We’ve talked a lot about next-generation consoles, but there is also another generation of gaming technology on the way very soon: next-generation monitors.
Supporting 120 Hz and higher frame rates is a big challenge for the PS5 and Xbox S series. But on the PC side, things get going path higher than that. 360 Hz gaming screens were announced earlier this year. Acer announced its models in July, but the fanciest of their screens – like the 1440p / 240Hz IPS XB273U GX – have been delayed.
Fortunately, however, Alienware is coming to the party to save 2020. The company recently announced three new gaming monitors. There’s the AW2521H 24.5-inch IPS screen with a 360 Hz refresh rate and G-Sync support, a monitor for which it̵
However, if you’re looking for something a better fit with AMD’s Big Navi or RTX 3080/3090, then there’s the AW2721D. This is a 27 inch IPS screen with support for HDR 600, 1440p resolution and 240 Hz. It’s the HDR 600 element that really intrigues me as the Fast IPS screens currently available are only HDR 400 capable – which is too low to even bother.
HDR 600 offers some hope that these screens are better suited for console gaming too, especially if you want to play games like DiRT 5 at the higher refresh rates / frame rates. The AW2721D sells for $ 1349 for Australians and $ 1559 for New Zealand.
However, there is also a mammoth 38-inch screen if you really need extremely wide support. The AW3821DW – which will be available in retail stores for $ 2249 here and $ 2589 for kiwifruit – is a 37.5-inch 3840 × 1600 screen with 144 Hz support, HDR 600 and 98 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut. It is also listed as the G-SYNC Ultimate Display and has a 1 ms response time. That 1ms is likely coming from the same Fast IPS panel we saw on some other monitors recently, like the very good LG 27GL850B. In other words, if you’re using the Normal or Fast settings, it probably won’t take 1ms, but it should be very fast and still look very, very good.
Here’s the bonus part. All three monitors are available in Australia from November 27th. This is good news for anyone who has upgraded their PCs like crazy for games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Alienware unfortunately had no news about upcoming 4K / 144Hz models, although more of these screens should be available from December / January 2021. Acer’s Predator line is in the works, and an update from LG’s display division states that a 27-inch 4K screen with HDR 600 support and a refresh rate of 144 Hz has already been put into production.
LG will also have its own 1440p / 240Hz IPS screens with HDR 600 and an interesting 31.5-inch 8K screen. The added catch with all of these new screens is that they use “oxide” panels which are supposedly “true bezel” screens without the inner black border you see on screens today.