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How to adjust the display settings on your Xbox One

Part of the complete Xbox One Getting Started Experience.

Adjust the display settings

Your Xbox One console supports a variety of display settings. Select the settings that are best for your television by following these steps:

  1. Press the Xbox button  to open the guide.
  2. Select System.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Select Display & sound, and then select Video output.
  5. Choose the display and picture settings appropriate for your TV.

Notes

Explanation of display settings

Explanation of display settings

Resolution

Your Xbox One supports the following resolutions. These resolutions are standard for HDTVs:

  • 720p
  • 1080p
  • 1440p (you’ll only see this option if your TV supports 1440p)
  • 4K UHD (you’ll only see this option if your TV supports 4K)

Your Xbox One should automatically select the setting that best matches your TV.

Note Your console will automatically revert to the previous setting if you do not confirm the new setting within 15 seconds.

Refresh rate

If you have an Xbox One S or X and your TV supports 120Hz over HDMI, you’ll see this setting under Display > Resolution.

Refresh rate is the number of times per second that a TV or monitor displays an image. Refresh rates are usually measured by hertz (cycles per second). A display that produces an image 60 times per second has a 60Hz refresh rate, which is the default refresh rate for all Xbox One consoles. But if your setup meets the requirements above, you can increase your refresh rate to 120Hz for 1080p and 1440p resolutions.

Note

  • Your display must support 120Hz over HDMI. While some monitors support 120Hz over DisplayPort, they may not support it over HDMI.
  • 120Hz is only available for 1080p and 1440p. If you change your resolution to 4K UHD or 720p, the refresh rate will be set to 60Hz by default.
  • If your console is set for 4K UHD and you change your refresh rate to 120Hz, your resolution will be downgraded to the highest resolution available for your display.

Explanation of Advanced settings

You can further refine your video settings under the Advanced video settings.

Video modes

Video modes let apps and games override system display settings to allow passthrough of the following video content types:

Allow 50Hz

This setting allows your Xbox One to render a 50Hz signal if the video source is encoded for 50Hz. This is a standard refresh rate in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and many places in Asia.

Allow 24Hz

This setting allows you to view your movies in 24Hz refresh rate, which is the natural frame rate for movie viewing.

Allow auto low-latency mode

Auto low-latency mode (also known as “game mode”) lets the console tell the display to change latency modes when a game is launched, and then revert after the user exits the game.

Note Low-latency mode is achieved by the TV disabling its processing features that would otherwise introduce latency. Disabling these processing features may affect picture quality—HDR colors can appear washed out, and contrast and backlighting can appear off because of the trade-off for low latency. Turn off this feature if you don’t like the picture quality.

Allow variable refresh rate

Variable refresh rate (VRR) technologies are used to dynamically adjust the refresh rate of a display on the fly to reduce stuttering and screen tears while playing games. VRR is only available when connected to a TV that supports either HDMI-VRR or AMD FreeSync.

Note With VRR enabled, game clips and broadcasts may appear choppy or show screen tears. This is because the viewer’s playback refresh rate is locked while the active player’s refresh rate fluctuates. VRR may also introduce display issues if your video signal is passed through an audio/video receiver (AVR). If you notice display issues you may need to turn off VRR or bypass your AVR and connect your HDMI directly to your display.

Allow 3D

This setting lets you watch 3D Blu-ray discs on Xbox One.

Note Your television must be 3D-capable to watch 3D content.

Allow YCC 4:2:2

  • If YCC 4:2:2 is disabled and you’re having HDMI video issues, try enabling it.
  • If YCC 4:2:2 is enabled and you’re having HDMI video issues, try disabling it.

Allow 4K

This setting allows you to pass native 4K content to your display when available in your games and apps.

You don't have to set your console resolution to 4K to play 4K content. You can set your console to another resolution, such as 1080p, and when a game or app requires 4K (and your TV supports the 4K mode it wants), it'll automatically switch to 4K. This is good if you want to play 1080p content in its native resolution, but also take advantage of the 4K resolution when playing 4K content.

Allow HDR

This setting allows you to display HDR content when available in your games and apps.

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. With HDR on your Xbox One X & Xbox One S, your TV can display deeper colors and richer contrast, meaning the picture will appear more vibrant and realistic than on a regular HDTV.

See HDR on Xbox One X and Xbox One S for more info.

Video fidelity and overscan

Connection

There are three settings for handling the detection of available resolutions. You can specify one of the following TV connection settings:

  • Auto-detect. We recommend that you leave the TV connection on this setting, which lets your Xbox One select the TV resolution based on information provided by the TV.
  • DVI. We recommend that you select this setting only if you’re using an HDMI-to-DVI converter.
    Note If you select DVI, HDMI audio will be disabled. You won't have audio unless you're using optical audio.
  • HDMI. Select this setting if you know there's a resolution that's supported by both your console and your TV, but that resolution isn’t listed.
    Note If you select a resolution that's not supported by your TV, wait 15 seconds until the confirmation dialog disappears.

Color depth

Color depth is the number of bits of color data used to display each pixel. True colors use 24 bits of color data to represent the three RGB colors. If you know that your TV supports Deep Color, you can select a higher color depth.

Color space

We highly recommend that you leave the color space setting set to Standard (Recommended). This sets the signal to RGB Limited, which is the broadcast standard for video content and is intended for use with televisions.

Overscan border

Apps can add a border to their app so that it doesn’t run off the screen. This is designed to create the best experience for their apps and is on by default. You can choose to turn it off, but your experience may vary based on your display and how an app behaves without a border. We recommend leaving this enabled.

Explanation of Setup settings

4K TV details

This detects your TV’s capabilities and what types of content it can display in 4K and HDR. For more information, see Checking your TV’s 4K and HDR capabilities on Xbox One X & Xbox One S.

Calibrate HDTV

Calibrate HDTV lets you configure the optimal settings for your TV. You can adjust the aspect ratio, sharpness, brightness, contrast, and other settings. You may also need to adjust some settings on your TV, so check the manufacturer’s documentation for information about how to access the menu options on your TV.

Note You may also want to calibrate your TV to get the best visual experience for games, movies, and TV programs. For information on how to calibrate your TV, refer to the TV manufacturer's documentation.


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