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MSI Holiday Gift Guide 2021

The holiday season is upon us, and you know some killer deals are just around the corner! If you’re looking to gift a loved one a gaming monitor that pairs perfectly with a next-generation console like the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X (or S), we’d love to help.

To simplify your shopping experience, MSI offers a range of Console Gaming Monitors that are optimized for gaming on new-gen consoles.

MSI Console Mode: Simplifying Console Gaming Monitors

Any MSI monitor that touts MSI Console Mode support will:
1. Automatically accept a console’s 4K input signal and downscale it to 1440p on WQHD monitors if you want to enjoy superior visuals.
2. Revert to a 1080p 120Hz signal when gamers prefer high refresh rates over quality in competitive, fast-paced games
3. Leverage CEC over HDMI for easy control over your console. Switch on your monitor, and voila, your console powers on as well!
4. Come equipped with HDR support to bring you stunning visuals in the latest games.

Our Top Recommendations:

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1. Hardware Unboxed Best 4K 144Hz Console Gaming Monitor: MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD

If you want to gift someone the pinnacle of a new-gen console gaming experience, this is it. A large 4K, high refresh rate monitor with HDMI 2.1 input support would be an invaluable addition to a dream console gaming setup. The MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD offers a 32” IPS panel with a gorgeous 4K resolution, a 1ms response time, and a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz for the perfect blend of fluidity, details, and quality in games.
Gamers can enjoy realism like never before, thanks to the monitor’s DisplayHDR 600 certification and Quantum Dot technology - allowing it to deliver deeper contrasts and a wider color gamut for an immersive gaming experience.


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2. Best Immersive Curved Monitor For Console: MSI MPG ARTYMIS 323CQR

The expansive 32” 1000R curved panel of MSI MPG ARTYMIS 323CQR matches the natural curvature of the human field of view, comfortably placing every part of this screen at the same distance from your eyes - minimizing strain during those long gaming sessions.
The MPG ARTYMIS 323CQR also boasts a 1440p (WQHD) resolution, a DisplayHDR 400 certification, and a broad color gamut – all playing their part in delivering stunning game worlds to console gamers without compromise.
Of course, MSI’s Console Mode will kick in as soon as the monitor detects a console plugged into it. It can accept a native 4K signal and downscale it to the monitor’s WQHD resolution automatically and in real-time.


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3. Best 1440p 32 Inch Quantum Dot Monitor for Console: MSI Optix MPG321QRF-QD

The MSI Optix MPG321QRF-QD again offers a WQHD resolution. But this time on an expansive 32” IPS panel with a 1ms response time that not only ensures a snappy, lag-free gaming experience, but also boasts excellent viewing angles. If you regularly play console games with friends, wider viewing angles will allow everyone seated near you to see a clear picture without a particular area of the screen looking ‘washed out.’
The MPG321QRF-QD also comes equipped with Quantum Dot technology, a wide color gamut, and a DisplayHDR 600 certification to ensure fantastic visuals without compromise. MSI’s Console Mode will again handle the downscaling from a 4K signal when it detects a monitor plugged into it.


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4. Tom’s Hardware Editor’s Choice Widest Color Gamut: MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD

A Rapid IPS panel with a 1ms response time, 165 Hz refresh rate, a WQHD resolution, and MSI’s Console Mode make it the perfect fit for an excellent console gaming monitor.
Console Mode allows the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD to receive a native 4K signal over HDMI, which is seamlessly downscaled to the monitor’s gorgeous 1440p panel – granting you access to spectacular visuals even when gaming at a WQHD resolution.
It also boasts an HDR-ready display and Quantum Dot technology to elevate realism through better contrasts, shadows, and a cinema-standard DCI-P3 color gamut to deliver an incredible gaming experience.


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5. Best 27 Inch Frameless Curved 1000R Monitor For Console: MSI MPG ARTYMIS 273CQR

A curved monitor ensures much better immersion and a more relaxing gaming experience. The MSI MPG ARTYMIS 273CQR combines a WQHD resolution with a 27” 1000R curved display that will seat you right in the middle of all the action without missing out on quality or performance.
MSI’s MPG ARTYMIS 273CQR also boasts a DisplayHDR 400 certification that grants you access to deeper contrasts and a wider color gamut in games while retaining fluidity with a 1ms (MPRT) response time and 165 Hz refresh rate.
Like the other monitors on this list, the ARTYMIS 273CQR also supports MSI Console Mode. This ensures that console gamers can get the best possible picture quality from their brand-new consoles.


Factors to Consider When Picking a Console Gaming Monitor

The new generation of consoles (Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5) has been delivering incredible experiences to gamers worldwide. However, if you want to pick the right monitor to pair with these consoles, the details are still a bit fuzzy.

Whether you’re buying a monitor for PC or console gaming, the factors to consider before settling on one remain the same. That said, there can be a few other features that make some gaming monitors a better fit for next-gen consoles than others.

1. Resolution

As both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X/S support resolutions higher than Full HD, you should be on the lookout for a monitor that offers at least a WQHD (1440p) resolution. However, if you’re looking to gift the very best console gaming experience to a loved one, a 4K gaming monitor with a high-refresh rate is the ideal choice.

2. Color Gamut/Coverage

A broader color gamut helps games look precisely how their developers intended – allowing the monitor to display a much better variety of colors. Not only does this help enhance realism in the games you love and play, but it also ensures that you get the best possible visuals and performance from your brand-new consoles.

3. Response Time

One area that often gets overlooked when it comes to console gaming is response time. A shorter response time ensures that a monitor can change pixels fast enough to keep up with your quick movements in games. The result is a smoother gaming session that makes it so much more enjoyable!

4. Resolution Downscaling (For WQHD Monitors)

If you’re considering a 1440p monitor and pairing it with a Sony PlayStation 5, you’ll find that the console can only deliver a 1080p signal to your monitor. However, the resulting enlarged image on your 1440p display loses out on a lot of detail and doesn’t look quite right. MSI’s Console Mode allows monitors to accept a native 4K HDMI input, which is then automatically downscaled to WQHD (1440p) for a far better and sharper image.

Picking Gifts for Gamers This Holiday Season

When investing in a new-gen console, gamers want to extract the best possible performance and visuals out of them. A brand-new gaming monitor that’s designed around these new consoles is one of the best ways to go about it. However, for those who’re running into an utterly paralyzing host of monitor options and just cannot decide - let’s demystify it for you.

If you’re after the very best console experience, a 4K 120Hz+ monitor that offers HDMI 2.1 support is the ideal choice. Period.

For those considering mid-range options instead, a WQHD monitor with a high refresh rate seems like (and is) the right choice. That said, you have to make sure that those 1440p (WQHD) monitors CAN accept a 4K signal from a new-gen console and scale it down to a WQHD resolution.

MSI’s Console Mode monitors simplify your holiday shopping experience by ensuring that those monitors can accept a higher quality, native 4K signal while guaranteeing compatibility with new-gen consoles.