AOC has just unveiled two new high-end gaming monitors in their AGON gaming range of displayts, with the new AGON AG271FZ2 and AG251FZ2 both coming in as esports/enthusiast level 240Hz refresh rates.
The new 240Hz gaming displays also boast AMD FreeSync technology, and I think a never-before-seen 0.5ms response time. The AOC AGON AG251FZ2 is a 24.5-inch panel while the AG271FZ2 is a larger 27-inch monitor, both with lower native 1920x1080 resolutions. 1440p at 240Hz would've been much nicer, but much more expensive at the same time.
Both of the new AOC AGON 240Hz gaming displays include DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, and VGA inputs as well as built-in speakers, and 4 x USB 3.0 ports with a fast-charging port, too. AOC includes Lowblue Light Mode and Shadow Control. As for pricing, we're looking at the 24.5-inch version costing $330 while the larger 27-inch panel will cost $380.
ASUS has just released what should be the best UltraWide gaming monitor ever with its ROG Swift PG35VQ monitor, a beasty 35-inch panel with a native 3840x1440 resolution and super-slick 200Hz refresh rate backed up by NVIDIA G-Sync HDR tech.
The previous-gen ASUS ROG Swift PG35Q rolled out with the same 3840x1440 resolution but with a 100Hz refresh rate, so the new ROG Swift PG35VQ speeding things up to a quite insane 200Hz (especially at this resolution) is huge. It has made the ROG Swift PG35VQ more expensive than current 4K 144Hz G-Sync displays, but you're getting that awesome 21:9 aspect gaming world opening up.
ASUS packs the ROG Swift PG35VQ with the 35-inch curved VA panel rocking out with a 4K-wide 3840x1440 resolution (up from the 3440x1440 on a 34-inch UltraWide) and all done using Quantum Dot technology. ASUS claims that it has "cinema-standard" DCI-P3 90% color gamut, too.
Well, it's confirmed - Alex Jones was right, aliens exist and they have taken our government hostage. Under the dictatorship of President Putin controlling the entire elections they control the Trump administration. Trump personally signed an executive order today which classified the release of Alienware's hotly-anticipated 55-inch 4K OLED gaming monitor. Sorry, internet.
No seriously, news has just hit the internet that Alienware looks to have shelved the release of its 55-inch 4K OLED gaming monitor according to an Alienware executive that spoke with WCCFTech. During E3 2019 the site talked with an Alienware executive that said that the monitor was a "conceptual product" that might not be released, ever.
As someone who was personally so excited to grab a gigantic 55-inch 4K 120Hz OLED gaming monitor, and now Alienware has crushed my dreams. It would've felt like the perfect monitor of its kind and as a personal owner of a 27-inch 4K 144Hz, 32-inch 8K 60Hz, and 65-inch 4K 60Hz OLED owner... the Alienware 55-inch 4K 120Hz OLED gaming monitor would've been in a league of its own.
Especially between non-OLED gaming displays like NVIDIA's current and soon-to-be-much-more Big Format Gaming Displays (BFGDs) the news from E3 2019 and WCCFTech has me disappointed. If there was a sliver of good news from this its that the Alienware executive did say that if the product is declassified to be released we should see it again at CES 2020. I will be at the show and will confirm of its existence.
Computex 2019 - MSI came out strong as it always does at Computex, with its reveal this year including the hyped GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z 10th anniversary edition graphics card. But there were triple-monitor rigs, awesome case mods, new gaming displays and so much more at the MSI booth.
MSI had quite the crown jewel in its behemoth spot in Nangang, with a huge triple-monitor 1440p 144Hz Optix rig. It looked pretty damn good in person, especially with the RGB lighting. I'd love to see 3 of these in my office under some testing, gave me the multi-monitor gaming vibes again.
Not that anyone would buy it, but MSI also had the world's first curved gaming case on show in the halls of Nangang, and man did it look slick.
Computex 2019 - ASUS unveiled its big and beautiful ROG Strix XG438Q gaming monitor at CES 2019 and once again at Computex 2019.
A refresher on the ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q -- it's a huge 43-inch 4K monitor with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate and support for HDR. ASUS has tapped AU Optronics for a VA panel so we have great contrast ratios compared to IPS and TN panels, with peak brightness of 450 nits and up to 600 nits for HDR content while it rocks 90% DCI-P3 wide color gamut.
I didn't get time today to play with it but I intend on spending time with the ROG Strix XG438Q during the week and I've told ASUS reps that I want the first panel that arrives in Australia and I have my wallet ready.
