Windows 10: 1080p PC Gaming on 4K HDTV?

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  1. BEK
    BeK Win User

    1080p PC Gaming on 4K HDTV?

    I'm going to be investing in a new HDTV for my gaming PC. I currently use a 50" Plasma but I would like something bigger. I plan to go with a 60-65" LED HDTV and I plan to game using 1080p resolution regardless of whether I purchase a 4K HDTV or a 1080p HDTV.
    The question I have is if I chose to go with a 4K HDTV will look any better than a 1080p HDTV in terms of clarity, sharpness, color vibrancy, etc?
    Thanks in advance.

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  2. Screen resolution

    Hello, my name is Alex

    I have 2 screens on my setup , one monitor that with it's maximum resolution of 1080p and a 4k tv, and i would like to keep my 4k tv at 1080p because everytime i move an app or folder from monitor to tv it must be rescaled, so i changed my tv resolution
    to 1080p.

    My question is , if i keep my tv on 1080p and run games or movies at 4k resolution, it's going to be like an upscale, like i use a normal 1080p monitor and force a 4k video or game on it, or it's going to display the 4k content correctly?
    LazarAlex1, Dec 9, 2015
  3. Fuzzy fonts and large icons on external monitor - Is scaling the issue?

    Yes, shortly after posting I realized my solution fixed the external monitor and got rid of the huge font and boxes, but made the fonts and boxes small in my main monitor.

    The problem for me is that I have a Surface Pro 4 (4k resolution) with an external monitor that's only 1080p. Since 4k is four times the resolution of 1080p then scaling is always off.

    I fixed the issue by buying a 4k external monitor that I'll use for gaming and at the same time fix this issue. (they are spendy though). If both monitors have the same resolution the scaling will work.
    MartinParrao, Dec 9, 2015
  4. bro67 Win User

    1080p PC Gaming on 4K HDTV?

    A 4k/UHD will only operate in 1080p, if that is the signal it is receiving. Suggest you invest in a good quality 4k/UHD video capable card. That way you can upscale to 4k/UHD.
    bro67, Dec 9, 2015
  5. BEK
    BeK Win User
    Thanks for the suggestion but I have no desire to game in 4K as the financial investment isn't cheap. The reason I ask is because 1080p monitor that I used to use before I started using my HDTV seemingly offered a better visual experience. I was wondering if a 4K HDTV would off the same visual experience but just in a bigger package.
  6. bro67 Win User
    See post number 2. The only reason the 4k/UHD sets look better, is because of the software and processing to upscale to make your eyes trick your into believing your old set is worse.

    In order to see a real difference, both sets and the computer would have to be properly calibrated.

    If you plan on gaming for a long period, also plan on getting a 4k/UHD set. You need the 4k/UHD video card to properly work with the new set.

    Otherwise you will think that either your computer or the game is bad, or you got a bad tv.

    It is your money, do as you wish. But remember that if you plan on laying out good money on a decent 4k/UHD set. You better plan on getting a 4k/UHD compatible card to upscale to 4k/UHD. The cards that are on the market, already have the capabilities of 4k/UHD processing. A good GPU and video card makes a world of difference when it comes to gaming.
    bro67, Dec 9, 2015
  7. BEK
    BeK Win User
    I was thinking that it was all in the actual hardware. My old 1080p monitor that I used to use to game definitely looks better than that current 1080p HDTV that I use in terms of sharpness and clarity. I thought that a 4K HDTV would offer the same visually just due to the hardware alone.
    Thanks for the clarification!
  8. bro67 Win User

    1080p PC Gaming on 4K HDTV?

    As I have stated already it is in the hardware. When you show a 1080p image on a 4k/UHD tv. The software fills in the blanks, which in turns makes it look like garbage.

    If you use the GPU that is capable of 4k/UHD, the GPU takes care of the upscaling, which makes for a lot better image. See the link.

    Upscaling: How Does It Work and Is It Worth It?
    bro67, Dec 9, 2015
  9. bro67 Win User
    Your new HDTV needs calibrated, so that it shows the optimal picture.
    bro67, Dec 9, 2015
  10. BEK
    BeK Win User
    Within Nvidia Control Panel you mean?
  11. bro67 Win User
    That is part of it. Computers are harder to calibrate, because of they are used for different things. Plus not every game is going to have colors that are going to look right.

    There are gaming forums out there for this kind of stuff.
    bro67, Dec 9, 2015
  12. BEK
    BeK Win User
    Thank you. I'll stick with a 1080p HDTV then.
  13. bro67 Win User

    1080p PC Gaming on 4K HDTV?

    I would keep an eye on the prices. They are starting to fall towards more cost affordable.

    We have a 8 year old Panasonic Plasma that is still going strong. I keep watching the prices on the 4k units. When the Plasma dies, I am going with at least a 60" to replace the 42".

    Football is really the only thing that my wife would like it for. It is going to be a while before you see anything other than the Olympics in 4k. But it is better to be ready.

    Also keep reading up on the graphics cards and games. The games are slowly coming out with higher resolution, as consumers buy more of the 4k capable cards.
    bro67, Apr 5, 2018

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