NVIDIA’s high-performance gaming tech activates the home theatre.

Brian K. Neal

PC Gaming has progressively evolved in the last decade.  The premium experience afforded via PC gaming provides a more tailored route for its users- high resolution textures, higher frame rates, and endless graphic customization that gaming consoles has yet to match. Compare the PC and console ports of titles like Monster Hunter World, The Division 2, or Red Dead Redemption 2- while a great experience on all fronts, the performance difference is clear.  NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology is one of the tech-forward evolutions that changed the gaming space in 2014, as products that supported the tech hit the market. The tech elevated desktop monitors and laptop displays to new heights. Now we’re at the next phase: G-SYNC enabled televisions- and it certainly makes sense.

What is G-SYNC? If you’re unfamiliar, G-SYNC is an adaptive display technology that effectively eliminates stutter, screen tearing, and jutter during gameplay, which usually occurs at high refresh/frame rates. This is viable via through an NVIDIA graphics card, and also lends to low input lag and swift response time- critical in fast motion games. At the time, G-SYNC offered a solution to the issue that display technology presented for so long- its roots tied to outdated CRT technology. Displays hadn’t evolved at the rate that PC gaming as a whole was moving- aging 60Hz displays couldn’t keep up as PC performance pushed well past the 60Hz cap. G-SYNC upped the game, and pushed the industry forward, with rivals like AMD offering a similar solution- Radeon FreeSync.  

So why televisions? Think about it- the TV is the centerpiece of every home theatre. Size is one advantage that televisions have over desktop displays, even if overall image quality falls a bit. I myself have a rig setup right alongside my gaming consoles, and reap the benefits of comfort from the couch, while enjoying the larger view. With G-SYNC support for TV sets, the benefits of monitor gaming are now heighting the living room experience. LG and NVIDIA have collaborated to bring G-SYNC to LG 2019 4K OLED TVs, specifically the B9, C9, and E9 series, which range from 55-77”. 

So far only NVIDIA RTX and GTX-16 series GPUs are supported (hopefully the GTX 10-series will receive support as well), so be sure to check your display adapter settings to ensure compatibility. You’ll need to update the firmware on the LG display, and this can be done in two ways: via WiFi through the TV settings, or download the firmware update via LG’s website to a USB drive, then insert the drive to the display to install. After installation, the benefits of flicker/tear- free gaming with high response time can be enjoyed in two settings: 1440p at 120Hz, or UHD at 60HZ. HDR can be enabled in Windows settings for supported titles, and the benefits of LG’s OLED tech provides the clarity of monitoring on a large scale. 

2020 is a win win for gamers, and obviously a new wave is on the way- expect G-SYNC supported TV sets with other manufacturers sooner than later. It’s an exciting prospect that PC gaming is making the living room transition- and even more so that companies like NVIDIA and AMD are finally acknowledging what many gamers like myself had wanted for so long- the complete PC experience on a larger, more comfortable scale.

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