Early last year NVIDIA and its partners announced the Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD) initiative, with the goal to bring to market TV-sized 4K gaming monitors with a high variable refresh rate, high-end HDR, and SHIELD TV functionality. This year BFGDs will be released at last. Just days before CES kicks off, HP introduced its OMEN X Emperium 65, one of the world’s first big format gaming displays, and one that also comes equipped with a 120 W soundbar. The product will be available next month, but its price will be akin to its size: large.

The HP OMEN X Emperium 65 display uses a 64.5-inch 8-bit AMVA panel featuring a 3840×2160 resolution, 750 – 1000 nits brightness (typical/HDR), a 3200:1 – 4000:1 contrast ratio (minimum/typical), 178° viewing angles, a 120 - 144 Hz refresh rate (normal/overclocked), and a 4 ms GtG response time with overdrive enabled. Just like other G-Sync HDR monitors released to date, this one is equipped with a 384-zone full direct-array backlight to offer a finer-grained HDR experience, and enhanced with quantum dots to guarantee precise reproduction of 95% of the DCI-P3 color space.

Besides its dimensions and G-Sync HDR display tech, one of the key selling points of the OMEN X Emperium 65 is bundled OMEN X Emperium Soundbar designed with gaming in mind. The soundbar is rated for 120 W of output power, and it sports three stereo amps and Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) technology to avoid the need for a subwoofer. The soundbar can work in two modes: one tuned for gaming and another tuned for general entertainment.

Speaking of entertainment, it is necessary to note that the OMEN X Emperium 65 also comes with built-in SHIELD TV console (Tegra X1, etc.) along with 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as GbE connectivity. The integrated SHIELD TV allows the TV to directly to play some SHIELD TV/Android games, though in practice it's more likely to be used for various media streaming services (Amazon Video, Netflix, etc.). The monitor is VESA DisplayHDR 1000-certified, so it meets the highest standards for a PC HDR monitor. However HP hasn't clarified what HDR transport formats the display supports; while HDR10 is going to be a given, we're curious whether the high-end display will also support Dolby Vision. Meanwhile, since we are talking about a TV-sized gaming display, it obviously has a rather low pixel density of around 68 PPI, which will make it a rather poor choice for work and its main (if not sole) purposes will be games and entertainment.

Moving on to connectivity. The OMEN X Emperium 65 has a DisplayPort 1.4 input and three HDMI 2.0b inputs that support HDMI ARC, which is enough to connect a PC, a couple of game consoles, and a Blu-ray player. When it comes to audio, it has a line out and an S/PDIF out. In addition, the monitor has a dual-port USB 3.0 hub. One interesting feature that the display has is a special sensors that detects user's hand and lights up the ports. Another cool feature is an adjustable RGB lighting on the back.

Specifications of the OMEN X Emperium 65
Panel 64.5" AMVA
Native Resolution 3840 × 2160
Maximum Refresh Rate Normal: 120 Hz
Overclocked: 144 Hz
Response Time 4 ms with overdrive
Brightness Typical: 750 cd/m²
HDR: 1000 cd/m²
Contrast Minimum: 3200:1
Typical: 4000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Pixel Pitch 0.372 mm²
Pixel Density 68 ppi
Display Colors ?
Color Gamut Support DCI-P3: 95%
Media Playback Capabilities Built-in NVIDIA SHIELD TV game console
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.4
3 × HDMI 2.0a
1x USB-B
HDCP 2.2
USB Hub 2-port USB 3.0
Audio Output power: 120W
Impedence: 4 Ohms
Frequency range: 40 - 20k Hz
Sensitivity: 91 dB @ 1K Hz at 1m full scale volume
Magnet Materials: Ferrite
Diaphragm: Aluminum

Line out: 1
S-PDIF out: 1
Power Idle 0.5 W
Typical ?
Peak ?
Launch Price $4,999

The monstrous OMEN X Emperium 65 is set to hit retail in late February, assuming everything goes well and the performance of the device satisfies HP and NVIDIA. However it won't be cheap: with a list price of $4,999, this is a rather unprecedented MSRP for a consumer monitor, and for that matter higher than a lot of high-end TVs.

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  • jabbadap - Sunday, January 6, 2019 - link

    dp1.4 still, so 98Hz uhd HDR, 120Hz 8bit uhd(SDR) or marketed 144Hz 8bit with chroma subsampling...

    But the most important question: Will it have active cooling? I would presume that size of monitor does have enough room for sufficient passive cooling.
  • Ninjawithagun - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - link

    Actually, if DP 1.4 can only deliver enough bandwidth to get to 98Hz with RGB/4:4:4 subsampling, then going down one level, to 4:2:2, can free up enough bandwidth to reach 144Hz.
  • krazyfrog - Sunday, January 6, 2019 - link

    "8-bit" "HDR"

  • jabbadap - Sunday, January 6, 2019 - link

    It most probably is 8bit+FRC panel(is there even anything else from AUO's AMVA 65" panel line), thus enough for HDR. But yeah display port specification restricts 10bit colors to 98Hz max. So having it marketed as 144Hz monitor is moot.
  • rchiwawa - Sunday, January 6, 2019 - link

    Man, I really wish OLED tech was fool-proof for display tech. Having an OLED laptop and an OLED TV w/10k power on hours that has spent some time on news channels and as a monitor neither with any hint of burn in I am well aware I am more an exception than the rule in experience. FALD is ok but trying to watch something like Game of Thrones or other consistently dimly lit material... its just not good enough for me to be interested... An adaptive sync display of the Omen's size is applaudable if not too compromised to be of any purchasing interest here.
  • zodiacfml - Sunday, January 6, 2019 - link

    Including an Nvidia Shield and a sound bar to justify the cost.
    It seems that they can't produce enough of these displays. I hope to see 43-55" inches of this type in two or three years.
  • Beaver M. - Sunday, January 6, 2019 - link

    Smart guy. Always be wary when they add rather useless stuff to expensive things. It always means its extremely overpriced.
  • boeush - Sunday, January 6, 2019 - link

    "The OMEN X Emperium 65 has a DisplayPort 1.4 input and three HDMI 2.0b inputs that support HDMI ARC"

    The feature table says:

    "3 × HDMI 2.0a"

    So which is it, door 'a' or door 'b'?
  • Adonisds - Monday, January 7, 2019 - link

    As always, they market not so great products to "gamers" and charge absurd ammounts of money. You have to be a sucker to buy this instead of, for instance, a 55" $1000 OLED TV with HDMI 2.1 and 4k@120hz

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