Super-duper-wide-screen from Alienware! Photo courtesy of Engadget
Proper wrap-around immersive gaming is no longer a fantasy as Alienware demonstrates a prototype of a monitor at CES. It's not a traditional LCD but a DLP display instead, although it still comes with an LED backlight.
The DLP means that it has (or at least the specs state) a .02ms response time which is about 100x faster than the fastest current LCD screen. The single pane screen has a resolution of 2880x900 - basically two 19" 1440x900 screens strapped together although this has four panels that make up the display.
reports that currently you can see the dividers between the panels, although Alienware insist that it will be almost invisible on final release.
Furthermore, the display is not that bright. To be honest though, we don't really care. The concept alone means proper widescreen gaming without having to resort to a few inches of bezel right down the middle, depending on the output. Hopefully it's just a single DVI cable which should also allow the benefits of SLI or CrossFire, but it's also dependent on game and driver support for this strange resolution as well.
In addition, because it's such a niche product it'll likely cost a pretty penny too - the exact detail of this was unconfirmed by Alienware who is cited to launch this product as soon as the second half of this year.
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