Here’s how to choose the right Xbox Series X video settings for your 4K TV

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Here’s how to choose the right Xbox Series X video settings for your 4K TV
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Here’s how to choose the right Xbox Series X video settings for your 4K TV
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If you’re using an HDMI 2.1 compatible TV, you’ll have the ability to set the Xbox Series X to output 4K HDR content at 120Hz. Those with HDMI 2.0 TVs will be limited to outputting 4K content at 60Hz. HDMI 2.0 TVs are also forced to make use of chroma subsampling to display 4K HDR content.

As such, those with HDMI 2.0 TVs should enable the “allow YCC 4:2:2” option. This is an improvement over the console’s default method of outputting 4K HDR content using 4:2:0 subsampling for HDMI 2.0 TVs. For those with HDMI 2.1 TVs, you don’t need to enable this option, as your TV does not need to make use of chroma subsampling.

Color depth should be set to 8-bit regardless of which HDMI version your TV supports. This is to protect the image fidelity of SDR games. The console will automatically output at the correct color depth when playing HDR content.

Most people will probably prefer to have the Dolby Vision and variable refresh rate options enabled, if they’re available to you. However, these should be left to personal preference. Some might prefer the look of HDR10 to Dolby Vision. Some may also prefer having a fixed refresh rate.

Color space should be set to standard unless you’re using a computer monitor or display that you know supports full range. If you’re not using a computer monitor, there is a very tiny chance that your display supports full range.

Also, keep in mind that some games do not properly function as they should with HDR enabled. For example, Cyberpunk 2077 cannot output HDR properly, even though the game claims to support the feature. The game should be played in SDR.

In these cases like these, it’s best to manually turn the HDR feature off via the console’s settings, not the game’s settings. Simply enable HDR again when playing other content. Most games that claim to support HDR do function properly, but it’s worth doing a quick check online before playing.

That’s all you need to know about your Xbox Series X settings. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, just lets us know down in the comment section.

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