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 don't have an Xbox Series X for testing yet, and these recommendations are based on what we know about the Series X's compatibility. We'll be getting one soon, and we'll also update the article as more high-refresh 4k monitors become available.
We've tested over 130 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 monitor for Xbox Series X with a 4k resolution we've tested is the LG 27UK650-W. It's a versatile 27 inch model with a sleek design that should fit into most settings. It has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate when viewed from the side, which is great for co-op gaming. It handles reflections decently well and can overcome glare in bright settings, but it isn't as ideal for dark rooms due to its low contrast ratio.
The response time is great, which results in clear motion in fast-moving scenes. However, it doesn't have an optional Black Frame Insertion feature, and the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz. While the latter should be good enough for most casual players, it doesn't take full advantage of the Xbox Series X's advertised 4k @ 120Hz capabilities. On the upside, it supports FreeSync to help reduce screen tearing, and its input lag is exceptionally low.
Although it supports HDR, the overall experience is mediocre, as it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough. It has great color accuracy out-of-the-box, though, and there's virtually no banding thanks to its superb gradient handling. The backlight is flicker-free, great for helping reduce eye strain. All in all, this is a good monitor that should pair well with the Xbox Series X.
If you often game in the dark, then you should go with a VA panel monitor like the BenQ EW3270U. At 32 inches, it provides much more screen space than the LG 27UK650-W to enhance the immersion. It has a good contrast ratio, making blacks appear deeper when viewed in a dark environment. It also has a 60Hz refresh rate, with a fast response time and FreeSync support. It has a wide color gamut for HDR content; however, it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop. It has built-in speakers and a USB-C port that you can use to charge your mobile devices or the Series X's controller. Unfortunately, the ergonomics are terrible, as it only allows for narrow tilt adjustment.
For most people, the LG is a better choice due to its faster response time and wider viewing angles. However, if you want something that's better suited for dark rooms and you don't mind compromising a bit, then go with the BenQ.
If you want a higher refresh rate option and don't mind sacrificing on resolution, the best gaming monitor for Xbox Series X with a 1440p resolution we've tested is the Samsung Odyssey G7. Although we tested the 32 inch model, it's available in a 27 inch size if you prefer a smaller screen. Its VA panel is well-suited for dark room gaming, as it has a high contrast ratio that allows it to produce deep blacks. It has good reflection handling and gets bright enough to fight glare. Like most VA panels, it has mediocre viewing angles, so it isn't the best option for co-op gaming.
Motion handling is fantastic thanks to its speedy response time and high refresh rate, resulting in clear images in fast-moving scenes. However, the Series X can't fully utilize the 240Hz refresh rate since most games have a frame rate cap. Also, while there's an optional Black Frame Insertion feature that can further improve motion clarity, it can't be used at the same time as variable refresh rate. It has a good color gamut and gets reasonably bright to deliver an okay HDR experience.
Unfortunately, the local dimming feature is quite bad, as there are only a few vertical dimming zones. Pixel density is a bit low on the 32 inch model, so the 27 inch might be a better choice if you plan on using it for productivity or like to sit up close. It has a couple of gaming features, such as the ability to add a virtual crosshair or frame rate counter, and its Picture-in-Picture mode lets you display images from two sources simultaneously. Overall, it's an excellent gaming monitor that should please most people.
If you want a monitor with better viewing angles than the Samsung Odyssey G7, check out the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. Its IPS panel has wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate when viewed from the side, making it a fantastic choice for co-op games. It has a quick response time, a 165Hz refresh rate, and unlike the Samsung, you can use its Black Frame Insertion feature and VRR simultaneously. The downside is that it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get as bright in HDR. Visibility shouldn't be an issue in most rooms, but it's best to avoid very bright ones with a lot of sunlight.
Overall, the Samsung is a better choice for most people, as it has a faster response time and delivers a slightly better HDR experience. However, if you need wide viewing angles, the ASUS is an excellent alternative.
The LG 48 CX OLED is the best monitor for gaming in HDR on the Xbox Series X we've tested. We recommend this 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. Since OLED TVs don't have a backlight, there's no blooming around bright objects or uniformity issues such as backlight bleed. Viewing angles are excellent, which means that the image remains accurate at the sides, even if you sit up close.
For gaming, it should be a nearly perfect match for the Xbox Series X. 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 casual players, 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. That said, its Automatic Brightness Limiter is a bit aggressive, so the brightness varies a lot depending on the scene.
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, and there are features built-in to mitigate the risks, such as its Screen Shift option. On the whole, if you want the best and most immersive HDR gaming experience, this TV is worth checking out.
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 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.