With the introduction of the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, 4K gaming has entered the console market. In addition, both of these next-generation gaming consoles are also capable of displaying HDR (High Dynamic Range) images on any display that supports HDR. With the way things are right now in the PC gaming industry, you will usually have to spend well over a 1000 dollars in order to build a gaming PC that is capable of running games at 4K, 60 fps. However, with an Xbox One X or PS4 Pro, you can enjoy ultra-HD gaming in all its glory for just half that price. That is the main reason these next-gen consoles are so amazing at the moment- they offer brilliant value for the money, and transform your living room into a multimedia/ home-entertainment center.
But in order to game, you need a display. And for most console gamers who like to play in the living room from the comfort of a couch, the display of choice will most likely be a 40+ inch 4K TV. But let’s say you also happen to own a highly capable gaming PC, or workstation computer on which you like to edit game footage for uploading to YouTube, or maybe you are a content creator who does a bit of gaming on the side. In that case, you probably spend more time on the PC, compared to your console. Which is why, a 4K gaming monitor would be a nice addition to your kit. With a gaming monitor, you will be able to connect both your PC as well as game console to the same display, and you can enjoy 4k content through both devices. All modern 4K monitors have multiple inputs and at least one HDMI 2.0 port along with a Display Port. The Display Port will connect to your PC, while the HDMI port will connect to your console.
Another benefit of using a gaming monitor instead of a TV is the response rate- you may not be aware of this, but gaming monitors boast response rates higher than 5ms, which is the amount of delay between the point you press a button on your controller, and when that input actually reflects in game on your display. TVs have a lot more input-lag compared to monitors, and don’t give you the height/ angle adjustment options, which you can do on the fly with a monitor. Gaming monitors also boast high refresh rates, although you probably won’t be going above 60 Hz in 4K resolution with a console. But like we said, 120Hz or even 144Hz gaming is possible with the latest 4K monitors if you own a capable gaming PC. So in a way, you are future proofing your gaming experience by purchasing a monitor which is 4K and supports high refresh rates, since it is very likely that 120 Hz and 144Hz 4K gaming will come to future consoles, and it has already been around in PC gaming for over a year by now. So buckle up, because we are going to take you on a journey through all the options to find the best 4k monitor for PS4 pro and XBox One X!
Out of the box, this Dell 4K monitor displays colors with great depth and you most likely will not have to tinker with the gamut or contrast values. The bezels are incredibly slim, which make it perfect for a multi-monitor setup. Its 5ms GTG (gray to gray) response time makes the Dell U2718Q one of the fastest IPS monitors out there on the market.
Capable of displaying up to 1.07 billion colors, the Dell U2718Q is simply an amazing 4K monitor for consoles such as the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. It is factory calibrated for a sRGB coverage of 99.9%, which results in a Delta-E value under 2. Basically, the colors are going to be absolutely magnificent right out of the box. You can use this monitor for content creation, movies, gaming, and much more. Another thing to note- since this monitor uses an IPS panel (which is why the colors are so good), it boasts amazing vertical and horizontal viewing angles. There is an anti-glare and 3H protective hard coating on the surface of the 27” panel to prevent sunlight and ambient light sources from reflecting off your monitor as you work, it is also fairly resistant to scratches. Contrast ratio sits at an impressive 1300: 1, while maximum brightness is 350cd/ m².
Although Dell advertise this as an HDR display, it is not truly compatible with HDR10 standards. This monitor uses proprietary “Dell Smart HDR” technology, which uses a hardware engine within the monitor to process HDR metadata, resulting in better colors and contrast. It is better than no HDR, but not as good as true HDR.
- 27”, 3840 x 2160 IPS panel (4K at 60 Hz)
- 5ms GTG response time
- Tilt, pivot, swivel, and height can be adjusted
- 1x HDMI (v2.0), 1x DisplayPort (v1.2), and 1x Mini DisplayPort(v1.2) connectors
- 4x USB ports, 2 of which are USB 3.0 BC1.2 capable of charging at 2 amps max
- VESA-compatible (100mm)
- Delta-E < 2, 99.9% sRGB coverage
- No HDMI cable provided inside the box
- No built-in speakers
This monitor from BenQ is simply one of the best budget 4K gaming monitors that you can purchase right now, and one of the most respected names in the gaming industry builds it. There is nothing fancy about the BenQ EL2870U, it performs exactly as advertised and looks really boring. But, it is the fastest of them all, boasting a response time (gray to gray) of just 1ms, which is literally 5 times faster than any of the IPS panels out there.
Yes, it uses the good old TN panel instead of an IPS (In-Plane-Switching) panel. Which makes the colors appear washed out when you view this display from an angle. However, if you are a competitive gamer, you probably do not play games on your console while leaning back on a couch in the living room. No, you sit close to your monitor while gaming. Therefore, the restrictive viewing angles should not be a huge concern. What really makes this stand out from the rest is its impressive response time of just 1ms. This will almost completely eliminate the blur or “trail” that is emitted by fast moving objects on your screen, and you will never miss a single headshot no matter how hard your enemies try to evade you. Another neat little thing that BenQ have added is the Eye-Care and Flicker-Free technology, which will detect ambient light and decrease or increase brightness based on the time of the day, this monitor reduces flickering and blue light emission, which significantly decreases the strain and fatigue on your eyes during long periods of usage.
