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Best TV For PS5 And Xbox Series X (2021): 4K, HDMI 2.1, 120Hz, and VRR Explained
The PS5 and Xbox Series X look incredible on 4K TVs with HDMI 2.1 support, and these are the best ones that get the most out of the new consoles.
While we've seen plenty of new 4K TV announcements over the last several months, but many of those televisions won't hit the market for quite some time. But fear not, as you still have plenty of options. If you want a brand-new 4K TV for your PS5 and Xbox Series X right now, you have several great choices that won't leave you disappointed. There are a number of 4K TVs that work well with the new consoles, both of which have specific features that only HDMI 2.1-capable displays can take advantage of. The big one is a 120Hz refresh rate, which games like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition can run at. The high refresh rate isn't a requirement, but it helps games run smoother and look even better in motion. Most TVs with this feature don't actually include it on every port, so make sure you connect your consoles to one that does make use of it.
Of course, a 120Hz TV is not required for any Xbox Series X or PS5 games. While a gaming monitor in comparison to a TV will ultimately have higher refresh rates, you'll be more than happy with any good 4K TV running at 60Hz as long as it has decent input lag or a specific game mode. Despite this, the benefits are clear to see in compatible games. 120Hz provides a much smoother experience than 60Hz and is most helpful in competitive gaming. Most compatible games only offer 120Hz modes in specific modes, such as multiplayer in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Gears 5. Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition, on the other hand, lets you enable 120Hz in its single-player campaign.
What's HDMI 2.1?
If you want a 4K resolution with 120Hz refresh rate and HDR, you're going to need a TV with an HDMI 2.1 port. This ensures that your TV can accept the speeds afforded by HDMI 2.1 cables--48Gbps--which are what the PS5 and Xbox Series X utilize to transfer video and audio signals to your television. HDMI 2.1 is still relatively new to consumer displays, with only a select few TVs supporting it and no PC monitors currently available on the market that support it--though Asus has announced HDMI 2.1 monitors that should release in the near future. (If you're still interested in using your new console with a monitor, see our picks for the best 4K gaming monitors available now.)
Two of the benefits that HDMI 2.1 provides to gamers are built-in variable refresh rate (VRR) and low-latency technologies. VRR provides you with a smooth, stutter-less image during gameplay, while Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) provides zero lag between your inputs and the action on-screen.
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Can I use the PS5 and Xbox Series X on my HDMI 2.0 TV?
Xbox Series X and PS5 games play just fine on any TV that has HDMI ports. You'll only be able to see 4K and 60Hz with HDR like the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro offered, but with only a handful of console games taking advantage of 120Hz, an HDMI 2.0 TV will serve you perfectly well for now. At this time, the majority of games target 4K and 60 frames per second, though I'm sure we'll see a number of different resolutions and frame rates across titles, consoles, and performance modes.
Some of the games that will have 120 FPS modes on the PS5 and Xbox Series X include Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Dirt 5, and Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition as well as previous-gen games with native upgrades like Rainbow Six Siege, Gears 5, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps. That list will likely grow, but as you can see, most of the marquee next-gen titles won't require a 120Hz TV to see the full slate of benefits.
What about 8K?
The PS5 and Xbox Series X both claim that they're capable of an 8K resolution, and HDMI 2.1 does support the transfer of 8K and 60Hz. Despite this, the PS5 and Xbox Series X don't currently feature any games that output a true 8K resolution, and I don't expect either one to be able to do this with a stable 60 FPS frame rate. 8K resolution TVs are currently being sold, but they are incredibly expensive. Even if you have an exorbitant amount of money to burn, I'd still suggest going with one of the 4K, 120Hz options available and save the rest of your money for the consoles and games themselves.
Best TVs for PS5 and Xbox
|TV||Starting price||Input frequency||VRR?||Input types|
|LG CX OLED 4K TV||$1,400||120Hz||Yes||HDMI 2.1|
|LG BX OLED 4K TV||$1,300||120Hz||Yes||HDMI 2.1, HDMI 2.0|
|LG NanoCell 85 4K TV||$650||120Hz||Yes||HDMI 2.1, HDMI 2.0|
|Samsung Q80T 4K TV||$1,200||120Hz||Yes||HDMI 2.1, HDMI 2.0|
|Sony X900H 4K TV||$1,000||120Hz||No||HDMI 2.1, HDMI 2.0|
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