How to Connect an Xbox One to a Monitor or TV

Getting Microsoft’s Xbox One entertainment console up and running is exciting, but it isn’t without its headaches. Sometimes we’re so excited to get a new device home that we forget about the essentials. We don’t even realize that there are things we need that we don’t have. Sure, you’ve purchased a subscription to Xbox Live and picked up a second controller. Next you’ll need to connect an Xbox One to a monitor or TV.

The good news is that connecting an Xbox One to a monitor or TV is incredibly straight forward. With the right cables and accessories, you’ll find yourself gaming in no time. The bad news is that you can also find yourself forced into purchasing an adapter or some other accessories if your equipment is a little outdated or doesn’t meet the Xbox One’s requirements.


Here’s how to connect an Xbox One to a monitor or TV.

How to Connect an Xbox One to a Monitor or TV: Finding the Right Xbox One

If you have yet to purchase an Xbox One, your process starts with deciding which of the Xbox One consoles that Microsoft sells is perfect for your setup.


First, take some time to find out whether your television has 4K Ultra HD technology or whether it’s capable of 720P or 1080P. Without this information, you can’t be sure whether you’re buying the right Xbox One for your needs. The Xbox One S is the only Xbox console that’s able to output video at 4K Ultra HD resolution. It can also output 1080P and 720P resolution. In short, it’s the Xbox to have for every type of entertainment setup.

That being said, you can save money by buying the original Xbox One if you don’t have a 4K display. That original console works just fine on televisions that support HD resolution. If your television wasn’t purchased in the last two years, it will not have 4K support anyway.

Read: Xbox One vs Xbox One S

The Xbox One and Xbox One S only have a single way to output to a monitor or television: HDMI.

How to Connect an Xbox One to a Monitor or TV: Finding the Right Display

Finding the right display for your Xbox One is crucial. You’ll need a monitor or TV with a resolution that you’re comfortable with and all the right ports. You’ll want to consider sound too.

The Xbox One and Xbox One S both have HDMI out, making them compatible with just about any television or monitor that you can purchase today. HDMI ports have been a defining feature of monitors and television sets for years now. Look at the back of the television or monitor that you want to plug into your Xbox One. If it has an HDMI port, you’re ready to go.


Read: 4K TV: What You Need to Know

If you’re planning to connect an Xbox One to a monitor or television that you haven’t yet purchased, be careful to buy a display that has an HDMI port. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself in need of adapters and possibly troubleshooting resolutions.

There are cables and adapters that you can buy to connect an HDMI port to a VGA equipped display, but that experience is going to vary greatly. Amazon offers more than a few options to choose from. Likewise, there are DVI to HDMI converters if you have a monitor equipped with that port on Amazon too.


Regardless of whether you’re purchasing a new monitor or reusing an existing display, be sure that you have a way to get sound out of your console. We’re so used to televisions having speakers that we often forget that most monitors don’t. If the monitor you have on hand or purchase doesn’t have speakers, you’ll need to connect some through the Optical Audio Port, also known as the S/PDIF port. You can also plug in a pair of headphones to your Xbox One Controller.

How to Connect an Xbox One to a Monitor or TV

To connect an Xbox One to a monitor or television, unbox the free HDMI cable that came with your console. If the monitor or television has an HMDI port built in, simply connect one end to the Xbox One’s HDMI Out port.


Next connect the other end to the HDMI port on your display. Monitors should begin working immediately, but televisions may need to be turned to their INPUT channels to work. How you get your TV to INPUT depends on its make and model. Refer to the manual that came with your television if you don’t know how.


Some setups are more complicated. If you find that the Xbox One S isn’t outputting 4K to your television, or something is keeping your display from running correctly, you need to open the Settings app on your console. To do so, press the glowing Xbox logo on your controller to bring up the Xbox Guide.


Next, navigate to the Settings pane. It’s the second from the bottom.


Select All Settings.


Now select Display & Sound from the menu on the left side of your display.


The Video Output menu lets you decide what resolution your monitor or television gets from the Xbox One and what its refresh rate

You can also toggle borders around some apps downloaded to your Xbox One. The Advanced Video Settings’ 4K TV details menu is great for troubleshooting issues with 4K video.


Good luck connecting an Xbox One to a monitor or television.

