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How to Adjust Screen Size on Xbox One

No more Black bars! Adjust the screen size on Xbox One and experience the immersive gaming experience.

Xbox One was the successor of the Xbox 360, and Microsoft officially launched it in 2013. It has different games in all categories, such as fighting, FPS, racing, TPS, sports, adventure, etc. But there is one disadvantage, most games may not fit your screen size. In this guide, we teach to adjust the screen size on Xbox One.

Why Adjust the Screen Size

While playing new games, you might notice a black bar on the top and bottom part of the screen and it may interrupt your gaming experience. To avoid this dilemma situation, you need to adjust the screen size to fit your monitor. Though Xbox has a built-in calibrating feature to adjust the screen size as quickly as possible, you have to do it manually.

Steps to Adjust Screen Size on Xbox One

You can use the below steps to change the screen size on any of the Xbox One consoles like Xbox One X, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X All-Digital Edition consoles.

1. Press the Xbox button on the controller to open the popup menu.

2. Click on the Settings icon in the upper left menu.

How to Adjust Screen Size on Xbox One

3. Click on the Settings option, as shown in the image below.

click settings

4. Under settings tab, go to General-> TV & display options.

tap tv & display options

5. In the next screen, tap Resolution and select the desired resolution from the dropdown and the screen size will be adjusted accordingly.

How to Adjust Screen Size on Xbox One

6. If you want to fit the screen size to your monitor, then click Calibrate TV option under the setup tab.

Calibrate TV - How to Adjust Screen Size on Xbox One

7. On the Calibrate TV screen, click the Next button.

Click Next - How to Adjust Screen Size on Xbox One

8. In the Aspect ratio & sharpness screen, adjust the screen left, right, top and bottom until you see the green lines, and then click the Next button.

Manually adjust the screen size

9. Click the Next button until you reach the final screen and then click Done to finish the process.

How to Adjust Screen Size on Xbox One

10. Now, your screen size will be adjusted according to the monitor size.

Note: Many games have default screen sizes to be playable. In such cases, it will be changed by the game modules while you launch the game and after exit, it will revert to the default size.

Xbox One Screen Resolution Errors

Xbox has an automatic screen detection feature. But sometimes, the feature won’t work properly. You will end up getting the wrong resolution every time you connect the device to the TV. To resolve this issue, you have to do some workarounds.

HDMI Cables

How to Adjust Screen Size on Xbox One - HDMI cable

Make sure that the HDMI cable you are using is not damaged. If the cable is damaged, your Xbox won’t detect the TV’s display properly. If your TV has more than one HDMI port, try different ports. Always use the HDMI cable that comes from the kit. Another thing to consider is the video quality. For higher resolutions and higher frame rates, you need to have an advanced HDMI cable. The low-end HDMI cable can’t handle the high frame rates. If the HDMI cable is not compatible with the chosen resolution, you will get the Xbox green screen error.

Outdated Console

If your Xbox console is running on the older version, some of the built-in features won’t work properly. So, make sure that your Xbox One console is updated to its latest version.

Stuck at 640 x 420

Xbox One HDMI In and HDMI Out

If your Xbox console keeps on switching back to 640 x 420 resolution, it may be due to the fault HDMI input and output. Make sure that the HDMI Out port is connected to the HDMI In the port of your TV. All the Xbox One consoles have two HDMI ports, one for input and another for output. The HDMI In port is used only for SAT (Satellite cable TV) purposes. Sometimes, your will console will stick at 640 x 420, no matter how hard you try. 640 x 420 is the lowest possible resolution available on the Xbox One console. If the Xbox auto-detection feature is not working, you will get the lowest resolution.

With the above article, it is clear that you can change the resolution and adjust the screen size on Xbox One easily. Facing issues while adjusting the screen size? Share them with us in the comment section below.


1. How do I resize my Xbox One screen?

You can change the Xbox One screen size in the Display Settings.

2. Why is my Xbox so zoomed in?

To zoom in and out, you can use the Magnifier settings on your Xbox.

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