Unlike the PS4 Pro, the Xbox One X will support native 1440p monitors

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Xbox One X will support 1440p

If you’re buying a new TV, chances are it’s going to be 4K. The jump from standard HD to four times the pixel count has been a jarring one on the TV front, but monitors have slowly made their way up. There’s an entirely separate bracket in there for 1440p displays – the sweet spot for high resolutions and high framerates for most PC gamers. It’s a pity then that these newer consoles don’t actually support the resolution. Something which the Xbox One X is finally fixing.

If you own a PS4 Pro, you can easily hook it up to a 1440p monitor. The console itself only recognises 1080p and 4K, and in the absence of the latter automatically shifts down to 1080p. So despite most PS4 Pro games actually running natively at 1440p, you’re left with an upscaled 1080p image on a display perfect for the games you’re playing. The Xbox One X is remedying that with full on 1440p support. It gives developers a new target for their games, and allows the console to run at this third resolution natively if hooked up to a supporting monitor.

This opens up the doors to new possibilities in the future too. Many 1440p display are powered by AMD’s FreeSync technology; a tool that allows the monitor to adjust its refresh rate to match the game you’re playing, increased input responsiveness and eliminating screen tearing. The Xbox One X in theory can support it, but Microsoft hasn’t yet revealed if they’re baking that into the console at any point. With the push to support resolutions that only really exist on monitors, it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see support for FreeSync down the line. Which just adds to the Xbox One X’s value proposition in a big way.

Many people won’t end up using this 1440p support. It’s just the reality of having a console in a larger, more living room type space. But if you have your console hooked up at your desk, a new 1440p monitor isn’t just affordable, it’s more useable now. And it’s a great middle ground if you aren’t ready to take the 4K plunge just yet.

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Last Updated: November 2, 2017

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff's a bastard.

  • Viper_ZA

    Pre-orded this bad boy, let’s hope something like the RROD will not be an issue this time round?

    • Cigi

      Is this the best you got LOL

  • Admiral Chief

    Where is that cheesy mf with his 4k gif?

  • 4K at 20FPS!

    Whooo! o/

  • MonsterCheddar
  • Pieter Kruger

    Unlike the PS4 Protato, the Xbox One X will support:
    1. Backwards Compatibility
    2. DOLBY Atmos
    3. High Resolution Textures
    4. Cross Play
    5. UHD DVD playback
    6. EA Access
    7. Game Pass
    8. Built in Super Sampling
    9. Built in DX12
    10. 4k 60FPS Video Capture
    11. Play Anywhere
    12. True 4K
    13. Free Sync
    14. 7200 RPM HDD
    15. Game Preview
    16. Digital Refunds
    17. Game Gifting
    Etc. etc. etc. That’s just off the top of my head, no time to go into more detail or even start with the power advantages the XB1X holds over the Protato, but the picture is clear, very clear…….not “soupy”

    • Trevor James
    • Hammersteyn

      I’d rather get a Switch.

      • Pieter Kruger


      • MonsterCheddar

        Switching it up a bit eh?

    • Mongoose

      Yeah the XBox One X is a legit console but the play anywhere does make it a bit redundant. Rather take that money and invest in a stellar PC and still get to play all the games.

      • Pieter Kruger

        Don’t care for gaming on PC, had a gaming PC built 5 or so years ago and haven’t switched it on in 3! Work on PC & tablet all day, relax and game on console! Just my personal preference!

        • Mongoose

          Still gonna enjoy my 1080p 30fps like a peasant:)

    • justerthought

      Only 3 on your list are worth anything to gamers. High resolution textures, built in super sampling and 7200 RPM HDD, but two of them are only of benefit to 4K TV owners who are in a very small minority. It won’t be until 2019-2020 that we will see 4K TV’s outsell 1080p TV’s and become the mass market.

      Super sampling looks great on a 1080p TV, whether it’s an XB1X down sampling from 1800p or a PS4 Pro down sampling from 1440p. For the 1080p gamer, the XB1X is just an expensive overkill.

      The rest on that list are just stocking fillers for the fanboys to list in comment sections …lol

  • Cigi

    It actually has Freesync 2 – with HDR support

  • justerthought

    So who has a 1440p display apart from PC gamers, who just upgrade their hardware to do better than the XB1X and can get all the Xbox games on Windows 10. Highlighting 1440p display support is just a box ticking exercise for the MS propaganda machine so they can say, “look this is another thing we can do that the PS4 Pro can’t.”

    It’s just a lame attempt to make us believe that the two console are not similar in order to justify the high price. The XB1X is a great game console and is better than the PS4 Pro, but that does not mean the PS4 Pro not fit for purpose. It does what it does and it does it great at a cheap price. That’s it.

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