For a long time now, the gap between TVs and monitors has grown smaller and smaller. Gaming on a CRT monitor after using a TV was like putting glasses on for the first time. These days, the differences are in smaller details. LG and Nvidia closed the gap just a little more this week, adding G-Sync certification to LG’s 2019 TVs.
LG announced this week that its 2019 and E9 OLED televisions are now certified by Nvidia as G-Sync Compatible through Nvidia’s rigorous testing. With this tech, you’ll be able to plug a C9 or E9 television (of 55- to 77-inch dimensions) into a 20-series Nvidia graphics card and enjoy variable-refresh rates up to 120Hz.
To be completely clear, these televisions do not have G-Sync hardware in them. Instead, they fall under the G-Sync Compatible umbrella, sharing it with other variable-refresh displays designed for AMD’s FreeSync tech.
These models already offer variable-refresh rate gaming thanks to their HDMI 2.1 ports, but right now the Xbox One X is the only piece of gaming hardware that supports the variable refresh tech built into the HDMI 2.1 spec. Over on the PC gaming side, the HDMI ports are all earlier specs, and variable-refresh is handled through Nvidia’s G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync Adaptive Sync technology.
This also doesn’t mean that G-Sync suddenly works through HDMI, either. Nvidia will release new drivers that enable RTX 20-series and GTX 16-series cards to connect PCs to G-Sync Compatible TVs. It’s still DisplayPort for the rest of us over here in PC land. Right now, LG’s OLED TVs are the only G-Sync Compatible TVs.
They’re TVs, too
Along with VRR technology, the televisions feature HDR10 and Dolby Vision and make use of Auto Low Latency Mode. The latter is part of the HDMI 2.1 spec; it switches off the display’s extra processing to make sure gaming applications get the lowest latency possible.
While the gap between TVs and monitors is indeed closing, each category has its own advantages. OLED tech is a rare sight in the PC world and offers awesome contrast and brightness ability. Televisions climb past the 70-inch mark, while monitors rarely go past the 35-inch line.
Monitors, meanwhile, can provide lightning-fast response times and high pixel density. Big gaming displays are growing in popularity, though, with panels like Nvidia’s “Big-Format Gaming” display and Alienware’s 55-inch OLED gaming display already starting to fill out the market.
These televisions are already available, and it stands to reason that we’ll see LG’s 2020 OLED televisions ship with G-Sync Compatible certification out of the box, though that’s not a guarantee. The 2019 models, meanwhile, will get their G-Sync compatibility via a firmware upgrade in the coming weeks.