Television VS Gaming Monitor

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When it comes to playing video games, using either a gaming monitor or a TV screen may look similar in the naked eye. Though gaming monitors are specially made for playing, the TV can do what it can, and much cheaper. A TV with a big screen of 120+Hz costs about $500 while a gaming monitor, the Acer Predator series or a  144Hz ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q with a smaller screen and a bit higher refresh rate costs about a thousand dollars.

While pondering on what they need, gamers are posed with the confusion which one to use when playing video games – a gaming monitor or a TV.

Here are the factors that make the two monitors different from each other, and which make gaming monitors better choices than TVs when it comes to playing video games:

  1. G-Sync

Gaming monitors have G-Sync while TVs do not. Developed by tech firm Nvidia, G-Sync is an adaptive sync technology, hardware that makes it possible for monitors to run games more smoothly, working really well. Gamers admit that after having used a monitor with a G-Sync, they never want to go back to one that has not.

  1. Input lag

Gaming monitors have a small input lag of 10ms while TVs double that. Input lag is the delay between the screen receiving a signal and display it; or the duration between clicking a button and see the game react.

  1. Refresh rate

Gaming monitors deliver better and authentic refresh rate than TVs. Refresh rate is the frequency with which the display on the monitor is updated. Monitors with high refresh rates are expensive. There are TVs that are cheaper, bigger and have high refresh rates. However, they can only have 60Hz and 30 frames per second.

TVs reach 120Hz by faking the frames or creating predicted frames to make up for the lost ones. While gaming monitors get an authentic 144Hz and a 120Hz experience, as you can check on, a TV takes 60fps input and create the missing frames to fill the gaps. A 120Hz TV will take about two real frames and put a predictive or fake frames between that. It inserts 1 to 4 frames in between the real ones which is good for predictably moving objects.

At times, this works great, but a kind of a hit and miss since it can give you a motion blur than a normal 60Hz TV. In case of games that are competitive, fast-paced and have unpredictable motions, this is not ideal. However, reviewers found that this is good for story-driven or slower-paced games. In fact, these types of games are more immersive in larger screens like TV.

  1. Response Time

Gaming monitors usually come with 1ms Grey to Grey response time while the response time of TV screens is terrible. Response time is the duration between pressing a button and when it actually happens in the game. Gaming monitors are better than TVs when it comes to this.

Though TVs could be better and cheaper alternatives for gaming monitors, they cannot equally compete with the latter. We can learn from that gaming monitors are designed for games so they have better features and functionalities when it comes to that department.

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