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The Tenno have just awoken after centuries of sleeping in stasis. Warframe takes its name from the suits that the Tenno use to do battle with the game’s other races. There’s the Greiner, who are clones of humans. The Corpus belong to a technology company with lots of robotic innovation at their disposal. Sentients consist of an alien race that’s back to do battle.

Warframe features both player-vs-player combat and a single player experience.

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  1. markus wesser

    06/19/2015 at 9:33 am

    what size is that monitor?


  2. Jake Boorman

    06/25/2015 at 2:37 am

    what monitor did you have in the picture


  3. Priscillafozuna

    09/03/2015 at 10:51 pm

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    • No

      02/23/2016 at 12:54 pm

      No one cares what so ever?


  4. Christian

    09/19/2015 at 11:48 am

    Its not working on my Laptop. Its an Acer E15 touch. Am I missing something or does it just not work on laptops?


    • D4V3

      11/14/2015 at 3:49 am

      laptops only do HDMI out not in so no it will not work with laptops.


  5. pete

    12/05/2015 at 8:34 am

    I just purchased an XBox One last week to play on my Asus VS229H Monitor it’s 1080p has DVI and HDMI. I also use my TurtleBeach X12 headset.

    My issue is that when my pals & I try to play together the party chat doesn’t work for me – I can hear xbox games and I can hear my pals but they can’t hear me. So, 2 out of 3 audio work, only my mic doesn’t work. I get the orange text in the party area that says xbox can’t find my mic. My headset works perfectly fine and I’ve never had any issues with the mic. I’ve gone through every audio setting I can find and it just won’t work. Have I missed something?

    XBox does not offer any display or trouble shooting options for headsets or mics. So, I even called in to XBox and they could not offer any solutions beyond what I already did, go thru all the audio settings to dbl check and check for updates. After over an hour of trying to help XBox gave up and told me to just return it.

    I did hear about some June 2015 update that screwed a lot of things up including for the headsets. So, XBox needs to inform the public on what and when they plan to offer an update fix on the issue because a net search reveals that there are loads of other people having the same issues.

    Surely Microsoft, a computer software company, isn’t stupid enough to make COMPUTER monitors or headsets incompatible as that would be pathetic (actually they would). Surely, it’s not an issue with the headphone jack on Asus monitors because I tried two different Asus monitors and got the same problem again. If that is the case, I will return the brand new XBox One and trade it for a PS4.

    I could never have imagined such trouble just trying to use my headset. Thanks XBox for making this about as difficult as possible.


    • Michael

      03/02/2016 at 4:49 am

      I have the exact same problem. If you have an adapter they don’t work just buy an updated controller.


  6. Harshit Sumra

    12/23/2015 at 9:40 pm

    Does a monitor also needed to connect with CPU while playing Xbox one?


  7. Noah

    01/23/2016 at 10:10 am

    What is the monitor in the picture


  8. Josh Gleeson

    01/28/2016 at 9:35 pm

    Can you connect if you have a DVI monitor


    • Nelson

      02/14/2016 at 2:31 pm

      You’ll need a dvi to HDMI cord. Amazon sells them cheap


  9. Michael

    03/26/2016 at 9:53 am

    can i do this with a macbook


  10. Alan

    07/27/2016 at 7:55 pm

    Everything is working fine but the screen isn’t hd :( why is that? Someone help!
    I’ve tried changing the settings to hdmi but it makes my minister shut off ?


  11. MaxPlaysGames

    10/01/2016 at 8:38 pm

    Great. Now my HDMI cable isn’t working. Now what?


  12. JJJQ

    10/01/2016 at 10:45 pm

    How about 1920×1080 resolution monitor?


  13. Wilf

    10/02/2016 at 10:56 am

    I want to play xbox on my laptop screen wireless is that possible?


  14. Mark

    12/27/2016 at 6:14 pm

    It also depends on the monitor you have, not all monitors have HDMI support and such , so if you buy a monitor specifically for XBOX One you should take precautions and make sure that it actually can support it.


  15. Matt

    02/06/2017 at 2:29 pm

    My monitor doesn’t have a HDMI port, but my PC does. Does that make a difference if my PC has it but my monitor doesn’t? What do I do now since my monitor doesn’t have a HDMI port? I plugged my HDMI cable into the PC, but I’m guessing it won’t pop up on my monitor.


  16. Phil

    05/26/2017 at 7:01 pm

    So I have an old but nice monitor with only svga. Any insight into what cable I need beyond just go to amazon?


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