21:9 (2560 x 1080) – A Better Resolution for Gaming

A Better Resolution: 21:9 (2560 x 1080)

The era of 4K gaming displays has started, but it will take at least three to four years for them becoming acceptable seriously among the gamers worldwide. But currently, the 21:9 or say 2560 x 1080 is the best aspect ratio for gaming without any doubt. And to prove what we said, we will go in detail for the features the 2560 x 1080 resolution provides and the difference of 2560 x 1080 vs 1920 x 1080 for the users.

Today, the most commonly used aspect ratios are 16:9 and 21:9. As the widescreen monitors are used constantly and also are favorites among the users, this post is mainly focused on 16:9 Vs 21:9 and the aspects of the better resolution for gaming.

The wider expect ratio 21:9 with 2560 x 1080 resolution really impressed us a lot in a way that we didn’t even expect. In this article, we will explain about our experience of this omnipresent aspect ratio in movies, on desktop applications, and of course, in games.

21:9 Movies

Most of the current Blu-ray movies are made with the aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and similar, so when you watch movies in 21:9 aspect ratio monitor, you will get a very enjoyable movie watching experience on your monitor.

21:9 Desktop Experience

Almost all of the 29” monitors employ 2560 x 1080 resolution which gives a panoramic look in the desktop applications. When you see a single web page on a 2560 x 1080 (21:9) resolution, then you will see a lot of ‘white space’ compared to 1920 x 1080 (16:9). But, when you use two applications side by side on a 21:9 aspect ratio, then you will get a tremendous multitasking experience. In other words, the 21:9 aspect ratio with a 2560 x 1080 resolution on a 29” monitor, you will get the best alternative to a setup of multiple USB powered monitors. You can run two web pages or desktop applications side by side on a 2560 x 1080 resolution with the best viewing experience.

21:9 while Gaming

Coming to gaming, 21:9 peripheral vision provides a great immersion while gaming. Not only the physical size of the monitor on which it is employed, but it also provides improved FOV (Field of View) gaming experience. Confused? Let us explain. Most of the games are made with ‘Hor+’ which is a scaling of default FOV. It means that the game’s vertical FOV remains static, but the horizontal FOV expands or shrinks according to the resolution of the display. So, when you play a game on a 16:9 monitor and a 21:9 monitor, then the vertical view is same, but the horizontal FOV expands in the second one which allows you see for more details. The 2560 x 1080 resolution gives a significant boost to the horizontal viewing experience.


Comparing the 2560 x 1080 Vs 1920 x 1080 resolution, and 21:9 Vs. 16:9 aspect ratio, the 2560 X 1080 with 21:9 is surely a better option for the gamers and multitaskers. Surely it depends on the monitor you buy by considering the frame rate, response time, and budget, but when you get an ultrawide monitor with this combination, you will be on the top of your gaming. It will let you see an immersive gaming environment with the best viewing experience.

Howard Tavares

About Howard Tavares

Hi, Howard here. I love the computer displays, and I enjoy working on my dual monitor setup. After a lot of experiments, failures, successes, and reviews, I started Best Monitor Hz to helpmates like me who want to talk about a screen that can fulfil their working or gaming needs.

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