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Old 22-10-2013, 14:07
sithlord3k
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I'm sure this question has been asked around a million times already :

should I play on my 30" tv (1366x768)

or Monitor 30" (2560x1600)

Tv is around 5 years old, and monitor is a Dell ips.

The reason I'm asking is because I don't know what the picture will look like (if it'll be stretched) on the monitor, and also because the monitor is an ips.
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Old 23-10-2013, 10:00
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In most cases, I would always go TV over monitor as generally ones TV is a lot larger than their monitor making for a much more involving cinematic experience and may well have a home cinema system connected for more immersive audio, which is less likely on a PC monitor and all adds to the experience. On the other hand a very small proportion of gamers say that conventional TVs have noticeable lag compared to a monitor, however I have never seen anything to confirm this and doubt any small response difference there may be is something the vast majority would notice, it was only really a problem with first generation LCD TVs in the early to mid 2000s the vast majority of which must have been retired by now.

But your case is interesting because your TV and monitor are both exactly the same size. Also your TV only supports the HD ready resolution (1080i/720P). Whilst on a current gen console this would not matter so much, I would hope that the majority of games (should be all except indies IMHO) would support full HD 1080P display on PS4, which your TV doesn't support. You could still display the PS4 on it fine but wouldn't be getting all the detail available. Your monitor is then I think the better choice as it supports resolutions beyond 1080P but should have no problem scaling up the 1080P image from the PS4 with minimal distortion. Also it being IPS is a benefit, IPS is the higher quality screen type, the lower quality being TN, which still isn't bad but does suffer from narrow viewing angles, which might be a problem if you have multiple people around the same screen.

But, the only way to truly know is try the console on each display and see which one looks better to you as ultimately we all have different preferences and it is you who is going to be using it so it has to look good to you.
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Old 23-10-2013, 12:45
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Thank you for the detailed response, I will indeed try it out on both and then decided.
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Old 03-11-2013, 15:11
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There is also the issue of if the monitor isn't HDCP compliant, (it most definitely will be if it has got an HDMI connector, but not always guaranteed if it only has a DVI connector), you'll either get no picture at all from the PS4 or a very poor picture quality.
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Old 03-11-2013, 16:01
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The monitor won't (or shouldn't) stretch the image, it will upscale it. The TV will do the opposite and downscale the image. Which is better is up for you to decide but overall image quality should be better on the monitor.

For the other person that mentioned 1080i/720p HD ready resolutions, just to note, HD Ready TVs can't display 1080i as they don't have enough pixels to do so.
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Old 03-11-2013, 16:21
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The monitor won't (or shouldn't) stretch the image, it will upscale it. The TV will do the opposite and downscale the image. Which is better is up for you to decide but overall image quality should be better on the monitor.

For the other person that mentioned 1080i/720p HD ready resolutions, just to note, HD Ready TVs can't display 1080i as they don't have enough pixels to do so.
I thought that all HD Ready TVs had to be able to display 1080i at least but not necessarily 1080p in order to qualify as being HD Ready?
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Old 03-11-2013, 18:51
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I thought that all HD Ready TVs had to be able to display 1080i at least but not necessarily 1080p in order to qualify as being HD Ready?
1080i has a resolution of 1920 x 1080. How do you get that to fit a 1280 x 720 screen? Obviously you can't. All HD Ready TVs can input at 1080i but then that is totally different to outputting.
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