Whether you’re a casual gamer looking for a fun way to pass the time or a hardcore veteran with a gaming rig that can run anything on maximum graphics, there’s something for everyone in today’s gaming age. The gaming industry is getting bigger and better every year. In fact, in 2021 it was estimated that there were a staggering 3.24 billion gamers across the globe. 

But diving head-first into the wonderful world of gaming is about more than having a good gaming PC that can keep up with next-generation graphics. Every worthy game deserves a great display to showcase its beauty. And, for gamers looking for a competitive edge, the right display can certainly mean the difference between winning or losing. LG’s UltraGear monitors offer more than just pretty pictures: they’re geared for the gaming age, and here’s why.

The need for speed

For truly immersive gaming experiences, gamers want seamless and responsive interactions that make them feel connected with the game world. And, when it comes to gaming displays, there’s more to consider than just the screen’s resolution. Of course, the difference between playing on an HD screen and in stunning 4K is not something to overlook: 4K resolution (which has 3840×2160 pixels) has more than eight times the number of pixels than a standard HD display (which has 1280×760 pixels). But, beyond having more pixels to feast your eyes on, refresh rate and response time also need to be considered.

Refresh rate (measured in Hz) tells us how many times a monitor displays a new image each second. When paired with a PC that can handle a high frame rate (or Frames Per Second), a higher refresh rate results in smoother on-screen motion. A low refresh rate, on the other hand, can have a negative impact on in-game performance due to stuttering images or screen tearing. While most monitors run at only 60Hz, LG’s UltraGear monitors can offer up to 144Hz – and some models can even be overclocked to a blisteringly-fast 165Hz.

Response time refers to how quickly the pixels of your monitor to shift from one colour to another. Ideally, you want response time to be as low as possible since any delay will cause ghosting or blur. LG’s UltraGear gaming monitors boast a response time of only one millisecond – the industry lowest and a first for nano in-plane switching (IPS) monitors. They also have a feature called Dynamic Action Sync, which reduces input lag, making the display more responsive to the inputs you make on your keyboard or controller.

Variable Refresh Rate technology

Having a high refresh rate and a low response time (with low input lag) are a winning combination that can take gaming experiences to whole new level of immersion. But there’s also an essential software component every monitor needs to be geared for gaming purposes: Variable Refresh Rate (VRR).

AMD’s FreeSync and NVIDIA’s G-Sync (depending on what graphics card you have) are adaptive syncing technologies designed to synchronise your monitor’s refresh rate to match the frames-per-second output of your computer. LG’s UltraGear monitors all feature AMD’s FreeSync and NVIDIA’s G-Sync to provide the smoothest gaming experiences without screen tearing.

Geared for next-gen gaming

LG unveiled their nano IPS display technology in 2019, which uses a layer of nanoparticles in the backlighting to deliver high image quality with more rapid response time. This panel technology, which comes with many of LG’s best-in-class UltraGear monitors, has become a go-to choice for serious gamers because of its stunning colour reproduction, great viewing angles, and excellent response times.

Ultimately, you don’t want a monitor that only serves as a bottleneck to your next-gen hardware – or one that simply doesn’t do justice to the spectacular visual experiences today’s best games have to offer. If you would like to learn more about LG’s UltraGear monitors and get geared for the gaming age, visit www.lg.com/za/gaming-monitors.