G-SYNC HDR Announced, Asus Already Revealed Two G-SYNC HDR-Capable Monitors

G-SYNC HDR is announced by NVidia, bringing High Dynamic Range (HDR) to the G-SYNC monitor technology. NVidia stated that G-SYNC HDR displays were created alongside AU Optronics with the purpose of bringing the ultimate gaming experience. These monitors will feature virtually non-existent input latency, unlike HDR TVs are known for adding significant input latency while playing games in HDR.

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The same day the new technology got announced, Asus stepped up, revealing the first two G-SYNC HDR-Capable Monitors, Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ, and the Acer Predator XB272-HDR. Both monitors should launch during Q2, 2017, according to Asus. Both monitors feature Quantum Dot display technology as well as the full array of 384-zone backlights. The resolution is 4K and the refresh rate is 144 Hz.

Asus issued a press release (via) detailing new features.

  • The backlight illuminates the screen, and with 384 individually-controllable LED backlight zones, light will only be shown when and where it is required, enabling G-SYNC HDR displays to simultaneously produce bright bold colors and deep blacks, reminiscent of the very best plasma displays. Monitors with fewer backlight zones, edge-lit backlight zones, or with only a single global backlight are incapable of matching the contrast and image quality of the new 4K G-SYNC HDR monitors, and with 384 controllable zones we have unparalleled control over the picture, producing the best images you’ve ever seen on an LCD gaming display.
  • To further enhance the monitor we have applied a Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (QDEF), to create deep saturated reds and greens out of the blue light produced by the 384 controllable LED backlight zones. First used on high-end HDR televisions, QDEF film is coated with nano-sized dots that emit light of a very specific color depending on the size of the dot, producing bright, saturated and vibrant colors through the whole spectrum, from deep greens and reds, to intense blues. This enables a far larger set of colors to be displayed, producing pictures that more accurately reflect the scenes and colors you see in real life. The end result is a color space 25% larger than the traditional sRGB color space, close to the DCI-P3 standard used in the best digital cinemas.

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The main problem, at least for now, is that there’s only one PC game with HDR support, Shadow Warrior 2. EA announced that the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda will ship with HDR support, but for now the market for the HDR PC monitors is practically nonexistent. Asus revealed the price of one monitor; the PG27UQ will retail for $1199. Other model’s price is unknown at the moment. Below you can find full specs of the two latest monitors from Asus.

  • World’s first 4K (3840 x 2160), 144Hz, G-SYNC HDR gaming monitors
  • 2 models:  Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ and Acer Predator XB272-HDR available in Q2.
  • Monitors certified by NVIDIA and fully integrated into GeForce Platform for the best end-to-end gaming experience
  • Hallmark G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology for tear-free, smooth and responsive gameplay
  • Unrivaled HDR image quality with vivid intensity, color and contrast
  • 1000 nits peak brightness
  • 384 zone full-array dynamically controlled direct LED backlight
  • DCI-P3 cinema grade color gamut with Quantum Dot technology
  • DP 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 inputs
  • HDR10 support
  • Virtually zero input latency from pixel arrival at monitor to photon emission from LCD (HDR TVs introduce 22-41ms latency).
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