Microsoft announces Designed for Xbox monitors from Acer, Asus and Philips

Shawn Knight

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What just happened? Microsoft has expanded its Designed for Xbox program to include a category of devices that’s integral to the overall gaming experience, the display. Over the past two years, Microsoft has worked closely with licensed partners including Acer, Asus and Philips to prep products to take full advantage of the Xbox Series X / S and the HDMI 2.1 spec.

Now, we're getting our first look at those efforts.

The Acer Xbox Edition gaming monitor (model XV282K KV) is a 28-inch display supporting 4K and 120Hz via HDMI 2.1. It boasts a low 1ms response time, VESA DisplayHDR 400 for contrast between the darkest darks and the brightest lights, and is AMD FreeSync Premium Pro ready.

Acer’s new monitor also comes with an integrated KVM switch, making it ideal for those running multi-PC setups.

The Asus ROG Strix Xbox edition gaming monitor (model XG43UQ) is significantly larger than the Acer model at 43 inches. Like the other, it, too, affords 4K UHD at 120Hz over HDMI 2.1 with a 1ms response time and is FreeSync Premium Pro ready. This particular model covers 90 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut and is DisplayHDR 1000 certified.

Last but certainly not least is the Philips Momentum 559M1RYV, a massive 55-inch display that Microsoft’s Ethan Rothamel describes as a TV and soundbar in one.

Like the other two, this unit also supports 4K resolution at 120Hz and has AMD FreeSync Premium Pro capabilities to reduce screen tearing. High-contrast HDR comes courtesy of the VESA DisplayHDR 1000, which supposedly delivers local dimming and peak luminance more than three times that of a mid-grade display.

As you might have guessed, these won’t come cheap. The 28-inch Acer Xbox Edition gaming monitor is set to arrive this fall priced at $949.99. Those eyeballing the Asus ROG Strix Xbox edition gaming monitor will have to wait until October 2021 and shell out $1,399 for the opportunity. The Philips Momentum 559M1RYV launches this summer at $1,599.99. All will carry the “Gaming Features for Xbox” badge for easier identification.

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Dimitriid

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Is there a single Series X game that actually runs at 4k 120hz? And by that, I mean a game that actually was developed and came out *after* the initial release of the Series X and not one that has been ported over and is henceforth, far easier to run since it's just older "previous gen" assets.

I think there's got to be at least one but I wouldn't be surprised if the best it can do is some really cartoonish looking game that's rather easy to run.
 

Kosmoz

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XSX and PS5 again trying to fool gullible people that this is another "4k generation" when a lot of the new AAA games will never run at 4k.

So of course screens are trying to take advantage of the same fools that believe in "4k consoles", rofl.

I couldn't care less for 4k for both consoles and PC actually... 6900XT and 3090 can't do 4k Ultra + RT now and will struggle even more going forward with newer games...pfft.

See ya in 2025 when maybe 4k will be mainstream... maybe....
 

Burty117

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That Acer Monitor is twice the price it should be, £950 for HDR400 (a worthless HDR implementation) is absurd. The Asus screen isn't much more expensive and is bigger, HDR1000 certified and is rated to actually reproduce colours accurately.

What a shame, the Acer would actually be tempting at the £400-£450 mark...
 

VariableSpike

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The Asus monitor actually looks super promising, even for those of us who dont' care about Xbox compatibility and just want a big format 4K display with a high refresh rate that doesn't suck - not sure what Acer is smoking with the price of their monitor though.....
 

Wrinkle

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XSX and PS5 again trying to fool gullible people that this is another "4k generation" when a lot of the new AAA games will never run at 4k.

There are quite a lot of games that run at 4K such as Borderlands, Forza (Horizon), Assasins Creed, Hitman, etc.
 

Kosmoz

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There are quite a lot of games that run at 4K such as Borderlands, Forza (Horizon), Assasins Creed, Hitman, etc.
You missed the word "new" AAA games. I was talking about next gen games, as in current gen PS5/XSX - build for them.

None of the major ones will run on 4k 60fps + RT and very very few at 4k 60fps without RT.

This aspect will make the marketing a lie, again. Like I said.