ASUS shows off a 65-inch G-Sync display at CES 2018
There’s always debate about the merits of televisions vs. monitors. Monitors are known for high resolutions, high refresh rates, a wider variety of inputs and features like Freesync and G-Sync. They’re also known for a significantly higher price.
Televisions are known for being larger, and cheaper. They lack many of the features that monitors pride themselves on, like multiple inputs, but for many people a few HDMI inputs is fine.
Now, the distinction between the monitors and televisions is shrinking with the unveiling of ASUS’s ROG Swift PG65. This giant piece of display hardware is 65” across, 4K capable, and has a refresh rate of 120Hz.
Oh, and it’s also going to have an NVIDIA Shield built-in, so it’s also an Android-based smart TV. That's no small thing.
G-Sync on a massive scale
If that wasn’t enough, the most exciting thing about this display is that it fully supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync, and that means a full, high-quality monitor experience on a television sized display. No screen tearing (assuming you have an NVIDIA GPU), no more sacrificing the smoothness of your gameplay experience for the size of a television.
Now the real question: is a computer monitor of this size practical? That depends on how you use it.
We tried playing Destiny 2 with a keyboard and mouse like we would with a normal monitor, and though there’s no question it was a pretty amazing experience, it was also not a perfect experience. The screen is simply too large to take in visually all at once from a standard desk distance, and having to separate your vision into quadrants doesn’t really work in a fast-paced FPS.
Experiencing the PG65
If you use it as a television, however, there’s no question this display offers a vastly superior experience. As someone with a 4K TV and a gaming monitor hooked up to my PC, I’m often forced to choose between G-Sync and high refresh rate vs. a larger screen. With the PG65, I could get the best of both worlds.
If you’re fine with sitting a few feet away and using a controller or a wireless keyboard and mouse, the PG65 could offer the best large-display experience you can buy for PC gaming.
Again, you’ll need an NVIDIA GPU (and a very high end one at that) to take full advantage of the ASUS PG65. Pushing 4K and G-Sync on a 65 inch display requires some serious hardware.
There’s no price or availability data yet, but expect more details from ASUS in the coming months.
What do you guys think? Is a 4K display this size with G-Sync awesome, or overkill? Let us know in the comments below.