How to Calibrate Your TV for Xbox Series X or Series S for Gaming

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Knowing how to calibrate your TV for your Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S could make a huge difference to your gaming experience. 

A few years ago, all it took to get gaming was to connect your console to an A/V port, pop in a cartridge, then find a comfortable spot on the carpet close to the TV. But these days, the best TVs contain a maze of options, and ensuring your games look their best can become overwhelming. And that’s before we even discuss refresh rates, AKA the biggest lie told to TV buyers.

Thankfully, Microsoft makes the process a little easier with the Xbox Series X and Series S, providing a built-in calibration tool that guides you through which settings to adjust on your TV to get the best visual results. All you need is your TV remote, 10-15 minutes, and, of course, an Xbox Series X or S.

How to Calibrate Your TV for Xbox Series X or S Series for Gaming

1. To access the guidance menu, turn on your system and hit the Xbox button on your Xbox controller. To the far right of the guide, press right on the D-pad to go to “Profile & system,” then scroll down to “Settings.” To access the Settings menu, press A.

How to Calibrate Your TV for Xbox Series X or S Series for Gaming

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2. Scroll to the right on the “General” tab, highlight “TV & display choices,” then press A to choose it.

How to Calibrate Your TV for Xbox Series X or S Series for Gaming

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3. Scroll down to “Calibrate TV” in the “Setup” column in the middle. To access the “Calibrate TV” option, press A.

How to Calibrate Your TV for Xbox Series X or S Series for Gaming

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4. This screen contains instructions that should be read and followed. Consult your TV’s user guide if you’re unsure whether your TV supports the HDMI specs listed below, or whether the HDMI port on your TV is the proper one. To continue, press A on your Xbox controller when you’re ready.

How to Calibrate Your TV for Xbox Series X or S Series for Gaming

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5. The “Recommended settings” page will now appear, and you should follow the on-screen instructions. Your TV remote may be used to adjust these settings. When you’re finished here, press A on the Xbox controller to go to the next step.

How to Calibrate Your TV for Xbox Series X or S Series for Gaming

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6. You’ll now be sent to the “Aspect ratio & sharpness” page, which explains how to ensure that your image is the right size and sharp. Using your TV remote, you may modify the settings here. When you’re done, press A on the Xbox controller to go to the next stage.

How to Calibrate Your TV for Xbox Series X or S Series for Gaming

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7. You’ve arrived at the “Brightness” tab, where you may change the brightness and gamma settings on your tv. Follow the on-screen directions, adjusting the settings with your TV remote until the closed eye picture disappears. When you’re finished, use your Xbox controller to choose “Next” to get a larger view of the photographs. Return to the main “Brightness” menu by pressing B on your Xbox controller. If your findings are satisfactory, press A to proceed to the next stage.

How to Calibrate Your TV for Xbox Series X or S Series for Gaming

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8. It’s now time to modify the contrast settings on your television. Using your TV remote, follow the instructions on the screen to lessen or increase the contrast. Select “Next” after you’re finished to see a larger version of the test image. Press B on your Xbox controller to return to the main “Contrast” menu, or pick “Next” and press A to proceed.

How to Calibrate Your TV for Xbox Series X or S Series for Gaming

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9. Adjust the brightness with your TV remote once more, following the on-screen instructions. Once you’ve finished, press A on your Xbox controller to go to the next stage.

How to Calibrate Your TV for Xbox Series X or S Series for Gaming

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10. You’ll find a list of final adjustments under the “Advanced color” menu. Only some TVs offer these options, as indicated on the screen, so don’t be concerned if you don’t see them in your TV’s settings menu. If you see these options, follow the on-screen directions and choose “Done” after you’re done altering them. You can skip this section and select “Done” if you don’t see them.

How to Calibrate Your TV for Xbox Series X or S Series for Gaming

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After following this guide on how to calibrate your TV for your Xbox Series X or S, you should immediately notice a difference in the visual quality of your games and movies. If you want to revert to your previous picture settings, simply reset them in your TV’s settings menu using your TV remote.

If you’re after some inspiration on what to play next, check out our guide on the latest Xbox Game Pass news and deals and our picks of the best Xbox Series X games. Or if you’re looking to pick up a second Xbox Series X or S, keep an eye on our Xbox Series X restock tracker for all the latest stock drops as they happen.

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