In the tech world, we regularly see comebacks of technologies that we thought were completely out of date. Vinyls, for example, which we thought were on the way to disappearing, are making a comeback with the arrival of CDs and then streaming services. According to Statista, this comeback began in 2006. And now more than 30 times more vinyls are sold in the US than 15 years ago.
A few years ago we also talked about the return of audio cassettes, the sales of which are growing every year. And of course there is the retro gaming movement that involves playing on old consoles.
Obviously, the next trend will be… a return to cathode ray screens, the heavy and bulky screens that prevailed before the introduction of flat panel displays (LCD, LED, etc.). At least that’s what an article recently published in Wired magazine suggests.
But why should we burden ourselves with those old TVs? A priori, to watch a series or a soccer game, the best experience is on an up-to-date flat screen television. On the other hand, if you want to play an old console, you will have a better experience using a screen that was designed around the same time.
Retro gaming: it’s better on a retro TV
In essence, it is the revival of retrogaming that would create an interest in old cathode ray monitors on the web right now. And, little by little, communities of enthusiasts are forming in the social networks.
Take CRT Pixels’ Twitter account, for example, whose goal is to “celebrate and compare retro games on the screens they were designed for!” “
Vagrant Story (2000, Squaresoft) – PS1
Raw polygons vs. PS1 composite via Sony PVM-20L2MD
A little more in the game of Vagrant Story. I did my best to capture how the contrast of a CRT really makes the lighting stand out. pic.twitter.com/9bIIWONzQg
– CRT-Pixel (@CRTpixels) May 19, 2021
Wired also cites the r / CRTGaming community (CRT stands for cathode ray tube or cathode ray tube). The number of users would have doubled in 2019.
By the way, if so, that old TV that sits in your attic (if you haven’t thrown it away already) might be worth its weight in gold. In fact, a Sony GDM-FW900 screen would have sold for $ 900 on eBay in 2019. And right now, the same model sells for … $ 2,500.