Philips has introduced two new “Designed for Xbox” 4K monitors, which are smaller and (relatively) more affordable versions of the existing 55-inch Philips Momentum 559M1RYV.
These will be the Philips Momentum 27-inch (279M1RV) and 32-inch (329M1RV) displays, and like the current 55-inch model that was released in August, they will feature a 4K HDR panel with a 120Hz refresh rate (via HDMI 2.1).
The 27-inch model is VESA DisplayHDR 600 certified and features AMD FreeSync Premium technology, whereas the 32-inch model isn’t (and is also rated differently at VESA DisplayHDR 400).
Philips notes that these displays aren’t only intended for next-gen console gaming, but they’re also appropriate for PC gaming. The 27-inch model is a good fit for a desktop and is typically seen among PC gamers.
The 279M1RV has a Nano IPS panel with up to 98% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage, and it’s a G-Sync compatible display for gamers with Nvidia graphics cards, according to the manufacturer.
Philips Ambiglow (color-matching backlighting), DTS Sound, and height tilt, and swivel adjustments are among the other noteworthy features.
The new displays will be available for purchase in the UK in November, with a suggested price of £899.99 and £719.99 for the 32-inch and 27-inch monitors respectively.
The asking price of £1,199 for the 55-inch model is currently on sale, but keep in mind that it comes with an excellent built-in soundbar (of course, it’s a much bigger monitor).
What does this signify for the PC market?
There’s no arguing that having more alternatives is always a good thing, and the Philips Momentum smaller-sized monitors in the range provide a more approachable price tag – although they’re still not cheap (but then, this is a top-notch 4K screen with a 120Hz refresh rate).
They could also be an option for PC gamers who buy from Philips.
The bad news is that, compared to the previous VA screen with the 55-inch product, which was poor when it came to viewing angles (and notably on the PC, lacked the punch and vibrancy seen on the Xbox), its IPS panel should make things better.
The new Nano IPS panel will provide considerably wider viewing angles, as well as a more vibrant color performance. We’ll never really know what the new models offer until they’re evaluated, but the improvements seem good enough.