Remember when affordable UHD monitors were the new hotness and everyone desperately tried to figure out how to push their games to run at obscenely large (3840×2160) resolutions? How about when everyone realised they'd need at least two GTX 980 Ti graphics cards to do it, and thus decided that high-res 21:9 "ultrawide" monitors (3440×1440) were the real sweet spot between performance and resolution, with extras like G-Sync, 144Hz refresh rates, and curved panels making them even more expensive than UHD displays?
Well, good news everyone! UHD and 21:9 are dead to us now. The new, new display hotness—according to a report by TFCentral— is LG's upcoming LM375UW1, a 37.5-inch panel sporting a 2.4:1 aspect ratio at the unusual resolution of 3840×1600 pixels. For those keeping count, that's basically a very high-res ultrawide, with slightly less pixels than a UHD monitor. While it'll be a little easier to drive than a full 16:9 UHD display, the LM375UW1 isn't geared towards gaming (it has a 14ms response time). It's likely gaming-focused displays will appear at a later date, though.
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That is unless Samsung's new super-ultrawide 32:9 displays take off. Yes, the new, new, new display hotness for 2016 is Samsung's as-yet-unnamed and absurdly large 41-inch 32:9 FHD+ panel. It'll be joined by an even bigger 49-inch version, which is likely to stretch almost the entire width of a desk. The exact specs and resolution of the displays haven't been confirmed, but a 32:9 aspect ratio works out to a 3840×1080 resolution. That might not make for the most practical desktop use or the most compelling pixel density, but for games where you want a broad field of view it'll be quite something. The LG and Samsung panels are due for release this year.
These monitors may arrive at a slightly awkward time, however. Both Nvidia and AMD are likely to release new graphics architectures this year, both of which will make the move from 28nm to 14nm and feature second generation high-bandwidth memory. Both will probably be able to drive real UHD monitors—the same ones PC gamers abandoned for 21:9—with ease.