While graphics cards tend to get a lot of attention when it comes to PC gaming hardware, enthusiasts and pro players alike will tell you that the quality of your display is very important as well. You don’t have to go far to find a PC gamer singing the praises of high refresh rate displays, with many of them using either a 144Hz or 240Hz monitor instead of the more commonly seen 60Hz monitor. NVIDIA and ASUS ROG are taking things one step further today by announcing a 360Hz display that’s compatible with G-Sync.
Officially called the ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz G-SYNC display, this monitor will come in a 24.5-inch form factor and resolution will be limited to 1080p. Given that refresh rate, it isn’t a surprise to see that resolution – it’ll likely be some time before we see 4K monitors with a 360Hz refresh rate hit shelves. Still, if your goal is to get as high a framerate as possible in competitive play, then you probably won’t mind 1080p resolution anyway.
Since this is a G-SYNC monitor, it’ll use Variable Refresh Rate, which matches the refresh rate of the monitor to the framerate of the game. That, in turn, should mean less screen tearing and stuttering even if you don’t have hardware that can run the game you’re playing at 360 fps. We’re guessing most people probably don’t have gaming PCs that can run a wide variety of games at 360 fps, but NVIDIA does say that RTX hardware can achieve those frame rates in games like CS: GO, Rainbow Six: Siege, Overwatch, and Fortnite.
NVIDIA also says that bumping the refresh rate up to 360Hz will help with system latency and display clarity, so if you play a game like Overwatch – which is not only fast-paced but often has a lot happening on screen – it might be easier to keep track of what’s happening in the game by using a monitor like this.
NVIDIA and ASUS ROG will be showing off 360Hz demos at CES this week, but it sounds like it’ll be some time before we see the ROG Swift 360Hz G-SYNC display in the flesh. NVIDIA says that we’ll hear more about the monitor late this year, so it sounds like it may not even release until we’re into 2021. With no release date in sight, pricing unsurprisingly wasn’t mentioned today, but we definitely expect this monitor to cost a significant sum of cash when it does hit shelves in the future.