Originally Posted by dmaul1114
I don't think he thought it was a problem.
Most just worry if you get mild IR from short uses like that, what happens if you play for 8 hours straight? Or play for several hours a night almost every night?
Of course the answer to that is one really shouldn't buy a plasma if they use the TV that way. But many may make a bad choice by saying IR isn't an issue at all. When it still very much is if you have any kind of uses that involve static images for long periods of time repeatedly. It's just that unless you're a gamer, or someone who leaves ESPN on all day every day or whatever it doesn't apply--and most people are using their sets primarily for Blu-rays and watching a variety of channels so they mix content and never have to worry.
But for those who don't, it is an issue and some people on sites like this could be a little more forth coming about steering such people to LCD/LED rather than just being fanboys for plasmas.
I was going to agree with you, but then I think you might have called me a fanboy, which I take offense at in this case.
Anyway, I always steer hardcore gamers to LCDs and away from plasmas the same way I'd steer anyone who wanted to regularly plug in a computer to an LCD. (Note, I bet I could game every day on my plasma without issue. But I'd never game for 6-8 hours at a time and wouldn't want to watch the HUD from a game even for 30-45 minutes afterward, if such a thing was temporarily "retained.")
Originally Posted by JSpectre88
I would have to agree. If I didn't play the majority of my games now on the PC, I would have a hard time choosing plasma. I can only imagine what my old BF/CoD marathons would do to that poor thing. I only really use the X360 for more casual games or streaming and the like now, so I think I will be fine in that regard. Granted, anything with static elements can be a detriment, I just don't use it for anywhere near as long as I have in the past.
So I imagine my old WoW days on the plasma and I doubt I'd be happy if I had anything like the image after effects some report here. On my current plasma, however, I do use the consoles pretty often and never have a single issue of retention. Of course, nothing is up on screen for hours.
That said, ESPN is up on the screen for hours -- also without issue.
Originally Posted by JSpectre88
I suppose you brought up another question I had regarding burn-in. Is there a large distinction between repeated instances of IR and burn-in?. For instance, can I still get burn-in if I frequently were to get IR from the same source? Let's use a HUD on a video game for example. Say I were to play the same game for 2-4 hours a night, and it produces faint IR. Now this IR is gone by the next day through minimal TV usage, but it comes back after the next game session. If this process gets repeated would the IR become more severe, would prolonged IR exposure inevitably lead to burn-in? I just don't know what really causes burn-in, is it simply leaving a static image on for days on end with no reprieve, or can repeated instances of IR also cause it?
So, no, it won't lead to burn in actually. You'd need thousands and thousands of hours of gaming to do that.
But if you always played long gaming sessions, you might find that it always
left some residual image for a while. And that might drive you a bit insane, especially if there wasn't enough regular viewing in between to get rid of it.
I would personally not buy a plasma if I was gaming like that. But I wouldn't hesitate to buy a plasma and game 10-15 hours per week. I'd just be playing different games in that hypothetical scenario, not the same version of Call of Duty every day. Even different games are the equivalent of watching regular TV and would "erase" any retention over time.