06 January 2020
At IFA 2019 in Berlin, Acer has announced a new lineup of gaming monitors named Nitro XV3. There are currently four monitors in the lineup which differ in the exact configuration of the display size, resolution, and refresh rate. The company has tried to cover different types of gamers in mind while focusing on delivering higher refresh rates and resolutions.
The four gaming monitors are Acer Nitro XV273U S, Nitro XV273 X, Nitro XV253Q X, and Nitro XV253Q P. The first two models are 27-inch monitors and the other two are 24.5-inch monitors. The first one is the only Quad HD (1440p) monitor in the lineup which also has 165Hz refresh rate. All the remaining ones offer a Full HD (1080p) panel with 240Hz, 240Hz, and 144Hz refresh rates respectively.
The Nitro XV3 lineup comes with NVIDIA G-Sync and Adaptive-Sync technology support. If the monitors are connected with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series or GeForce RTX 20-Series graphics card, then they also offer Variable Refresh Rate by default. This is said to be aimed at reducing lag and removing screen tearing.
Other features include DisplayHDR 400 certification which means it can offer up to 1 ms VRB (Visual Response Boost) response time. They offer 99% sRGB wide color gamut as well as Acer's Agile-Splendor technology. There is an Acer Game Mode along with eight different display modes that will help users get optimal display settings depending on the content type.
Here are the pricing details:
- Acer Nitro XV273U S 27-inch Quad HD display with 165Hz refresh rate for $589 or EUR 649
- Acer Nitro XV273 X 27-inch Full HD display with 240Hz refresh rate for $469 or EUR 519
- Acer Nitro XV253Q X 24.5-inch Full HD display with 240Hz refresh rate for $389 or EUR 419
- Acer Nitro XV253Q P 24.5-inch Full HD display with 144Hz refresh rate for $199 or EUR 329
Other than the usual gaming hardware announcements, Acer also took wraps off Planet9 eSports gaming platform. It is the company's attempt at becoming a port of the booming eSports industry. The only difference is that its platform is more like a community/social network for like-minded gamers to connect with each other. It is also open for amateur and casual gamers where they connect with similar users as well as get trained under the guidance of pro gamers.
As explained by Acer, these are key Planet9 features:
- Coach: The Coach feature allows gamers to learn from pro players and skilled gamers. Gamers can select their ideal coach based on game statistics, language, rating, and hourly rate. Coaches can review the gamer’s game statistics to tailor-make a course, enhanced by screen-sharing, video/voice chat, and VOD upload features to playback those moments that need perfecting.
- Carry: Gamers can work together with like-minded gamers to rank up while learning and improving their skills in the process. Hosts can embed their Twitch or YouTube livestreams to attract gamers and fans to team up with them for a carry session.
- Game Statistics: All of the player’s gaming statistics are presented in a visualized, eye-catching dashboard. The data on wins, losses, kills, deaths, items purchased, gold farmed, etc. are used to pair the gamer with the most ideal coach and offer insights on ways to improve.
- Scrims: Planet9 offers interestingly competitive ways to practice or challenge in battlefields – either with the clan (team) or tribe (multiple clans). The Clan Scrims feature allows clans to request a scrim challenge against other clans, while the Tribe Wars feature allows tribes to participate in extensive competitions being set up every week for bonus and benefits on Planet9.
Acer says that Planet9 is currently in a closed beta stage and is inviting all gamers to be a part of the same. However, it did not mention how many gamers will be selected at this stage. It will enter the open beta stage on January 30th, 2020 which is when everyone will be allowed to join in.