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CES’s newly unveiled gaming displays leave gamers spoiled for choice | CES 2023

Gaming monitors galore

Monitors, TVs, screens, displays – they’re everywhere, and they’re always evolving – CES 2023 is no different, and this year’s newly unveiled gaming displays may leave gamers with some serious holes in their wallets.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Frames. Win. Games.

Okay, of course, that’s not inherently true, but you get the gist. Back in 2020, NVIDIA came out with “the world’s fastest esports display“. Well, it’s been three years since then, and gaming displays have come quite a way since then – like with Alienware’s new 500Hz IPS gaming monitor.

Now, to be fair, Asus actually came out with a 500Hz monitor back in 2022 (which they have since managed to overclock to 540Hz) meaning Alienware isn’t first to the table here. So why is this one notable? Well, Alienware packed all that 500Hz goodness into a monitor that uses a (much better) IPS panel, rather than a TN one.

The main thing about IPS panels is they’re generally regarded as one of, if not the best option for panels – based on viewing angles, overall brightness levels, better color overall, and more. The Alienware offering also comes with NVIDIA G-Sync capability, four USB-A ports for your peripherals, an ambient light sensor for automatic brightness adjustment, and Reflex Latency Analyzer support. Plus, did I mention the Alienware monitor is a whole inch bigger than the Asus one? Now that’s what I call an upgrade.

Samsung is back and bigger than ever (but they really should consider a new naming scheme)

You may remember a couple of years ago when Samsung unveiled their 240Hz 49″ curved Odyssey G9 – which was kind of a big deal, pardon the pun. If, like me, you thought that would have been too much screen, prepare to be wowed by Samsung’s newest Odyssey offering!

Samsung 57" gaming monitor
Come on, you can tell how big it is from the STAND. Image by Samsung

The 57″ Odyssey Neo G9 is pretty much the same as its Odyssey-ing predecessors – except much bigger. This new G9’s whopping 57-inch display runs with a resolution of 7680×2160, so you can make the most of all that screen real estate. The monitor also comes with a few extra goodies – namely DisplayPort 2.1 support, HDR, and a 240Hz refresh rate, oh and how could I forget the requirement of a brand new GPU?

Yeah, as it turns out, running a 57″ 8K monitor can be a bit tricky. I can’t guarantee you’ll actually be able to hit 240Hz with this monitor, even with top-of-the-line components. Regardless, if you’re shelling out whatever ungodly amount this monitor costs, you may as well be ready to upgrade your PC to match. Maybe wait a few years though?

Now, admittedly I actually did buy the 49″ Odyssey G9 a couple of years after its debut and I have to say… I love it. If you’re rocking the double or triple monitor setup, it may be worth it to invest in one of these. I can’t guarantee it’ll be enough though since I’m even still running a second monitor with this one…

Look ma, no cables!

Two words: Wireless. TV.

Seriously.

Displace TV, an India-based startup unveiled a 55″ 4K TV that runs off of a hot-swap battery system and comes in at less than 20 lbs. Do you guys remember those portable DVD players? Yeah, it’s kind of like that, except 55 inches, 4K, and it has way more functionality than just playing DVDs. It also magically sticks to the wall with some active-loop vacuum wizardry, so it’s not like you need to carry around a wall mount either.

I know what you’re thinking – “but if it runs on batteries, I’ll have to charge it often, so what’s the point?” Listen up, because Displace thought of that too. Each battery lasts on average a month, assuming six hours of active use per day. Chances are you’re not running out of battery power that often – and if you are, there are probably other issues to address first.

This thing even works off of hand gestures and facial recognition, so you never have to worry about losing a remote anymore! Imagine it, you had a long day at work and come home to relax and watch TV, but the TV is in the bedroom and you have to make dinner. Not to worry friend! Just pick that bad boy up and bring it to the kitchen! The display is even modular, so you can even gather up your friends (who I guess would also have to have Displace TVs) and set up a DIY home cinema! It may not be strictly gaming related, but getting to move your console/PC/etc and your TV with it sounds like a pretty sweet deal.

Curved? Straight? You decide

Again, not exactly a gaming product, but definitely worth a mention nonetheless is the LG OLED Flex. This display may be pretty unassuming at first glance, but concealed within its depths and mechanisms lies a motor! Ooh yes I know, very interesting, but hear me out. This motor allows the LG OLED Flex the capability to turn into a curved display at the touch of a button.

Let me list out the features for you:

  • 42-inch 4K display
  • NVIDIA G-Sync/ AMD FreeSync support
  • HDR
  • Exceptionally low input lag
  • LG webOS
  • Integrated RGB lighting
  • the aforementioned ability to BEND at will
  • and more… somehow

This monitor is wonderful on its own – but I imagine it would excel as a productivity/gaming monitor. When it’s time to be professional, keep it straight – but once it’s gaming time, curve the screen to bump up your immersion and your cool factor. Plus with the Variable Refresh Rate support, webOS for cloud gaming, and RGB lights, this thing is destined for gaming greatness.

Time to do a bit of shopping?

That does it for the CES 2023 gaming display breakdown – of course, there are tons more to be seen, but these are the ones that stood out for gaming, which is literally what we’re all here for.

Did you see anything you like? Maybe it’s time to start saving up for a new display, or maybe one of CES 2023’s other offerings caught your eye? In any case, be sure to stick around with SQUAD for more on CES 2023’s gaming scene!

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Kevin Dewan

SQUAD Editor in Chief. Runs after things a lot, won't BM you to your face, okay with losing as long as it's funny. Send questions/complaints/rants to kevin@northernarena.ca
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