Transition To 16:9 Aspect Ratio Unstoppable, Says DisplaySearch


The LCD panel industry’s transition toward the 16:9 aspect is unstoppable, according to DisplaySearch who predicts that the widescreen format will have a 90% penetration of the notebook panel market and 67% of the monitor panel market by 2010. "In the near future, panel makers will take necessary phase-out tactics on existing 16:10 LCD panels in order to drive the market to 16:9 panels.

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  • gm0n3y
    So when will games start offering 16:9 res?
  • hannibal
    Soon I think... Game development takes something like 2 to 4 years (not counting Duke Nukem Forever...) So expect the support at least during that time period from now. With paches even sooner. Full support can take longer, because it will take something like 8 to 10 years until the screens that we have now will tear out. And there will be a lot of cheap old 4:3's and 16:10's available for many years until the stores run out of them.
    I am still using my sturdy old 24" 4:3 tube monitor that is at least 6 years old, even more, and it is still kicking hard. The image is still sharp, so it can take at least a couple of years until I need a new one.
    Same situation is with many other people who don't buy completely new machine in every two years.

    I am interested in those 16:9 aspect screen, because they are ideal for dvd-movies. When the games will start using that aspect, there is no any real reason to use anything other in home / leisure use.
  • gm0n3y
    Yeah, I guess it'll just take time. Windows doesn't even currently support 16:9, which is annoying trying to watch movies using my HDTV as a monitor. And I swear I heard Duke Nukem Forever is coming out next year or so....