- Nvidia is partnering with HP, Asus, and Acer to make the biggest gaming monitors to date.
- The monitors, which Nvidia is showing at the CES trade show, will have 65-inch displays and come with three key gaming features, including a fast 120-hertz screen refresh rate.
- The monitors offer a fantastic gaming experience, but they’re better suited for playing games on a couch rather than at a desk.
- It’s unclear how much they will cost when they hit the market later this year.
LAS VEGAS – Nvidia could have a big hit on its hands with some big new gaming monitors.
Developed in conjunction with HP, Asus, and Acer and unveiled at the CES trade show here this week, the new monitors will offer 65-inch scree ens, 4K ultra-high definition resolution with high-dynamic range (HDR), Nvidia’s Shield media player and game system built-in, and some key features designed to specifically appeal to PC gamers.
I got to check out the massive monitors at Nvidia’s booth. As a PC gamer myself, I walked away from the experience feeling like my fancy 34-inch ultrawide gaming monitor at home that I was previously so proud of was actually small, pitiful, and completely inadequate.
These monitors offer an unbelievable gaming experience
The monitors, which Nvidia dubs BFGDs for big format gaming displays, include three notable gaming features: a fast 120-hertz refresh rate that promises smooth gameplay; Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, which synchronizes the monitor’s refresh rate and that of the games you’re playing; and ultra-low latency, so that what you do on your controller, keyboard, or mouse is reflected nearly instantaneously on the screen.
The monitors’ combination of giant screens and these features makes for an impressive experience. With the smooth gameplay they offer and their incredible responsiveness, the monitors perform just like the best standard gaming displays. But their large size allows them to offer a cinematic feel.
And what they display is really amazing. Thanks to their support for HDR, colours pop. Meanwhile, images actually appear to be sharper than 4K. Because everything on their screens is bigger, you can see more detail than you could on smaller monitors with the same resolution. The game I demoed on one of the monitors – “Destiny 2” – looked beautiful.
Any gamer who tried out one of these monitors would be thrilled with the experience and would want one immediately.
That is, if he or she can first figure out where to put it.
But don’t expect one to replace your desktop monitor
Simply put, a 65-inch monitor can’t fit on your average computer desk. Even if you could get it to work on your particular desk, it would almost certainly be a bad experience. You’d likely be sitting so close to such a large screen that you’d end up seeing less than you would with a standard, smaller monitor.
To be able to keep track of everything happening on all areas of the screen on one of these jumbo monitors, you’d have to shift your eyes and even move your head around a lot – things no gamer wants to do, particularly during long and intense gaming sessions or when it’s important to react quickly to on-screen action.
Instead of sitting on a desk right in front of a user, the BFGDs are designed to be viewed at a distance. They’re ideal for gamers who prefer to play in their living rooms from the comfort of their couches.
In fact, the new monitors could potentially replace your living room TV. They offer a picture quality that’s just as good as a top LCD television. And thanks to their built-in Shield, which supports many common entertainment apps, you can easily stream videos or music to them.
The only people for whom the BFGD monitors wouldn’t represent a good replacement or upgrade over their current TVs are those with OLED televisions in their living rooms. The Nvidia monitors’ LCD displays don’t quite match up to the gorgeous pictures offered by those pricey sets.
But you don’t necessarily have to put one of these monitors on an entertainment console in your living room. You could actually place them a few feet behind your desk, like this:
The price of these jumbo displays could be similarly huge
Of course, even if you’re a big-time gamer who’s super-excited playing PC games in your living room, you may not want to run out and get one of these new monitors as soon as they hit the market, which is expected to happen sometime this summer. The main reason: They’re bound to be expensive.
Nvidia and it’s partners haven’t announced prices for yet, but you get a rough idea of what they might cost by looking at the price of somewhat comparable devices. You can get a fantastic 65-inch 4K HDR TV for less than $US850 – the price of a smartphone these days. But the features that will be built into the BFGDs, including G-Sync, will likely add hundreds of dollars to that price.
Likewise, 4K gaming monitors with features similar to the BFGDs, but with screens of around 30 inches or so, can cost more than $US800. Ones with much bigger screens will likely be dramatically more expensive. We’ll have to wait and see.
Still, these BFGD monitors aren’t designed for casual gamers. They’re intended for the kinds of enthusiasts who already have a $US1,500 gaming PC that’s capable of displaying games at 4K resolutions at high frame rates, and who are willing to spend an extra large chunk of cash on a display that will take full advantage of such capabilities.
For myself, I’d love to have one of Nvidia’s giant gaming monitors in my living room – or perhaps set far back on my desk. But the price has to be right.