Lots of searching and I'm still a bit confused about motion blur. With my sony hx-800 (240Hz), I was gaming with the smooth setting enabled. The lag never bothered me since I'm not a competitive gamer. There were definitely some artifacts to be found, but they were minimal and I could look past them. What I really like though was the incredibly smooth motion. Textures didn't seem too lose resolution. For example, when I panned the camera quickly, signs on buildings and textures on walls all were Crystal clear. Moving fast through the environment in Watch Dogs gave the illusion of a much higher frame rate, which I guess makes sense since there was interpolation happening?
On my new x9, the PQ is worlds better (especially contrast), but when I enable motionflow smooth, the super clear detail when sweeping the camera isn't much more noticeable than having it off, and even the same artifacts are present. Of course, this is not playing in game mode since the motionflow setting is unavailable.
Basically, all movement in games looks losses detail, it becomes "blurry". If I didn't enable motion flow in my old set, I never would have known there was a difference. But when I did, it was a "wow" moment. I can't replicate that on the x9. So, here are my questions...
-was the smoothing better on the old set because of the 240Hz panel?
-is what I'm noticing actually considered motion blur? To be clear, there's no overdrive trailing, artifacts, halos, etc. It looks just like what I've been used to games looking like, and wouldn't have noticed except I accidentally switched on motionflow on my old set and saw a big difference.
-most importantly, though, assuming interpolation is turned OFF, is what I'm seeing indicative of all displays, including plasma? I watched some YouTube vids of gaming on plasmas and they looked the same to me as the x9 without motionflow on. But I was watching then on my tablet, so maybe that was an issue?
Our do I have or all wrong and motion blur is something else entirely? Is playing a game on the x9 (or any other top end set) in game mode indicative of just how games look on all tv's?
This may be a strange question as, again, it never would have occurred to me to even ask except seeing video game on the old 240Hz panel with interpolation was quite a different (prettier) experience. Does a panny plasma look the same in game as a 240Hz panel with interpolation on? Something tells me "no", but I've been hearing for years how there is zero motion blur on plasmas. But maybe I'm not even talking about motion blur...
Sorry for the confusing post. I've been downright thrilled with the x9 in every way, but was hoping to get the same Crystal clear camera pans in gaming that I did on my old hx. Even with the bad lag, artifacts, just,etc.
As a side note, I have noticed the remarkable improvement in reaction time when using game mode. Just not getting that super smooth look.