Masakari played competitive FPS Games, for example, Call of Duty (+Warzone), for over 20 years. In addition, he played finals on LAN events, fought with reUnited against the top clans of the German Counter-Strike scene (Mousesports, Deutschlands Kranke Horde, A-Losers, etc.), and is still in contact with a lot of pro players.
The post’s title is a bit clickbait, sorry, because which curved monitor is the best for Call of Duty (COD) or FPS games in general? Unfortunately, none at all. That’s not just our opinion and experience, but that’s what Gaming Gear’s analysis of 1594 pro gamers shows. We already wrote a post about it, the link of which you can find at the end of this post.
However, we would like to answer a few questions about using curved monitors for Call of Duty and Warzone. Maybe you already have one or need a little help deciding before buying a good gaming monitor.
Note: This article was written in English. Translations into other languages may not provide the same linguistic quality. We apologize for grammatical and semantic errors.
Do COD Pro Gamers Use Curved Monitors?
COD pro gamers do not use curved monitors at all. An analysis of over 1594 FPS Pro gamers with data from Prosettings.net shows that no single gamer currently uses a curved monitor. Instead, 100% of the gamers use flat screens.
We have shown the disadvantages of curved screens for FPS games here:
Does COD Support Curved Ultrawide Monitors in 4:3 or 16:9 or 21:9?
Ultrawide monitors are well supported in Call of Duty Warzone. With the support of all possible resolutions, Activision mainly serves the expectations of console gamers, who play more often on ultrawide screens than PC gamers.
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What Monitors Are Used at COD Major Finals?
Generally, pro-gamers use hardware from the main sponsors at major finals. In this case, Asus provided all monitors. Gamers can choose between the monitor model ROG STRIX XG27VQ (curved monitor) or ROG SWIFT PG248Q (flat screen).
If you want more details on Asus monitors, you can read about the ROG SWIFT PG248Q model on Amazon.
Masakari and I have always done well buying the same gear as the best pros in a specific game. If you want to play on the same level, then gaming gear of the same quality is the least you can do.
We have analyzed 1594 pro-gamers of FPS games. 57.7% of all FPS pro gamers use a monitor from BenQ. 32% of them use the BenQ XL2546 model. Masakari recommends the successor BenQ XL2546K, which is used, e.g., at major events of CSGO. More and more pro-gamers are switching to the newer model.
You can find the main post about the topic here:
Final Thoughts on Curved Monitors for Playing COD
We are rarely negative about technology. Curved monitors make more sense than flat screens for many applications (Netflix 😉 ), but we are talking about first-person shooters here. For hand-eye coordination in Call of Duty (and Warzone), clear image quality plus low latencies during fast movements is the basis for a player’s performance.
Masakari and I don’t have two opinions about it, and more importantly, a representative mass of pro gamers see it the same way.
Curved monitors are unsuitable for FPS games.
Not because of the immersive experience – which is, of course, better than with flat screens, but because of numerous disadvantages that occur when playing FPS games.
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