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Does Xbox Series X Support 1440P?

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1440P, also known as QHD (Quad High Definition), is a popular resolution choice for many high-performance gaming monitors.

It provides a noticeable improvement over 1080p without the high hardware demands of 4K. So the natural question to ask is “does Xbox Series X support 1440P?”

The answer to this question, fortunately, is a yes. Xbox Series X does indeed support QHD resolution.

By supporting 1440p, the Xbox Series X caters to gamers who prefer this resolution for its balance of performance and visual quality.

So Does Xbox Series X Support 1440P Resolution?

Yes, as mentioned earlier, the Xbox Series X does indeed support 1440P resolution.

This resolution is particularly famous among those who prefer to invest in high-performance QHD gaming monitors as supported on TVs.

In addition to that, in terms of quality, 1440P is an excellent middle-ground that strikes a balance between the standard Full HD (1080p) and Ultra HD (4K) resolutions, making it particularly appealing to gamers using Quad HD or 1440p monitors.

As far as the frame rate goes, Xbox Series X supports 1440P at the following refresh rates:

  • 1440P at 60Hz
  • 1440P at 120Hz

In other words, 1440P resolution is supported at a max frame rate of 120FPS.

Also Read: Xbox Series X 1440P 120Hz Not Working – Causes Explained

Some Important Caveats Regarding the 1440P Monitors

It is important to note here that the vast majority of the QHD monitors only offer an HDMI 2.0 port.

This is because the HDMI 2.0 port has enough bandwidth to support up to 1440P @ 120Hz refresh rate. Hence, for the manufacturer, there is no point in including an HDMI 2.1 port on a QHD monitor.

HDMI VersionMax ResolutionRefresh RateHDR
1.21440P1080P = 60Hz
1440P = 30Hz
1.3-1.44K (4096 x 2160)1080P = 120Hz
1440P = 60Hz
4K = 30Hz
2.04K (4096 x 2160)1080P = 240Hz
1440P = 144Hz
4K = 60Hz
2.18K (7680 x 4320)1440P = 240Hz
4K = 144Hz
4K = 240Hz (DSC)
8K = 120Hz (DSC)

PS5, on the other hand, does offer an HDMI 2.1 port. 

The lack of HDMI 2.1 port on the QHD monitors does have ramifications. Without the HDMI 2.1 ports, the QHD monitors will NOT support the ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) or the VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) feature.

Non-Native 1440P Games on Xbox Series X

The next-gen consoles including the Xbox Series X were originally designed for the FHD and 4K resolution.

Hence, 1440P wasn’t the primary target market for the Xbox Series X game developers.

However, due to the popularity of the 1440P resolution, things have now changed, but there still are a plethora of games out there that DO NOT support 1440P resolution natively.

Hence on games that do not support 1440P natively, Xbox Series X will render the games at 4K and then downscale them to 1440P resolution.

In this case, the frame rate of the game will be the one that is originally determined for the 4K resolution.

In other words, if a game is designed to work at 4K @ 60 FPS, when downscaling to 1440P, the frame will NOT go beyond 60 FPS.

There are other games, of course, that do have support for 1440P display modes NATIVELY. Take God of War Ragnarok, for instance.

Does PS5 Support 1440P 120Hz

This game has native display modes for 1440P and 4K resolution.

Setting Up 1440P Resolution on Xbox Series X

To set your Xbox Series X to output at 1440p, follow these steps:

  1. Open the ‘Settings’ menu on your Xbox Series X.
  2. Navigate to ‘General’, then ‘TV & display options’.
  3. Under ‘Resolution’, select ‘1440p’.
  4. The changes will be applied immediately. Depending on your display, you may need to confirm the changes.

1440P: The Sweet Spot Between Performance and Visual Quality

High-definition visuals have become the standard expectation in modern video gaming. This is more so with the advent of 4K Ultra HD gaming.

Even though the Xbox Series X is capable of running games at 4K, it can lead to lower frame rates in some graphically intensive games. Furthermore, achieving consistent 4K at higher frame rates, such as 60FPS or 120FPS, can be challenging.

In fact, in 2022 it became quite evident that the prospects for 4K gaming do not look good. Take for instance the likes of Dying Light 2, Gotham Knights, and God of War Ragnarok all of which work at a maximum supported display mode of 4K @ 30 FPS.

30FPS gaming, of course, does not sit well with current-gen gamers. While the PC gamers are dancing with 120FPS and beyond, it is absolutely hilarious to play at a 30 FPS cap.

And then you have the likes of A Plague Tale: Requiem which outright ditched 4K entirely.

Now this is where 1440p comes in – a resolution that strikes an excellent balance between visual quality and performance.

1440p offers a significant visual improvement over 1080p, while being almost half as taxing as 4K resolution. This makes it a sweet spot for many gamers, balancing performance and visual quality.

Also Read: Can Xbox Series X Support 240Hz?

Atif Qazi

Atif Qazi is the founder of and a huge gaming nerd. Thanks to the vast gaming experience under his belt, you can often find him writing detailed pieces of content on gaming hardware and console. But in all honesty, nothing gives him more pleasure than 'one-shotting' everyone as a stealth archer in ESO: Skyrim.

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