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Gaming on a 4K monitor

If you’re a gamer who likes a visual spectacle, you’ll want to game in 4K. Whether that's possible depends on the graphical power of your PC or console. But why would you go for a 4K monitor instead of a Full HD screen? We'll tell you the graphical benefits of gaming on a 4K monitor and what else you should keep in mind.

Graphical benefits

4K vs Full HD detail

More detail and sharpness

A 4K resolution monitor is made up of 4 times more pixels than a Full HD screen. In addition, pixels on a 4K screen are often closer together. As a result, details in the game world like clothing, faces, and differences in texture are clearly visible.

4K vs Full HD space

More space in the game world

On a 4K screen, you have a wider view of the game. Especially on the left and right side of the screen, you'll see more in-game objects that you didn't see before. Think of enemies, locations, and the landscape where your game character is located. Thanks to this wide field of view, the screen is more in line with the field of view of your eyes so that games feel more realistic and intense.

Better gaming experience

4K vs Full HD less serrated edges anti-aliasing

Less serrated edges (anti aliasing)

On a screen with 4K resolution, in-game objects and models have more pixels of space to fill with details. If you set the anti-aliasing high, then knurled edges are much less visible than on Full HD screens. As a result, edges are flowing and this ensures a better gaming experience.

4K vs Full HD upgrades

Prepared for upgrades of your PC

If your video card easily displays graphics intensive games in Full HD resolution, it may still struggle with 4K resolution. A 4K monitor also supports lower resolutions like 1440p, also known as QHD. This means you’ll enjoy a sharper image on a 4K screen than on a Full HD screen, without your video card becoming overloaded. This isn’t possible with a Full HD screen, because you'll be limited to the maximum resolution of 1080p.

Also suitable for consoles

4K console gaming

A 4K monitor isn’t just reserved for PC gamers. Do you have a PlayStation 4 Pro or Xbox One X? These consoles have been specially developed and upgraded so that they can display your games in 4K. The Xbox One S can also upscale a Full HD image signal to 4K resolution. For this reason, a 4K monitor is definitely suitable for these consoles. Please note that you'll need an HDMI 2.0 cable to display games in 4K at 60 fps.

What else to keep in mind?

4K monitor FreeSync G-Sync

Not only the resolution is crucial for a game. That's because you want a monitor that provides smooth images without stuttering, tearing, or ghosting. In both quiet scenes and hectic gameplay with a lot of animations, you want your image to be smooth. That’s why you should pay attention to the following features for your 4K gaming monitor:

  • FreeSync or G-Sync
  • 1-5ms response time
  • More than 60Hz
  • Panel type: VA

Graphics card specifications

If you want to game on a laptop or desktop, make sure you have the right video card. The type of cable is also important. That's because the screen can’t transmit a 4K image without a cable that supports the right protocols.

In terms of a video card, you’ll need at least:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Ti) or better

As for cables, you’ll need:

  • HDMI cables: version 1.4 or higher
  • DisplayPort cables: version 1.2 or higher

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