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MSI Giant Curved Monitor May Be a Gamer’s Dream Machine

MSI has just announced a real beast of an upcoming gaming monitor that will destroy the best ultra-wide monitors currently on the market.

Dubbed “Project 491C,” this ultra-ultrawide display combines high refresh rates with the goodness of OLED, and LG has also announced pricing for several highly anticipated gaming monitors.

MSI announced the monitor via Twitter, but details remained rather scarce. What little information we do know, however, is more than enough to recommend this display: the Project 491C is going to be a 49-inch beast made in a super ultra-wide form factor. This is not a common style for gaming displays, but the curved panel will provide next-level immersion for many titles.

The panel itself is also a QD-OLED, so it will no doubt be bright and gorgeous. In addition, MSI has chosen to use a high refresh rate of 240 Hz for this monitor. This is not MSI’s first foray into QD-OLED, but it is a first when it comes to combining that panel with its high refresh rate.

MSI claims that it is the first such monitor in the world and has already won the CES 2023 Innovation Award; CES 2023 will take place in January 2023, so we can expect to learn more about this display soon.

So far, MSI has not mentioned anything about pricing or availability, and one thing is for sure: this display will not be cheap, so be prepared if you are hoping to get one someday. Besides the (probably high) cost of the monitor, you will need one of the best GPUs to get the most out of this beast.

LG has released a flat-screen 27-inch UltraGear

While MSI’s announcement was merely a teaser, LG has just announced prices and release dates for two interesting displays of its own.

First announced at this year’s IFA, the LG UltraGear 45GR95QE is a 45-inch OLED display; like MSI’s new offering, it has a 240 Hz refresh rate and is curved. With an aspect ratio of 21:9 and a resolution of 3,440 x 1,440 QHD, it is more of a standard ultrawide. It will support both Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium. In parallel with the 45-inch model, LG has released a flat-screen 27-inch UltraGear OLED will also be available.

Both displays will be available for pre-order starting December 12 and will begin shipping after December 28; the 27-inch version will be priced at $999, while the 45-inch monitor will be priced, unsurprisingly, much higher. If you want to own that model, expect it to cost $1,699. This gives us a good idea of how expensive MSI’s next display will be.

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