I've got a 4:3 PC CRT. The main issue is that it's 4:3 and therefore doesn't display 16:9 content very well. The main reason I don't use it very much is that I've already got a nice multiformat 20" PVM that outdoes it on 480p (4:3) content. The PC CRT I have is some top-of-the-line Mitsubishi Diamondtron with similar max stated specs (1536p) but the focus isn't great any more and the phosphors seem tired and uncalibrated. I'm really kicking myself because I had a really great CRT from with moderate resolution but great colors from my childhood but I got rid of it like 2 years before I got back into CRTs. It was some Viewsonic that I think topped out at 768p or so but it had some sort of "Viewsonic SuperBright" or "VIVID" or something button on the front that would make everything pop and look really nice. So it's really the 16:9 that I'm looking for since my PVM already does letterboxed 720p. Widescreen PC CRTs are pretty rare and expensive as far as I know because most people and brands shifted over to 16:9 and flat TFTs at the same time. The only two widescreen PC CRTs I can think of are the thicc SGI monitor that carmack used and the sony FW900s. The annoying thing is that sony FW900s used to be somewhat available on craigslist for cheap around 8-10 years ago but are now rare and expensive.
And on the top end of things, I have a nice VA gaming monitor at ~1 frame added lag that can do [email protected]
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(1080p native resolution so the 720 is extra blurry). So I've already got some displays that cover the high-frame-rates. So I have 480p @ 4:3 covered pretty well, and 1080p @16:9 but there's still a hole where I don't have any way to make 720p content look good. I suppose I also have a hole for 854x480p content but basically all of those games have a good working 4:3 480p that is the default option, since widescreens were rare and expensive for a while. The annoying part is about halfway through the PS3/XB360 system life many games stopped providing options for 4:3 - if you launch Forza 4 at a [email protected]
:3 resolution it will just letterbox the 16:9 view and waste a bunch of screen area that leaves you squinting for your turns.
At this point I am declaring this a display technology general thread. Before I got the projector I was looking into that one frankenstein custom setup that one display engineer makes that can do 4k/120, 1080p/240, 540p/480, but decided I'd rather have field-of-view instead. Here's the link: https://blurbusters.com/4k-120hz-with-bonus-240hz-and-480hz-modes/