If you’re already enjoying your PlayStation 5 (PS5), chances are you’re on the hunt for a high-quality monitor to take advantage of everything this system offers. The best monitors for PS5 have the refresh rates and resolution to make it feel like you’re part of the game (and give you an advantage over your competitors). 

These monitors can come with a high price, as in almost as high as the cost of the console itself. A monitor with 4K resolution, 120 Hz (hertz) refresh rate, and HDR support lets you see what a PS5 is really able to do. PS5 doesn’t even support anything with a resolution below 1080p, so you might as well upgrade with something special. Our list of the best monitors for PS5 includes a model that goes easy on the budget and more than one with a speedy refresh rate and HDR (high dynamic range) that will make you a little giddy for gaming. 

Best Overall: Acer Nitro XV282K
Best 4K: Gigabyte AORUS FV43U
Best Curved: BenQ MOBIUZ EX3410R
Best 120 Hz Refresh Rate: Samsung Odyssey G7
Best Budget: Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q

How We Picked These Products

Our search for the best monitors for PS5 started with the specs. When 4K resolution offers so much more than 1080p, there’s no reason not to get a 4K monitor. They’re worth the extra dollars for the clarity, colors, and darks they offer. We took a good look at everything from the ports — you’ll need HDMI 2.1 for everything the PS5 can pack into a game — to whether or not it has HDR support. While we’re not averse to lesser-known brands, we also compared brands with a good reputation for the quality of their monitors. Find out more about how we test gaming equipment.

Best Overall: Acer Nitro XV282K 

Speed and Power. Acer

Why It Made The Cut: The Acer balances specs with a comfortable size and plenty of ports. 

Specs:

Screen Size: 28 inches
Resolution: 4K
Refresh Rate: 144 Hz (120 Hz with PS5)

Pros:

— HDR400 support
— Sharp image quality
— Vivid colors and impressive brightness
— Good size for a desktop PS5 setup

Cons: 

— Pricey

The Acer Nitro XV282K has the specs that take advantage of everything that’s great about a PS5. That includes 4K resolution and HDR support for bright, vivid colors that make it feel like you’re a part of the game. We love the 28-inch screen, which is the perfect size for a desktop setup without hogging every available inch of space.

The Acer Nitro has plenty of ports, including two HDMI 2.1 ports. You only need one for the PS5, but that leaves an extra for another gaming console or device. It has a 144-Hz refresh rate, which will translate into 120 Hz with the PS5 (because that’s what the game console supports). That high refresh rate gives the Acer room to grow for other devices that can support a higher refresh rate and online gaming that may use up all of that 144 Hz. 

While the Acer isn’t the most expensive model on our list, it’s not cheap. The price could be prohibitive for some gamers.

Best 4K: Gigabyte AORUS FV43U

The Bigger, The Better. Gigabyte

Why It Made The Cut: This powerhouse of a screen is 43 inches of beautiful resolution with low latency and a refresh rate to keep up with it all. 

Specs:

Screen Size: 43 inches
Resolution: 4K
Refresh Rate: 144 Hz (120 Hz for PS5)

Pros:

— Top-of-the-line VESA Display HDR1000
— Beautiful 4K resolution with 120 Hz refresh rate
— Surprisingly powerful speakers

Cons: 

— Expensive (can be found on sale for a reasonable price)

The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U is a big screen for big games. While 43 inches might be too large for some desks, if you’ve got the space, the Gigabyte is worth it. It supports beautiful 4K resolution with a full 144-Hz refresh rate that can handle the PS5’s 120 Hz. The VESA Display HDR1000 will blow your mind because, at HDR1000, it offers peak brightness that’s only outperformed by VESA HDR 1400 found on top TVs. That means you get the brightest brights, outstanding contrast thanks to deeper blacks, and graphics that pop off the screen. Thankfully, it’s got an HDMI 2.1 port to fully support everything the PS5’s speed, resolution, and graphics. 

The Gigabyte includes KVM (keyboard video mouse) to switch between devices without installing extra software or drivers, making it easier to navigate the various ways you use your computer. There’s a surprise bonus with this large monitor: two impressive speakers. Speakers weren’t really on our radar when we were looking for great PS5 gaming monitors, but you might not need separate speakers with this model. The only downside is that it’s a serious investment. Luckily, it does occasionally go on sale for a more reasonable price.

Best Curved: BenQ MOBIUZ EX3410R 

Curvaceous Gaming. BenQ

Why It Made The Cut: An impressive 400-nit brightness makes this a great curved monitor to up your game. 

Specs:

Screen Size: 34 inches
Resolution: 3440p x 1440p
Refresh Rate: 144 Hz (120 Hz with PS5)

Pros:

— Automatically detects the ambient light levels
— Excellent bass
— Reasonable price for a curved monitor

Cons: 

— No HDMI 2.1 port
— No true HDMI support

The BenQ MOBIUZ EX3410R may not be perfect, but it’s a curved monitor with good performance at a reasonable price. The standout features are definitely the 400-nit brightness (you might need sunglasses) and 144-Hz refresh rate, which will function at 120 Hz with PS5. The resolution falls between 1080p and 4K, so you’ll still get clear, sharp images, though it’s not true 4K. 

Curved monitors can be pricey, but this one balances the features with the price. It also offers you a great viewing experience with a little more leeway on your positioning than most curved monitors. A little bonus perk is the built-in speakers, and they’re surprisingly big bass.

However, BenQ cuts corners by not offering true HDR. It has HDRi, which is a BenQ technology that automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness to the ambient light levels. It’s a great feature, but it’s a little deceiving with its name. It also doesn’t have an HDMI 2.1 port.

