Originally Posted by vonelliott
@Raven Crimson - I'm having the same experience. I think it's called "Frame Tearing". I bought a P50S30 a few weeks ago. Playing 1st person shooters on an Xbox 360 Slim is unbearable for me. When standing still, the picture is exceptional, but when I move any direction at more than a crawl, there is terrible ghosting - there is two of everything until I stop again. Makes certain games nearly unplayable (Red Dead Redemption, Fallout 3/New Vegas, Oblivion, Modern Warfare 2, et al). I thought it may be my Xbox so I borrowed a friends - same issue. Hooked my old PS2 up to the component video - same issue.
I've scoured the internet for info and haven't been able to find anything. I spent about an hour on the phone with Panasonic and they can't seem to wrap their head around it. After trouble shooting with me they said they'd recommend having the TV serviced. As it was still under 30 days I traded it in for the same model. The tech people at Best Buy looked at me like I was crazy. The issue persists with this new one. If I can't find a solution I'm going to trade it in for a Samsung.
Otherwise, I'm very happy with the TV. Unfortunately, gaming is one of the reasons I went for a new Plasma.
I also noticed that what they advertise as 'Game Mode' isn't a 'mode' at all - it's just a picture preset w/ the brightness and contrast maxed out - the fps or refresh rate settings are unaffected and unchangeable.
If anyone has any advice, I'd much appreciate it.
I've tested two ST30s, and one Panny S2. All of them have that weird ghosting with 60fps gaming, and double images with 30fps gaming.
I believe it's just the way Plasmas do motion. I was playing FFXIII, and it being a 30fps game, the double images when panning was disconcerting at first, but it really only proves to be distracting if you're paying attention to the panning. When gaming, you're usually paying attention to the character on screen.
60fps gaming (like CoD games) is much better, as it doesn't have the double images, but it does have that ghosting on mostly whites.
I can live with it as the Plasma has very little input lag compared to LCD, and does handle motion better than LCD/LED when they're set to handle input lag. LCD/LED handles motion better when enable blur reduction and/or dejudder to max, but it adds a crapload of input lag, making it unplayable.
I'd say the lesser of two evils is plasma. I wish it was still like CRT...