Our eyes are shaped like a sphere, with a curved cornea facing forward and acting as a lens. This rounded shape also helps reduce aberration – imperfections of the eye resulting in distorted images. So why then are the screens we face every day mostly flat and not curved? Wouldn’t that make much more sense? Indeed, it would, especially for content such as games, where a full immersion changes the way you experience a game drastically.
Inspired by nature’s aeons of evolution, curved displays mirror the shape of our eyes. Whenever you see a curved display, you’ll see it has been noted with R – the radius of the virtual circle in millimetres, if you were to extend the display 360° around you. A display with 1500R will have a 1.5 m radius, a 1000R display 1 m radius. So, the smaller the R number, the tighter the curve becomes. The key benefit of a curved display is simply a mesmerising immersion that will pull you straight into the game.
With the advance of display panel technologies, curved displays are now more affordable and more commonplace than ever. Globally leading game display specialist AOC offers a wide range of curved gaming monitors in both its mainstream G2 series and the premium AGON line-up, from a relatively subtle 1800R up to an aggressive 1000R curvature.
AOC’s newly announced 24” C24G2U and 27” C27G2U employ rich-contrast, vivid VA panels which can go up to a 165 Hz refresh rate and just 1 ms MPRT response time, with an enveloping 1500R curvature. With their fast-reacting panels, these monitors are perfect companions for gamers of any genre, whether action, adventure, RPGs or others. The 3-side frameless design also allows these monitors to be placed side-by-side in a multi monitor setup, extending the curve and the immersion even more. Another benefit is that users retain the same distance from the eye to the display when looking to the sides of the panel as to its centre. This reduces any contrast/colour shifts that may occur due to the oblique angles, and provides a better, more comfortably focussed image, which also may alleviate eye strain.
Note that with smaller-sized monitors, the viewing distance to the monitor is often shorter than with large monitors and the effect of the curvature becomes much more prominent.
AOC’s 34” CU34G2X, on the other hand, offers greater immersion, not only due to its 1500R curvature, but also thanks to its 21:9 ultrawide aspect ratio. The extra horizontal screen space compared to a 16:9 display provides more peripheral vision and a wrap-around feel. This is particularly beneficial in-flight simulation and racing games. For years, pro gamers have increased their field of vision in-game and have gained more situational awareness at the cost of distorting the image. If the games support it, with a 21:9 display, users can now use a more comfortable FOV without distorting the image, yet still increase their situational awareness.
Finally, AOC’s 27” C27G2ZU combines a 1500R curvature with a 240 Hz refresh rate and 0.5 ms MPRT, for games such as FPS where not only immersion is important, but reaction times and twitchy reflexes are crucial for the win.
Get a wider perspective with AOC’s new curved G2 displays.