We live in a world filled with screens, screens appear on our wrists, palms, every day the eyes see, fingers touch the most things is a flat screen, the slim screen has become an integral part of our lives.
Flat screen from the emergence to occupy our lives, in fact, less than twenty years, and before that, mention screen people should be associated with the heavy, large and expensive CRT monitors.
With the maturity of lower-cost LCD panel technology, the bulky CRT technology, like film cameras and CD records, was quickly abandoned by the times and became another “historical technology” in the digital era before it had time to say goodbye and be buried in warehouses, used appliance stores and recycling bins.
In 2000, CRT monitor shipments peaked at 90 million units; CRT TV sales peaked at 130 million units in 2005, and now you can only see these “big-ass” monitors when you pass by some junkyards.
Image from: Rachid Lotf
CRTs have become almost synonymous with obsolescence, but with retro gaming making a comeback, CRT monitors are popping up more and more frequently in some gamers’ mouths, and perhaps to your surprise, owning a CRT monitor is becoming a fun and trendy thing to do.
Retro games caused by CRT resurgence
According to Statista, there are approximately 2.7 billion gamers worldwide, and even when games are broken down into various categories, there is a sizable fan base for each type of game.
For some of these gamers, video games have become an important part of their life experience.
They have seen games evolve from 8Bit to holographic simulations, and as the graphics become more realistic and the mechanics more varied, they find it difficult to recapture the simple pleasures of childhood gaming in games that have become more complex.
Than looking forward to more interesting new game, they choose to go back in time, turning out to be hidden in the bottom of the cabinet of the red and white machine, N64, PS2, to review Zelda, G.I. Joe, Final Fantasy and other classic works that once moved them to death.
On Reddit, these retro game fans are happy to call themselves “behind the times players”, once “crossfire” of Nintendo, Sony, Sega fans can now finally calmly exchange their fond memories of the game, in addition to discussing which game is worth remembering and how to pass Sonic, many players here to exchange experience of playing retro games.
It’s easy to play retro games, you can play them with an emulator on your computer, but it’s hard to play them well, because now you can hardly find the picture you remember on a clear screen.
Many players find that when playing retro games on LCD screens, the LCD is often too precise and sharp when displaying individual pixels, making the picture look like an enlarged mosaic, a cross-stitch made of two lines intertwined vertically and horizontally.
People are always keen on clarity and want to see everything constantly clearer and sharper, but this is not good for retro games, it makes everything graphics look so rough and bad, which is in conflict with the players’ fond memories – in the memory Pikachu looks much cuter.
Is this because the memories put a nice filter on the picture?
Perhaps not, the Twitter account CRT Pixel took pictures of the same game on separate LCD and CRT monitors for comparison. On the CRT monitor, the original rough pixel picture became smoother and clearer, and many players said this is the familiar taste.
Old games are not high resolution, but with the old monitor, the display effect is much better than the new LCD monitor, this seems to have become the consensus of retro gamers, whenever a new gamer wants to enter the pit to remember the PS2, Wii or even the Sega Saturn on the good, “first you need a CRT monitor” is the most sincere advice from the old gamers.
Sony, JVC, Hitachi and other CRT monitor manufacturers may not have thought that more than a decade after the death of CRT, CRT has inadvertently ushered in a “word-of-mouth marketing”, and getting a CRT monitor has become the key for gamers to return to the happy planet.
Why CRT is better for playing retro games?
Why use the current LCD phenomenon technology to play old games, but the effect is worse than with CRT to come? This is because the LCD and CRT imaging principle is different, resulting in a great difference in the input delay and screen.
If you try to connect the old game console with the current 4K, 8K ultra-high resolution panel TV, you may notice a small but perceptible delay between the feedback of the screen and the movement of your fingers after pressing the buttons on the handle.
This is because the output of the old game console is often only 240P or 480i resolution, the HDTV needs time to decode and stretch the screen processing, which may cause hundreds of milliseconds of delay.
When you’re playing games like Super Mario Bros. or Racing that are very responsive, this lack of responsiveness can potentially ruin your afternoon gaming experience.
On a CRT monitor, thanks to its inherent imaging principle, this instant response is not a problem.
We need to start from the imaging principle of CRT monitor, which is actually the abbreviation of Cathode-Ray Tube, the reason why it has a big “butt” is that there is a vacuum cathode-ray tube inside, which contains one or more electron guns.
And in front of the glass cover, covered with phosphors that can emit light, the imaging process is actually the electron gun emitted electrons, hitting the phosphor emitted light.
Super slow motion shot CRT screen can see the electron beam scanning
When the electron gun sequentially lights up the entire screen with phosphor at a very fast speed, using the visual residue of the eye, we get a clear picture.
Mario’s scanning process
The electronic gun sweeps much faster than we think, and sweeps all the time, so when you press the button on the handle, the screen reflects your action with a super fast response (usually less than 0.01 milliseconds), bringing an almost lag-free operating experience.
