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So, I have a 5760x1080 surround setup with three 2ms 24 inch Acers. I am wondering about ditching it and running 4K instead. Has anyone done this yet? Go from surround to 4K that is. What is the experience like? Do you run into some of the same kinds of issues as surround as far as game support? How do games that only work at lower resolutions look on 4K? With good screens under $1000 now, I'm tempted to make the jump.
 
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4K is easier to support for HUD and FOV scaling since its 16:9 like 1080p and all that instead of the 21:9 or wider ratio that surround usually entails.

However, it's still early 4K adoption, so not all games support it out of the box, although surprisingly some games do see 3840x2160 as an option right away. Older games usually needs config file editing to support 4K, or in worst case scenario like CastleVania: Lords of Shadows 2 you need to run Widescreen Fixer program to force the game to run in 4K. Too many developers do not do "displayID" lookup to support all resolutions possible and instead cap off at 1080p, which is annoying.

any game will look better at 4K, some more so than others. Metro LL looks super real at 4K, while simple-textured games, not so much. Laughably, i can run South Park: The Stick of Truth at 4K, but like that makes any difference, other than maybe having a sharper look on the flat 2D textures. If you can call it textures at all.

You with 3x1080p surround has been looking at games at the default 92 PPI per inch, so its not all that sharp. It can be argued that you're wasting 2 of those monitors on peripheral vision, which isn't as sharp as center vision, so a chunk of horsepower is wasted there.

with a 24 inch 4K like the Dell UP2414Q, lot more details can be glanced off of anything, and AA isn't really needed anymore due to the sheer pixel density, the jaggies are so small that even you can be pressed to tell 2xAA from 8xAA, or even no AA at all.

4K is the next 1080p, so it will be better supported in general than surround ever was.
     
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I'm looking at getting the Samsung 28 inch. What's the desktop experience like? I have heard of some funky issues in 4K.
 
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My biggest complaint going from surround to 4k is the standard aspect ratio and FOV in games. I really liked the fact when I had surround I had extended view in both landscape and portrait. I really got used to this and when I went to 4k its the same as a 1080p screen in regards fov/aspect ratio in games.

This same extended view also creates more compatability issues with surround vs 4k but That's my opinion
Aside from games that dont support high resolutions 4k worked against surround.
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wait for affordable IPS 4k. That is my plan.
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My personal issue with surround is that bezels, even 1mm bezels really ruin my experience. I also think DPI is more important that the actual resolution. Furthermore; response time, ULMB, and G-Sync have more to do with the gaming experience than resolution. Everyone also seems to shun TN when compared to IPS but it's kind of like ski goggles, you're not going to notice an imperfect color profile after a short time and unless you're actually doing work where accurate color representation on screen affects the result you're not getting much benefit.

4K is great but there are so many 1440p screens out there with so many more features. You're more likely to find your perfect match with those at this point. As ChronoBodi mentioned above this is what you are going to get with early adoption. There's that annoying question that we see all the time, "Get the X now or wait for the Y," the next best thing is always just a few months out, get something that kicks ass and makes you happy and plan on doing it again in 2 to 3 years.

I personally have the PB278Q arriving at my place today and the PG278Q will be ordered as soon as possible. 1 for work, 1 for gaming.
    
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Alot of PC Game menus and in game cut scenes/video have issues with 4kx2k.... operating systems still have issues and glitchy with 4kx2k.
 
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wait for affordable IPS 4k. That is my plan.

Yeah that's what I'm waiting for as well thumb.gif
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Yeah that's what I'm waiting for as well thumb.gif

QFT

One thing that I hope gets resolved soon is the windows scaling with 4K. I don't want to use a magnifying glass to see how much HDD space I have left.
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All good points. I don't see the bezels when I am gaming in surround, they just blend away. I really like the panoramic views though. But, it's not a must have. I'm not supper crazy on IPS screens. Great for photo editing, but always look a bit blurry to me when gaming. Never really seen a fast one first hand.
 
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