HP’s Omen X Emperium 65 will be the first visually advanced large screen gaming display you can get
HP’s Omen X Emperium 65 will be the first visually advanced large screen gaming display to justify its crazy pricing
You read it right. Not Samsung or Sony, but HP is going to dominate your living rooms for the hardcore gamers at heart with a massive 65-inch 4K TV and the first to be NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate certified (formerly known as G-Sync HDR). Welcome the HP Omen X Emperium 65.
You might have heard something similar exactly a year ago and yes, it’s none other than NVIDIA’s big format gaming display (BFGD) initiative. First showcased in CES 2018, it was still early days then. Now, it’s back and HP and NVIDIA are strutting it hard as a display that’s truly meant to be the way to enjoy games in all their glory – crisp, blur-free, responsive, and visually stunning.
To recap, to qualify as an NVIDIA BFGD display, the visual unit needs to support the following features:-
- 4K resolution display
- Ultra-low latency response time
- 120Hz refresh rate (in the case of the HP Omen X Emperium 65, it’s native is 120Hz, but it can be overclocked to 144Hz via its settings).
- Integrated with NVIDIA Shield TV (Android-TV based streaming)
- NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate certified (formerly known as G-Sync HDR)
- Full-array direct backlighting (384 control zones on the HP Omen X Emperium 65)
- 1000-nit peak luminance (The HP Omen X Emperium 65, in fact, a VESA Certified DisplayHDR 1000 screen)
- DCI-P3 color space support (this unit supports 95% of the color gamut)
From a connectivity standpoint, it’s a cross between a monitor and a TV with dual USB 3.0 ports, a DisplayPort, triple HDMI 2.0 ports, one HDMI ARC port, a line-out and an S/PDIF digital output. To assist the usability of using the wide array of port options, the white bar that you see next to the ports outlined behind the TV in the below photo is a proximity lighting that senses your hand to light up this area. Now you can forgo whipping out your phone as a flashlight while you make changes to the connectivity.
Just how much does this giant new-age screen cost? US$4,999 and it’s in a pre-order phase now with shipping expected to take place sometime in February 2019.
It’s a high price for sure, but once you add up the costs to the high-end display features it supports and, on a screen that large, the numbers quickly add up.
To further justify its cost, the HP Omen X Emperium 65 is equipped with a fairly powerful sound system rated at 120W – powerful enough that you don’t need to invest in an external sound system. Dubbed the Omen X Emperium Soundbar, it features triple stereo amplification and total of 8 sound drivers – twin 25mm tweeters, quad 77mm mid-range drivers and four more passive radiators (dubbed the Low Frequency Array – LOFAR – that contain transducer elements to produce a strong bass response, thus eliminating the need for an external subwoofer).
Indeed in our brief trial of the HP Omen X Emperium 65 and Soundbar, audio felt powerful and impactful enough for a good gaming session in your living room that you won’t have a need to use an external sound system. Explosions and gunfire felt authentic and faithfully produced for a game environment. We weren't able to test any movie materials, so we can’t comment on how it fairs for other entertainment needs.
Does the HP Omen X Emperium sound like the dream screen you always wanted? The US$5k pricing does seem a little more palatable now, doesn’t it? Let us know!
We’ll update the news once we hear of local availability details and price, but rest assured that HP will not be the only traditional computing brand that will offer BFGD screens. It won’t be too long before others from ASUS, Acer and more join the fray.
Meanwhile, to find out even more about this display, here's the product page on HP's site.