Not to be outdone by the competition, Nvidia pushes for Big Format Gaming Displays with built-in Shield, HDR, G-Sync, and 4K resolution courtesy of Asus.
Attendees at CES 2018 witnessed the GPU maker announce its upcoming lineup of monitors that are properly equipped to please gamers. Veteran display manufacturers like Samsung and LG likewise had their own products on display with high-end specifications.
However, the configuration and features appear to be intended for video editing, graphic artists, and the occasional gamer looking for a smaller monitor.
Larger Than Life
Gamers, especially professionals who compete for money, demand the best monitors that are virtually lag-free. These players rely on their reaction to successfully make the right decisions that can win a match.
Fighting games such as MOBAs, RTS, and FPS all require displays that have great refresh rates. Models with Nvidia's G-Sync technology onboard are usually the best choice among gaming circles.
While LG and Samsung already have large expensive TVs that are supposedly configured for smooth gaming, experts still point out problems with latency as its drawbacks.
Establishing A New Standard
Nvidia is a name synonymous with gaming no matter what the platform is. This is due to the fact that most analysts are surprised by its selection of partners for the Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD) revolution.
Asus might be an exception, given its experience with gaming monitors through their ROG lineup. That is why the first model revealed is the Asus ROG Swift PG65.
Acer and HP are yet to unveil their BFGD products but all models are expected to have all the bells and whistles indicated by the GPU manufacturer.
These include a native 120 Hz variable refresh rate, 4K resolution, HDR, DCI-P3 color reproduction, Integrated Nvidia Shield functionality, Ultra-low latency, and Nvidia G-Sync technology.
Breaking The Barrier
Market analysts note that Nvidia's push for bigger screens is a welcome change for the industry. Before the gaming brand made their announcement, players who wanted to play on gaming-grade 4K HDR monitors normally settle for models as small as 24 inches and as big as 40 inches. Now, they can opt for sizes as big as 65 inches.
Nvidia Shield also gives these products versatility when it comes to entertainment. Users can easily stream native 4K content from Amazon, HBO, Netflix, Hulu, and more. Android apps and games are natively supported while remote access from Nvidia's GeForce Now and GameStream are included.
Pricing and availability
Nvidia's Big Format Gaming Display lineup does not have a definite release date and pricing as of this writing. However, the company hints that pricing and the estimated availability might be revealed around summer 2018.