In this guide, we will discuss the difference in resolutions available on TVs and gaming monitors. From 720p to the highly anticipated 8k, TV and gaming monitor resolutions have come a long way in the last several years. Resolution is determined by the amount of pixels in width and height. The common 1080p resolution contains 1920 x 1080 resolution, meaning there are 2,073,600 tiny dots of color or pixels.
Now, you never would have heard me complain about TV resolution back when I watched Saturday morning cartoons or played Ping Pong on Atari. In fact, it would probably be really interesting to compare the difference in the standard definition TV I grew up watching compared to today’s TVs. But, as with all things improved by technology, I’m certain I would hate taking that huge step backward for more than a couple of minutes.
When it comes to TV or gaming monitor resolution, you can usually divide people into one of three categories.
The majority of people only pay attention to resolution once they have their new TV or monitor set up after their old one has finally bit the dust. When the incredible colors flash across the screen igniting a clear picture they have most likely only witnessed in movie theaters, it is then that they realize what they have been missing.
Then, there are the group of people who take their TVs and gaming monitors very seriously. This group knows the ins and outs of every single feature available on today’s TVs and gaming monitors. Most are very dedicated to their choice of TV or monitor.
Last, there are people that know just enough about TV and gaming monitor resolutions to know that the higher the resolution, the clearer the image. But, what exactly is the difference in resolution of 1080p and 1440p? We decided to dig deeper into the differences in TV and gaming monitor resolutions of 720p, 1080p, 1440p, 4k, and 8k and hopefully make it a little easier to understand.
The majority of today’s gaming monitors and TVs have a refresh rate of 60Hz. This is the amount of times a display refreshes to show a new image. A 60Hz refresh rate means the image is refreshed 60 times per second. This is perfectly acceptable for TV viewers and casual gamers. For the serious gamers, the 1080p TVs and gaming monitors can have the refresh rate increased to 144Hz by using current graphics cards. The ability to increase the refresh rate attracts gamers especially those who enjoy high-action or first person shooter games.The 1080p is a great resolution and most likely will not disappoint. The fact that it has been out for quite a while now makes TVs and gaming monitors with this resolution more affordable. The downside is for those that like to have the latest technology, this resolution has been improved upon twice with the 1440p and the 4k.
For TV viewers and casual gamers, the 4k will create a cinematic feel unlike ever before. The biggest problem you may face is actually turning the TV or gaming monitor off.For serious gamers, there are a couple of things to consider before purchasing a 4k. The newer games require a TV or gaming monitor to be able to produce higher frame rates for the best visual quality. This can require a large amount of graphics processing power leading to possibly having to purchase a 2nd video card. Older games that were not designed for resolution this high can appear blurry at times. We are certain there are tech-savvy gamers that can figure out how to get around these obstacles, but we thought it was worth mentioning.
Overall, the 4k resolution TVs and gaming monitors are incredible. If you have the extra money, they are certainly worth the investment.