- 28”, 3840 x 2160 TN panel (1ms GTG response time)
- 10-bit color
- Dual 2W built-in speakers
- HDCP 2.2 compliant
- VESA support
- Ambient light sensor, Blue light control, Flicker-Free and Eye-Care
- HDR10 compatible
- FreeSync support
- 2x HDMI (v2.0), 1x DisplayPort (v1.4)
- Limited viewing angles because of TN panel
- Colors appear slightly washed out on default settings, out of the box
Think of it as an all-rounder, a jack-of-all-trades. LG designed this monitor to satisfy the needs of both creative professionals as well as gamers. It is compatible with HDR10 specifications, and the special HDR Effect can transform standard (non-HDR) content into HDR-like video/ photo using an advanced combination of a built-in hardware engine and software algorithms.
The LG 27UK650-W (yeah, they really need to work on those names) is an affordable 27” 4K HDR monitor for console gamers as well as content creators on both Mac and PC. It features a slew of innovative technologies, and the monitor is capable of adapting its display characteristics on the fly to suit your unique, ever-changing needs. For starters, this monitor uses a 27” 3840 x 2160 IPS panel with a sRGB coverage of 99%. Color depth is 10-bit, and response time is 5ms (GTG) which is extremely fast by IPS panel standards. Maximum brightness is 350 nits, minimum being 280. Viewing angles are excellent (178/ 178), so you actually can share content with friends and family. Unlike TN panel-based monitors, which force everyone to constantly bob their heads up, down and sideways because the colors appear washed out as soon as you move even slightly away from the center of the screen. This LG display also supports AMD FreeSync, so you can hook it up to your PC and enjoy stutter free gaming. Six-axis control lets you adjust the height, swivel, tilt, and pivot of the display. The Black Stabilizer lets you see more in darker scenes, while Dynamic Action Sync reduces input lag for a smoother gaming experience.
- 27”, 3840 x 2160 (IPS panel, 5ms GTG)
- Dynamic Action Sync for reduced input lag
- Black Stabilizer
- Ergonomic 6-axis adjustment on the stand
- VESA support
- HDCP 2.2 compliant
- HDR support
- 2x HDMI (v2.0), 1x DisplayPort (v1.2)
- AMD FreeSync
- No built-in speakers
- A bit of IPS glow at the corners when screen is dark
BenQ calls this a “video enjoyment monitor”. Which makes it sounds like something you would just use when you want to lean back in your comfy gaming chair and watch youtube. But this monitor is actually loaded with some impressive technologies designed with gaming in mind. Take for instance, the AMD FreeSync adaptive sync system, which works with your PC to dynamically alter refresh rate so that you can play games without experiencing stuttering or screen tearing. In addition, it is simply an amazing 4K monitor for console gaming, thanks to the brilliant color accuracy and HDR support.
Let us get the basics out of the way- this is a 31.5” 4K (3840 x 2160) monitor, designed primarily for enjoying video content. Why video content? Well, this monitor can generate 1.07 billion colors, and has a color gamut that covers 95% of the DCI-P3 color space. In case you are not familiar with this term, it means that the BenQ EW3270U can accurately reproduce 95% of the colors used for digital movie projection by the American Film Industry. It does not get much better than that on a consumer-grade product, which you can buy for less than 700 dollars and set up on your wall or desk. You can hook it up with a PC, console, or handheld gaming device such as a Nintendo Switch. It supports HDR, which delivers superior contrast and better images in extremely dark or bright scenes, by widening the range of dark and light shades used in such images. It features a multitude of ports- HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB Type C. The Type C port can charge your laptop or phone, and it also acts as a route for internet data between the monitor and mobile device. The BenQ EW3270U is the largest monitor on our list, and is perfect for split-screen gaming or multi-display setups.
- 5” VA panel (4ms GTG), 3840 x 2160 resolution (4k at 60 fps)
- Built-in stereo speakers
- 178° / 178° viewing angle (vertical/ horizontal)
- Dynamic Contrast Ratio of 20M : 1
- 10-bit color
- Eye-Care and Flicker-Free
- VESA compatible
- HDR support
- AMD FreeSync
- USB Type C connector
- Only the tilt can be adjusted (-5 to -15 degrees)
- Sluggish UI
– Conclusion –
Manufacturers often try to plaster cool-sounding names and technical jargon on the front of the box, in order to make you think that you are purchasing a product loaded with high-tech features, when in reality it is no different from the product right next to it that does not have all the fancy numbers and cool names. This practice is particularly prevalent with the so-called “gaming hardware manufacturers”, most of these gamer-oriented companies do not even build their own stuff from the ground up. They simply order panels from the established, reputed OEMs such as Dell, Samsung, or LG, and then fit that panel inside a nice shiny case with RGB lighting and sharp edges, and stickers, and then they sell it to you as a “gaming” monitor. Avoid these products, just because a monitor looks futuristic and edgy does not mean that it actually displays a good picture. For example, some monitors tell you that they are 4K, but in reality neither are they 3840 x 2160, nor do they have true 10-bit color depth. Some technologies such as Quantum-dot to give the illusion of higher detail, even though the actual resolution of the display is not 4K. Some ultra-wide curved monitors are advertised as “4K”, but in reality, they are only half-4K, meaning that they are 1440p vertically, and 3840p horizontally. Thankfully, we chose all of the monitors in our article based on actual consumer reviews and tech specs to make sure that you are getting the best of the best for your money.