I've been in Malaga this weekend hosted by Philips in the splendid setting of the Gran Hotel Miramar, a really fantastic place where I could live an exceptional experience.
What Philips had the courage to present these days was really superb. I would like to call it a technological masterpiece at the service of gamers. I almost feel the duty to tell you that after this event in some respects I changed my perception of the console situation, which I initially thought was relegated to a context of gaming without commitment and based primarily on the speed of execution (before you do me an assault on the bayonet I tell you that I own a PS4). However, I had to seriously change my mind. In fact, the product I'm about to talk about is a monitor dedicated to the queens of the living room. Ah, do not start by saying "but what should I do with a console monitor, I already have my nice 60 inch 4k TV", etc etc. True, very true, but This monitor is not limited to transmitting only the video signal from your PS4, XBOX or Switch, but implements features that normally we are used to perceiving only on PC. I'll explain.
We are talking about a Philips "Momentum" 43 inch monitor in 4k Ultra HD , which has a maximum response time of 21 ms (now tell me which TV is able to give you this input lag performance). Moreover, among all its implementations there are some that, as I mentioned before, have made me change my mind about what evolution this console market can take. In practice, I had the perception that where the platform itself can not arrive, with its very limited technology compared to a PC master race, it can meet a dedicated monitor that has more features that are able to fill at least partially this gap. Eg, I was particularly surprised by the Adaptive sync function that ensures smooth image without falling frame rates or interrupted frames (I saw it in action on AC Origins and I can confirm that it looks like another game in terms of image rendering). Moreover, the application of the Quantum dot or QLED technology in combination with Ambiglow gives you an incredible effect both for the depth of the blacks and for the dive created by the backlight. Imagine you have a Destiny 2 screen in which on the right you have an unknown planet's sky and on the left the fire of a burning ship: this monitor is perfectly capable of splitting its backlight based on the scene on the screen and it does so in a dynamic and reactive manner.
And now I will tell you the last things that made my eyes open and of which I would personally make an excessive use: the Remote Control and the Multiview.
The remote control allows you, in short, to control some aspects of your console directly from the remote control of the monitor, a sort of ALL in ONE that allows you for example to start the shutdown of both machines simultaneously without the need to switch between the various pads and / or remote controls: I think it is a really very convenient and also quite avant-garde feature. And finally the Multiview: in this regard there is an important premise to be made, we had never seen such a thing for the console market, we are sincere. Imagine being able to connect your laptop and your PS4 at the same time. On one side you will see the laptop (maybe on the tube while you look at the magnificent deeds of the Fraws Senpai) on the other hand you will have your GalGun that continues to run without the slightest defect or problem. This feature has a series of incredible applications, like being able to connect two consoles at the same time and maybe play with your brother to completely different titles without stress, or keep open social while you are playing or, still, play on one side and have your own open work on the other. In my opinion, all this until a while ago was really unthinkable, especially keeping the concept that this product can also be used on a gaming PC, further amplifying its performance and capacity. In short, Philips has really done a good thing and has done it in style as it is right for a major in this field. He consciously decided to attack the market for parlor gamers (it is not a derogatory) and to do it in style, without compromise and above all without sparing himself.
Last but not least, the launch price, 799 Euro. I know that some of you are already turning up their noses, but I want to remind you that for what I could touch and see, there is no such product dedicated to gamers on today's market, and I consider it all a great price. You are already arguing that with that figure you can buy a pc of all respect that allows most games to shoot very well, but mind you that buying only the machine you will not be able to play, and if you want to take a decent monitor remains a cost important that you have to calculate. I will not deal with precise accounts, but one thing I know: a PS4 pro with this monitor comes to cost you around 1150 €, and guys for a serious PC with serious peripherals (like the monitor) this is an entry level price!
As you well know here on PDV do not give votes, but for sure one thing I can say: Philips has done a really good job.
Here is the link with all the technical characteristics of the product.