LG's 2019 OLEDs to support Nvidia G-Sync

Smooth OLED playing experience for PC gamers

by Andy Bassett
Fans of big screen PC gaming who own a 2019 LG OLED TV will be pleased to hear that Nvidia’s brand of adaptive synchronising technology, G-Sync, will be coming soon via a firmware update.
Specifically supported are the 2019 C9 and E9 OLED models, so in truth, only 5 TVs (LG has not indicated if the update will go beyond these two series to either older OLED or current NanoCell TVs). However, this will allow PC gamers who do own one of these models to join their console compatriots in big screen gaming, something the Xbox One X can already do via the variable refresh rate feature included in LG’s support for HDMI 2.1. However, since PC GPUs are not yet compatible with this latest standard, they cannot take advantage of the feature.

G-Sync is a technology aimed at eliminating screen tearing, an artefact created when a display refreshes halfway through the process of a frame being output by a device (in this case a PC graphics card). G-Sync eliminates screen tearing by allowing a video display to adapt to the frame rate of the outputting device rather than the outputting device adapting to the display - i.e it lets the graphics device drive rather than the display.

Normally, Nvidia G-Sync hardware is needed but, instead, Nvidia has worked carefully with LG to ensure compatibility via a compliance program.

LG’s OLED TVs have a low input lag of a barely perceptible 6ms for 1440p content at 120Hz and 13ms for 4K at 60Hz, and these fast response times already make them ideal displays for gaming.

In addition, since the OLED models support HDR10 and Dolby Vision (at up to 120 frames per second for full HD content) along with Dolby Atmos for cinematic sound plus auto low latency mode (ALLM) as part of the HDMI 2.1 specification, they are already well placed for an immersive gaming experience.

This certified G-Sync compatibility makes LG’s OLEDs a more attractive proposition than current options for big screen PC gaming, with monitors such as Nvidia’s own BFGD display attracting their own hefty price tag.

Sam Kim, senior vice president of the TV product planning division of Home Entertainment company at LG, said, “With NVIDIA G-SYNC adoption, we are showing that OLED TVs have the support and backing of the world’s top gaming hardware brand to make their products look their best.”

NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible support for LG’s 2019 OLED TVs will become available in select markets via a firmware upgrade in the weeks to follow.


Does this upgrade make a 2019 LG OLED any more attractive as the next TV for any AVForums PC gamers out there who are looking to get a full gaming experience?

Source: Press release, www.theverge.com www.wikipedia.com
Image Source: LG

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