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The best PS4 monitors for 2021

The best PS4 monitors for 2021
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The best PS4 monitor to consider right now will almost certainly have a lot in common with the best gaming monitors which are PC focused. However, this is no bad thing, and nor does it make the best PS4 monitor a null and void niche - and nor does the arrival of the PS5. With the top displays and gaming screens, in general, having years of refinement behind them now, means that PS4 monitors reap the benefits of years of display honing that the gaming monitor market has trail blazed. This means that the images will be exquisite, basically by default. And to further the reasoning, there is a genuine increase in demand for console-focused monitors as our gaming setups change and become more and more integrated. Given that the Black Friday gaming monitor deals have well and truly started now, there's never been a better time to look for a PS4 monitor.

You don't have to just plug your console into your home's main television, you can get a dedicated screen for it - and that itself shouldn't be limited to a TV even if it is one of the best gaming TVs. If you can get a monitor that offers other benefits like PC compatibility and features as well as being console gaming-focused, then it fast becomes a contender to be one of the best PS4 monitors.

We're at the stage where there are a few monitors that are clearly console focused and will immediately be contenders to be one of the best monitors for PS4, but some that are PC first, are actually very good candidates already. The ones for PS4s don't have to be stuffed with the latest and greatest, and fastest, screen techs that only one of the best gaming PCs can take advantage which means you can immediately save money by filtering out some of those super expensive and mega widescreen monitors that will just not be optimized for console play.

In terms of specifics, it should be said that you will be stuck with the native framerate that your PS4 or PS4 Pro or PS5 - and the game itself - can manage: a maximum of 60fps. Which will be a downside for many. However, this still means that some of the best 4K monitors for gaming will be a real possibility as they (generally) don't go above that level of refresh rate too. So while you can't expect to have incredibly high frames per second because you've got one of the best PS4 monitors, you can get a great, gaming-focused screen (i.e. not just a TV) that will have features beneficial to playing games, while avoiding the expensive premium-adding tech and resolutions that some gaming screens have. With PS5s in mind, you might want to add a high refresh rate into consideration to match the 120Hz some PS5 games will offer. Also, remember that the PS5 does not support native 1440p resolutions.

This is a growing list and we will put large amounts of virtual currency on monitors being a really excellent shout to complement the imminent PS5 too, so let's have a look at some early contenders below, and be sure to know that this list will grow.

If you're after something different you can browse our guides to the best portable monitors, and best G-Sync monitors - or best G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitors if that's your niche.

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ASUS CG32UQ

The best PS4 monitor going

Screen size: 32-inch | Panel type: VA | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840x2160 | Response time: 5ms | Weight: 20 lbs net

Incredible picture quality
Great color range, depth and contrasts
Full 4K and HDR goodness
A bit pricey

It's refreshing to see monitors dedicated or at least aimed at, console gaming making solid appearances in 2020. And this is a seriously great console monitor. The CG32UQ is a console-focused gaming monitor and has serious gaming pedigree and stock behind it coming from ASUS.

It is a little expensive but you get some serious monitor, tech, and performance for your money. Its main headline, if you will, is that it is a 32-inch 4K VA-panel monitor - this is incredibly useful, right off the bat, as it'll make transitioning from a 4K TV that many consoles are currently hooked up to, easy to undertake. You'll still get the same resolution and, extra importantly, the effects of HDR as the CG32UQ has a DisplayHDR 600 rating. This HDR excellence is backed up by glorious colors and contrasted gained by the monitor's 95% DCI-P3 rating and contrast ratio of 3000:1.

On top of that, you will still get some of ASUS's quality monitor techs as standard: FreeSync, GameFast mode, AuraSync lighting, flicker-free pictures, and a very handy remote control. For a full verdict check out my ASUS CG32UQ review, but this is definitely the best console monitor you can buy right now.

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ASUS XG27UQ monitor

A 4K monitor that offers everything - without a mad price

Size: 27-inch | Resolution: 4K (3840x2160) | Refresh Rate: 144Hz | Response Time: 1ms | Panel: IPS | Ports: 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x DisplayPort, 2x USB 3.0, earphone jack

Perfect specs of 4K, 144Hz, 1ms
It's far cheaper than any other monitor with similar specs
The best way to play the latest AAA games
Quite expensive
Need a 3080 or better to unlock its full potential

The ASUS XG27UQ comes into this list by virtue of being one of the absolute best 4K monitors, period. It has incredible specs to boot, but for the first time ever a 4K monitor with 1ms response time and a 144Hz refresh rate is below the $1k mark. Quite considerably actually, coming in at around $800/£800. It's still a hefty price tag, don't get me wrong, but it's far cheaper than the other top tier offerings.

The ASUS XG27UQ is like a gaze into what gaming will be like for everyone 5 to 10 years down the line. With ray tracing on, Cyberpunk 2077 had my jaw on the floor, with stunning lighting effects and texture detail throughout Night City. As did Assassin's Creed Valhalla, with the sunrays splitting the treetops. If you're looking for a 4K monitor for your PS4 or PS5 then you'd be hard pushed to find a PC-first screen that does it better than this; you will not be disappointed with this monitor.

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BenQ EX3203R

Best curved PS4 monitor

Screen size: 32-inch | Panel type: VA | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 2560x1440 | Response time: 4ms | Weight: 18 lbs

Terrific curved panel
Crisp images
Good viewing angles
Lower end of HDR support

If you're a fan of curved monitors for gaming then this is your best bet for a PS4 monitor with shape. This BenQ beaut is not a budget or entry-level priced model but the bang for buck its price tag represents is almost certainly worth it. 

