Las Vegas, NV -- Nvidia announced its big format game display (BFGD) initiative at its CES 2018 conference, and the first products are already here. Essentially a 65” 4K TV with G-Sync and an embedded Nvidia Shield, a BFGD will be the ultimate PC and gaming TV.
Aside from being the largest G-Sync screen you can get, the BFGD initiative is Nvidia’s take on what a TV should be. Starting with input latency, it’ll almost certainly have the lowest you can get for a TV, which will be a boon to traditional console gamers. G-Sync will do double duty to improve regular-film picture quality by removing the need for interpolation when the source material’s frame rate doesn’t match the TV’s refresh rate. Finally, the embedded Nvidia Shield not only takes the place of whatever smart OS a traditional TV has to handle content streaming, but also provides Nvidia GameStream and GeForce Now support.
For now, all BFGDs will have the same Nvidia-approved 65”, 120Hz, 4K IPS panel with DCI-P3 color gamut and full-array backlighting. Presumably, this is the only panel Nvidia deemed worthy and with a wide enough refresh-rate range for G-Sync HDR. This means that every BFGD will be more or less the same product until another panel is approved. Still, at least those specs can compete against the best current HDR10 TVs and monitors. And the first BFGDs aren’t going to come from any traditional TV maker; instead they’ll be coming from Acer, Asus, and HP.
Asus Announces ROG Swift PG65 BFGD
Asus was the first to announce its BFGD, the ROG Swift PG65. With styling we’ve come to expect from Asus’ ROG monitors, we don’t know how well the look will hold up sitting in a living room. There’s not much to go on at the moment, as most of what was announced mirrors Nvidia’s provided information. Asus says more details will be released closer to launch, but, given the track record of G-Sync HDR, we doubt we’ll see this thing hit the shelves any time soon.
Asus says the PG65 will be on demo at CES 2018, so hopefully we’ll find out more about how Asus plans to differentiate it. Being from Asus, we think one of its selling points will be sound.
Acer Announces Predator BFGD
Acer also announced its BFGD, but, unless it’s named Predator, it doesn’t even have a name yet. We have no information beyond the picture that was shared. We don’t even know if we’ll see it at CES 2018.
HP Announces Omen X 65 BFGD
HP called its BFGD the Omen X 65 and, of the three, it’s probably the one that looks most like a traditional TV. As with its siblings, we don’t know much about it beyond its name. HP did announce a release window for it though--Autumn 2018.
|Product||Asus ROG Swift PG65||Acer Predator||HP Omen X 65|
|Panel Type & Backlight||IPS / full-array LED backlight||IPS / full-array LED backlight||IPS / full-array LED backlight|
|Screen Size & Aspect Ratio||65’’ / 16:9||65’’ / 16:9||65’’ / 16:9|
|Max Resolution & Refresh||3840x2160 @ 120Hz||3840x2160 @ 120Hz||3840x2160 @ 120Hz|
|Native Color Depth & Gamut||Unknown / DCI-P3||Unknown / DCI-P3||Unknown / DCI-P3|
|Response Time (GTG)||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown|
|Brightness||1,000-nit peak||1,000-nit peak||1,000-nit peak|
|Panel Dimensions WxHxD w/base||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown|