The Best Gaming Monitors for PS5 – PCMag
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More than a year after its release, the Sony PlayStation 5 remains an elusive item to find on the open market. If you’ve persevered (or just got lucky!) and managed to get your hands on a PS5, you might well be playing it on a big-screen TV. And that’s just fine for plenty of gamers.
But maybe you’re strapped for space for a giant screen? Or perhaps you play twitch-reaction, competitive PS5 games at high refresh rates? Then you’ll need a proper gaming monitor to match. Accessories like extra PS5 storage are helpful, sure—especially if you play epic titles like Call of Duty: Warzone. But one of the best outright upgrades you can make to your console-gaming and content-viewing experience is a better display.
The thing is: The PS5 has a specific set of resolutions and refresh rates that it supports. So you need to know the nuances of its video output to figure out which monitors will serve the PS5 well, and which would just be overkill. Let’s break down the details.
What Resolutions Will the PS5 Run At?
First up, there’s the issue of screen resolution. Currently, the PlayStation 5 supports only two of the most popular gaming-monitor resolutions: 1,920 by 1,080 pixels (a.k.a. full HD or 1080p), and 3,840 by 2,160 pixels (UHD or 4K). The console technically also supports 8K output, but anyone expecting an 8K gaming experience (or even a robust 4K one) is vastly overestimating just how much gaming power is in the PS5’s chassis. As of this April 2022 writing, anything relating to the PS5’s theoretical 8K video playback or gaming capabilities is locked down by the system’s firmware.
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Though the resolution is popular with PC gamers, 2,560 by 1,440 pixels (aka, 1440p) is not an option for the PS5, though many developers have claimed that activating it should be as easy as changing a setting. The middle resolution has become a sweet spot for many competitive single-player gamers on PCs, who want more pixel density than 1080p while retaining the responsiveness that only less-than-4K monitors can deliver in competitive esports games. At least for now, though, forget it: no 1440p support from Sony.
That’s why all of our monitor picks, at least this year, fall into just two resolution categories. Microsoft Xbox consoles, meanwhile, support a host of resolutions depending on the model and task. Here’s a glance at how that particular messy mix shakes out…
By contrast, the PS5 keeps it real simple: 1080p or 4K gaming, period (with 8K perhaps, in theory, someday).
Considering that games like Fortnite have been optimized to run at up to 120 frames per second (fps) on Xbox consoles at 1080p, players of that and similar titles may want to look at monitors that regularly hit refresh rates (that is, peak screen redraws) of at least 120Hz or above. But there’s some PS5-specific nuance there, too. So let’s get into that key issue next.
Refresh Rate: Why Screen Speed Matters
The PS5 supports different resolutions and refresh rates, including a monitor refresh rate of up to 120Hz at either 1080p or 4K resolution. The thing is, only a few games can run at frame …….