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posted by martyb on Saturday October 12 2019, @01:20AM   Printer-friendly
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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: 2) by hwertz on Saturday October 12 2019, @06:10AM

    by hwertz (8141) on Saturday October 12 2019, @06:10AM (#906246)

    Honestly your CRTs must have been real cheap specimens; mine all had convergence adjustments on them; usually I never had to adjust it, and in the few I did adjusting it kept them nice and sharp.

    That said.. my last two CRTs went within the last year or two. One I kept using daily until it got too dim; the other I only powered up like once or twice a month (hooked up to a home file server). I kept it there mainly because (as a 21" CRT) it weighed like 150 lbs. and I simply didn't feel like lugging it away when it still worked. It would not power up after a good thunderstorm came through.

    Do I miss them? Not really. My CRTs had a good picture, but my LCD monitors do too.

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