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You’ll want to return your 4K TV after seeing NVIDIA’s BFGD

by Brandon Russell | January 10, 2018January 10, 2018 8:00 am PST

Here we are getting cozy with our cheap 4K TVs when NVIDIA suddenly gives us a reason to lust after something new. The company this week took the wraps off its Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD) platform and, based on what we saw, we can definitively say these should be in every PC gamer’s home.

A BFGD might look like a TV but it’s actually a 65-inch gaming monitor, complete with HDR, 1000 nits, and quantum dot film for DCI-P3 color gamut. NVIDIA built the BFGD very much with gaming in mind, so the company designed it to run at 4K at 120Hz with G-SYNC technology. Acer, Asus, and HP will be the first companies to offer a BFGD later this year.

According to NVIDIA, the company worked over the past two years to create the BFGD, using technology from AU Optronics to ensure customers get quick response times and low latency, along with a full array direct backlight for a gorgeous, immersive gaming experience.

The crucial thing about the monitors is that they have much less lag, so when you’re playing a game like Destiny 2, the frame-rate fidelity is much better than a normal TV. NVIDIA showed the BFGD’s depth during a short briefing at CES, and things looked promising (with a few caveats).

If you play fighting games or, in our case, Battlegrounds, having low latency makes a pretty big difference. NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology adds to the company’s goal of maintaining a consistent experience that’s always smooth, displaying content how it should be displayed. Which applies not just to the games, but the content played through the BFGD’s integrated Shield.

But for as cool as the BFGD sounds, the early prototype we saw from HP left us with mixed feelings. When showing off the unit’s HDR capabilities, highlights were blinding and there was a noticeable halo when bright content displayed on a dark background. Blacks, meanwhile, were washed out and more of a ghostly grey.

Also, most PC gamers that I know (and see online) have their setup carefully configured to a desk. You can’t easily plop a 65-inch BFGD onto your desk due to its size. That means you’ll have to adjust your setup so you’re much further from the screen. Which is to say these displays can’t exactly be seamlessly integrated into a normal setup.

While the BFGD should hit the market by this summer, this seems more like a cool concept solely to impress. But just because you can make a 65-inch monitor with G-SYNC doesn’t mean you should. No pricing has been announced, but they’ll likely be quite pricey.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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