With a purpose to assist remove confusion about which shows works greatest with its newest consoles, as we speak Microsoft is increasing its Designed for Xbox program to incorporate new badges for TVs and displays.
Beforehand, the Designed for Xbox program was restricted to gaming equipment corresponding to controllers, headsets, and expandable storage. However Microsoft stated in a blog post today that the corporate will begin certifying shows which are able to delivering full help for the vary of specs and visible high quality you may get from the Xbox Collection S/X, beginning with shows from Asus, Acer, and Philips.
The primary specs coated by the brand new “Gaming Options for Xbox” badge are help for variable refresh price (VRR), HDR, 4K, and 120Hz refresh charges, with a few of the producers throwing in just a few additional options relying on the mannequin.
The brand new displays and TVs launching as a part of the expanded Design for Xbox program embody the 55-inch Philips Momentum, which is a show that comes with a built-in sound bar validated by Microsoft to pump out an optimum expertise for the Xbox Collection S/X. Philips additionally tacked on its Ambiglow tech that initiatives coloured gentle on the wall behind the show for some added ambiance.
The Momentum additionally comes with 4K decision, a 120Hz refresh price, and help for AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, together with a VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification. The Philips Momentum is predicted to return out later this summer season and can price $1,600.
Asus and Acer even have two new shows popping out quickly that will likely be a part of the Designed for Xbox program. The Asus ROG Strix Xbox Version is a 43-inch monitor with a speedy 1ms response time, AMD FreeSync Premium Professional, and a 4K decision with a 120Hz refresh price. Just like the Philips Momentum, the ROG Strix Xbox Version additionally options VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification and large coloration gamut that covers 90% of the DCI-P3 spectrum. Sadly, Asus hasn’t launch pricing for this monitor but, so keep tuned for extra as we get nearer to its official launch someday in October.
Lastly, there’s Acer’s 28-inch Xbox Version Gaming monitor which switches issues up with a decrease DisplayHDR 400 ranking for brightness in alternate for a built-in KVM change for hooking up a number of PCs to the identical keyboard and mouse, alongside TUV/Eyesafe certification, which helps scale back doubtlessly dangerous blue gentle. And like the entire Designed for Xbox shows, Acer’s $950 Xbox Version Gaming Monitor (accessible later this fall) additionally helps a 4K decision with a 120Hz refresh price through HDMI 2.1.
Oh, and in case you’re having hassle discovering the correct wire to attach your Xbox S/X to your show, Microsoft is working with companions to certify cables too, with Microsoft praising Cable Matters’ Active Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable as being one of many longest licensed HDMI 2.1 cables available on the market.
And whereas Microsoft’s expanded Designed for Xbox program will solely have three new displays to begin, Microsoft says it’s trying ahead to including extra TVs and displays to this system sooner or later. That stated, it’s essential to keep in mind that not each TV or monitor that helps 4K HDR at 120Hz will get a Microsoft badge, so in case you’re in search of one thing like a flowery OLED TV to pair with a brand new Xbox S/X, there are different non-certified choices like an LG C1 that may ship an ideal gaming expertise too.