People have been using projectors for some time now to amp up the whole TV-watching experience, but did you know the same is also possible for gaming? If you already own a projector for TV viewing, you may be wondering if you can also use it for gaming. Read on to learn about using projectors for TV and for gaming.
TV projectors and gaming projectors—any difference?
TV projectors are arguably the first projectors designed for entertainment use in the home if we discount the family vacation slide shows typical of the mid-twentieth century, which many people who were alive back then did not find entertaining and wouldn’t want to return to now.
TV projectors, on the other hand, are a lot like movie projectors, and give you a sort of cinematic experience right in your own home, which is a big part of their appeal.
So, you may be wondering what a gaming projector is if you’ve never seen one before. Essentially, it translates that cinematic experience that TV projectors give to video games. Also, it’s a great way to project a large video game image for social gaming, so your friends can watch the action.
When you put it like that, it sounds so similar, doesn’t it? There’s a reason for that: Many of today’s TV projectors double as gaming projectors, lending ultimate utility and versatility to a nifty home entertainment device.
It’s important to note that not all TV projectors will work for video games; or, they may work for some platforms, but not for others. Always check the connectivity specs. For instance, some projectors that connect to a computer can display computer games easily, but they may not be able to connect to a Nintendo gaming system, for instance. The more gaming systems you intend to connect, the more versatile the connectivity your gaming projector needs to be. While a gaming projector with loads of connectivity may seem out of reach, there are actually many affordable options. If you think about it, the technology isn’t that old, so just adding a few extra connectivity points doesn’t really jack up the price that much compared to other versatile technologies out there.
Depending on your preferences and game system specs, you might want to pay close attention to the resolution your projector has to offer. Some projectors are highly compatible with a range of devices, but their resolution isn’t that great. What’s the point of using a projector in the first place if it’s going to be grainy, right? Look for a model with 1080p HD resolution. Most PC games use this resolution so the result will look great when it’s projected.
Many of today’s projectors are also portable, so if you’re into social gaming or tournaments (even amateur ones), having a portable projector will serve you well. They feature many of the capabilities of larger, more expensive projectors but in a much more compact and convenient size, making them ideal for gamers on the go.