CES is the world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It’s been a proving ground for all tech companies for so many years and for us, tech lovers, this is where we get to look at how far technology has gotten and NVIDIA being one of the major players in gaming wasn’t going to be left behind.
For CES 2018, NVIDIA has come out with a Big Format Gaming Displays (BFGDs), featuring 4K resolutions on a humongous screen sizes of upto 65 inches.
These BFGD’s monitors also feature Nvidia’s G-Sync technology which employs variable refresh rates to synchronize a display’s refresh rate and gameplay frame rates to prevent issues like tearing and stutter. Nvidia claims the monitor will provide a “highly responsive, smooth, tear-free, immersive gaming experience unmatched by any display of this size.” They also claim to provide the same level of ultraflow latency found in G-Sync-equipped PC monitors as also found in LG 34UC89G.
To use the BFGD’s G-Sync, the monitor has to be connected to a PC equipped with a compatible Nividia card directly, using its DisplayPort connection. The BFGD features HDMI 2.0b, interesting considering the fact that it uses variable refresh rate, a feature in the new HDMI 2.1 specification.
Nvidia claims the monitor delivers low latency for other sources too, including Nvidia Shield, external gaming consoles and PCs connected via Nvidia’s GameStream technology.
The BFGD has a native 120Hz refresh rate, unlike some other TVs using fake “effective” 120Hz. Compared to this, the LG 34UC89G earlier mentioned has refresh rates of 144Hz, up to 166 Hz with overclocking while the Acer Predator XB272 provides refresh rates as high as 240Hz.
The BFGD also supports “true” HDR (high dynamic range), that means it doesn’t map HDR content down to lower brightness levels and a smaller gamut like the other monitors available. It has a direct-backlit LED display which can brighten up to a 1000 nits and achieve a DCI-P3 color gamut. To compare to this, the LG 34UC89G can only get upto a 320 nits.
The BFGD obviously has 4K. It uses a VA LCD panel, which provides a superior contrast to IPS LCD panels. It also supports HDR 10 but not Dolby Vision. And because it’s a monitor and not a TV, it doesn’t have a built-in TV tuner for the OTA antenna broadcasts.
Nvidia Shield Built-in
The BFGD also features Nvidia Shield built-in. It means you can use Android TV, Google Assistant and all the streaming and gaming prowess of the Shield. Shield is one of the most powerful streamers on the market and provides 4K HDR streaming of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, NAS access, native Kodi support, Plex server capability, HD HomeRun integration and a lot more.
Nvidia also claims the BFGD’s variable frame rate can match the 23.976, 24 and 25 FPS formats exactly, which helps sources based on those rates look closer to the direction’s intent.
The company bundles in the Shield remote and a game controller with the TV, the controller has a far-field mic for hands-free “OK-Google” access to Google Assistant.
The final specs for the BFGD are still being finalized and the pricing is also not yet declared. According to Nvidia, its partners Asus, Acer and HP will ship the BFGD later this summer.