LAS VEGAS, NV — Today at CES 2018, NVIDIA announced a new series of TV-sized 65-inch monitor models called Big Format Gaming Displays (BFGDs). Working with Acer, ASUS, and HP, NVIDIA has incorporated all the aspects that define modern high-end monitors into a TV-sized display: 4K resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR, and variable refresh technology (G-Sync). In addition, the BFGD has integrated SHIELD TV functionality via Android TV-based SHIELD with Google Assistant support, essentially turning the monitor into a voice-controllable smart TV.

Continuing on the smart TV angle, the BFGD’s integrated SHIELD allows usage of common streaming applications (e.g. Netflix, Amazon Video), complemented by the bundled SHIELD remote and game controller. And in using BFGDs as TVs, G-Sync supports video playback at a number of framerates common to TV and film, including 23.976, 24, 25, and 48fps formats. As a monitor, though, BFGDs do not have built-in TV tuners.

The BFGDs also feature a full-array direct backlight, 1000-nit peak luminance, and DCI-P3 color gamut, as well as local dimming. The panel technology was not disclosed, and while the backlighting technology sounds like a promissing basis for a high-end TV, we're waiting to see just how many zones it actually supports. Meanwhile NVIDIA is also claiming input latency closer to that of gaming monitors than 4K TVs, but details were light. Additionally, NVIDIA appeared to note that the BFGD had an AU Optronics panel, a collaboration with in line with their previous work on smaller 4K and ultra-wide G-Sync HDR displays.

Overall, the BFGD sounds very close in concept and in features to NVIDIA's previously announced G-Sync HDR displays. The latter - which still have yet to launch - are set to offer variable refresh with HDR functionality in a standard monitor form factor, so the BFGDs seem to be destined to fill a role as larger versions of those displays.

As some of the first BFGD models, Acer announced their Predator BFGD, while ASUS announced the ROG Swift PG65. The HP model appears to be the Omen X 65 BFGD.

Availability is expected this summer, and NVIDIA has stated that pricing and further specifications will announced at that time.

Source: NVIDIA

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  • B166ER - Monday, January 08, 2018 - link

    This gona be a $2k monitor. Think about that.... Reply
  • nathanddrews - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    If this costs less than $2,999, I will be very surprised.

    I was curious what the impact of HDMI 2.1 Game Mode VRR would be on NVIDIA, if they would finally embrace a module-less display standard like AMD has with FreeSync. I did not expect them to double down and make G-Sync televisions. I'm not against this idea, if anything it will spur considerable competition from Samsung/LG/Sony to make better game-friendly TVs.
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  • nerd1 - Monday, January 08, 2018 - link

    Big! F***ing!!! Gaming Display! Reply
  • Lord of the Bored - Monday, January 08, 2018 - link

    I wonder how long they spent trying to find an acronym that had BFG in it. Reply
  • MadManMark - Monday, January 08, 2018 - link

    I'd estimate about 45-90 seconds Reply
  • remosito - Monday, January 08, 2018 - link

    I hope it comes late enough in the year to have hdmi 2.1 as I thought DP 1.4 doesn't have the bandwidth to push HDR 4k at 120Hz. If I spring a grand or two on a monitor. I want it to be at least a wee bit future proofed. Reply
  • Kevin G - Monday, January 08, 2018 - link

    DP 1.4 can do 4k 120 Hz with HDR when DSC is enabled. Reply
  • edzieba - Monday, January 08, 2018 - link

    No compression needed, DP 1.3 and DP 1.4 can both transport 3840x2160 at 120Hz (and at 30bpp too) natively. Reply
  • edzieba - Monday, January 08, 2018 - link

    Whoops, 3840x2160 at 120Hz 24bpp is native, 30bpp is with DSC. Reply
  • Techpath - Monday, January 08, 2018 - link

    I hope it Is released later in the year with HDMI 2.1 and USB-C 3.2 ports, maybe even Thunderbolt 3, I would part with my hard earned Benjamins worry free for future proofing Reply

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