If you aren’t up to speed with the latest monitor technology, chances are, you’ll struggle to pick a great gaming monitor that suits your Xbox Series S needs. For that reason, we’re going to go over some of the main things to consider when purchasing a monitor for Microsoft’s next-gen consoles.
We’ll also be going over some realistic expectations and what to look out for.
So, let’s jump straight into it!
Xbox Series S Doesn’t Offer 4K Gameplay @120Hz
The first thing you should be aware of when purchasing a monitor for the Xbox Series S is, unlike the Series X, this console doesn’t support 4K gameplay @120Hz. Whilst this is detrimental to picture quality, it does mean you can buy a lower resolution panel and save yourself a bunch of cash in the process.
Granted, the Xbox Series S does offer 4K upscaling – however, as upscaling isn’t true 4K, buying a 4K monitor/TV could be wasteful.
Does HDMI 2.1 support matter?
So, does HDMI 2.1 matter for Xbox Series S gamers? Well, in short, not really. HDMI 2.1 support is hugely important for the Xbox Series X as it supports 120Hz gameplay at 4K screen resolution – only supported by HDMI 2.1. That being said, and as we’ve just covered, the Xbox Series S doesn’t support these specifications. That means an ordinary HDMI 2.0 port will be more than enough for Xbox Series S players.
Xbox Series S Targets 1440p Market
As Microsoft states, the Xbox Series S was designed to target the 1440p market – offering up good performance at lower resolutions.
Whilst this may be a dampener on your dreams, it shouldn’t be, as smaller monitors with 1440p screen resolutions often offer similar levels of picture clarity to larger 4K alterantives.
Furthermore, 1440p monitors are much cheaper than 4K alternatives – allowing you spend a little less whilst getting a similar gaming experience.