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I currently have a Dell 19" 1440x900 Widescreen monitor. I use it for both my PC gaming and also my PS4 which both connect to the DVI port via switch box. However I am not happy with the picture quality of the PS4. For some reason it looks quite blurry, I have to turn the monitor sharpness up quite a bit every time I use it, and for some reason it just doesnt look as good as it does on a TV.

So I want a new monitor which will display the PS4 better, I was thinking of getting a 16:9 one with a resolution of 1600x900, this way the PS4 will fit the screen properly and as its similar to my current resolution my PC games should run similar to how they do now.

But the question is what brands or models should I look into? What info should I look for so I know how good the picture quality will be?
    
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Hi,

i suggest getting anything having 1920 by 1080 native resolution and having an IPS panel. As most PS4 games are trying to hit that 1080p mark. IPS panels i believe cover 100% of the color spectrum. They are a little pricier than other panels, but you get what you pay for.
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I dont want a 1080p display because my PC games will suffer in performance. Running them at 60fps is far more important to me than 1080p. Also I can only get a 19 - 20" monitor because my desk wont allow for any bigger.
    
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Your PS4 plays *most* games at a set render resolution irregardless of monitor settings. Most likely the blurriness you are experiencing is the up/downscaling of textures with added FXAA or whatever the PS4 uses to cover it up. This will not change based on monitor and will vary depending on game. You also probably have black letterboxing due to 1440x900 being a 16:10 resolution (or possibly part of the blurriness is caused by stretching?). See if you have aspect ratio settings in your monitors OSD settings and set it to 16:9.

Keikei has said the best course of action, get a 21.5" 1080p monitor for relatively cheap and use it at native for both machines. The current generation of consoles have made it their aim to play games at 1080p (Lol). From your sig you have a GTX670 which is fine for getting 60fps at 1080p if you dont use any AA, v-sync, motion blur or excessive tessellation settings etc.
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Your PS4 plays *most* games at a set render resolution irregardless of monitor settings. Most likely the blurriness you are experiencing is the up/downscaling of textures with added FXAA or whatever the PS4 uses to cover it up. This will not change based on monitor and will vary depending on game. You also probably have black letterboxing due to 1440x900 being a 16:10 resolution (or possibly part of the blurriness is caused by stretching?). See if you have aspect ratio settings in your monitors OSD settings and set it to 16:9.

Keikei has said the best course of action, get a 21.5" 1080p monitor for relatively cheap and use it at native for both machines. The current generation of consoles have made it their aim to play games at 1080p (Lol). From your sig you have a GTX670 which is fine for getting 60fps at 1080p if you dont use any AA, v-sync, motion blur or excessive tessellation settings etc.

The only way I could get a 1080p monitor is if I get a new PC desk as I cant fit one bigger than 19.5" in the alcove of my current one, but maybe that is what I should do so I can get the best picture quality...

However V-Sync is a must for me as I cant play games with screen tearing so i'll have to see.
    
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I'm looking for an ips panel, and i'm not finding anything smaller than a 21.5 inch. I'll try and search deeper.

update: OK, i think i found your monitor. DellTM 20 Monitor – P2014H I would try and find it cheaper though on another site if viable.
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I'm looking for an ips panel, and i'm not finding anything smaller than a 21.5 inch. I'll try and search deeper.

update: OK, i think i found your monitor. DellTM 20 Monitor – P2014H I would try and find it cheaper though on another site if viable.

I actually browsed past that one earlier, I didnt know how good it was and didnt know it was an IPS. I can get one for £116.95.
    
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I actually browsed past that one earlier, I didnt know how good it was and didnt know it was an IPS. I can get one for £116.95.

Based on your criteria, that is the one you want, however, as you know concerning PC gaming, you can always change the resolution settings. PS4, you cant change the res I believe. I still recommend a 1080p native monitor.
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I actually browsed past that one earlier, I didnt know how good it was and didnt know it was an IPS. I can get one for £116.95.

If you are thinking about spending that much cash on a 1600x900 I would seriously consider your options about where you can have your screen. Dropping 120 quid on a low spec monitor is wth.gif
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If you are thinking about spending that much cash on a 1600x900 I would seriously consider your options about where you can have your screen. Dropping 120 quid on a low spec monitor is wth.gif

What makes it low spec? Surely you are not simply referring to the resolution? I saw on another site where someone was choosing between an IPS 1600x900 display vs a standard 1080p display and people recommended the IPS as it would have better colour and would play PC games better due to the reduction in screen resolution.

I game on 1440x900 now and my PC games look fantastic.
    
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