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I game with my Wii and PS3 on my 1080p JVC RS2 (a few years old now... but still a fantastic 2D image for the price I paid which was around $3300). The lag time hasn't been an issue for me *I don't think*. I say that because I haven't really compared playing the same games on a "game mode" flat-screen to compare... but I'll being doing that soon now that I have a 55" Samsung 3D set in the living room.
The JVC RS2 crushes blacks a bit, though the overall contrast/black level is impressive doesn't leave one feeling short-changed. However, I can see more gray-scale subtle variation when sample games on the Samsung direct-view. But the size and scale of the 1080p projection really take gaming to a whole new level. Yes, you feel that you are "in" boss fights and the environments... but the downside is that it can take a while to adapt to get over motion-sickness. I kid-you-not: when I first started playing Twilight Princess on the projector, I was nausiated and felt physically ill from time to time from the visual motion with the camera moving all around. FPS are the worst... I had to be careful playing Portal to keep from feeling sick. One trick is if I start to get "motion sickness" from a particular game or scene, I found that moving my seating position back slightly would often solve the problem. And then I could move closer again for "slower paced scenes".
but beware... you'll burn serious bulb hours gaming on your projector! Oh for LED/Laser PJs to make our dreams come true... where are you?
I also found that for SD games (wii) even with the lack of absoluton resolution the big picture is so satisfying. But for native HD games (GOW III in native 1080p) OMG... they are stunning.
My new passion is 3D gaming (and just about 3D anything as long as it's native) so my Samsung will be fun to experience something new with while I rennovate the HT room and the projector is off-line for a while. But the next PJ will be 3D for sure... if I could get "perfect" 3D that's bright, easy-on-the-eyes (passive?) and with no real cross-talk, I'd be in heaven. I keep hoping by the time the HT room is done (year?) that 3D home projectors have crossed a new threshold. What I see in 3D with the Samsung comes really close to perfect (active shutter though). If a 3D PJ manufacturer would really take getting 3D right I'd step up and make a purchase.
Oh... screen material... be careful not to get a screen that's too "grainy" or with too much "sparkle". I'm amazed by folks who get PJs with good optics, panel-alignment and 1080p resolution, and then have screens that obscure fine detail because of surface texture and grain. WHen I took my friend's RS2 and tested it out on my hipower dalite screen, I was *amazed* how much more detailed it looked when there was a smooth reflective screen material at work rather than his $$$ angular-reflective screen that imparted a grainer signature. Same thing at the house where I bought my PJ from... his $$$ screen looked positively blurry next to the hipower merely because of his screen's grain-structure. Nobody seems to talk about this but I consider it to play a big part in final image resolution.
1080p and lossless audio. EVERY BD should have them both.