The 43-inch panel is a much more natural fit for 4K compared to the small 27-inch panels, and it's much bigger than some of the 32-inch 4K monitors that are much better at displaying 3840x2160 natively but there aren't many rocking 120Hz yet.
Sony is better detailing its upcoming 8K-capable MASTER Series Z9G TVs which begin with an 85-inch model up for sale starting at $13,000 while the larger 98-inch model drops in June for a wallet-busting $70,000. The perfect new TV to go with your 8K-capable next-gen PlayStation 5.
The flagship Sony MASTER Series Z9G 8K HDR TV comes in with a massive and I'm sure oh-so-beautiful 98-inch 8K screen with it powered by the Sony X1 Ultimate processor that it "optimized to handle 33 million pixels of 8K". Sony's in-house chip boasts the ability to "analyze each object in the picture" at 8K, which is joined by another feature called 8K X-tended Dynamic Range PRO and Backlight Master Drive "with full-array local dimming".
Sony is using some magical stuff inside of the MASTER Series Z9G TVs with clarity enhancements including the 8K X-Reality PRO, dual database processing and object-based Super Resolution that upscales your video content to 8K per object. It's pretty incredible. There's also color enhancements in the way of Live Color Technology, Precision Color Mapping, super bit mapping HDR and Sony's own TRILUMINOS Display technology.
The ramp up to 8K is going to really go to the next level in 2020 with Japan hosting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with Japanese broadcaster 8K being on the forefront of the future of resolutions.
NHK engineers began their journey with 8K all the way back in 1995, with the news being revealed by Senior Producer at NHK, Mika Kanaya. Kanaya talked about the journey up to, and then launching what was the world's first 8K channel. In the video she talks about some of the issues the NHK engineers had to overcome to deliver 8K and how they broke through those challenges, and why 8K is here to stay.
NHK has been blasting out 8K broadcasts since December 2018, and with the 2020 Tokyo Olympis right around the corner they will have all eyes on the company across the world with 8K broadcasts of one of the most-watched events in decades. The current 8K broadcasts are limited, with NHK only broadcasting a couple of shows in 8K, and they're shown multiple times at a single period of the day.
If there's one thing about sitting in front of an 8K display all day as I do, it's the eternal question of sitting in front of an 8K display that is nowhere near mainstream yet and thinking "what next". Well, that is closer than you think thanks to Sony.
I have a feeling getting to 60fps will be a struggle for this. Also will be a bugger to get though the door. Sony creates colossal 16K screen in Japan https://t.co/ZdqDYF1ISd— west72 (@westy_72) April 9, 2019
Sony announced at NAB 2019 (National Association of Broadcasters) that it has developed a new screen that rocks a native 16K resolution and uses its in-house Crystal LED technology. The screen in question is absolutely mammoth with it coming in at 63 feet (19m) long and 17 feet (5.4m) high, with a diagonal of 783 inches which means it's bigger than a bus.
Strategy Analytics analyst David Mercer told the BBC: "These displays are incredibly impressive in person - even 8K on a big display is almost mesmerising. When you get to this resolution it delivers almost a quasi-virtual reality experience as your eyes perceive there to be depth to the content".
I've long said that there is a big problem between the super-high-res, super-high-refresh rate displays because right now there's only a 27-inch 4K 144Hz and then the next size up from that sees you plonking down thousands on an NVIDIA-powered Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD).
Well, that all changes today with Acer announcing the next wave of its gaming-focused Predator monitors. The newly-announced Acer Predator CG437KP is a large 43-inch monitor with a native 4K resolution and super-fast 144Hz refresh rate, but it's also compatible with AdaptiveSync technology for the PC.
As for connectivity we have 3 x HDMI ports, USB Type-C, and DisplayPort. Acer has also used a built-in sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness of the display depending on the light level in the room. Acer has also used a proximity sensor that will wave up the Predator gaming display when you walk away from it, and then wake it up when it detects you back in front of the display.
The world of 8K gaming is still many, many years away but that doesn't mean that the R&D into these monitors isn't ramping up already. Dell has an 8K monitor on the market in its UP3218K which I personally own and absolutely adore, but it is limited to just 60Hz.
Sharp teased a similar monitor at a special media event at Sharp HQ in Japan this week with a new 31.5-inch 8K monitor with a whopping 120Hz refresh rate and HDR technology. It is using Sharp's own in-house IGZO panel technology, with the company teasing plans that it will be made available to the market sometime in the future.
A few years ago the company showed off a 27-inch 8K 120Hz IGZO-based monitor but it never made it to market, unlike the promises made over the larger 31.5-inch 8K 120Hz HDR panel shown off this week.