wider viewing angles and a USB-C input.
The LG 48 CX OLED is the best monitor for gaming in HDR on the Xbox Series X we've tested. We recommend this 48 inch TV as a monitor because TVs tend to deliver a better HDR experience, especially ones with an OLED panel. Due to its emissive technology, it can turn off individual pixels to produce perfect blacks, making it a fantastic option for dark rooms.
For gaming, it should be a nearly perfect match for the Xbox Series X, and it even has HDMI 2.1 support, allowing it to display 4k @ 120Hz content. It has a near-instantaneous response time to deliver crisp images in fast-moving scenes, and it has a Black Frame Insertion feature to reduce motion blur. It has a 120Hz refresh rate and supports FreeSync. Its input lag isn't as low as dedicated monitors but should be good enough for most gamers, and it remains low when playing in HDR. HDR has a good color gamut and gets decently bright, allowing it to produce vibrant colors and bright highlights.
As is the case with most OLED panels, there's the concern of permanent burn-in, which is especially relevant due to the static nature of the user interface in video games. However, it shouldn't be an issue for most people, and there are features built-in to mitigate the risks, like its Screen Shift option. Since OLED TVs don't have a backlight, there's no blooming around bright objects or uniformity issues like backlight bleed. On the whole, if you want the best and most immersive HDR gaming experience, this TV is worth checking out.
The LG 32UL500-W is the best monitor for Xbox Series X in the budget category that we've tested. It has a massive 32 inch screen with a 4k resolution to deliver an incredibly immersive gaming experience. It can display deep blacks due to its VA panel's high contrast ratio, making it great for dark rooms, but it isn't ideal for well-lit environments because it doesn't get very bright. Viewing angles are pretty decent for a VA panel and should be fine for sharing content or playing co-op games.
Gaming-wise, it has decent response times and a 60Hz refresh rate, which results in reasonably clear images with only a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects. Input lag is low, and it supports VRR to reduce screen tearing. It has excellent DCI P3 coverage to produce a wide range of colors, but like most budget monitors, its peak brightness isn't high enough to display bright highlights in HDR.
Unfortunately, the ergonomics are terrible because it only allows for tilt adjustment, so you might want to VESA-mount it if you have trouble getting a comfortable viewing position, and it even has a quick-release feature to remove the stand. There are speakers built-in if you don't have dedicated ones, but no USB inputs of any kind. It has a flicker-free backlight and a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain. Overall, it's a good, large-size monitor that's easy on the wallet.
Feb 23, 2021: Replaced Gigabyte G27Q with MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD, replaced Dell S2721QS with LG 32UL500-W.
Feb 02, 2021: Replaced the ASUS VG27AQ with the Gigabyte M27Q because it costs less.
Jan 12, 2021: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
Dec 02, 2020: Replaced the LG 27UK650-W with the LG 27GN950-B; added the Dell S2721QS as Best Budget; updated 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.