Top 5 Monitors for Console Gaming in 2020: PS4 and Xbox One Compatible

One of the reasons why some people prefer consoles over PCs is the ease of it all. You don’t have to build a computer and adjust its components according to each individual part and its performance. A console is whole in itself. However, you do need a few peripherals to make use of it to its fullest. One of the most important devices you’ll need to get is a monitor. Buying a monitor for your console is a daunting task these days simply because there’s a ton of variety in the market and it’s almost impossible to decide what’s best unless you spend an excruciating amount of time researching according to your needs and wants.

That is precisely why this article exists. It’ll help you decide what is best for you depending on what your needs are. Whether it’s a budget friendly monitor, a gaming beast or a premium 4K monitor; we’ve got it all covered.

1. AOC C27G1

Simply the Best

  • Great color reproduction
  • Attractive design
  • Snappy performance
  • Moderate ghosting
  • Comparatively low brightness

Screen Size: 27 inches | Resolution: 2560×1440 | Refresh Rate: 144 Hz | Response Time: 4 ms | Panel: VA | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Brightness: 250 nits

Last Update on 2020-06-11 using Amazon Product Advertising API

AOC’s C27G1 is number one on our list, simply because it ticks all our boxes. Its 27 inch, 1440p curved VA panel provides a fast, smooth display with great color reproduction which produces a punchy image with high contrast and vibrancy. Its performance is nothing to scoff at. It’s equipped with a 144 Hz refresh rate panel with a 4 ms response time when set on default, which can cause slight ghosting in fast paced games. However, if you enable the 1 ms MRPT motion blur technology, you can get an even faster display which will reduce ghosting and the overall input lag you’ll have to face. The issue is that this can’t be enabled simultaneously with AMD FreeSync so that could cause slight screen tearing in some cases. Regardless, any console player would be able to get the most out of their skills with the performance this monitor is capable of. What may be disappointing for casual gamers as well as competitive gamers is  the comparitively low brightness the monitor offers.

While the C27G1 may not be the best in matters of performance in this list, it strikes an almost perfect balance between performance and image quality. The 1800r curved VA panel produces punchy, sharp and vivid imagery which catches the eye of any user. The blacks produced on the screen are vivid due to its 3000:1 contrast ratio. It has wider viewing angles than that of the TN panels in other monitors which means that you don’t have to perfectly align yourself with the monitor to avoid color shifting. It also has a flicker-free backlight as well as a blue light filter which provides extra eye-care and helps users avoid strain and headaches. If you’ve got a very bright room you may want to dim the lights a bit due to the screen having a max brightness of 250 nits. It would also help you view the image in a more rich and contrasting fashion.

All in all, AOC’s C27G1 is a whole package, that too in a relatively inexpensive price considering all it offers. It’s perfect for console gamers who use their monitors for some competitive gaming as well as casual gaming and entertainment purposes.

2. Dell S2719DGF

Impeccable Performance

  • Low input lag ~4 ms
  • Crisp & smooth display
  • Ergonomic & simple design
  • Limited viewing angles

Screen Size: 27 inches | Resolution: 2560×1440 | Refresh Rate: 155 Hz | Response Time: 1 ms | Panel: TN | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Brightness: 350 nits

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If you’re a console gamer who’s quite competitive about your gaming, this is the monitor for you. The 27 inch TN panel with a 1440p resolution provides a large screen with a high pixel density for a crisp display. The overclocked 155 Hz refresh rate combined with the 1 ms response time enables users to experience almost instantaneous outputs when they give an input. This means that there’s almost no delay from you pressing a button on your controller to you seeing your command be carried out on the screen. A prominent con which is common to all TNN panel monitors is the limited viewing angles they offer. Overall, the performance of this monitor is more than sufficient to cater for any console gamers’ needs.

Features such as its flicker-free backlight and blue-light filter decrease stress on eyes, so you don’t have to worry about your eyes getting strained resulting in a headache after a prolonged gaming session. The S2719DGF comes with AMD FreeSync enabled as well as G-Sync compatibility. This provides a variable refresh rate (VRR) which ensures a smooth display even on your 60 fps console.

Putting out a brightness of 350 nits, the monitor is bright enough for any setting. The TN panel, however, like all other TN panels, isn’t as good as IPS aur VA panels in terms of image quality. It provides a 1000:1 contrast ratio which can produce good blacks but not as rich as its other competitors. The image quality and color reproduction is above average but it pales in comparison to that of an IPS or VA panel monitor. Also, the TN panel comes with narrow viewing angles and produces a slight color shift when viewed from an angle that isn’t perpendicular to the screen. This isn’t a problem when viewing the screen head on, and for any gamer who cares more about performance than image quality, the panel should do perfectly fine.

All in all, if you’re a competitive gamer who plays first person shooter games more often than not, favors high refresh rate and low input lag over image quality, this monitor is the perfect fit for you.

