The best monitors for Xbox Series X in 2024

The best monitors for Xbox Series X are far more than just low-cost TV alternatives. If you're in the market for high refresh rates, a smaller but sharper display, or something much bigger to show off the capabilities of Microsoft's latest console then there are plenty of great screens to choose from. 

As much as we love big TVs, they can become extremely pricey when you're looking for a 4K resolution and features like a 120Hz refresh rate or high dynamic range (HDR). One of the major strengths of the best monitors for Xbox Series X is that they can offer similar features to high-end TVs for a fraction of the price. Sometimes, you can even find low-cost monitors that have the same size panels that you would see on a TV.

As they are geared towards gaming specifically, you can also get your hands on a range of desirable features like fast-IPS tech, Variable Refresh Rate (or VRR), and accurate HDR that's made with some of the best Xbox Series X games in mind. The Xbox Series X is currently the most powerful home console on the market and a high-quality monitor can help you make full use of those high specs. 

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The best monitors for Xbox Series X in 2024

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Best overall monitor for Xbox Series X

Gigabyte M32UC

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The best monitor overall

Specifications

Screen size: 32-inch
Resolution: 4K
Refresh rate: 144Hz
Ports: HDMI 2.1; DisplayPort; USB-C
HDR: VESA DisplayHDR 400

Reasons to buy

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Outstanding image quality 
+
Loads of ports
+
Very competitive price

Reasons to avoid

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The built-in speakers aren't great 
Buy it if

You want a great value package: The Gigabyte M32U packs a super fast 144Hz refresh rate and 4K panel at a very competitive price.

You need lots of connectivity options: Not only do you have plenty of HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort options here, but a wealth of USB ports, too. 

Don't buy it if

You don't have external speakers: The speakers inside the Gigabyte M32U just aren't up to the same standard as what you would find on a similar-sized TV or even other gaming monitors. 

The Gigabyte M32UC is our top pick for the best monitor for Xbox Series X in 2024. This recommendation mostly comes down to the bargain price of this display. At $799 / £681 (about AU$1,093) this is significantly cheaper than a comparable TV or many other monitors that boast a similar feature set. Here you're getting a full 4K UHD display combined with a smooth 144Hz refresh rate and HDR. Better yet, the display is an immersive curved design - rare for this price range.

In our testing, we found that there was a little tinkering that needed to be done in the display settings in order to make the HDR really pop. A few minutes after getting everything tweaked to our liking, however, we were blown away by the visual fidelity of top titles like Cyberpunk 2077 and Forza Horizon 5.  Simply put, the Gigabyte M32UC makes your Xbox games look amazing.

Unfortunately, the built-in speakers, while a commendable inclusion, are one area which isn't exactly going to rival a gaming TV. We recommend pairing this panel with something from our list of the best soundbars or best stereo speakers for a better experience. 

Best budget monitor for Xbox Series X

Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q

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The best budget monitor for Xbox Series X

Specifications

Screen size: 28-inch
Resolution: 4K
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Ports: 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
HDR: HDR10

Reasons to buy

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4K resolution
+
Good range of viewing positions
+
Impressive colors

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks ports
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Slow response time
Buy it if

You want a cheap 4K display: You simply can't argue with the value here. This is a 4K display at a price point that is normally associated with 1080p or 1440p options. 

You appreciate great colors: We were especially impressed with the colors on the Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q. If you want a vibrant display that helps games look their best, this is a fantastic choice.

Don't buy it if

You play lots of competitive games: The 5ms response time of the Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q leaves a lot to be desired. While it is an understandable limitation given the low price, it makes this particular model a poor fit for fast-paced competitive games where response time really matters.

The Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q is our pick for the best budget monitor for Xbox Series X. One of the most affordable 4K gaming monitors on the market, offers high-end specs for a fraction of their usual price. It’s a spacious 28-inch display, with an impressively versatile base that allows for plenty of adjustments. It can tilt, swivel, and pivot with support for both horizontal and portrait viewing offering more movement than even a lot of more premium displays. The built-in speakers are also surprisingly adept and should be perfectly sufficient for most games.

Although the 60Hz refresh rate is lower than the maximum 120Hz refresh rate supported by the Xbox Series X, motion is still perfectly smooth and we think that it’s a worthwhile sacrifice given the low price and how well this display performs in other areas - namely, its impressive vivid colors. Unfortunately, the 4ms response time leaves a lot more to be desired, causing slight stuttering in intense AAA games which is worth bearing in mind if you could potentially afford other options. This is also one of the only monitors on this list which does not feature full VESA-certified HDR, instead opting for the inferior HDR10. 

Best big screen monitor for Xbox Series X

Acer Predator CG7

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The best for big-screen gaming

Specifications

Screen size: 43-inch
Resolution: 4K
Refresh rate: 120Hz
Ports: 3 x HDMI 2.1
HDR: VESA DisplayHDR 1000

Reasons to buy

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Huge size
+
Plenty of ports
+
Excellent build quality 

Reasons to avoid

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Premium price tag
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Too big for most desks
Buy it if

You want to game on a massive display: The Acer Predator CG7 features a huge 43-inch display that's fantastic for capturing all those gorgeous details in AAA single player games.

