At GamesCom, NVIDIA partners were proud to showcase their BFGD displays. They were less proud to announce initial pricing.
Big F price
In January NVIDIA announced Big Format Gaming Displays (BFGD). This new standard of monitors is to extend G-Sync HDR ecosystem into much bigger displays. The main idea behind BFGD is low latency, great color reproduction, high dynamic range, high refresh rate, and of course a big format. The main issue though is lack of supported display connector standards.
Even Turing cards do not support HDMI 2.1, the only connectors capable of supporting BFGD are DisplayPorts 1.4.
At GamesCom, Hardware.info crew met with few partners who were showcasing upcoming BFG monitors. They were surprised to hear that not only they are delayed till Q1 2019, but also they won’t be cheap. And if you think 2,000 USD for super high-end gaming monitor is expensive, wait till you hear how much BFGD will cost.
According to HW.info, BFGDs will cost between 4,000 and 5,000 EUR. Yes, that the price of a high-end OLED TV or (to put it into a different perspective) a price of an average used car.
The general adoption of HDMI 2.1 standard in next-gen TVs, might affect BFGD pricing a bit. After all, is G-Sync support and built-in Shield worth extra 1-2k EUR for a display? We will see next year.