LAS VEGAS, NV — Today at CES 2018, NVIDIA announced a new series of TV-sized 65-inch monitor models called Big Format Gaming Displays (BFGDs). Working with Acer, ASUS, and HP, NVIDIA has incorporated all the aspects that define modern high-end monitors into a TV-sized display: 4K resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR, and variable refresh technology (G-Sync). In addition, the BFGD has integrated SHIELD TV functionality via Android TV-based SHIELD with Google Assistant support, essentially turning the monitor into a voice-controllable smart TV.

Continuing on the smart TV angle, the BFGD’s integrated SHIELD allows usage of common streaming applications (e.g. Netflix, Amazon Video), complemented by the bundled SHIELD remote and game controller. And in using BFGDs as TVs, G-Sync supports video playback at a number of framerates common to TV and film, including 23.976, 24, 25, and 48fps formats. As a monitor, though, BFGDs do not have built-in TV tuners.

The BFGDs also feature a full-array direct backlight, 1000-nit peak luminance, and DCI-P3 color gamut, as well as local dimming. The panel technology was not disclosed, and while the backlighting technology sounds like a promissing basis for a high-end TV, we're waiting to see just how many zones it actually supports. Meanwhile NVIDIA is also claiming input latency closer to that of gaming monitors than 4K TVs, but details were light. Additionally, NVIDIA appeared to note that the BFGD had an AU Optronics panel, a collaboration with in line with their previous work on smaller 4K and ultra-wide G-Sync HDR displays.

Overall, the BFGD sounds very close in concept and in features to NVIDIA's previously announced G-Sync HDR displays. The latter - which still have yet to launch - are set to offer variable refresh with HDR functionality in a standard monitor form factor, so the BFGDs seem to be destined to fill a role as larger versions of those displays.

As some of the first BFGD models, Acer announced their Predator BFGD, while ASUS announced the ROG Swift PG65. The HP model appears to be the Omen X 65 BFGD.

Availability is expected this summer, and NVIDIA has stated that pricing and further specifications will announced at that time.

Source: NVIDIA

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  • timbotim - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    I hope 65" becomes a standard display size, would love to see this used for 8k
  • sonofsanta - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    Nitpick, penultimate para: Acer announced the Predator, not ASUS :)
  • r3loaded - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    Any chance of LG doing one with an OLED panel? :)

    Also, I'm hoping they'll do models without the ridiculous L33T G4M3R aesthetic. It's going to be a flat no from the wife otherwise.
  • praktik - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    Id rather that Panasonic, LG and Samsung just add gsync to their displays.

    As a bit of a quality nut, my first priorities are black levels, colour accuracy and - if I was buying now - max NIT level to ensure proper HDR.

    If I could just have gsync on the high end offerings from the major companies, I'd have everything I need.

    My worry here is having pretty much everything I want from a gaming perspective, married to an average panel with LCD-LED and all the limitations that entails.
  • MadManMark - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    Yeah my thoughts are along that line too. Also for a display this size/resolution, I'd want some kind of future proofing with a Tegra x2 inside. If it's an X1 (what's in current Sheild TV) I would not be comfortable plopping down $2k on it.
  • haukionkannel - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    These should come with free sync and g-sync both enabled!
    These will be so expensive that having both does not mean anything, but is really annoying if you change your other hardware!
  • MadManMark - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    Don't hold your breath lol
  • masouth - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    "annoying if you change your hardware"

    What has nVidia ever done that makes you think they want to support you using someone else's GPU? There aren't normal size production monitors with both G-sync and Free sync on them and you think nVidia is going to put it on the halo product of a new line? I'd laugh but it just seems sad.
  • ToTTenTranz - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    In the meantime, AMD just announced that all their cards with HDMI 2.0 output will support Freesync on HDMI 2.1 TVs with VRR through a simple driver update.

  • malcolmh - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    I don't want bigger, I want smaller. Specifically, I want a 24" 4K monitor with Gsync, to replace my 24" 1080p IPS monitor. The iPad taught me the value of pixel density. But everyone seems to want to sell me a 27" or even bigger.

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