The main reason why CRTs can “sharpen” the sharp edges of LCDs is because of the difference in pixel composition between the two.
As you are now using the cell phone or computer screen, when you use a microscope hair big you will find that the LCD panel is actually composed of a red, blue, green dots, three colors of dots can be composed of a pixel, by controlling the dots of different brightness to form the color and thus constitute the image.
Graphics and pixel dots is a point-to-point relationship, the higher the resolution of the graphics, the more delicate the edges.
And when you look closely at the CRT screen, it also has a red, blue and green tricolor “dots”, but different from the LCD panel this is actually a staggered arrangement of fluorescent dots, and does not light.
When the electron beam shines to these fluorescent dots, emitting the corresponding brightness of the three primary colors to form the color we see.
Unlike LCD pixels, these fluorescent dots do not emit light in their entirety, but can be half, or even partially, emitted with the amount of electron energy, so that there is a kind of softening effect at the edges of the displayed graphics. In fact, CRT displays do not have absolute resolution because they do not have pixels in the true sense of the word.
Therefore, the original grainy pixel game screen is not so harsh on the CRT monitor, and the CRT interlinear display scan line effect can bring a smoother sense of edges and realism to the screen, and this effect can sometimes be really fascinating.
In other words, the old game is based on the CRT era display technology was born, so you want to restore the original flavor of the real picture of the old game, a CRT monitor of the same age is really a good choice.
CRT will turn red like mechanical keyboard?
CRT monitors were abandoned by the market because of the birth and popularity of new, lower-cost technology, and then returned to people’s attention because of the game, which sounds almost identical to the story of another hot game peripheral – the mechanical keyboard, so the question arises, will CRT monitors usher in a revival like the mechanical keyboard?
Like the cheaper membrane keyboard knocked down the same mechanical keyboard, CRT was eliminated LCD elimination is not the quality of the picture can not, but lost in the cost and ease of use.
Digital Foundry did an interesting test in which they connected a 22-inch Sony FW900 Trilon monitor to a modern high-performance PC and tried to run the 2019 3A masterpiece “Control”.
Interestingly, with the RTS ray tracing effect on, the display does not lose out to the popular 4K gaming monitors, and the FW900 is even better in terms of dynamic detail.
More netizens have also done modern tests on the performance of these top CRT monitors, and since there is no it has no absolute resolution, as long as the ratio of the screen is right, whether it is PS5’s next-gen games or APEX, CSGO and other competitive and popular online games, CRT’s perform with ease and everything looks so clear and smooth.
But this CRT fever also only stops at the hardcore gamer circle, although the top CRT monitor performance is indeed better than most cheap, ordinary LCD panels, but want to experience this retro wave experience before, you need to solve a whole lot of trouble.
First is the interface problem, late CRT monitors are equipped with VGA, DVI-I and other input interfaces, which sounds old, but at least you can still connect your computer via HDMI adapter cable, which is not a hassle.
Different interfaces end up with different pictures
When you want to connect your old game console, you need to consider whether to use RGB, S-terminals or BNC interface, and you may even need to consider an adapter to achieve the best color output, different output forms directly affect the final picture you get, which sounds much more complicated than choosing HDMI 2.1 or DP 1.4.
The next problem is the rate of damage, CRT has been discontinued for nearly two decades, most CRT monitor parts are facing the problem of aging, difficult to replace, and you also need to calibrate the color and screen of such an old monitor, it is clear that CRT monitors are only suitable for hardcore gamers who have the ability to do and know the expertise.
Last but not least, CRT monitors are really heavy and take up a lot of space. Take the Sony FW900 for example, it weighs 42KG and covers an area of about 0.3 square meters, so it is not an easy thing to carry or place it.
And these top-of-the-line CRT screens aren’t necessarily cheaper than LCD screens, with a good-quality FW900 costing much more than a brand-new iMac on used trading platforms.
Compared to the iMac, which is only 11.5mm thick, it has a beautiful 24-inch HD screen, the same M1 chip as the iPad Pro, and a color keyboard that can be unlocked with a fingerprint.
Therefore, the high cost and high cost CRT is destined to be difficult to re-enter the life of the public, it is like film cameras, at some times better performance, but a variety of inconvenience makes them not suitable for everyone.
In 2015, with the discontinuation of the last CRT manufacturer Videocon, the CRT officially entered the countdown of life, fortunately than being abandoned, CRT has not been forgotten. But when the last CRT monitor goes out, will anyone remember the beautiful images of retro games?
People remember film, so they made various film filters, view with lower cost to simulate the taste of film, the same, people are also making analog filters for CRT, in some simulators, you can also use the LCD panel to simulate the unique scanning line effect of CRT.
Image from: Rachid Lotf
Leaving behind the beauty of the past in a more modern way is perhaps the best way to remember old technology.
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