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How to adjust the display settings on your Xbox One console

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.


Explanation of display settings


TV resolution

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

  • 720p
  • 1080p
  • 4K UHD (You will only see this option if your TV support 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.

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.

Advanced video settings

You can further refine you video settings by accessing the Advanced video settings screen. From there you can choose:

TV 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 console select the TV resolution based on information provided by the TV.
  • DVI. We recommend that you select this setting only if you are 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 Xbox One console and your TV, but that resolution is not listed. This setting lets you select the resolution supported by both your console and your TV.
    Note If you select a resolution that's not supported by your TV, wait 15 seconds until the confirmation dialog disappears.

4K TV details

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

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 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 the Xbox One X and 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.

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 YCC 4:2:2

  • If YCC422 is disabled and you’re having HDMI video issues, try enabling it.
  • If YCC422 is enabled and you’re having HDMI video issues, try disabling it.

Allow 3D

This setting allows you to watch 3D Blu-ray Discs on Xbox One.

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

Video fidelity

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

Some apps add a border so they don’t run off the edge of some TVs. If you don’t want apps to add a border, turn this off by deselecting Apps can add a border.

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