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Gaming Monitors 2018: Roadmap For The Year (Updated)

By October 8, 2017 2 Comments

Acer Predator X27Update: The release dates of the 4K 144Hz monitors have been delayed for Q3 2018 while the 3440×1440 200Hz models are pushed for Q4 2018.

At the beginning of 2017, we were presented with some of the most exciting gaming monitors which were set to break the limit of 60Hz at 4K with a whopping 144Hz.

Then, later on, we found out about the QHD ultra-wide displays also getting lightning-fast refresh rates up to 200Hz. Initially, these ground-breaking displays were supposed to be released throughout this year, but unfortunately, they’ve been delayed for 2018.

In this article, we’ll keep you up with the latest updates regarding the upcoming gaming monitors and everything related to their development.

4K 144Hz G-SYNC HDR Gaming Monitors

Acer Predator XB272-HDRIn January 2017, we witnessed the first 4K 144Hz monitors, the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ and the Acer Predator XB272-HDR. To remind you, these displays feature a 27-inch IPS panel with quantum-dot technology, 384-zone localized dimming, and G-SYNC HDR support.

This means that they’ll support the HDR format in entirety thanks to the stunning 1,000 nits of peak brightness and wide DCI-P3 color gamut. These monitors will achieve the ultimate goal of 144Hz at 4K by using two DisplayPort 1.4 connectors and will need a more powerful GPU than any currently available.

In April 2017, Acer announced another 4K 144Hz gaming monitor based on the same panel, the Acer Predator X27 which will in addition to all of the neat features also offer built-in Tobii eye-tracking camera for a more immersive gameplay for compatible games. In August 2017, AOC hopped on board with their AOC AGON AG273UG model as well.

There’s no official information regarding the prices of these displays, only speculations so far. AU Optronics, which is in charge of developing these panels, will begin manufacturing them in November 2017, so we can expect the displays to be released sometime in Q1 2018.

AU Optronics also intends to create the 32-inch version of these panels with all the key specifications present including G-SYNC HDR, 1,000 nits of peak brightness, the quantum-dot technology, 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, 384-zone localized dimming, and 4K UHD resolution. The development of the 32-inch models will begin in Q3 2018, so we cannot expect these sooner than 2019.

High Refresh Rate Ultra-Wide Gaming Monitors with G-SYNC and HDR

ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ AmazonFans of the giant and curved UWQHD gaming monitors will finally be able to push beyond that 100Hz refresh rate that’s been the limit for these displays for quite some time. Already in January 2018, AUO will begin producing the 3440×1440 35-inch VA panel with 120Hz refresh rate, presumably Nvidia G-SYNC, and limited HDR support achieved by 600-nit peak brightness and 90% DCI-P3 color gamut.

The already-released Acer Predator Z35P does offer 120Hz at 3440×1440 though overclocked and with considerably lower brightness and color range.

The announced Acer Predator X35 and the ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ panel production has been delayed from Q4 2017 to Q2 2018. These dream monitors feature the 35-inch VA panel with 3440×1440 screen resolution and 512-zone FALD (Full Array Local Dimming) backlight with 1,000-nit brightness and 90% DCI-P3 color gamut for total HDR support.

Additionally, as if it weren’t enough, these gaming monitors will offer a whopping 200Hz refresh rate and G-SYNC support for unprecedently smooth and immersive gameplay experience.

On a related note, LG has announced that they are working on, finally, a 3440×1440 ultrawide display with 144Hz refresh rate and G-SYNC after which they plan to produce the same panel with HDR support and FALD. The mass production of this panel has allegedly, already begun while the latter version of the panel isn’t planned for production until Q2 2018.

240Hz at 1440p, more HDR Gaming Monitors, and improved Response Time Speed

Probably the most exciting news for competitive gamers is that AU Optronics is also working on pushing the 240Hz refresh rate onto the 27-inch TN monitors with 2560×1440 screen resolution. These will go into production in Q2 2018.

In Q3 2018, AUO will also introduce 25-inch curved gaming monitors based on Full HD TN panel and 240Hz refresh rate. Throughout 2018, we’ll also be seeing new and upgraded 27-inch IPS 165Hz gaming monitors (Q1 2018) and more 24.5-inch and 27-inch Full HD TN-panel 240Hz models (Q4 2018).

In these newer panels, AUO will increase the peak brightness from 350-nits (IPS) and 400-nits (TN) to 600-nits and extend the color gamut from sRGB to DCI-P3, in turn allowing for limited HDR support.

Furthermore, these panels will feature increased response time speed. The response time of the TN panels will be decreased from 5ms to 3ms and IPS’ from 14ms to 10ms – that is before overdrive is applied, meaning that these displays will be even faster.

Some of the recently announced gaming monitors with these TN panels are the AOC AG273QCX and the AOC AG273QCG with 0.5ms response time speed and limited HDR support.

Other Displays

In November 2017, AUO will also develop panels intended for professional color-critical purposes. The 32-inch IPS panel will feature 384-zone localized dimming, 1,000-nit peak brightness, 4K UHD resolution, and 95% DCI-P3 color gamut for full HDR support.

Lastly, in Q3 2018, there are plans for 32-inch VA panels with limited HDR support via 600-nit peak brightness, 95% DCI-P3, and 8-zone edge-lit backlight. These VA panels will be available in both 60Hz and 165Hz variants.

That’s all the information regarding the upcoming monitors we have so far. Feel free to visit us again or bookmark this page as we’ll keep updating it as soon as something new comes up.


March 2018: The release dates of the 4K 144Hz models has been moved from Q1 2018 to Q3 2018 while the 3440×1440 200Hz models are delayed until Q4 2-18.

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