Up For Debate - Ultra-Widescreen Gaming Vs Triple Monitor Eyefinity Surround

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Oct 4, 2015 10:00 AM

In the recent race to ever higher resolutions, most of us have overlooked an altogether different method of upgrading our gaming experience - ultra widescreen. Without getting into the science of vision, the human eyes are sat side-by-side rather than one on top of the top of the other. That, combined with their natural curvature, means we naturally see in widescreen. Without moving your eyes you’re looking at roughly 180-degrees of vision.

When gaming on a monitor or a TV, the actual screen takes up a fraction of your vision. Your focus will be on the screen, sure, and you won’t see much of what’s around it, but you aren’t surrounding yourself with that game world. Both ultra-widescreen monitors and triple monitor Eyefinity surround look to tackle this problem by stretching out your games over a wider image, providing a more expansive field of view than you could typically experience on a standard monitor.

Ultra Widescreen - Typical gaming monitors are usually using a 16:9 aspect ratio. We’re talking 1920 x 1080p resolution, 4K, 1280 x 720, etc. It’s become a clear standard for both PC monitors and televisions. Ultra Widescreen meanwhile pushes the aspect ratio up to 21:9, which offers much more real estate width ways. If you watch movies and they’ve got black borders at the top and bottom, playing them at 16:9 will remove them.

When playing a game this means you get a much wider viewpoint than you’d normally have on a bog-standard 16:9 display. It’s impact is going to vary from game to game, but you can for example have a better view of the upcoming tracks or bends in a racing game, or take in much more of Skyrim’s expansive vistas. From an immersion point of view this is great, and the single-monitor setup means there’s no bezels to obstruct your viewpoint.

Triple Monitor Eyefinity or Surround - The more extravagant solution to widescreen gaming is to pick up multiplayer 16:9 monitors and place them end to end. The advantage here is an opportunity for a surround image which wraps around the player. The overall resolution for each of those monitors can also be far higher, with three 1080p monitors offering a total resolution of 5,760 x 3,240. This is far in excess of the usual 2560 x 1080p resolution of a 21:9 monitor, and you can even go above and beyond this additional monitors. For games where you’re sat in cockpits like racing sims and flight simulators, this is as close as you’re going to get to an authentic setup without strapping on a VR headset.

The downsides to a triple-monitor setup includes the bezels around the edges of the monitors, which can divide the image into three chunks, and the significant amount of desk space it’s going to take to create a setup like this - not forgetting the cash investment. Three monitors is also a greater power drain and can require serious graphical hardware to take advantage of. Likewise, some games have issues with supporting such an obtuse resolution, although 21:9 monitors sometimes also encounter this problem.

Are any GD'ers sporting a setup like these? Which would you prefer out of an ultra widescreen monitor ot triple monitor surround? Let us know below!

Which do you prefer?

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21:21 Oct-05-2015

1600 x 900 p , YES


I am currently using 1366 x 768 p monitor and I will most likely upgrade to 900 p at 1 inch extra than my current one.

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22:28 Oct-05-2015

why put a 1920x1080 in your profile then? :)

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22:58 Oct-05-2015

Its complicated. We'll see until Christmas. :)

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04:51 Oct-08-2015

im recommend u to change to 21:9 or some resolution 2560X1080 its just.... u will never regret it

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08:42 Oct-08-2015

Thanks for the recommendation. :)

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18:16 Oct-08-2015

I second Ferrry15, 21:9 is amazing, even though I don't own such a monitor, I've seen them and they are great.

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20:49 Oct-05-2015

I'm happy with my 16:9 monitor, but if I want a true gaming experience then I would go for 21:9 CURVED display. Curved display is much more better than flat 21:9 monitor because it will have less peripheral distortions

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04:55 Oct-08-2015

it doesnt matter only curved display is more better, but curved or not got nice resolution and gaming experience

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14:17 Oct-05-2015

i want to get that new asus rog ultra widescreen monitor and have that in the middle for gameing and then have 2 regular monitors on the outer side for work stuff. Will this work properly?

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04:56 Oct-08-2015

yes it will work very smooth

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13:04 Oct-05-2015

I have to say that I am happy with my 144Hz 3D 16:9 Acer monitor. If I am going to get three monitors, I would have to get a bigger desk and more power outlets on the wall.


As for ultrawide, I could definitely see the benefits of playing more racing games in the future, but I prefer more than one monitor so I could do multiple things.

