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Best projector for PS5 and Xbox Series X: team your new console with a premium mega screen

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Samsung The Premiere LSP7T
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The best projectors for PS5 and Xbox Series X is a brand new category of large-picture projection now - one that overlaps with the best projector territory but also one that stands in its own right. With the introduction of a new generation of consoles, suddenly, millions of people have a big upgrade in their media quality. New consoles have cemented the popularity of DVDs, then the switch to Blu Ray, and now are bringing 4K UHD Blu Ray players into more homes than ever before - this means there's space for the best projectors for PS5 and Xbox Series X in an increasingly-crowded display market. And all that development is without even thinking about the games themselves: every generation brings a new level of graphical fidelity, smoother frame rates, and increasingly-detailed environments.

The new console finally arriving is always an exciting moment, but sometimes it makes you realise the limitations of your current setup. Maybe the TV you thought was a contender for best gaming TV doesn’t cut it anymore and you want to play in a massive 100-inch picture. Perhaps what you thought was the best projector for you and has done a job for an older console but is now showing its limitations. Or this could be the moment you decide to take the plunge from HD into 4K. Wherever you fit in this, one of the best projectors for PS5 and Xbox Series X will suit you.

We’ve skipped the very cheapest end of the market to concentrate on HD at a minimum – there are some products offering lower resolutions, like some of the best outdoor projectors, but you won’t get the most from a new console on them. But even if you’re feeling the pinch after picking up the new system, you can get a great picture for it without having to break the bank. That said, if money is no object then you’re going to really love some of what's available to you like the best 4K projectors, which have set new standards. So put down the controller (or stop frantically refreshing to try and find PS5 stock or Xbox Series X stock) and take a look at some early contenders for best projector for PS5 and Xbox Series X.

This list is set to grow as we test more and more projectors for Xbox Series X and PS5 so expect more HD entries, budget entries, and underrated, curveball entries alongside 4K beasts in the months to come, too. Last note: you'll also need to make sure you have a plain, clean, white (ish) wall to project on. Though if you can't arrange that there are some neat solutions in the best projector screen and best outdoor projector screen markets.

The best projectors for PS5 and Xbox Series X

Samsung Premiere LSP7T

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1. Samsung Premiere LSP7T

The best projector for PS5 and XSX; a gamechanger from Samsung

Specifications
Resolution: 4K UHD 3840 x 2160
Brightness: 2,200 ANSI lumen
Contrast: 1,000:1
Light Source Wattage: N/A - laser
Clear Image Size (diagonal): 120-inches
Throw ratio: 0.25 (Ultra short)
Features: Ultra short throw, single laser picture, Bixby operating system and app library, HDR10+
Reasons to buy
+Exquisite picture quality at 4K+Incredibly short throw+Inbuilt apps+Samsung pedigree
Reasons to avoid
-Slightly slow operating system-The price

The is the best projector for PS5 and Xbox Series X, no doubt. While Cyberpunk 2077 taught us not to always believe the hype, sometimes, a truly exceptional product can not only live up to but actually exceed the pre-release expectations. Last year, Samsung surprisingly announced its first projectors in a decade, instantly becoming the most anticipated projectors for years, and they have been receiving rave reviews ever since. The LSP7T is the cheaper of the two, though is still a premium product.

The LSP7T is a fantastic unit the Premiere series is going to be the gold standard of projectors for some time to come. They run the same operating system as Samsung Smart TVs – so you don’t have to fire up the console every time you want to watch Netflix. The input lag has been measured at a decent (if not exceptional) 53ms. Any of the huge open-world games of the latest consoles will look astonishing with this laser-sharp image.

For reference, the chief difference between the LSP7T and the LSP9T is in the light source. The bigger brother - the LSP9T, see below - has an HDR image that comes from a triple laser system (one laser for each primary colour) while LSP7T has just one laser for the whole image and produces a slightly smaller picture. A 120-inch picture of this quality is incredible, especially when it can be generated at an astonishingly close distance of a foot and a half to the projection surface. There’s also a slight downgrade on the internal speaker to the more expensive model, but it’s still loud and beautifully clear, and if you’re spending this kind of money you’ve almost certainly already got an excellent gaming sound system.

BenQ HT2050A

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2. BenQ HT2050A

A terrific and affordably priced option for PS5 and XSX

Specifications
Resolution: Full HD 1920 x 1080
Brightness: 2,200 lumen
Contrast: 15,000:1
Light Source Wattage: 240W
Clear Image Size (diagonal): 60"~180"
Throw ratio: 1.15 to 1.5:1 (short to standard)
Features: 3D Compatibility, short throw, vertical lens shift
Reasons to buy
+Short input lag+Vertical lens shift+Great bang for your buck
Reasons to avoid
-Slightly limited range of vertical lens shift -'Only' HD

The mid-range projector market is crowded. It can be hard to work out what’s a standout unit, but the BenQ HT2050A has proven itself to be a favourite among gamers over the past few years and for that reason its definitely one of the best projectors for PS5 and Xbox Series X right now. It may not quite be cutting edge anymore, but it’s stood the test of time and you can now often find great deals on a tried and tested great projector.

The key stat is the input lag: an astonishingly low 16ms in the dedicated Game Mode. This alone will make serious gamers sit up and take notice. It’s rated well for brightness and is regularly found to outshine others in the price bracket. Anything priced here will struggle with direct midday sunlight from large patio doors or projecting outside in the day, but it deals well with ambient light.

The vertical lens shift is a lovely luxury, rare for a mid-range projector, which can make placement easier – as does the vertical and horizontal keystone correction. However, the minimum angle of the vertical lens shift means you’ll need to check it will be suited to your location if you have a very specific spot in mind. The great depth of colour in the image will make the bright lights of New York in Spider-Man: Miles Morales really pop. You’re getting HD than 4K, but if you need a great projector for around the same price you’ve just dropped on your new console, this is the way to go.

BenQ TK800M

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3. BenQ TK800M

A great gaming 4K projector at a decent price point

Specifications
Resolution: 4K UHD 3840 x 2160
Brightness: 3,000 ANSI lumen
Contrast: 10,000:1
Light Source Wattage: 240W
Clear Image Size (diagonal): 60"~200" / 300"
Throw ratio: 1.50 - 1.65 (Standard)
Features: optional wireless connectors, 3D capabilities
Reasons to buy
+4K picture resolution and quality+Terrific low input lag+Great for gaming and sports
Reasons to avoid
-No lens shift-Quiet, mono audio (but good sound quality)

If you’re looking to upgrade to a projector for PS5 and Xbox Series X to closely match your new console’s 4K capabilities, the BenQ TK800M is a great place to start. It gives a sharp picture which holds up in almost all indoor light settings, although the darker the room the better. The projector boasts an excellent depth of colour which will bring the lush landscapes of Saxon Britain to life as you romp through Assassins Creed Valhalla (or the visceral blood reds as you end lives there).

BenQ makes a big noise about the football mode on the TK800M. This boils down to settings which emphasise the greens of the grass for football (of the kinds played on both sides of the Atlantic) to help you pick out more detail on the pitch, and this will translate to great picture if you’re playing FIFA or Madden. It won’t have any problem keeping up with the quickest games of either, with a smooth image free of motion blur and a shot input lag of 48ms.

There’s no lens shift, meaning that you may have to think more carefully about where you place it in the room than others, but this almost certainly helps to keep the price reasonable. It also fares slightly better with bright images; darker, moodier games will be slightly less clear and lack colour depth, but that’s generally to be expected in lamp and single-chip tech. But if you’re taking to the virtual field or watching a real game, this brings the stadium experience home.

