Originally Posted by scottkillam
Hey guys. Just picked up a 60" ST60 here in Canada. On sale and warranty from Panasonic for three years free of charge. Here're my initial impressions from a single evening of messing with various games. Slides are now running, so more to come in a few days if demand is there:
I'm a 31 year old casual console gamer - much prefer PC gaming such as StarCraft, SinofaSolarEmpire, WarCraft, SimCity, Civilization. I'm a SysAdmin so working on PC is where I spend most of my time.
I spent a couple hours this evening testing out a few different titles on XBOX 360. Here are my personal impressions:
1) Batman Arkham City - I did notice slightly more delay with GameMode off than with it on - as expected. If your familiar with this title, you know its not a button masher, but rather relies on intentional timed commands to build combos and execute attacks. I did not notice much lag and found gameplay very enjoyable. Got caught up in challenges far longer than I wanted to be. This was a good sign and quite a relief.
2) NHL 12 - Again, an improvement with GameMode on, this time for me, a little more significant than with Arkham City. I did notice a slight sluggishness to movement, but nothing detrimental. Ultimately, I found I could adapt and play this game competently. I rarely play Sports titles anymore, but wanted to see how this one performed.
3) Halo 3 - I actually had a hard time telling the difference between GameMode being on and it being off. Gameplay was great and I didn't notice any issues at all. Again, only played for a few minutes, but enough that I feel confident in my initial impressions. Zoom and trigger fire responded instantly and movement seemed fluid and responsive.
4) Dell Notebook via HDMI
a) Duplicate screen to the ST60 and tested via the traditional DSLR and timer. Results varied between as low as 65ms and 95ms. I'm no pro in this area...so for what its worth, I'm pretty confident in the low 70ms number that's been posted repeatedly.
b) StarCraft II...game play was fine, but I'm fairly sensitive to mouse lag and definitely noticed a slight delay on mouse movements. Nothing huge...but without a doubt it was there. Is it enough to prevent me from PC gaming to the ST60? It really might be. But this really isn't something I've wanted to do...although, its nice to have limits when investing in a new fairly costly television.
Once I get through the slides, I plan on testing more with the above titles as well as BioShock Infinite/DeusEx Human Revolution/general Windows 7 usage via HDMI. I have 30 days to test and return this set if necessary. Based on what I will be using this for and the absolutely amazing initial picture quality I experienced, I doubt this will happen. Looking forward to seeing a calibrated screen.
My advice: If you're on the fence, just go out and buy this television and try it for yourself. Make sure there's a good return policy though. Everyone here is different...don't miss out on this because of someone else's negative experience. There're lots of positive experiences as well.