Playing games on Samsung’s massive new computer monitor and other ultra-wide monitors gives you an advantage

I’ve been playing PC games on Acer’s X34 ultra-wide monitor for a few months, and I can safely say that compared to standard monitors, wider monitors offer a distinct advantage.

Ultra-wide monitors like Acer’s X34 have a 21:9 aspect ratio, whereas standard monitors have a 16:9 aspect ratio. That 21:9 aspect ratio translates to a wider field-of-view than a standard monitor, which means I can spot enemies that I normally wouldn’t see with a standard monitor.

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The benefits of a wider field-of-view was one of Samsung’s main selling points for its latest “super ultra-wide” CHG90 monitor, which has an insane 32:9 aspect ratio and is wider than standard 16:9 monitors, and even the 21:9 X34 ultrawide monitor. From Samsung’s demo and my own experience with ultrawide monitors, those benefits ring true.

Check it out:


Here’s what the “Battlefield 1” game looks like while using a standard 16:9 monitor.

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And here’s what “Battlefield 1” looks like on Samsung 32:9 CHG90 monitor.

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See those green circles surrounding the red highlighted enemies on the edges of the screen? You may have spotted the enemy on the left with a standard monitor, but you may not have spotted the enemy on the very right. Being aware of that enemy on the right, I can plan my next move and react to dangers much more quickly and effectively.


Is it cheating?

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Though I’m a huge fan of these ultra-wide computer monitors, I’ve certainly felt that they’ve given me an unfair advantage while playing against players with standard monitors.

There were a few instances while playing “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” where I saw an enemy player on the very edge of the X34’s ultrawide screen, and I was able to dispatch those players before they could even see me. There’s no way of knowing whether or not the enemy players had a regular or ultra-wide monitor, but assuming they had the more-common standard monitor, the playing field essentially became uneven because of my choice of hardware.


You can pick up an ultra-wide monitors, like this model from LG, for relatively cheap.

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With that said, the unfair advantage from playing on an ultra-wide monitor isn’t dependent on a player’s budget: You can pick up an ultra-wide monitor for as low as $157 from Amazon. So far, however, Samsung’s CHG90 is the only monitor with the insanely wide 32:9 aspect ratio, and it costs $1,500. So, a player who has the budget for such an expensive monitor would have the field-of-view advantage over players that don’t have that kind of budget.


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A standard monitor with the 16:9 aspect ratio.
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Additionally, the new interest in ultra-wide monitors may make PC gamers feel like they need to purchase a new monitor just to keep up with players with ultrawide monitors, even if their normal 16:9 monitor works just fine.

At the end of the day, it’s a matter of choice, as well as keeping up with the evolution of tech. Ultra-wide and super ultra-wide monitors are part of that evolution, and they’re not going anywhere. So, while it does give you an advantage, it’s not necessarily unfair.