Gaming monitors saw major innovation and massive size increases at CES 2024 this week. Companies like Acer, Samsung, LG, Dell, and Asus showcased cutting edge display panels pushing boundaries for both size and speed. Ultra fast 360Hz to 480Hz panels made headlines, while multiple vendors revealed 50+ inch curved and ultra wide screens aimed at hardcore gamers desiring maximum immersion.
Acer Debuts Massive 57-inch Mini LED Predator Gaming Monitor
The star of monitors at CES 2024 was undoubtedly the Acer Predator Z57, a curved 57-inch mini LED gaming monitor with dual UHD 3840 x 2160 resolution running at 120Hz refresh rate.
The massive Acer Predator Z57 gaming monitor draws crowds at CES 2024. (Image credit: Wccftech)
Acer packed the Predator Z57 with advanced gaming focused display technology, including:
- 57-inch size with aggressive 2500R curve for immersion
- Mini LED backlight with 576 local dimming zones
- Quantum dot technology for superior color
- Fast 120Hz refresh paired with dual UHD 4K resolution
- Nvidia G-Sync support
- HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4, and USB hub connectivity
In addition to the show stopping Z57, Acer announced curved OLED and 240Hz mini LED monitors under 30 inches, establishing themselves as the brand to beat in cutting edge PC displays in 2024. The Predator Z57 hits markets in Q3 2024 with an expected MSRP around $2499 putting it out of reach of average gamers, but perhaps within temptation range for enthusiast streamers or professionals.
Samsung Goes Ultra Wide with 55-inch Odyssey Neo G9
Not to be outdone on size, Samsung unveiled its own ultra-massive display aimed at gamers – the 55-inch Odyssey Neo G9 curved gaming monitor.
|Quantum Mini LED
|7680×2160 (Dual UHD 4K)
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With specifications even edging out the aforementioned Acer Predator Z57 on paper, including 240Hz refresh rate and a next generation quantum dot mini LED backlight capable of 2,000 nits peak brightness, the Odyssey Neo G9 defines itself as a no compromise ultra-premium gaming monitor.
480Hz Becomes New Target for Esports Displays
While massive screens took headlines based on their sheer size, ultra fast displays pushing up to a blistering 480Hz refresh rate provide the pinnacle option for esports and competitive gaming.
Asus showcased multiple monitors in this speed class, including a 27-inch 4K OLED prototype and 25-inch Full HD TN models. Dell’s gaming brand Alienware introduced a 55-inch OLED capable of both 4K 480Hz and 1440p 480Hz modes.
Not to be left out, LG Display emphasized their OLED panels can reliably achieve 480Hz for gaming monitors of the future. They are providing the ultra fast panels to partners like Dell, Asus, and Acer to bring these monitors to market by 2025.
OLED Continues Momentum
OLED’s rise as the premium panel technology for gaming displays continues at pace. CES 2024 saw several vendors highlight new and upcoming OLED monitors in a range of sizes up to the gigantic 55-inch Alienware model noted prior.
Acer announced 34-inch and 27-inch curved OLED monitors under their Predator line-up. Asus showcased multiple OLED gaming monitors including a 48-inch console oriented model. Even LG entered the fray by directly offering OLED monitors to end consumers for the first time.
Gaming Monitor Trends and Analysis
Gaming hardware analysts see the major announcements at CES 2024 as confirmation of multiple ongoing trends in the high end monitor space. These include:
1. Bigger and More Immersive Displays
55+ inch monitors, aggressive curves beyond 1000R, and ultra wide 32:9 aspect ratios cater to gamers wanting maximum visual immersion. Dual QHD and UHD resolutions also drive enhanced clarity on these massive screens.
2. Mini LED Backlights Taking Hold
Mini LED backlights appeared in gaming monitors from Acer, Samsung, Asus and others at CES 2024. Contrast ratios exceeding 1 million to 1 matched with searing brightness over 1500 nits cements mini LED as the premium backlight tech until self-emissive technologies like micro LED mature in the late 2020s timeframe.
3. Extreme Speeds for Esports
Displays pushing past 360Hz up to 480Hz target esports pros and streamers wanting every last bit of motion clarity and responsiveness possible from LCD variants like TN and fast switching IPS or OLED. As components supporting HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 2.0 become commonplace in 2024 into 2025, expect increasing adoption of these ultra fast refresh rates.
4. OLED Momentum
After years of false starts, OLED is rapidly becoming the enthusiast gamer’s display of choice for its exceptional contrast without blooming. Rapid response times also benefit fast motion gaming. LG’s next generation OLED EX technology and WOLED variants from partners like Alienware and Asus enable the larger screen sizes desired combined with high refresh rates to fully leverage OLED’s strengths.
What Happens Next?
Industry analysts see even more innovation and boundary pushing from monitor vendors over the next 2 to 3 years. Expect sizes to continue growing, with rollout of 65-inch and larger monitors. Refresh rates will climb even higher, perhaps to 540Hz or 600Hz.
Backlight technologies like dual-cell IPS LCD and quantum dot OLED will tackle remaining issues holding back LCD and OLED displays today, enabling monitors matching the best traits of both panel types to emerge by the middle of the decade.
Curved displays could give way to wrap-around screens eventually creating a surround visual experience matching today’s best virtual reality headsets – but without the need to wear bulky goggles.
While these concepts sound firmly like science fiction today in early 2024, the major announcements seen this year at CES prove monitor vendors are just now scratching the surface of what will be possible in premium gaming displays over the next 5+ years.
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