BenQ X1300i

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BenQ X1300i

A great 1080p projector truly aimed at gamers

Specifications
Resolution: Full HD, 1080p
Brightness: 3000 ANSI Lumen
Contrast: 500,000:1
Light Source Wattage: 3W (LED)
Clear Image Size (diagonal): 60"~150"
Throw ratio: 1.3~1.56; 100" @ 2.87m (100" @ 9.4ft)
Features: Game mode with very low input lag, color background settings, short throw
Reasons to buy
+8ms input lag, 120Hz refresh rate +Three gaming modes for different genres +Excellent image quality
Reasons to avoid
-1080p picture at a 4K price -Need to self install included Android dongle

A projector for PS5 and Xbopx Series X if ever we've seen one, the X1300i is only a 1080p projector but boy does it have the gaming chops to make up for that. With input lag of a mere 8ms and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, this is in line with the best gaming monitors and far ahead of the vast majority of standard projectors. The immediate compromise is that the price tag is high: admittedly it's more in line with 4K projectors rather than 1080p screen-givers, but if your focus is getting a projector for PS5 that has the gaming speed and chops to ensure the best, smooth pictures for gaming, then this a serious contender. 

On top of the sheer speed specs, the X1300i has three game modes: RPG, FPS, and sports. As a result, it doesn't matter whether you're playing on the football pitch (British or American version), horseriding across lush landscapes, or navigating dark corridors teeming with enemies as you'll have a picture mode perfect for you – and custom audio profiles to bring out the sounds you want to focus on for each. These modes are also great for watching video – for instance, sport mode is great for the greens of a pitch and the contrasting kits. 

The X1300i is a much taller unit than most but this means its footprint on a shelf is small. There’s also an odd practical annoyance: rather than being integrated, the Android interface is included on a dongle that needs to be installed. You’ll only need to do it once but it is annoying. And there is the usual issue of Netflix and other apps not being approved for use on this and requiring another media source. 

If you’re looking for a home projector and plan to mostly use it for gaming, especially quite seriously gaming, this just became the standard to beat. 

Optoma CinemaX P2

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4. Optoma CinemaX P2

Ultra-short throw excellence at a sane price

Specifications
Resolution: 4K UHD 3840 x 2160
Brightness: 3,000 ANSI lumen
Contrast: 2,000,000:1
Light Source Wattage: N/A - laser
Clear Image Size (diagonal): 85" ~ 120"
Throw ratio: 0.25:1 (Ultra short)
Features: ultra-short throw, rechargeable remote, Alexa/Google Assistant support, 3D compatability
Reasons to buy
+Ultra-short throw and laser sharp image+Top-tier 4K resolution+Puremotion mode for action reduces blur and artifacts
Reasons to avoid
-Less bright than some similar models-Poor range of available apps

The Optoma CinemaX P2 is a great unit from one of the big names in projectors. The ultra-short-throw projection gives a great picture incredibly close to a wall offering a top projector for PS5 and Xbox Series X, even in tighter spaces.

It’s great for games, with a good depth of blacks if you’re checking every day for news and rumours about Gotham Knights. It’s bright and deals well with ambient light, but oddly is slightly less bright than Optoma’s previous model (CinemaX P1). The input lag is a decent 50ms on the Enhanced Game Mode - solid and more than adequate but those who demand top of the range speeds as offered by the best gaming monitors might be put off. In a world where projectors all seem to have two HDMI inputs, the option of a third here may well appeal to those who will switch between different consoles and TV sources regularly, too.

It offers some built-in and downloadable apps but it’s a limited range from a clunky interface (the Netflix app is only available for low resolution streaming, not even HD, defeating the point of a pricy 4K unit). This won’t matter if you’re running straight from the projector, but it is somewhat irksome. It does support Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to make your life slightly easier though.

