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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: 3, Interesting) by takyon on Saturday October 12 2019, @02:05AM (3 children)

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Saturday October 12 2019, @02:05AM (#906161) Journal

    I think the successor technology will be short throw laser projectors.

    https://www.projectorcentral.com/best-ultra-short-throw-projectors.htm [projectorcentral.com]
    http://www.lgnewsroom.com/2018/12/new-cinebeam-laser-4k-projector-from-lg-with-ultra-short-throw-technology-debuts-at-ces-2019/ [lgnewsroom.com]

    "Short throw" allows you to put it relatively close to the wall it will project on, eliminating some of the annoyance associated with traditional projectors or letting you project a huge image.

    Laser projectors are brighter, display better colors, are suitable for high dynamic range, and could last at least an order of magnitude longer than bulb-based projectors.

    Hz could be comparable to CRT. There are at least 120 Hz laser projectors and the CRT monitor in the TFA video was 165 Hz.

    I'm not sure if there are any motion blur considerations with the projectors. It's possible that the laser projector has all or a lot of the advantages of a CRT monitor.

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  • (Score: 2) by toddestan on Saturday October 12 2019, @04:39PM (1 child)

    by toddestan (4982) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 12 2019, @04:39PM (#906372)

    I'm guessing the most common successor technology for LCDs with be OLEDs. OLEDs are already present in some higher end smartphones, and there's a handful of OLED desktop displays on the market now. Eventually they should become more common and cheaper as the technology matures further and production ramps up. It will be interesting to see how they are marketed, as I've always considered the move by marketers to call LED-backlit LCDs as "LED monitors" a move meant to intentionally confuse people.

    For very large screens and projectors I could see the short throw lasers becoming an attractive option. But I just don't see it being used for the 24"-ish screen I'm going to have on my office PC.

    • (Score: 2) by takyon on Saturday October 12 2019, @04:53PM

      by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Saturday October 12 2019, @04:53PM (#906379) Journal

      OLED burn-in is too stupid. I consider it DOA. OLED could be used for flexible displays, but MicroLED [wikipedia.org] makes more sense as a direct successor to LCD.

      Laser projector as a successor to CRT could make sense since they are both beaming photons. Not everyone would want to move from LCD to a laser projector, but it offers some interesting advantages. Short throw makes it more convenient to work with, and it could occupy the position where a TV was.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 12 2019, @09:29PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 12 2019, @09:29PM (#906429)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field-emission_display [wikipedia.org] the well known response of phosphor (the system is like many tiny CRTs) with the flatness of LCD (tiny tiny CRTs). SED version also going nowhere. We are stuck with OLED... they go to crap fast, so they can sell more, and even more if the use requires good colors. PROFIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT!!!!!