We all strive for the greatest looking image, whether in TV or computer games. In 2021, it is an endless rat race to who can get the most realistic, crisp, and clear image out of a video game. The developers are geared toward achieving perfection in their animations, and the consumer strives to achieve the best, clearest image. Although the technology is here, is it worth trying to achieve 4k in PC Gaming?
Most 4k Monitors Are Locked in at 60Hz
Yes, this is true. Most 4k monitors are not capable of going over 60Hz (refresh rate). This has to do with the vast technology that is just not widely available right now. To push a 4k monitor past 60Hz would require top-of-the-line hardware in your PC. Hardware that most gamers just don’t have. This results in a very closed-ended market that just isn’t advantageous for most gaming monitor companies. Not to mention many of the 4k 120Hz displays that were released in the past had many quality problems due to the new technology.
Do You Want Smoother Animations or a Clearer Image?
Due to the lack of affordable and widely available 4k 120Hz displays, this comes with a compromise. You must decide if having a high-resolution monitor outweighs the smoothness of your gaming experience. A higher Hz monitor results in much cleaner animations and movements. Many competitive gamers prefer a higher refresh rate over resolution due to the competitive edge you get while in-game, resulting in faster reaction times.
What Kind of Gamer Are You?
Are you a competitive gamer, or do strive for games with a great storyline? With many story-driven games these days, it is all about graphics. Developers are constantly striving to achieve the most realistic image, and you as the consumer want to maximize the potential of their work as much as possible. With a 4k monitor, you’re practically there in-game. One of the best ways to immerse yourself into a game is amping up the resolution. If immersion is what you’re going for, resolution may be of great importance to your initial investment in a gaming monitor.