Does Xbox Series X|S Support DisplayPort: Can You Use Xbox With DisplayPort?

Will DisplayPort monitors work with your Xbox Series X|S? For lots of PC gamers, they will have monitors that use this connection. So if you are one of those people, and fancy hooking up your Xbox, is that even possible? That's the question we'll be answering today.

Can you use Xbox Series X|S with DisplayPort?

The Xbox Series X|S come with a built-in HDMI 2.1 port. HDMI 2.1 is regarded by many as the gold standard of connectivity, and superior to the best offerings by DisplayPort. Microsoft have clearly taken this into account when deciding to go with HDMI.

But that's not the only reason. HDMI is a far more common connection on televisions and monitors. So economically, it wouldn't have made sense for Microsoft to install a DP connection on every console, when the likelihood is only a tiny percentage of Xbox gamers would need it.

But even though Xbox Series X|S doesn't come with an in-build DP connection, if you are determined, there is a way you can make it work...

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How to use Xbox on DP input

If like a Spice Girl, you really really really wanna use a DP monitor because you believe it will offer superior resolution and refresh rate support, you can. You need to acquire an HDMI to DisplayPort active adapter. This will then enable your Xbox to communicate with your DP monitor.

But there is a caveat: most DP adapters only run HDMI 2.0 to DP 1.2. The impact of this is that it will negate many of the benefits you enjoy with HDMI 2.1. Arguably most significantly, is that the refresh rate will be limited to 60hz. This is in comparison to the 120hz that the DP is actually capable of.

Having said all that, if you already have a DP monitor, and that's the only display screen you have, then an adapter will cost a lot less than buying a new monitor or television. But for everyone else, going down this road may not offer you the best viewing experience on your Xbox.

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