Curved or flat monitors. That’s the question so many gamers have to ask themselves. Shopping monitors doesn’t always give a clear cut choice on what’s preferred. There’s no questioning curved monitors are on-trend right now, preferred by many in the professional gaming industry as they tend to give a more realistic, immersive portrayal of the action. But, do you really need a curved monitor – well, here’s how we see it from a gamer’s perspective.
Curved monitors are designed in a way that replicates reality, using ‘ocular perception’. We see the world in length, width, and height, for example. If everything were to be flat, it would only employ two dimensions. Curved monitors create the illusion of three dimensions, tapping into perception of peripheral vision. For a lot of people, this is the primary benefit of seeing a game through the perspective of a curved screen.
Beyond being a generally more immersive viewing experience, a curved gaming monitor also generally presents as less distorted and less blurry. If you’re getting a video or picture quality distorted due to a hardware issue, a curved screen does not have the same distortion as a flat monitor would. That’s because curved screens’ shape aims everything at the viewer rather than a flat screen which broadcasts everything in a uniform straight line. As mentioned, we don’t look at things flatly and so when we see vision flat, it can sometimes create perceived distortions especially at the edges. A curved monitor doesn’t have that issue because everything’s positioned on a more natural curve.
Playing video games on a curved monitor also is generally more comfortable on the eyes and results in less eye strain. Even at a large size, a curved screen gives the user the chance to feel comfortable without unknowingly challenging their eyes to strain across a flat surface. Lastly, curved monitors also provide a wider field of view. As curved will always direct light from all angles, your eyes can more easily cover a larger field of view. This is the main reason why it is believed and said that curved monitors are ‘more immersive’. To put it in a nutshell, you forget you’re looking at a monitor when you have a curved field of view in front of you.
Curved vs flat monitors is a debate we enjoy having at PrimeCables. If you’re seeking a curved gaming monitor or a flat gaming monitor, please visit Canada’s own PrimeCables today and receive fast, free shipping on all orders above $49.