3. Philips 278E1A

Simply the Best

  • Amazing 4K resolution
  • Beautiful color reproduction with IPS panel
  • Frameless design
  • 60 Hz low refresh rate

Screen Size: 27 inches | Resolution: 3840x2160 | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Response Time: 5 ms | Panel: IPS | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Brightness: 350 nits

Last Update on 2020-06-11 using Amazon Product Advertising API

On the other end of the spectrum, a monitor which puts image quality above all else: the Philips 278E1A is an outstanding 27 inch 4K monitor. The IPS panel it comes equipped with provides wide viewing angles which is quite a benefit, especially for casual console players who may be sitting on couches in their lounge. The 3840×2160 resolution on the 27 inch screen provides exceptional pixel density. The images that appear on the screen are of stunning quality and clarity, but they’re not as smooth as they are on monitors with higher refresh rates, as this one offers only 60 Hz refresh rate.

The color reproduction is natural and vivid. It produces a contrast ratio of 1000:1, which isn’t as high as that of some VA panels but it’s more than enough when combined with the SmartContrast. SmartContrast is a technology from the manufacturer of the monitor, Philips, which analyzes the contents displayed on the screen and provides a rich, vibrant display by adjusting and controlling the backlight intensity as well as dynamically enhancing the contrast settings.

However, the 278E1A is not at all suitable for console gamers who play fast-paced or first person shooter games on a competitive level. The 60 Hz refresh rate causes a lot of ghosting and screen tearing at times when fast paced motion is displayed on screen. Therefore, it is more suitable to casual gamers who primarily play slower paced games and value the quality of the display more than its performance. Overall, this 4K monitor from Philips is a great option for casual console gamers who enjoy games that emphasize graphics. Its value for money is impressive and lines up with other monitors in this list quite nicely.

4. Sceptre E275-19203R

Budget King

  • Extremely budget friendly
  • FreeSync enabled
  • No ergonomic stand
  • Moderate ghosting
  • Narrow viewing angles

Screen Size: 27 inches | Resolution: 1920x1080 | Refresh Rate: 75 Hz | Response Time: 5 ms | Panel: LED | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Brightness: 250 nits

Last Update on 2020-06-11 using Amazon Product Advertising API

For those who don’t want to spend too much money on a monitor, Sceptre’s E275-19203R is one of the best options for a budget monitor available. This monitor is pretty spectacular considering how cheap it is. It’s got a 27 inch, 1080p LED screen which produces decent image quality with a vivid, crisp color reproduction. It has a contrast ratio of 1000:1 which is on par with most of the monitors on this list so you can trust this device to belch out images with punchy colors. It has viewing angles of 170° horizontally and 160° vertically which also matches some of the TN panel monitors out there which is a limiting factor.  Another limiting factor is its 60 Hz refres rate which causes ghosting and delay. It does feature flicker-free technology as well as a blue light filter which reduces the strain on the users’ eyes greatly and can lead to headaches and stress.

The performance is nothing to brag about, with a 5 ms response time and a 75 Hz refresh rate. You can expect quite a lot of ghosting and input lag on any fast paced game. If you’re a competitive first person shooter console gamer, this monitor will definitely bottleneck your performance. However, if you’re more of a casual gamer and are on a tight budget, this monitor is better than the standard 60 Hz options out there. It also has AMD FreeSync enabled. All the Xbox players can rejoice because this benefits them the most. The FreeSync ensures that there would be no screen-tearing while gaming.

All things considered, this monitor from Sceptre is one of the best in the budget category for console gamers. It’s got useful features, decent image quality and performance, all in the price tag which won’t lighten your wallet much at all.

5. HP VH240a

Spectacular Value

  • Budget friendly
  • Good color reproduction
  • Ergonomic stand
  • Moderate screen tearing
  • Low refresh rate

Screen Size: 23.8 inches | Resolution: 1920x1080 | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | Response Time: 5 ms | Panel: IPS | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Brightness: 250 nits

Last Update on 2020-06-11 using Amazon Product Advertising API

Another monitor which falls into the budget category, HP’s VH240a errs on the side of quality rather than the performance aspect. It’s got an IPS display panel which provides great colors and wide viewing angles. However, it has a 60 Hz screen with a 5 ms response time. Although the response time is decent, the 60 Hz screen isn’t good for competitive gamers as they’ll experience some screen tearing with fast paced games which is undesirable. The monitor does look very appealing though. It has thin bezels and an ergonomic stand, allowing users to set it up according to their comfort with ease.

The 23.8 inch IPS panel this monitor comes equipped with provides great color reproduction and 178 degree wide viewing angles which means that color won’t shift if you’re not viewing the monitor head on. The contrast, sharpness and overall image quality is spectacular. Gamers will enjoy casual and adventure games which do not feature much fast paced gameplay and have high graphic details. However, competitive gamers will be disappointed due to the low, 60 Hz refresh rate which may cause some screen tearing during fast paced gameplay. On the other hand, the monitor provides a very attractive look with ultra thin bezels on 3 sides and an ergonomic stand which features a lot of maneuverability so the user can adjust the monitor however they want to.

Overall, the VH240a is a spectacular monitor considering its price. It may not be suited for competitive console gamers but it is perfect for gamers who prefer image quality over snappy performance, on a tight budget. The additional plus factor is that the design sets it apart and is quite practical as it’s fully adjustable.

Eric Jones

A tech enthusiast and avid gamer, Eric Jones has been into the gaming world for over a decade. With a wide array of experience including putting together a number of gaming PCs for himself and his friends, he imparts the knowledge he's curated because of his curious nature to you in an informative and entertaining way as a tech writer.

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