you might as well take an LG OLED TV


    Philips is launching a screen designed to showcase the power of the Xbox Series X. If there is no shortage of arguments, its price is a little too high in the face of OLED competition, experienced in the field of gaming and more and more. more affordable.

    Since the launch of the Xbox Series S and the Xbox Series X, Microsoft is increasing its partnerships to offer a whole host of Xbox-branded products. In a catalog already including controllers or headsets, there are now screens. We were able to test the 559M1RYV model, designed by Philips. It is not a television (no tuner or advanced operating system), but indeed a large monitor designed for video games.

    On paper, this 559M1RYV – or Momentum – has a well-filled technical sheet: from 4K to 120 fps, all the expected features (low latency mode, variable refresh rate), integrated sound bar, Ambilight, HDR (peak of brightness promised at 1000 nits), HDMI 2.1 ports… In other words, the Momentum lacks nothing. Only problem? It has to contend with sustained competition from OLED televisions – at increasingly affordable prices.

    Philips Momentum display for Xbox // Source: Philips

    The Philips Xbox display has arguments, but …

    Regarding the design, the Philips Momentum is a real paradox: it is not a TV, but it looks like it with its large 55-inch anti-reflective panel highlighted by beautiful finishes (nice brushed aluminum edges) . The sound bar stands out in front of our eyes while the T-shaped foot is the most beautiful effect. This means that the product will not denote in a living room, where it will naturally find its place as a more classic television. This was certainly the goal sought by Philips.

    There is also the Ambilight technology, that is to say strips of light arranged at the back which adapt to what is displayed on the screen (we can also follow the sound). If we are usually a fan of this peculiarity of Philips products, we have to admit that the lighting lacks power on the Momentum.

    Don’t expect to find the polished – and mainstream – ergonomics of a TV with the Philips Momentum. Delivered with a small remote control, it is satisfied with the strict minimum in terms of interface, indicated by a small austere OST giving access to a few parameters (many image modes, for example). In use, more novice players will find it less familiar. Don’t rely on Philips Momentum to provide you with a portal to streaming apps, among other services. On this point, it will be necessary to turn to connected devices (as a reminder, the Xbox offers Netflix and others from its store).

    Xbox screen by Philips // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama

    The Philips Momentum is an LCD display (VA), a technology that has proven itself, but which suffers from the comparison with the OLED competition. First of all, you benefit from a beautiful light output: the whites are brilliant, the HDR content is sparkling and you can play without problem in very bright conditions. However, we feel that the backlighting does not benefit from the latest advances in the field: there are unsightly leaks of light on a black screen (as our photo shows, which certainly accentuates the phenomenon). As a bonus, blacks would benefit from being deeper, if not less washed out. It’s a shame, because the color rendering is very appreciable.

    But the great strength of Momentum is undoubtedly its very low latency, the argument put forward by Philips. It will hardly be faulty and demanding users will be in heaven. We also appreciate the fluidity offered by the screen, which ticks almost all the boxes in the settings of the Xbox console (only the Dolby Vision format is absent). With its HDMI 2.1 ports, the 559M1RYV is ready for the future and will have no trouble playing games at 120 fps. Likewise, we observed absolutely no screen tearing during our gaming sessions.

    Light leaks on the Xbox screen by Philips // Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama

    Philips has partnered with Bowers & Wilkins for the integrated soundbar. And that’s a great idea. Simple speakers would have denoted with the arguments put forward by Philips on the side of the image. Thanks to this sound bar fully assumed in the design, the sound show is up to the task, both precise (beautiful placement of effects) and percussive (enough power in reserve).

    What’s wrong with this screen

    On arrival, the real flaw of this screen is its price: at 1,399 euros, it is too expensive when compared to an LG C1 of equivalent size. Barely more expensive (it can be found under 1,600 euros), the OLED television from the Korean firm has the advantage of being… a real television. It also offers a more beautiful image (true blacks, zero light problems), while ensuring all the gaming attributes expected by the target audience. In short, if we had to choose the best companion for an Xbox Series X, we would continue to favor an OLED TV.

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