You use your Xbox Series X for streaming: With its big screen and HDR support, streaming your favorite shows and movies will also look great on this display

Don't buy it if

You lack the desk space: While a huge monitor can sound like a good idea on paper, the Acer Predator CG7 would be far too big for most desks 

If you're after an Xbox Series X monitor that truly rivals the size of TV, the Acer Predator CG7 is the best solution for those who can afford it. This is a gigantic 43-inch display which, while cheaper than a similar spec TV, certainly doesn't come cheap. Expect to spend around $1,199.99 / £1,166.80 (roughly AU$1,800) for this model. 

In our testing, we found very little to fault with the Acer Predator CG7 from a performance standpoint. Every single game we threw at it, from the frantic firefights of Halo Infinite to the driving action of Forza Horizon 5, looked incredibly sharp and crisp. We also particularly appreciate the abundance of ports here, as the monitor boasts two HDMI 2.1 ports and four USB-3.2 ports.

What's more, the Acer Predator CG7 can mounted on a wall in addition to its included stand meaning that it could be the perfect addition to a living room setup.

Best HDR monitor for Xbox Series X

Gigabyte Aorus FV43U review

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Best HDR monitor for vivid colors

Specifications

Screen size: 43-inch
Resolution: 4K
Refresh rate: 120Hz
Ports: 2 x HDMI 2.1
HDR: VESA DisplayHDR 1000

Reasons to buy

+
Huge size 
+
Brilliant HDR and backlighting 
+
Great in-built speakers 

Reasons to avoid

-
Strange port placement
-
Too big for most desks
Buy it if

You want an all-in-one display: The Gigabyte Aorus FV43U is the size of a gaming TV and performs like a monitor, making it ideal for both gaming and media consumption. 

You want good HDR support: Few gaming monitors that we have tested can match the depth of colors on offer in the Gigabyte Aorus FV43U. 

Don't buy it if

You lack the desk space: Again, a massive 43-inch panel like this is far too large for most desks.

If you're after the very best colors for your Xbox Series X games, then the Gigabyte Aorus FV43U should be on your radar. While some monitors and gaming TVs use an inferior, simulated form of HDR, you're getting the real deal here with full HDR10 support. This means colors in your games will look brighter and more life-like.

Priced at $1,100 / £1,000 / AU$1,699 the Gigabyte Aorus FV43U has a truly premium price tag. It is, however, frequently subject to steep sales so consider keeping an eye out for a bargain. In our testing, we found that the Quantum Dot technology, the 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time made for an experience that few other panels can match even in 2024.

Another major highlight of the Gigabyte Aorus FV43U are the excellent speakers that adorn each side. This stereo setup can truly rival some of the best TVs, saving you money that would otherwise need to be invested in a soundbar or separate speakers. If you're in the market for a big and beautiful display and can afford to shop at the high end of the price scale, you can't go wrong here.

Best high refresh rate monitor for Xbox Series X

Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144

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The best high refresh rate monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 32-inch
Resolution: 4K
Refresh rate: 144Hz
Ports: 2 x HDMI 2.1; 1 x DisplayPort 1.4; USB-C
HDR: VESA DisplayHDR 600

Reasons to buy

+
Excellent gaming performance 
+
Outstanding color quality 
+
Stellar build quality 

Reasons to avoid

-
The HDR isn't the greatest 
Buy it if

You want the best FPS from your Xbox Series X: The Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 produces an incredibly sharp and detailed 144Hz picture thanks to its fast-IPS panel technology. 

You want an adjustable monitor: There are a lot of adjustments that you can make to the Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144's excellent stand. This comes alongside other mounting options. 

Don't buy it if

The very best HDR is a must: While the Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 features acceptable HDR performance, it's far from the best that we've seen from a monitor at this price. 

If you're looking to play competitive shooters, racing games, or fighters then the Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 is our foremost pick. That's because this 144Hz 4K monitor has one of the sharpest and fastest panels that we've ever tested. Unlike other super fast panels, there is absolutely no hit to the color saturation or the smoothness of the picture here either. 

Retailing at $999 / £949, we would be lying if we said the Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 was one of the most affordable Xbox Series X monitors but what you're getting is well worth the money. This display boasts unparalleled fluidity that helps push the console's 120Hz capabilities to the absolute limit.

The only major drawback here is the HDR which, as HDR600, is quite underwhelming. It is by no means poor, but a definite step back from some of the other monitors this list. Still, this is an understandable limitation when speed and brightness was clearly the top priority.


How to choose the best monitor for Xbox Series X

As part of the wider gaming monitor market, looking for the best monitor for Xbox Series X monitor can be a little overwhelming when you start from scratch. However, focusing on a few key elements and decisions in the buying process will help you out enormously. The below isn't an exhaustive list, but these few key factors will help you narrow your search down nicely.

