It is not only Nvidia who is getting into big-format gaming displays. At CES 2019, Dell announced a 55-inch Alienware OLED gaming monitor with support for 4K, 120Hz, and variable refresh rate, according to Engadget.
55" OLED with VRR
We have been saying for a while that PC gamers are missing out if they are not playing games in HDR on a proper HDR display. Well, here comes one that can actually make it happen.
Dell's 55-inch Alienware OLED monitor will feature 4K resolution and HDR10 support. And since it is based on the same OLED TV panel from LG Display that is found in all OLED TVs on the market, we expect it to deliver great picture quality.
- “Dell is the leader in displays around the world, we ship more displays than anyone else. We’ve taken OLED to the next level… these pictures don’t do it justice… I promise you won’t be disappointed, this thing is absolutely amazing,” said Frank Azor, Vice President, Alienware.
Dell confirms that the monitor will be equipped with DisplayPort 1.4 as well as HDMI 2.1 that allows it to accept video inputs of up to 4K resolution at 120 Hz. It also supports variable refresh rate (VRR) but it is not clear if it will support FreeSync, too. The company is considering Dolby Vision support.
The gaming TV trend
Dell's new OLED gaming monitor will enter a marketplace where two segments are starting to converge in some ways. HDMI 2.1 supports many of the features that gamers are requesting and even mainstream TVs such as the 2019 LG OLED models will support 4K120 and VRR. Nvidia is also planning to enter the segment with 65-inch gaming displays this year.
Dell will also start equipping some of its premium laptops with an OLED display this year. These too will support HDR.
You may recall that Dell announced a smaller OLED monitor a few years ago. It made a very brief appearance but was quickly discontinued. Will this one make the cut? We certainly hope so.
If everything goes according to plan, Dell will launch the 55-inch Alienware OLED monitor in the second half of the year. The company did not comment on pricing but it will have to be competitive if Dell wants to compete with TV manufacturers.