Console gaming on a monitor? Nowadays it’s the best viable option, as you can achieve both a stunning resolution and high fps with the right display. However, with such a wide array on offer, finding the ideal monitor to provide the setup you are looking for can seem overwhelming. So here is an overview of what specs you need to look out for and the various aspects that influence the frame rate.

These values matter when searching for the right monitor

Before purchasing a monitor, there are several variables to consider: The video signal of your console regarding frame rate and maximum resolution, as well as the refresh rate and HDMI port on your monitor.

Different consoles can run games with different frame rates. This value describes how many images per second the device can provide. The refresh rate on the other hand shows how many images per second the monitor uses to refresh the screen.

The resolution refers to how many pixels a display can show. The higher the number, the crisper the image. And lastly, the different versions of HDMI ports determine how the audio and most importantly visual signals are transmitted between the two devices.

“If I have a next gen console, which monitor do I need to play 4K in 120Hz?”

Let’s get to the main question: What factors do you need to look out for when purchasing a monitor to go with your console?

If you want to connect your device with a Philips monitor, you can conveniently do so with nearly every product. As most models are equipped with an HDMI port, you do not have to worry about purchasing adapters or requiring any kind of software.

The crucial part is finding the right monitor for your goals. Let’s say you want to play on one of the next gen consoles, the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X. You’re also aiming for the highest fps, the best resolution and refresh rate possible, which is 4k and 120Hz. Of course, your monitor should be suitable for those values, so it needs to come with a 4k resolution and a refresh rate of at least 120Hz as well. You also need to go for a display that comes with a HDMI 2.1 port as this is the most recent version that allows for the best performance.

These are the frame rates you will get when using various different HDMI ports as a connection under 4K:

HDMI 1.4 = 24 Hz

HDMI 2.0 = 60 Hz

HDMI 2.1 = 120 Hz

Please note that if you want to connect a console with an older video output signal, a monitor with the maximum performance cannot upgrade the device. And vice versa – a next gen console cannot run on the highest settings if the monitor does not meet all the mentioned criteria.

Get started with a Philips monitor

Now that you know what values to look out for, let’s examine two examples from Philips. The 559M1RYV is a state-of-the-art monitor with HDMI 2.1 that was specifically designed in cooperation with Xbox to cater to next generation console players. Of course, it is also compatible with products from other brands. The VA-Panel comes with 4K UHD resolution and DisplayHDR 100 which create a crystal-clear image. A low response time of 4ms and the maximum refresh rate of 144Hz, which allows for 120Hz with the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, ensures a smooth experience with zero lag.

Those who are searching for a smaller monitor that serves for casual gaming over high-end performance might want to consider the 272E1GAEZ with HDMI 2.0. The 27” screen has a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution (Full HD) and a super-fast response time of 1ms. Coupled with the maximum of 144Hz it is the perfect medium for playing some relaxing gaming sessions.