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Future G-Sync Module Displays will support Adaptive-Sync and HDMI-VRR - Nvidia Opens Up

Nvidia's G-Sync Module is opening up to open standards

Future G-Sync Module Displays will support Adaptive-Sync and HDMI-VRR - Nvidia Opens Up

Future G-Sync Module Displays will support Adaptive-Sync and HDMI-VRR - Nvidia Opens Up

Since the start of 2019, Nvidia has opened its approach to variable refresh rate (VRR) displays, enabling support for both HDMI VRR, an HDMI 2.1 standard, and VESA Adaptive-Sync on its latest Geforce graphics cards. This move opened up Geforce users to a world of VRR monitor options beyond G-Sync. 

While some gamers saw this as a move away from Nvidia's G-Sync module, Nvidia's home-grown G-Sync monitor scaler chip, rest assured that Nvidia still has plans for the monitor market. Much like Geforce, Nvidia is opening is G-Sync module up to external standards, bringing HDMI-VVR and VESA Adaptive-Sync support onto the mix. 

This move will enable future G-Sync monitors, which include Nvidia's G-Sync module, to support VRR standards outside of Nvidia's ecosystem. For example, this will allow AMD's Radeon graphics cards to support VRR via Adaptive Sync on Nvidia's future G-Sync monitors. 

I know what you're thinking. Why would Nvidia do this? The simple answer; consoles. Both next-generation consoles are expected to support some form of VRR, and Nvidia needs to cater to that market to ensure that its G-Sync modules continue to be used in future monitors. If G-Sync monitors lack support for console-supported VRR technologies, Nvidia loses sales.

Another advantage of this move Nvidia can then sell G-Sync module monitors to users of AMD and Intel graphics components. This will help ensure that its G-Sync module containing monitors sell. 

Sadly, Nvidia and its monitor partners have no plans to enable HDMI-VRR and VESA Adaptive-Sync within existing G-Sync monitors. This makes sense, as these screens were not designed for these forms of VRR. 

Future G-Sync Module Displays will support Adaptive-Sync and HDMI-VRR - Nvidia Opens Up  

Frankly, Nvidia needed to make this move. If they didn't do this, Nvidia's G-Sync module would become a dead technology. With this move, Nvidia can ensure that they still make money from monitor sales and they can keep the G-Sync name alive. This will help Nvidia to maintain its mindshare, especially if they can market new advantages for its native G-Sync technology over today's G-Sync Compatible and FreeSync screens. 

You can join the discussion on Nvidia's future G-Sync plans on the OC3D Forums

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