1440p HD PC GAMING EXPLAINED
1440p is the next logical “notch” above 1080p and fits perfectly as a halfway point towards 4K
- 720p is a resolution of 1280 x 720
- 1080p is a resolution of 1920 x 1080
- 1440p is a resolution of 2560 x 1440
- 4K is a monstrous resolution of 4096 x 2160 !!!
Fortunately despite the big film and television consortium pushing for 4K, there is a strong voice within the IT and gaming industry to push for the adoption of 1440p as the next standard in HD gaming.
Monitor manufacturers are also keen to support 1440p because they are cheaper to produce and can be offered tot he consumer at a far cheaper price point.
Also thinking back to the demands that 4K gaming will put on your hardware, and 1440p suddenly seems like a far better option.
1440p scaling from 720p
What I'm about to describe may seem like magic but stick with me for a moment, and is yet another major bonus for the potential of 1440p.
If you have a look at the resolutions above, 1440p is the perfect doubling of 720p with square pixels. (other aspect ratios have non-square pixels) this means if you own a 1440p monitor all sorts of things will look better on your screen than on a 1080p monitor… and its not just because of the higher spec.
For example if you download a 720p video and watch it on your 1080p monitor at “full screen” the 720p video will be stretched to occupy 1.25 x 1.25 pixels on the 1080p screen. Not ideal because you cant physically have 0.25 of a pixel so the video look blurry… this is just what happens and anyone with a 1080p monitor has experienced this without understanding why.
But if you put that same 720p video on the 1440p monitor and go “full screen” the single 720p pixel will be stretched to occupy a perfect 2 x 2 pixels on the 1440p screen. So high fives and fist bumps all round because this will mean a much-much clearer 720p picture. Meaning if you wan to get the best frames per second possible.. in theory you can run your games at 720p on a 1440p display without a massively noticeable impact on visual quality.
What about MAC and their 5K screes?
By the way Mac are smoking crack with their new 5K screens. I’m predicting major usability problems… videos will be stretched into blurry pictures, software will struggle, user interface elements will be too tiny. 5K is a resolution of 5120 x 2880… pfft the hardware just isn’t ready at all.