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posted by martyb on Saturday October 12 2019, @01:20AM   Printer-friendly
from the for-some-values-of-phenomenal dept.

We Played Modern Games on a CRT Monitor - and the Results are Phenomenal :

It's true. Running modern games on a vintage CRT monitor produces absolutely outstanding results - subjectively superior to anything from the LCD era, up to and including the latest OLED displays. Best suited for PC players, getting an optimal CRT set-up isn't easy, and prices vary dramatically, but the results can be simply phenomenal.

The advantages of CRT technology over modern flat panels are well-documented. CRTs do not operate from a fixed pixel grid in the way an LCD does - instead three 'guns' beam light directly onto the tube. So there's no upscaling blur and no need to run at any specific native resolution as such. On lower resolutions, you may notice 'scan lines' more readily, but the fact is that even lower resolution game outputs like 1024x768 or 1280x960 can look wonderful. Of course, higher-end CRTs can input and process higher resolutions, but the main takeaway here is that liberation from a set native resolution is a gamechanger - why spend so many GPU resources on the amount of pixels drawn when you can concentrate on quality instead without having to worry about upscale blurring?

Are there any Soylentils here who still use a CRT for gaming? If I could just find a CRT with a 65-inch diagonal, and a table that could support the weight...

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13 2019, @12:39AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13 2019, @12:39AM (#906477)

    I can't find a single 3200x2400 LCD

    Sure, but there's a zillion 3840x2160 LCDs, that's 20% wider and 10% shorter, so still 8% more pixels.

    to get 1600 vertical I have to go to 5k HD

    WQXGA is 2560x1600, but to be fair QHD (2560x1440) has replaced them; I don't think you can buy a new WQXGA monitor any more, so we'll say it doesn't count.
    "4k" is 3840x2160, that's way over 1600, and absolutely ubiquitous.

    now $250 wouldn't even get me 1400 vertical in a used LCD

    Oh [], really? []
    8% more pixels than even your cadillac CRT, and you can find prices like this any time. i.e. you don't have to catch when someone is dumping obsolete tech for pennies on the dollar.