CES - Alienware monitor designed to draw in gamers

Curved display from Dell unit, set to ship later this year, lets players use peripheral vision

Alienware is looking to lure gamers deeper into their computer game experience.

The company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dell, has been showing off a curved-gaming monitor this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Not scheduled to ship until the second half of this year, the monitor is the equivalent of a 24-in. model, except this one is no regular screen.

"It's the first time you're really able to play a game where you're looking at the center of the screen, but your peripheral vision is taken into account," said Bryan Dezayas, a spokesman for Alienware, which is branding and marketing the monitor for its developer and manufacturer, Ostendo Technologies "You see more of the content of the game than someone would with a regular screen. Sometimes, you see something out of the corner of your eye that draws your attention. It's a complete advantage for the gamer."

The monitor, which Dezayas said can also be used for video editing, bypasses LCD screens and uses Digital Light Processing rear-projection technology, which is often used in televisions. It also has a native resolution of 2880 by 900, and a response time of less than .02 milliseconds.

Dezayas noted that Alienware is showing a prototype of the monitor at CES. Pricing is not set, though the company is targeting US$4,000 to US$5,000, he said.

"The huge benefit is how immersed a gamer becomes in the experience," he said. "Some gamers try using two or three monitors. The thing with that is it's not a seamless experience, and you could be missing a lot that's happening in between the monitors. ... This [curved monitor] gives you a whole different experience."

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