Can You Use A Gaming Monitor For PS4?

With some of the best gaming monitors mostly paired with laptops and PCs, it's not always so obvious when it comes to if they're compatible with console, especially so with 'old' gems like the PS4.

There is some good news, but there are also some important things to know to avoid potential disappointment when shopping around.

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Here's everything you need before making your choice.

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Can You use A Gaming Monitor For PS4?

In short, yes, you can connect a PS4 to a monitor via an HDMI 2.0 port, but there are some limitations when it comes to frame rate and resolution - especially with PS4 Slim.

In terms of resolution, we would suggest veering away from 1440p displays as, much like with the PS5, PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro do not support 1440p output.

For PS4 Slim, either a smaller 1080p monitor or a larger 4K monitor would work well, however, the 4K resolution will be 'upscaled'.

For PS4 Pro, getting a high refresh rate FHD monitor would be great for higher frame per second gameplay (reflex-based games), but since the device outputs in 4K you can enjoy crystal clear resolution on the appropriate display.

Read More: Should I Buy A PS4 Pro? Here's What We Think

What Type Of Gaming Monitor Is Best For PS4?

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Compatible - Most monitors will work fine with PS4

The selection of monitors on the market that work with PS4 and PS4 Pro is quite abundant. You'll find that practically all displays which have an HDMI 2.0 port will support the consoles.

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However, not every monitor has features such as HDR which can make a big difference in more cinematic gaming experiences.

HDR monitors are sometimes a little more expensive, but they're worth it if you enjoy getting lost in the atmosphere of a game.

You'll also find that some monitors have higher response times than others.

While there's a little debate as to what response time is best for gaming, on the whole we'd go for 1ms if you're playing games like Warzone, racing games, or various other fast-paced titles.

What you don't need, but may want to get to future proof if you're planning on upgrading to PS5, would be one of the best HDMI 2.1 monitors.

While this won't give you 4K at 60fps, it will give you the option for higher framerates at 4K when you upgrade - specifically up to 120fps at 4K.

Read More: PS4 vs PS5 - Is It Worth Upgrading Now?

Recommendations

Here are a few monitors which we felt stood out from the crowd based on specs, reviews, and features they offer. You can browse our top gaming monitor picks for PS4 right here too.