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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, Funny) by theluggage on Saturday October 12 2019, @05:58PM (1 child)

    by theluggage (1797) on Saturday October 12 2019, @05:58PM (#906396)

    Don't forget your vacuum tube sound-card*, or those explosions just won't have the right spectralocious frequencyations.

    Plus an opto-mechanical mouse, of course - the fluff on the ball adds to the dynamicisity and interactologistics of the gameplay.

    Didn't some 1980s computer magazine try distributing software on one of those floppy plastic 45rpm records stuck to the cover once (cheaper to mass produce than a cassette tape)? I'm sure the bits were a lot warmer.

    (* they have been made... and I don't mean the USB sound card built into a fake vacuum tube).

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 12 2019, @06:16PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 12 2019, @06:16PM (#906400)

    '...spectralocious frequencyations.'

    Hmmm, looks like a song title, walks like a song title...etc. etc.

    (It's a boring evening, fires up DAW, fires up synths, plugs in guitars and bass, mikes up the let's see if anything musical or funny comes out of it..)