Should you buy a new 8K TV for Xbox Series X?
Should I buy an 8K TV today for the new Xbox?
Microsoft has kickstarted anticipation for Xbox Series X, its next-generation console slated for late 2020. Tailing the Xbox One X's impressive mid-cycle 4K upgrade, it already has the foundations of a formidable powerhouse, boasting AMD's future-facing Zen 2 CPU and Navi GPU technologies. The upshot is a box touting four times the processing capabilities of Xbox One X, poised to deliver up to 8K resolutions and 120Hz frame rates.
With Microsoft underlining such bold performance claims, Xbox Series X raises the bar for forthcoming displays headed to the market. The Xbox One X has just pushed 4K 60Hz gaming into mainstream households, laying hefty hurdles for display advancements to come. But it raises some questions.
Picking up a new 8K or 4K 120Hz-capable display will theoretically leave you Xbox Series X-ready, though it's far from recommended in the current market. 8K isn't widely accessible in the living room, with the first consumer-facing displays extremely costly versus the payoff. Take the Samsung Q900, among the leading pioneers of the 8K wave, which costs $2,500 in the U.S. (opens in new tab) for the entry-level 55-inch model.
Xbox Series X's final hardware configuration remains unclear, too, as Microsoft finalizes plans for its next-generation platform. Given its target resolutions and framerates, support for the latest HDMI 2.1 interface comes standard, serving the console's 8K, 120Hz, and variable refresh rate (VRR) promises. However, we otherwise simply don't know what's changed from the current Xbox One family, making that steep price even harder to justify.
The safest assumption is about Xbox Series X's 4K offerings, expected as a by-product of its 8K and 120Hz ambitions. While already a core pillar of Xbox One X, few titles achieve native 4K at 60Hz without using visual trickery or slicing frame rates. For Xbox Series X's 8K plans, expect similar workarounds from developers, if games hit 8K at all. Just like Xbox One X excelled at supersampling 1080p images, expect Xbox Series X to draw the best from existing 4K displays.
Which TV should you buy for Xbox in 2020?
When in the market for a new TV in 2019, 4K resolution offers a healthy balance of performance and affordability. Existing Xbox One X and Xbox One S owners can take advantage of 4K capabilities, with benefits extending to Xbox Series X for its release. New 8K and 120Hz HDMI 2.1-enabled displays will drop in price over the next year, but additional overhead is best directed elsewhere.
We crown the Samsung 8QF as our top 4K HDR TV for Xbox gaming, packing a vibrant 4K resolution image with HDR10 support and accompanied by Samsung's QLED display technology. Images appear sharp with impressive brightness and contrast, serving up the best of games and movies.
Samsung's excellent Q8F will not destroy your bank balance.
Ignoring the QLED marketing jargon, this 4K HDR TV series is a good option for Xbox One X (and Xbox One S) owners to enjoy 4K gaming. It might not deliver the best of the best, but those savings can't be ignored.
The push for 8K is fast approaching, and the first range of displays are already on the market. The Samsung Q900 emerges among the early 8K leaders, using its signature QLED tech for stunning colors in gaming. The result is a strong entry point for 8K HDR with HDMI 2.1 support — if you can justify that hefty price. If you're dying to try 8K, we recommend opting beyond the entry-level 55-inch model to experience the benefits the high pixel density.
Jump into 8K with Samsung's Q900 TV range.
While 4K is still the go-to for 2019, this early endeavor from Samsung packs a stunning 8K HDR QLED panel into a sleek (and pricey) package.
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