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04:58 Oct-08-2015

having ultrawide monitor its not only on racing games, its happen in 3rd person game, firstperson game, even something like Assassin creed or mad max game u get more view in ur side

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10:22 Oct-05-2015

Only it was possible to remove the edges of the screen for multiple monitor. though DIY or some Brainacs can do it ..

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09:26 Oct-05-2015

That depends on what kind of game, actually

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05:57 Oct-05-2015

I would like to try the 3 monitor setup, but I think that I would be super annoyed with the bezels. For now I'm good with my ultra wide monitor

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15:47 Oct-05-2015

I went triple and i cant go back to anything other than a VR headset. It is definitely a different and much improved experience than a single screen. As for the desk space go for a triple monitor stand as long as you have room on the side.

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02:57 Oct-05-2015

Call me when they have a 5760x2160 resolution curved 40+ inch monitor. Then I will be wanting 2 of the top tier Pascal cards in SLI to go with it. Anyone know a good sugar momma that I can hook up with so I can afford it. ;)

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05:56 Oct-05-2015

lol

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15:50 Oct-05-2015

If pascal is as good as they say it will be you could probably get away with just one top tier card. My 980 runs 5760X1080 at max on everything that i have played.

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19:18 Oct-05-2015

Well to keep above 60fps @ 5760x2160 using max settings on newer games I bet it will take at least 2 top end Pascal cards. A single top end Pascal will probably be good for regular 4k (3840x2160).

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00:56 Oct-05-2015

I only have 2 monitors at the moment. Would be nice if all 3 of them were the Asus VG248QE 24-Inch LED-Lit Monitor. I like it so far.

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23:04 Oct-04-2015

Read this article earlier this day and it made me buy a 25" ultrawide monitor ????
Pretty excited now how it will be gaming with it.

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19:50 Oct-04-2015

I'm happy with my Panasonic 65" GT30 running at 16:9 1080p


I honestly don't even see myself wanting to go to 4K+ until games are photo realistic.

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20:45 Oct-04-2015

65" dayum :O
I'm happy with 2560x1440 27" here, but that's more for work purposes rather than gaming :)

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21:51 Oct-04-2015

While I'm here with a 1920x1080p 23"

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21:59 Oct-04-2015

I have 3 1920x1080 23" at work :D

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00:08 Oct-05-2015

At college all the computers each have one 1680x1050 20" monitor.

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03:00 Oct-05-2015

I use a 47" 120Hz 1080p Phillips with a 2ms response time when I am at home.

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19:06 Oct-04-2015

My eyes are on some single 1440p monitors but they still too expensive for me...

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21:14 Oct-04-2015

same here :|

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18:29 Oct-04-2015

i'm happy with 21:9 LG 29UM57 now :D

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14:14 Oct-05-2015

I have the 25 inch version :(

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18:12 Oct-04-2015

I'm happy with 16:9 for now.

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17:55 Oct-04-2015

Been there, had a LG 29" for little less than a year, gave it to my father and bought an Asus MX27AQ 27". Best thing I could do, the 2560x1080 are nice but the height is not enaugh, to small at the end. Maybe the 34" curved from LG or Samsung would be an option, but for now I am happy with 27" and 2560x1440.

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17:27 Oct-04-2015

WHEN IT COMES TO PREFERENCE , always triple monitor set.
But its still my dream.

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16:59 Oct-04-2015

Ultrawide Multi-Monitor, where are the Quad 980Ti's.

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15:52 Oct-05-2015

I just want a ultrawide in the middle and to 16:9 on the side. Is that to much to ask Nvidia Amd lets us do it...

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05:39 Oct-12-2015

I dunno about Nvidia, but AMD allows variable Resolutions in Multi- monitor setups, so it is possible.

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16:51 Oct-04-2015

Well I have three monitors, 1080p 144hz, 1050p 59hz, and (one I got for free) 1024p 60hz.....I love having all three but because of the multiple differences I can't actually set them up to game with all three so technically I only use one for gaming XD

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16:18 Oct-04-2015

Happy with 16:9, but ultrawide looks great too. Staying away from multi-monitor setups for gaming, for other tasks it's helpful.

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16:14 Oct-04-2015

Personally I would get extra 2 monitors instead. Since its modular and I can simple remove a monitor anytime I want to and maybe create another computer build for guest and when there is one. I will simple remove 1 monitor and set it up with my other build and play together.

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