Hands-on with NVIDIA's giant gaming displays and GeForce Now on PC

From Engadget - January 9, 2018

I have played the PC version of Destiny 2 on 4K G-SYNC computer displays before, and based on my brief glimpse at HP's BFGD, it looks almost indistinguishable from high-end gaming monitors. The image was bright, with strong HDR highlights (it supports up to 1,000 nits). Colors also appeared detailed and vibrant, thanks to its full DCI-P3 gamut support. Mostly, though, I was impressed with how smooth Destiny 2 felt. That's partially due to G-SYNC, which helps avoid stuttering and other issues. The screen also features a high 120Hz refresh rate, so it will be able to natively handle up to 120 FPS without issue.

While it might be disappointing that NVIDIA is leaning on on LED technology in the era of big-screen OLED, it's still among the best LEDs we have seen. It features panels from AUO with quantum dot enhancement, like Samsung's QLED lineup. And it supports full-array backlighting, which means it will offer decent black levels and even lighting. The demo I saw did not have many dark areas, but from what I could tell, they appeared to be pitch black and not just a very dark shade of gray.

NVIDIA sees these screens as something that would be ideal for a gamer den -- especially for the sort of players who are disappointed with latency issues from typical TVs. While their initial renders showed it sitting on a computer desk, like a typical monitor, the company admits that you'd ideally be sitting four-to-five feet away. In our demo, the TV was set up on a table against the wall, while the mouse and keyboard were on a smaller desk about four feet in front of it. And of course, it was accompanied by a gamer chair.

At this point, HP's BFGD seems like a solid screen for gaming. But until we have pricing information, which wo not arrive until the summer, it's hard to tell if they are actually better options than a traditional 4K TV. For one, NVIDIA's sets do not have Dolby Vision, which means you wo not see some HDR movie releases at their best. And since NVIDIA is positioning them as premium displays, they will likely cost as much as high-end LCDs (think around $2,300 for 65-inch sets). In that case, most people would definitely be better off with something like TCL's $650 55-inch P-series TV.


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