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Xgimi Horizon Pro 4K projector

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Xgimi Horizon Pro 4K projector

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Xgimi Horizon Pro 4K projector

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Xgimi Horizon Pro 4K projector

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Xgimi Horizon Pro 4K projector

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5. XGIMI Horizon Pro

Great 4K images for entertainment and gaming

Specifications
Resolution: 3840 x 2160, 4K UHD
Brightness: 2,200 ANSI Lumen
Contrast: Not stated
Light Source Wattage: Not stated
Clear Image Size (diagonal): up to 300"
Throw ratio: 1.20:1
Features: Android TV 10.0 OS (including Google Assistant), autofocus, auto screen alignment, horizontal and vertical digital keystone
Reasons to buy
+Excellent, sharp UHD image+User-friendly Android 10.0 OS+Decent value
Reasons to avoid
-Fiddly controls and menus -Lack of adjustable base -Poor default settings

A small but tall 4K LED projector, with 2x8W speakers which belay its small size. Set up is speedy out of the box, with great autofocus and keystoning tech which makes new locations a breeze. More fiddly are the colour and motion control options – with reductions in levels of blues a must, and particularly for animation you may need to play with the settings to not feel slightly seasick.

The LED tech is suitably bright, far more watchable with afternoon ambient light than most bulb units. Input lag is as low as 35ms in the dedicated game mode, low enough to be largely unnoticeable, and great spec to make this one of the best projectors for PS5 and Xbox Series X.

The problems come with a few fiddly settings, including a lack of a dedicated source button to flip to other inputs without going back through the main menus. It also has no built-in capability to manually tilt the unit or shift the image, so you’ll need a suitable flat location to project from. Plus there’s the usual lack of Netflix and a few other key services from the available apps. 

Once you’re set up though, SD and HD images upscale well, with the autofocus giving excellent sharpness. With a UHD source, you’ll be able to enjoy every freckle on skin tones and blade of grass in a landscape – a great , decent-value 4K home projector for gaming.

Samsung Premiere LSP9T

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6. Samsung Premiere LSP9T

The best 4K projector for PS5 and XSX on the market

Specifications
Resolution: 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 (via pixel shifting)
Brightness: 2800 lumen
Contrast: 1500:1/2,000,000:1 (Native/Dynamic)
Light Source Wattage: Triple Laser DLP
Clear Image Size (diagonal): 130-inches
Throw ratio: 0.189 (Ultra short)
Features: Freeview HD tuner, Three-laser DLP, Tizen Smart TV interface, bluetooth headphone connectivity
Reasons to buy
+Astonishing picture+Very short throw+Exceptional 40W sound
Reasons to avoid
-Occasional rainbow effects-The pricetag

Even the best projectors for PS5 and Xbox Series X don’t often get release hype, but Samsung’s first projectors in 10 years created quite a buzz at its release in late 2020. The Premiere LSP9T matches up to every bit of the hype and more to make claim to being the best 4K projector on the market today. 

The innovative three laser light source delivers exceptional pictures, with a laser each for red, blue, and green lights. This means incredible brightness and colours, even with ambient light. This is true 4K, without compromise. Even more impressive is the incredible short throw, meaning you can place this close to your projection surface and achieve a gigantic picture. There are some occasional rainbow effects, and – like most projectors – you may need to tweak the picture for darker images, but these do not spoil an incredible watching experience.

It even has all the functionality you’d expect from a smart TV, with Samsung’s Tizen smart TV interface giving all your usual menus, streaming apps, and content. You can even use Samsung’s built-in Bixby system (with Alexa and Google Assistant support if you have listening devices already). As a minor gripe though, the OS can run a little slow at times.

Sony VPL-VW590ES

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7. Sony VPL-VW590ES

Another premium projector for PS5 and XSX

Specifications
Resolution: 4096 x 2160 (4K)
Brightness: 1,800 ANSI lumen
Contrast: 350,000:1
Light Source Wattage: 280w
Clear Image Size (diagonal): 60" to 300"
Throw ratio: 1.38:1 to 2.83:1 (Standard)
Reasons to buy
+Incredible 4K picture+Terrific upscaling+Brilliantly bright
Reasons to avoid
-It's a big boy-Lack of connectivity-Very, very expensive

Building on its predecessor, the VW570 - in large part due to the incredible X1 chip that often features in Sony’s Bravia TV technology - the Sony VPL-VW590ES is an unbelievable 4K lamp projector. If you can afford it. 

