The first display ‘Designed for Xbox’

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Image: Microsoft – You will now not need to be a technologist to determine if a TV or monitor has a 4K, HDR, and 120Hz refresh rate support.

Today, Microsoft is expanding its Xbox program to include new TV and monitor badges, so that confusion can be removed, which displays work best with its latest consoles.

The Xbox program was previously limited to game accessories such as controllers, headsets and expandable storage. But today, Microsoft said in a blog post, the company will begin certifying displays that provide the full support for the range of visual specs and quality available in the Xbox S/X range, beginning with Asus, Acer and Philips displays.

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Main features covered by the new “Xbox Game features” badge are variable refresh rate supports (VRR), HDR, 4K and 120Hz, with certain manufacturers adding several additional features depending on their model.

Philips Momentum 55-inch 559M1RYV
Image: Philips

The 55-inch Philips Momentum is included in the new monitors and TVs that were launched in the expanded Design for Xbox program which comes with a Microsoft-validated integral sound bar for the optimum experience for the Xbox Series S/X. Philips also attacked his Ambiglow technology, which projects colored light on the wall behind the display for an additional atmosphere.

Momentum also comes with an AMD FreeSync Premium Pro 4K resolution, 120 Hz cooling rate and support along with VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification. The Philips Momentum should be released later this summer and cost $1,600.

ASUS’s 43-inch Strix Xbox Edition Gaming Monitor XG43UQ
Image: Asus

Asus and Acer have two new displays that will soon be part of the program Designed for Xbox. A 43-inch monitor with fast 1ms reactions, AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, and a 4K resolution with 120Hz refresh speed is the Asus ROG Strix Xbox Edition. Like the Philips Momentum the VESA DisplayHDR 1000 and a wide color gamut covering 90% of DCI-spectrum P3’s also feature the ROG Strix Edition Xbox. Asus has not released any pricing yet, so stay tuned for more as we get closer to its official release in October sometime.

Acer’s 28-onch Xbox Edition Gaming Monitor XV282K KV
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In exchange for a built-in KVM switches to hang up several PCs to the very same keyboard, TUV + Overview certification which helps reduce the potential of harmful blue light there is a 28-inch Xbox Edition game monitor from Acer that switches things up with a lesser DisplayHDR 400 brightness. And like all Xbox displays designed, the Acer $950,000 Xbox Edition Gaming Monitor (possible later this autumn) supports a 4K resolution with a refresh rate of 120Hz through HDMI 2.1 as well.

If you are not able to find the proper cord for connecting your Xbox S/X to your display, it will be Microsoft’s partners to certify cables as one of the longest-certified HDMI 2.1 cables on the market, with Microsoft praising the Active Ultra-High-Speed Cable from the Cable Matters.

And while Microsoft’s expanded program Designed for Xbox will only have three new monitors, Microsoft is looking forward to the future with more TVs and monitors. That being said, it is important to remember that not every TV or monitor that supports 4K HDR at 120Hz will get a microsoft badge. There are also other uncertified options such as an LG C1 that can also deliver great play experiences if you’re looking for something like an OLED TV to match up with a new Xbox S/X.