Microsoft have this last week introduced their new ‘Designed for Xbox’ licensing program, which aims to make display selection simpler and easier if you’re after a screen specifically for their latest generation games consoles. They have worked closely with gaming display manufacturers including Philips, Asus and Acer to certify the first range of displays under this scheme which are designed to “take full advantage of Xbox Series X|S and HDMI 2.1 connectivity.
Gaming Features for Xbox Badge
Soon, players will see the new “Gaming Features for Xbox” badge appear on select monitors on the market, so you can be confident your new display can support the full speed, performance, and technology of Xbox Series X|S. As their website says, “from Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) to HDR, these monitors will harness the power of cutting-edge HDMI 2.1 technology to deliver an immersive, high fidelity experience unlike anything seen before.”
It looks like to earn this badge the screen must at least include HDMI 2.1 and support 4K @ 120Hz and also VRR. There is no specific talk about other features like ALLM although that is likely to be included as a feature of HDMI 2.1. HDR performance will vary depending on the screen as normal. There are 3 displays announced so far under this scheme:
Designed for Xbox Displays
Philips Momentum 559M1RYV 55”
For console gaming enthusiasts, the new Designed for Xbox Philips Momentum display is what players expect from high fidelity monitors in this new era of gaming. At 55 inches, this monitor is a display and soundbar in one. The Philips Momentum was developed with Microsoft and validated to deliver optimal Xbox Series X|S performance as soon as you turn it on. It offers quality sound engineered by audio experts, Bowers & Wilkins and new Ambiglow lighting which creates an image-matching halo of light on the rear wall, visually enlarging the screen and giving players a truly immersive experience.
The Philips Momentum supports 4K resolution at 120Hz powered by AMD FreeSync Premium Pro technology to reduce screen tearing. It also introduces a new, dedicated Xbox picture mode. Players can enjoy high-contrast HDR with the VESA DisplayHDR 1000 capability, which includes edge lit local dimming, a high peak brightness >1000 nits and wide colour gamut support.
The Philips Momentum 559M1RYV 55″ will be available worldwide for $1599.99 USD starting this Summer, along with other future products as we look to expand the Xbox Licensed monitor ecosystem with the team at Philips. A UK price of £1199 is also listed in a recent press release from Philips with an August availability.
Asus ROG Strix Xbox Edition Gaming Monitor XG43UQ 43″
The Asus Republic of Gamers team have been hard at work on a new monitor for Xbox fans. The ROG Strix Xbox edition comes in at 43″, delivering 4K UHD visuals and a 1ms moving picture response time (MPRT) for super-fast gaming on a big screen.
Co-developed with the Designed for Xbox Team, ASUS has created an Xbox mode for best color, contrast, and hue settings when paired with Xbox Series X|S. This monitor also features AMD FreeSync Premium Pro technology putting an end to choppy gameplay and replacing it with supersmooth native 4K at 120Hz gaming via HDMI 2.1. Plus, it offers a 90% DCI-P3 color gamut and DisplayHDR 1000 certification ensuring quality visuals and true-to-life colors. The ASUS ROG Strix Xbox Edition XG43UQ 43″ will be available October 2021 and price may vary by regions, please contact your local stores for more detailed information. More information about the original edition of this new screen is available in our news article here.
Acer Xbox Edition Gaming Monitor XV282K KV 28”
The 28” Acer Xbox Edition Gaming Monitor supports 4K at 120Hz and HDMI 2.1, pushing next- generation gameplay to its limits on Xbox Series X|S. It has a low 1ms response time but a limited HDR 400 capability only.
Like other monitors entering the program, this display comes AMD FreeSync Premium ready. Equipped with Acer VisionCare 3.0, the Acer Xbox Edition Gaming Monitor is among the first monitors to be TUV/Eyesafe certified, reducing strain on gamers’ eyes as they dive into their gaming adventures. For those interested in PC gaming or a more robust technical setup, this model has a built-in KVM switch, enabling easy switching between multiple PCs without having to change the monitor, keyboard, and mouse setup. The 28” Acer Xbox Edition Gaming Monitor XV282K KV will be $949.99 USD and available this Fall.
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