PLS is definitely closer to IPS than S-PVA, sure- but it still fails magnificently in two niggling aspects, the first being uniformity, which is essential for properly calibrating a display's color output,
Uniformity? Really? Uniformity has a lot more to do with the backlight and quality of manufacture and almost nothing to do with the panel technology. There are plenty of IPS panel displays with poor uniformity, and others with excellent uniformity. Almost any edge-lit LCD panel is going to have crap uniformity. Some of the PLS monitors out now do exhibit poor uniformity, but that's mostly because they are positioned as low-cost alternatives to nicer IPS displays.
and the second is pixel response, and the associated pitfalls engendered by using circuitry to try to address the problem. Again, either you get good pixel response, or you get good input lag, not both.
IPS also has bad pixel response compared to TN; arguably worse than PLS. They're virtually the same in this regard. Both are better than VA monitors, but none of them are particularly quick. All those "fast" IPS displays you see are just using high levels of overdrive to achieve their scores, just like the PLS displays available now.
Now, either of those issues could theoretically be largely mitigated in the monitor designs, but I'm not holding my breath. PLS is neither for gaming, nor is it for color critical work- and neither was S-PVA.
S-PVA has VASTLY better contrast than IPS and, except for the high-end 10-bit IPS panels, has equivalent color reproduction; how, exactly, is that not for 'color critical work'? Sure, the viewing angles are worse, but it's not like you're going to be sitting far or moving around a lot while editing photos.
S-PVA is too slow for gaming, for sure, but then, from another perspective, so are PLS and IPS. If you're concerned about the response of your monitor, gaming should be done on a TN monitor, no exceptions
. Even my 5ms VS229s are a blurry mess comparatively.
I don't even care about PLS, but you said something that's clearly wrong and I wanted to post and make that clear.
Sorry, I don't know what happened to the end of my post.[/edit]