In the tech world, we regularly see comebacks of technologies that we thought were completely obsolete. For example, vinyls, which we thought were on the way to disappearance, given the arrival of CDs and then streaming services, are making a comeback. According to Statista data, this comeback began in 2006. And now, in the USA, more than 30 times more vinyls are sold 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, which involves playing on old consoles.
Obviously, the next trend will be… the return to cathode ray screens, those heavy and bulky screens that reigned before the arrival of flat screens (LCD, LED, etc.). In any case, this is what is suggested by an article recently published by Wired magazine.
But why would we want to burden ourselves with those old televisions? A priori, to watch a series or a football match, the best experience will be on a recent television with a flat screen. On the other hand, if you want to play an old console, you will have a better experience if you use a screen that was designed around the same time.
Retro gaming: it’s better on a retro television
In essence, it is the revival of retrogaming which would currently lead to a gain of interest on the web for old cathode ray screens. And little by little, communities of enthusiasts are forming on social networks.
For example, there is the Twitter account CRT Pixels, 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
Something more in-game from Vagrant Story. Did my best to capture how the contrast of a CRT really makes the lighting pop in person. pic.twitter.com/9bIIWONzQg
– CRT Pixels (@CRTpixels) May 19, 2021
Wired also cites the r / CRTGaming community (CRT stands for Cathode-ray tube or cathode ray tube). Its number of users would have doubled in 2019.
By the way, if it is, the old television that is stored in your attic (if you haven’t tossed it out yet) might be worth gold. Indeed, on eBay, a Sony GDM-FW900 screen would have sold for 900 dollars in 2019. And currently, the same model is on sale at… 2,500 dollars.