Masakari played competitive FPS Games, for example, Counter-Strike (CSGO), for over 20 years. 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 CSGO 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 over 1000 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 CSGO. 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 CSGO Pro Gamers Use Curved Monitors?
An analysis of 459 CSGO 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 CSGO Support Curved Ultrawide Monitors in 4:3 or 16:9 or 21:9?
Ultrawide monitors are supported in CSGO but are limited to 16:9 so that these players do not have an advantage over regular monitors.
CSGO is a highly competitive game and the manufacturer wants to avoid that a very stretched resolution unfairly increases the hitboxes of the player models.
Fun Fact for Hardcore Gamers only: Masakari is currently intensively testing the Azeron Gaming Keypad. This innovative input device could be an advantage for FPS games on PC and console. Just take a look at it on Amazon. We will publish a review soon.
What Monitors Are Used at CSGO Major Finals?
Generally, CSGO uses hardware from the main sponsors at major finals. In this case, BenQ provided all monitors. At the last CSGO major final, the pro gamers played with the BenQ Zowie XL2546 model. At future events, the newer BenQ Zowie XL2546S monitor will be used.
If you want more details on BenQ monitors, you can read about the models here on Amazon, for example.
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 done an analysis not only on CSGO pro-gamers but also on pro-gamers of other FPS games. You can find the main post about the topic here:
Final Thoughts on Curved Monitors for Playing CSGO
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 CSGO, 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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