That X1 processor is incredibly quick and constantly strives - successfully - to give you incredible picture quality by analysing games and pictures frame by frame to ensure everything looks sharp and smooth. This is bright enough to give you a great quality picture even with significant levels of ambient light, and with astonishing depth of colour and contrast.

It’s large and heavy, which can be a slight inconvenience and one other slight quibble is the lack of connectivity beyond HDMI and USB, but if you’re shelling out this much for a projector you’re likely to have an amp ready to go for this already. It’s great for gaming with no notable input lag, and the expansive landscapes of open-world games look astonishing in a 4K image of over 100 inches – but so do the bright colours of a platformer. It gives incredible detail even in the darkest shadow, a feat few projectors manage. Yes, it’s pricy, but it’s a cutting-edge projector that will truly elevate your big-picture gaming setup with a new-gen console to an unbelievable level.

Optoma GT1080e

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8. Optoma EH200ST/GT1080e

Affordable short throw HD projection

Specifications
Resolution: Full HD 1920x1080
Brightness: 3,000 lumen
Contrast: 25,000:1
Light Source Wattage: 190W
Clear Image Size (diagonal): 45.3" ~ 300”
Throw ratio: 0.49:1 (Short)
Features: Short throw, Game mode
Reasons to buy
+Great short throw+Game mode+Short input lag+Low price
Reasons to avoid
-Lack of zoom control-Limited connectivity options

If you’ve not got much space, a short-throw projector will help to turn your box room or cosy living room into an intense, focussed gaming den with this contender for best PS5 and Xbox Series X projector. But if you can’t stretch to thousands for the top of the range ultra-short-throw laser units, the Optoma GT1080 short throw gives a massive 100-inch HD picture at a distance of only four feet. 

Optoma always builds projectors with gamers in mind, and the GT1080 has a Game Mode preset with an input lag of just 16ms to prove it. There’s great colour depth whether in bright images or dark – with great black and dark colours especially in a projector at this price. 

The price shows more in the build than the image – it's a plastic look and feel which won’t appeal to all, but while it’s lightweight it certainly doesn’t feel flimsy. There are the standard two HDMI slots for connecting consoles, but if you want to run video from another source you might struggle with a lack of connectivity options - no powered full USB slot is particularly odd. A more notable drawback is that it has no zoom controls and you can only affect the image size by changing the placement in the room. But if you can put this projector in a suitable location, you’ll have a great HD picture and rapid response for even the quickest games.

(We're being a little cheaty by squishing these two together but they are incredibly similar but still sold as separate projectors in the US and the UK - but the UK one is a little cheaper.)

What to consider when buying a projector for PS5 and Xbox Series X

Just before we get to the listings, there's a couple of things to keep in mind when looking for one of the best projectors for PS5 and Xbox Series X. The key thing to look for in gaming projectors specifically is input lag - similar to a gaming monitor. As a rule: 50ms is acceptable, under 40ms is ideal, 20ms is the grail. How much you need to go towards the lower lag will be down to personal preference: some people will barely notice the difference whereas others will curse anything less than perfect. 

One of the reasons we’ve concentrated on Optoma and BenQ here is that they know gamers are a big part of their userbase and reliably make sure their units include a game mode which improves this stat. However, the new top-of-the-line laser projectors do seem to be at the slower end of this (without being terribly slow) – but they more than make up for being (very slightly) laggy with astonishing pictures and amazing short throw.


These projectors are the best in the business but if you prefer your gaming screens as TVs then check out our guides to the best TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X, best OLED TV, and best 120Hz 4K TV.

And as we approach the big sales time of the year again, don't forget to swot up on and prepare for the Black Friday projector deals, and the Black Friday 4K projector deals that will soon be coming our way.