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Whats your thoughts on Gaming on a Projector and Screen?

04-17-2008, 11:32 AM
My wife is really wanting a projector and screen, but I dont know how well they work with video games? I played on one before and it took sometime to adjust to the size but I think I could get into it.Can anybody tell me the pro's and con's of using a projector and screen for gaming?

04-17-2008, 11:39 AM
Your wife wants one? Jump on that opportunity! Most wives would think a projector set up was not practical or necessary.

The only con I can list is that projectors do run off of bulbs, and will have a shorter life span compared to any other TV. If you game on it a lot, you will probably need to replace the bulb every 2-3 yrs.

Thatll cost you anywhere from 200-500 bucks depending on the projector.

04-17-2008, 11:39 AM
Well, wish I could help seeing as you're a Bengals fan in PA. Must be rough. The Steeler fans in Cincy enjoy beer showers when I see them at Bengal games. Worth every bit of $5!:lol:

I've read people at AVS gaming on projectors with no problem. I would post this thread over there in the sub-forum of your preferred system.

04-17-2008, 12:05 PM
Some Con's for gaming on a projector are the sheer size, for some its hard to adjust especially if you are into FPS. Lag can be a problem but that depends on if you play games that take precision moves like most fighting games.. What kind of projector would you be getting as most lack good brightness and contrast so the PQ might be less than stellar. There are good projectors out there but they usually lack in one category or the other and the ones that dont are pretty expensive.. You also have to factor in cost of a screen, the correct Lens, what aspect ratio for the screen, throw distance ect ect...

All that said I would still get one, as watching movies on a screen that could fill my wall would be pure bliss...

04-17-2008, 12:16 PM
I hear you, I am deep in enemy lines. I stayed in my house for weeks after the Steelers cheated the Bengals and then got lucky and went to the Super Bowl. They are the most overrated team in the NFL. Lets face it for the last 10-15 years they played in a division that could have been dominated by a High School team(It hurts to say).And all I hear about is how great they have been. I HATE THE STEELERS! Next year pour a beer on some bandwagon jumping coal miner for me!:D

Type A
04-17-2008, 12:38 PM
Ive got about 4000 hours of 360 gaming on my projection system, about 1500 hours in the living room at 106", and the rest of the time in the smaller bedroom with a 90" image. There is no difference between gaming on a big screen, and anything else you might do on a big screen. In about 3 years of ownership Ive taken my projector, 360, hddvd player, and Bose powered media speakers to work, to parties, to friends houses, and on vacation...the whole system fits nicely in a standard carry-on bag (pics in the link below). Ive hd gamed and watched hd movies on projection screens, bare walls, and garage doors, I also can easily move my one projector to different rooms in my house.

The good: High performance projectors have come down in price bunches, and can give you flexibility like no other display youll ever own. There is no comparison to a 100"+ image, especially with surround sound.

The bad: Lets face it, you are beaming an image across an open space and creating a huge image, it wont be as bright as an enclosed tv like an lcd flat panel or plasma. You must run wiring to the back of the room...hang a screen, either ceiling or shelf mount for the projector, just as a minimum. Its highly recommended you also create a darkened room, paint the walls a dark color, and remote locate all equipment to keep the noise and heat to a minimum in the viewing area. Bulb replacement is an expense...plan for it, have a replacement bulb or two purchased in advance.

Check out projector central dot com for the latest projectors and reviews...you wont regret going with a projector, especially if you understand that it is a little more work to set it up. Its a labor of love, and well worth the hassle.