We don’t normally delve in to the World of TV’s but we thought this was an interesting announcement somewhat relevant to the monitor market. At IFA 2019 this last week NVIDIA and LG announced a partnership which will bring G-sync support to select 2019 LG OLED TV’s in their C9 and E9 range, making use of the latest HDMI 2.1 connection.
LG’s C9 (sizes 55, 65, 77″) and E9 (sizes 55, 65″) models will be the first OLED TV’s to support NVIDIA G-sync, offering smoother gaming without tearing, stuttering and flickering. Gamers can also benefit from the incredible contrast and black depth and great picture quality that OLED panels can offer. Of course these are all very large sized screens so won’t be suited to many desktop monitor requirements, but will no doubt be popular to those who like to console game, or PC game from a further viewing distance on a very large screen.
This is made possible by the use of the latest HDMI 2.1 connection which now operates with G-sync, and as a connection is so far only available on LG OLED TV’s. With other manufacturers surely following suit with HDMI 2.1 adoption, it’s highly possible we would see other TV’s adopt G-sync in the future. HDMI 2.1 adoption will also need to increase in the graphics card market at the same time.
“We are excited to bring G-Sync Compatible support to LG’s 2019 OLED TVs and HDMI Variable Refresh Rate support to our GeForce RTX 20-Series GPUs,” said Matt Wuebbling, GeForce head of marketing, NVIDIA. “Gamers will be blown away by the responsiveness and the lifelike visuals on these TVs when playing the latest PC games featuring real-time ray-tracing powered by GeForce.”
VRR over HDMI is already supported on these screens (and other competitor models using HDMI 2.0) for variable refresh rates from games consoles like Xbox One. LG have not commented on support for AMD FreeSync which is currently not directly supported. Some Samsung TV’s can support FreeSync over HDMI 2.0 already but this is limited in terms of resolution and refresh rate due to the older connection bandwidth of HDMI 2.0 at the moment.
LG have also focused on ensuring that input lag is low on these OLED TV’s, quoting 6ms lag for 1440p content at 120Hz and 13ms for 4K content at 60Hz. LG used the opportunity to also highlight support for other gaming-related features in its latest OLED TVs such as Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), very low response times (thanks to OLED) and 120Hz refresh rates. LG’s latest OLED TV models of course also support a variety of popular HDR formats that further elevate the gaming experience.
There will be a firmware update released in the near future which will add this G-sync support for LG C9 and E9 OLED TV’s.