Specs
The most important element of a monitor in terms of what it can offer you is its specs. The top two specs to consider will be resolution and refresh rate - and then tally these against what is most important to you in gaming. Is it visual fidelity? Then lean toward 4K monitors with lower refresh rates. Is it getting the smoothest 120Hz pictures possible from your Xbox Series X? Then prioritize refresh rate. Is it both? Lucky you, you have quite a healthy budget (which is good!). For example, I value 4K resolutions more as I prefer soaking up every single detail - and I also play more third-person story and adventure games rather than fast-paced shooters. Think about those key specs and the games you play and you'll quickly narrow your search down.

Budget
Perhaps the most important one of all. Unless you have a truly outrageous budget (and if you do, kudos to you), it's probably unrealistic to enter the Xbox monitor market thinking you'll be able to get the biggest, baddest one going. As a result, just think ruthlessly about your budget - maybe allowing for a bit of stretch. Then tie budget into other factors: can you trade off specs against one another to lower the cost of the monitor for you? Could you go smaller to bring the price down? And remember, you could always look to sales events, such as Prime Day or Black Friday, to help save you cash too.

Size
There's only so much we can take in with our eyes, so think carefully about monitor size and placement to aid your search. If you're going to be putting this very close to you on a desk setup - perhaps using it for work too - then a massive screen might not be the best bet. If you have some more room to go for then a 32-inch beauty might just be the ticket.

Compatibility and flexibility
Are you going to be using multiple devices with this monitor? More pointedly are you going to be teaming it with a PC or other gaming platform? If so, you've at least got to make sure you have all the right amount of connections. But you'll also need to make sure that the monitor has specs that match the needs of the other devices. For example, if you have a great graphics card for PC gaming, you may want a monitor that goes higher in refresh rate or larger in resolution for that realm of gaming.

How we test the best monitors for Xbox Series X in 2024

We ground all of our choices for the best monitors for Xbox Series X on a variety of factors. Most importantly, we make sure to rigorously test each product hands-on, so that you can always be sure that our recommendations are accurate and trustworthy.

We look at aspects like image quality, refresh rate, size, price and extra features like HDR and VRR to establish a monitor's overall performance. We are also careful to always recommend a range of products, from budget powerhouses to top-shelf premium options.

Rest assured that no matter which of the options above you choose to buy, you'll be getting a quality product that fits your preferences and budget. If we feel the product doesn't meet our standards after lengthy testing, it won't appear on our ever-evolving list.

FAQs

Should I buy a 120Hz monitor for Xbox Series X?

While you certainly don't need a 120Hz monitor, we think that they are well worth the extra investment. Many of the best Xbox Series X games support a 120Hz refresh rate. Thanks to the console's VRR support, compatible displays also do a better job of smoothing out any framerate hiccups in order to provide a much more stable gaming experience.

Is it worth getting a 4K monitor for Xbox Series X?

In short, yes. There are no shortage of Xbox Series X games that can be played at 4K resolution and the more compact nature of most monitors mean you can easily notice the crisper image. 4K monitors for Xbox Series X will typically be more expensive than, say, a 1440p monitor, but we believe that the added image clarity is well worth it if you have the budget.

Is a 1440p or 4K monitor better for gaming on Xbox Series X?

This really depends on what kind of gaming experience you're looking for. At 4K, games will typically look much better, with the tradeoff of a potential hit to overall performance compared to 1440p.

Putting it most ruthlessly, 60Hz (or 60 frames per second) is absolutely enough for playing games on Xbox Series X. With most games aiming for 4K resolutions at 30 frames per second (somewhat sadly) in 2024, or a slightly lower resolution to hit the 60 frames per second mark, a 60Hz monitor will cater beautifully for most players.

However, if you play some of the biggest online first-person shooter games that have the potential to reach 120 frames per second on Xbox Series X, or some of the other select games that can reach that speed of picture, then you may be swayed by a monitor for Xbox Series X that sports HDMI 2.1 compatibility, and 120hz/frames per second support.

It all comes down to wat you play and what you're happy with. If you desire the fastest and smoothest pictures then you might want to go for a monitor that offers 120Hz support, if you mostly play single player games and are happy at 30 or 60 frames per second then that will suffice - and it might save you a bit of cash too.

Rob Dwiar
Managing Editor, TechRadar Gaming

Rob is the Managing Editor of TechRadar Gaming, a video games journalist, critic, editor, and writer, and has years of experience gained from multiple publications. Prior to being TechRadar Gaming's Managing Editor, he was TRG's Deputy Editor, and a longstanding member of GamesRadar+, being the Commissioning Editor for Hardware there for years, while also squeezing in a short stint as Gaming Editor at WePC just before joining TechRadar Gaming. He is also a freelance writer on tech, gaming hardware, video games, gardens, and landscapes and is crowdfunding a book on video game landscapes that you can back and pre-order now too.

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