The Asus PG65 aims to bridge the gap between gaming monitor and TVs by merging a large, HDR-capable screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and G-Sync. Nvidia touts this new monitor along with several unannounced releases from other brands as BFGDs or Big Format Gaming Displays which are designed to replace TVs as oversized monitors or gaming/living room displays. The Asus PG65 represents an exciting, new leap for the gaming monitor category, but how does it stack up to HDR TVs and our beloved PC gaming displays?
Asus PG65 Specifications
- Screen Size: 65 Inches
- Resolution: 3840 x 2160 4K UHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Refresh Rate: 120Hz
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 1000 cd/m²
- VESA Compatibility: Yes
Design and Features
The Asus PG65 employs a whole new design scheme to match its imposing size without sacrificing ROG treatment details for an aggressive and modern appearance. This BFGD comes with a bezel-free face to maximize the 65-inch viewing space that provides an engrossing and unobstructed view. The proportions aren’t as thin as most HDR TVs on the market, but we know this is due to all the goodies this exciting model includes in its innards.
This model looks like it could easily weigh 40lbs or more, so Asus will include a redesigned stand that somehow looks like an architectural piece of art. From the preliminary images plus taking into consideration the magnitude of the product, the Asus PG65 might not include adjustability or ergonomics. Instead, there is a readily exposed VESA bolt pattern for mounting options which most will probably need for a decent and comfortable view.
From the specs list above, you can already tell there isn’t a lot of information regarding the Asus PG65. Connectivity might be limited to a DisplayPort 1.4 plus a few HDMI slots due to the G-Sync module in the system which restricts connectivity in exchange for buttery-smooth visuals. At the most, this model might include a USB-hub and extra powerful speakers along with the connectors mentioned so it should be able to handle your PC and a 4K HDR console like the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro.
We’re afraid that the Asus PG65 is just a glorified HDR TV, but we’re pretty sure it has some inclusions that should set it apart from the typical. The ROG logos with LEDs on the back and on the stand aren’t present just to decorate the product, but they also are correlated with extreme performance.
Display and Performance
The Asus PG65 boasts a monumental, 65-Inch 4K panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and full HDR compatibility. There is no word on what screen tech was used, but we are biasing towards IPS since the brand is advertising wide viewing angles. Today’s IPS tech is also capable of comprehensive gamut outputs in sRGB and DCI-P3 which are all part of HDR’s requirements.
For full HDR support, the Asus PG65 will include a locally-dimming backlight with a 1000cd/m2 maximum output. As we all know by now, this type of illumination is a requirement across all forms of HDR standards since it is responsible for deeper blacks and pumping out the extra vibrancy the tech requires. We are pretty sure the full-array backlighting will use LEDs with numerous zones to achieve this aspect instead of OLED, much to the dismay of display enthusiasts.
As mentioned, the Asus PG65 could very well be a glorified HDR TV with all the gaming goodies added. But what pulls it away from the TV category into the gaming monitor arena is the inclusion of a G-Sync module. This upcoming product also provides an authentic 120FPS experience instead of using interpolation that will combine with G-Sync to produce a visually stunning, latency-free gaming experience.
But it doesn’t end there for the Asus PG65’s list of exciting capabilities since it includes premium home features as well. The device comes with a built-in Nvidia Shield which is the most advanced Android streamer that comes with support for popular services such as Netflix and Amazon video. Advanced users can also utilize this gadget for Nvidia GameStream which lets you stream your titles from GeForce-based PCs in your home network.
The bundle comes with a proprietary remote and controller for Nvidia Shield, so you can relax and play your games or watch movies without using other host devices. Movie fans shouldn’t fret since this BFGD supports popular FPS movie formats so as not to spoil the footages. If pressing buttons is still an inconvenience, the Asus PG65 also comes with Google Assistant for voice-activated operation.
Thoughts on the Asus PG65
The Asus PG65 gives us mixed feelings; we’re overly excited about its capabilities, but somehow doubt that it is merely a glorified TV equipped with gimmicks from Nvidia. If you think about it, this device is targeted at the HDR TVs which have drastically improved when it comes to gaming performance. What’s positive about this, however, is that the Asus PG65 will bridge the two types to create a unique visual experience in 4K HDR with low latency which we all are waiting for.
Right now, there is no word on release targets and pricing for the Asus PG65 which according to Asus, will be disclosed once the product is almost ready to go on sale. If you want to see this monitor in action, you can visit it at CES 20198 in Las Vegas, NV at the ROG suite from January 9-12. This new model will also be available by appointment in the Nvidia gaming press suite at the Wynn Las Vegas.