It has got a 1440p resolution which is not what our consoles are designed for but the PS4 will work fine with it and doesn't look odd as its all at the right ratio still. Its 1800R curves nature really draws you in and heightens the immersion into games, and this would work perfectly as a PS4 monitor. And, if you're prone to a bit of craning and head moving while gaming, the curved screen will give you more in the way of viewing angles too. It's also an HDR panel that will appeal again to those used to a modern 4K TV, though the EX3203R's are not of a stellar level. You'll also get a smattering of proper gaming monitor tech such as FreeSync 2 and BenQ's eye care focused techs which are genuinely useful.

Again, for more info you can check out my BenQ EX3203R review and see how enamored I was with it generally.

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ASUS VG279Q

The best 1080p and versatile PS4 monitor

Screen size: 27-inch | Panel type: IPS | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 1920x1080 | Response time: 1ms | Weight: 12.3 lbs

Versatile
Excellent value for money
IPS panel grants great image quality
1080p may seem small for premium consoles

Yup, it's another ASUS model, but you'd be hard pushed to find a better 1080p monitor for PS4 right now and that's why this is a slightly different entrant into the best PS4 rundown. This is because the image quality and range and richness of color that comes for the VG279Q's IPS panel does an enormous amount of good work. The silver lining of that 1080p resolution is that the image work done by the IPS panel is not stretched over so many pixels so the clarity and crispness are exquisite. It also means that the ASUS VG279Q comes in much cheaper than a lot of its larger and flashier counterparts. Nice.

Like a lot of monitors, though, this is made with PC in mind first which means you get a whole host of extra goodies: FreeSync; low blue light; flicker-free; and game fast mode, to name but a few. These might not always be used when playing on console, but those that don't just keep themselves available, increasing the monitor's potential flexibility and versatility. 

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BenQ EW3280U

A tremendous 4K monitor entertainment as well as games

Screen size: 32-inch | Panel type: IPS | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Response time: 5ms | Refresh rate: 60Hz | Weight: 17.85 lbs

BenQ picture quality
Great HDR and supporting features
Exceptional colours and contrasts
Demands a large desk setup
A little pricey

This is one of the best PS4 monitors without a doubt. It's 4K resolution, combined with its size, and colors and IPS panel make it a great all-rounder. It won't offer the mad speeds that non-4K monitors can offer, of course, but as 60Hz experiences go, this is great, and the overall picture quality, HDR and contrasts, and richness of every shade, as well as the detailed, grain-less images, are a big win. Its price tag might make it more of a contender during sales but this offering from BenQ is great and they really have proved they can run with the usual suspects again. It does need a fair bit of desk real estate so that is a consideration to be aware of, but otherwise, the monitor is really worth it. 

If you want a 32-inch big one when it comes to 4K monitors for gaming, then this is a very strong contender - particularly if you'll use the monitor for entertainment as well as general PC use. As a result, this is a strong contender for a top 4K monitor for gaming, but its role as a top PS4 monitor might just be its best use and unique selling point.

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Razer Raptor

Best PC-first PS4 monitor

Screen size: 27-inch | Panel type: IPS | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 2560x1440 | Response time: 1ms | Weight: 12.3 lbs

Exceptional picture quality
Excellent colors and contrasts
Offers great PC use for multi platform setups
A little expensive
Best features are PC focused

Razer's first foray into gaming displays is a great success. The Raptor is a 27-inch panel that has quality specs under the hood. An IPS panel with a 1440p resolution, it has a 1ms response time and 144Hz refresh rate. There's also a cool black design that has RGB in the stand - because of course it does - and a mesh material all over the back, much like you'd find on speakers. The traditional Razer-green cables contrast nicely with the black stand and monitor and are tidily kept in check at the back with cable guides, too. The ports will have you covered practically speaking too: along with the HDMI for your PS4, there's a DisplayPort, one USB-C, two USB 3s, and a good old headphone jack.

This is a terrific gaming monitor all in then, and one which has a quality of picture that alone makes it easy to recommend as a PS4 monitor. The screen's speed is fast and pacey for smooth pictures, the image quality is crisp and gorgeous, and the color range and contrasts are deep and immersive. It's a little pricey perhaps, but if you're looking to get a great PC monitor that can also be a great PS4 monitor for picture quality then this is it.

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LG 27UL650

A terrific HDR monitor option from 4K TV specialists

Screen size: 27-inch | Panel type: IPS | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Response time: 5ms | Refresh rate: 60Hz | Weight: 13.90 lbs

Great color accuracy
FreeSync compatibility 
Not too expensive

Offering another budget-level entry point into the PS4 monitor market, the LG 27UL650 is an IPS panel that has excellent levels of color, contrast, and low input lag. The former of these is manifested in excellent color accuracy and the addition of HDR10. This means that if you're after a PS4 monitor which could be right at home in a desk-bound setup, and usable for creative tasks, design, and general everyday use then this would be a great option. Yup, you'll still have the 60Hz refresh rate but that's fast becoming acceptable if the overall package is good value - which this is.

I'm one of the Hardware Editors for GamesRadar+, and I take care of a whole host of gaming tech reviews, buying guides, and news and deals content that pops up across GamesRadar+. I'm also a qualified landscape and garden designer so do that in my spare time, and lean on it to write about games' landscapes and environments too.