Microsoft grows ‘Designed for Xbox’ program to incorporate HDMI 2.1 gaming monitors and TVs

Purchasing a display that has every one of the highlights you need to play Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 games at their best is a precarious task. Notwithstanding 120Hz support, you additionally need to watch out in the event that it supports variable refresh rates and HDR, among different features. Fortunately, Microsoft is taking some of the guesswork associated with purchasing a display to go along with your new console.

The organization is extending its “Designed for Xbox” program to incorporate gaming monitors. Beginning this summer, you’ll begin to see a few displays with a “Gaming Features for Xbox” badge. Initially, the branding will reveal to you that a monitor incorporates a HDMI 2.1 connection and support for features like HDR and a 120Hz refresh rate.

Some of the first displays that will carry the branding incorporate the $1,399 43-inch ROG Strix Xbox Edition Gaming Monitor from ASUS and $950 28-inch Xbox Edition Gaming Monitor from Acer, with additional to come. Notably one of the products included in the launch lineup is the Philips Momentum 559M1RYV, a 55-inch monitor Microsoft portrays as “a TV and soundbar in one,” so the sorts of panel that end up transportation with the badge might be more expansive than the “gaming monitor” moniker recommends.

While for the most part a branding exercise on Microsoft’s part, as yet something should help those in the market for a new display. Monitor makers have been delayed to add HDMI 2.1 connections to their products, and the port is fundamental in the event that you want to output a 4K image at 120Hz.