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Projectors and Console Gaming:
Finding a match for your gaming habits

Bill Livolsi, September 16, 2008
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Sony Playstation 3

Sony's Playstation 3 is the most advanced, and most expensive, of the current available consoles. At the heart of the system is a Blu-Ray drive, allowing playback of Blu-Ray movies without the need for an add-on drive or accessories. And while previous systems required the purchase of a special DVD remote to enable playback, the PS3 can play movies right out of the box (a remote is offered, but not required).

All models of the PS3 released have HDMI 1.3 as well as the option for component video. Thanks to a firmware update, the PS3 now supports 1080p/24 for Blu-Ray movies. And while most games are still 720p, there are a significant number of games in native 1080p - as well as the entire catalog of Blu-Ray movies. In addition to all of this, the PS3 is an excellent upconverting DVD player by all accounts, and it can also play back many video formats from the onboard hard drive. As such, you may find yourself using the PS3 as an all-around media center, as I did.

Due to the widespread availability of 1080p content for the Playstation 3, it makes sense to pair the system with a 1080p projector. This allows you to display Blu-Ray movies at their native resolution, play any native 1080p games you have at their native resolution, and upscale any DVDs you play to 1080p very cleanly. With 1080p projectors like the Sanyo Z2000 and Mitsubishi HC4900, 1080p can be had for roughly $2,000. However, if you have the budget for a higher-end 1080p projector such as the Optoma HD80 or Panasonic AE2000, you will likely notice the improvement.

Once again, if you have time to spare, consider waiting for the new offerings from these manufacturers. Sanyo's next-generation 1080p is called the Z700 and retails for $1,995 right out of the gate. It should be available within a month. Panasonic's AE2000 is being replaced by the new AE3000, though pricing has not been established. Even if you don't want one of the new models, their release should trigger price drops on the older generation of projectors.

Sony's Playstation 3 is, in many ways, more than just a game system. The incorporated Blu-Ray drive and impressive hardware capabilities make it a good choice for movie watching, both in standard- and high-definition. It is a perfect match for a 1080p projector and a great all-around media appliance for any theater.

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Reader Comments(7 comments)

Posted Sep 17, 2008 1:46 PM PST

By Steve

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In the intro, it's mentioned that the article will cover some suggestions if you own more than one game console, yet i don't see anything in the article that addresses this. What's up???

Posted Sep 19, 2008 7:32 AM PST

By Mojo

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A very helpful article, I own all three systems and can definitely agree with the benefits and issues you call out for each system. However, just in case some out there finaly managed to get a Wii for the first time and are not aware, you do have a couple of different options as far as the sensor bar is concerned. There are a few companies out there that make wireless sensor bars (the wire that connects the stock sensor bar to the console actually only provides power to the "sensor" bar - which is really only a cluster of 10 LED lights for the Wiimote to track from), and you can also take the stock sensor bar apart and solder a lead from a switchable power adapter into the circuit board and make it outlet-powered, which is what I did. There are instructions for doing this on the internet, if anyone is interested.

Posted Sep 22, 2008 3:27 PM PST

By andy

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You didn't address the biggest issue in gaming (particularly online gaming) in this article..... lag.

I'd love to know what the input to output lag time is on these higher end machines like the Epson 1080UB, Panasonic AE2000, etc. It'd also be interesting to know if any settings (i.e., input resolutions) have a particularly good/bad effect on the lag time.

Keep up the good work.

Posted Oct 1, 2008 4:05 AM PST

By Ron

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Awesome article...! Thank you :) I own a Optima HD80 and to my surprise our newly purchased PS3 warned us it could potentially damage a non-LCD projector or plasma TV. I was a little skeptical as to how it might be damaging to our DLP system and after reading your article I feel very relieved to know we are safe in doing so. Thanks again!

Posted May 6, 2009 6:53 AM PST

By Gary

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Great article. My dilemma is this. We are rolling out across the state several educational game rooms located within a school setting. Each game room will have the Wii, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. We envision having the students complete against each other within the school as well as against other schools within our district. The projectors will be ceiling mounted and I need an affordable widespread projector to accommodate these three systems. The rooms measure approx 16’L x 18’W x 7’10 H. Our plan is to have two gaming setups per room (back to back configuration). Any suggestions?

Posted Mar 19, 2014 2:46 PM PST

By Joe Borrelli

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I have a better idea then that, where Apple should have it an would be worldwide item :))

Posted Sep 22, 2015 3:27 PM PST

By aric

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I'm looking for a progector for an older game console. The GameCube. Is there a projector that will have the outlets and what not, for the game console?

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