Best 120 Hz Refresh Rate: Samsung Odyssey G7

Premium Refresh Rate. Samsung

Why It Made The Cut: A maximum 240 Hz refresh rate means this monitor can grow with the PS5 as updates come out. 

Specs:

— Screen Size: 27 inches
— Resolution: 4K
— Refresh Rate: 240 Hz

Pros:

— 240 Hz refresh rate
— Rotating screen
— Excellent contrast

Cons: 

— May need to be calibrated

The Samsung Odyssey G7 is a smaller curved screen that can keep up with anything the PS5 can dish out as far as refresh rates go. It boasts an impressive 240 Hz, which is twice as much as you need when using the PS5. We picked it for the best 120 Hz model because it future-proofs your setup if you invest in newer game consoles or if a future software update for the PS5 increases the maximum refresh rate. 

While the HDR600 is good, it’s not the most impressive HDR specs on our list. However, this Samsung still offers excellent contrast that makes you feel like you’re part of the game. We also like the slightly smaller size for those who might not want a monitor that doesn’t eat up all the desk space. This model also has a screen that can rotate vertically or horizontally. Our only word of caution is that this model may need to be calibrated upon opening.

Best Budget: Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q

Affordable Flexibility. Asus

Why It Made The Cut: Flexible viewing and the clarity of 4K make this monitor an excellent budget buy.

Specs:

— Screen Size: 28 inches
— Resolution: 4K
— Refresh Rate: 60 Hz

Pros:

— Tilts and swivels for better viewing angles
— Shadow Boost enhances darks
— Excellent color and contrast for the price

Cons: 

— No HDMI 2.1 port
— 60 Hz refresh rate

The Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q is an affordable monitor for the PS5, but it does make some performance compromises. This monitor has a tilting, swiveling head so you can adjust it however you need it for better viewing angles. Add to that a Shadow Boost feature that enhances darks for better contrast, and you’ve got a monitor that performs far better than the price tag suggests. The Asus is also made well, giving it added durability that you might not expect when looking at budget monitors. 

The compromise comes in the refresh rate and connectivity options. It has a decent 60-Hz refresh rate, but that isn’t quite enough to take advantage of everything the PS5 can do. It also doesn’t have an HDMI 2.1 port, limiting your gaming a little further.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Monitor for PS5

HDMI Port

The PS5 is capable of ultra high resolution (UHD) at a 120 Hz refresh rate. However, you’ll need a monitor with an HDMI 2.1 port to achieve that. If you’re not too worried about UHD, the console still works if the monitor has an HDMI 2.0 port, but you won’t get the refresh rate or resolution the PS2 can pump out. This is when you have to think about what and where you want to spend your money. You’ll pay extra for this port, but it might be worth it if you’re set on the best graphic experience. 

Refresh Rate

A monitor with a 120 Hz refresh rate, which is what the PS5 can support, will reduce blurring for the best gaming. Again, you don’t necessarily need that, but you’ll get a better gaming experience, and it uses the PS5 to its full advantage. 

HDR Support

High Dynamic Range (HDR) support provides deeper colors and better contrasts, and the PS5 has it. However, the monitor needs to support HDR, too. Again, this isn’t an absolute must, but if you’re investing in a new monitor, it might as well be capable of doing everything the PS5 can do. There are different types of HDR, with some being more or less bright, dark, or high contrast. Check the specs, especially if HDR is high on your priority list.

FAQs

Q. Should I get a 144 Hz monitor for PS5?

The PS5 only supports a 120 Hz refresh rate. If you do use a 144 Hz monitor, the refresh rate will still only function at 120 Hz when using that PS5. 

Q. What are the best monitor specs for PS5?

The best (and most important) stats for a monitor are a 120 Hz refresh rate, 4K resolution, HDMI 2.1, and HDR support. A monitor that has all of those will offer the best viewing with the PS5. 

Q. What monitor should you use for the PS5?

Any of the monitors on our list will work beautifully with the PS5. Our favorite is the Acer Nitro XV282K for its deep, vibrant colors, 4K resolution, refresh rate, and HDMI 2.1 port. 

Q. Is the PS5 better on a monitor or TV?

Monitors typically have lower lag, higher refresh rates, and faster response times than TVs, usually making them the better choice. 

Q. What is the best monitor for the PS5?

The Acer Nitro XV282K is the best monitor for the PS5, thanks to the quality of the build, fast refresh rate, and 4K resolution. 

Q. How much does a monitor for the PS5 cost?

Monitors for the PS5 can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,000. At the lower end of the price range are 1080p monitors that may or may not support HDR and probably have the more standard HDMI 2.0 ports. The higher end of the price range will be 4K monitors with 144 to 240 Hz refresh rates, even though the PS5 only supports 120 Hz. 

Q. Should I buy a 1440p monitor for PS5?

A 1440p monitor falls between 1080p and 4K, so it’s a good way to save a little money. Resolution isn’t the only factor. If a 1440p monitor also has a high refresh rate and excellent HDR, it could be a better deal than a 4K model with a 60 Hz and no HDR. It’s all about how the specs balance out. 

Final Thoughts

As the best monitor for PS5 the Acer Nitro XV282K checks every box with its HDR support, 4K resolution, refresh rates, and HDMI 2.1 port. It helps that it’s a size that can fit in with most desktop setups. For the tighter budget, the Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q offers good contrast and 4K resolution. You have to make some concessions on the refresh rate and HDR, but your overall experience will still be positive.

This post was created by a non-news editorial team at Recurrent Media, Futurism’s owner. Futurism may receive a portion of sales on products linked within this post.


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