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Gaming and burn-in in a Plasma TV

post #1 of 10
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Hi guys

I recently purchased a 50' Panasonic Plasma. I'm very exited about hooking it up to my PS3 to finaly game in HD, however I have read that there is a risk of having images burn onto the screen.

Do any of you use plasma to play videogames? Have you had the burn-in issue? If not, what can I do to prevent it from happening or at least minimize the risk.

Thanks a lot for your help.
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Originally Posted by Demayor View Post

Hi guys

I recently purchased a 50' Panasonic Plasma. I'm very exited about hooking it up to my PS3 to finaly game in HD, however I have read that there is a risk of having images burn onto the screen.

Do any of you use plasma to play videogames? Have you had the burn-in issue? If not, what can I do to prevent it from happening or at least minimize the risk.

Thanks a lot for your help.


Demayor. First off let me say that you will love the quality of your Panasonic for Blue ray and gaming. I have had my Panasonic for several months now. I own a 360, PS3, and a Wii. As for picture quality it is awesome for gaming and blue ray. There is a lot of extra care that goes hand in hand with owning a plasma. Burn in as you probably know of doesn't happen like it did with older plasma, but you do haave to deal with image retention. Someone gave me an analogy a long time ago, and this is probably the best way to describe it. When you first get your plasma, the pixels are new. If you keep a static image on the screen for a long period of time, the pixels that are being used age faster than the rest of the pixels. So when you first get your plasma you have to worry about IR more. It is more noticible. It is kinda like a kid. When you see a 5 year old and a 10 year old, it is easier to see a difference. With age it is harder to notice a difference, such as a 50 year old and a 55 year old. Same with plasmas. When you first get the plasma the older "more used pixels" are more noticibly aged compared to the rest of the screen. This is called IR. The more aged the panel the less you can notice the aged pixels. I still see IR after playing some games, but it goes away with regular TV veiwing after about double the amount of time I have played the game. A good rule of thumb, is to turn down all of your settings to "standard" or Cinema. The first 100- 200 try to avoid long durations of static images. You will always notice IR, even though your friend may not see it. It will always apear, but just remember it can go away. The earlier you introduce static images to a plasma, the longer it will take for it to go away with regular viewing. I hope this helps, and enjoy your plasma. Let me know if this explains it well enough.
post #3 of 10
there are also break-in discs you can use that put up solid fields of color and rotate.

there should be a few threads about that in the plasma forum.
post #4 of 10
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Thanks adazzleman for the detailed response. I can probably wait some 200 hrs before hooking up my PS3 to it to ensure the pixels get used evenly. At least I know that the burn in it's not an issue as it used to be. Out of curiosity; how many hours at a time do you play or it's recommended that someone plays before taking a break?

I'll do some more research on the Plasma forum as Charlie recommended.

Thanks again for your help.
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Originally Posted by Demayor View Post

Thanks adazzleman for the detailed response. I can probably wait some 200 hrs before hooking up my PS3 to it to ensure the pixels get used evenly. At least I know that the burn in it's not an issue as it used to be. Out of curiosity; how many hours at a time do you play or it's recommended that someone plays before taking a break?

I'll do some more research on the Plasma forum as Charlie recommended.

Thanks again for your help.

You don't have to wait 200 hours before playing, just be cautious. Play different games. I have no problems when I vary the games. It makes it fun to mix things up, and you wont have the same stationary images. I will play one game at max 2 hours a night. I will play games with rotating static images for hours. Even though it is on the 360, Forza is a grreat anti IR game. You can take off all of the huds in that game. It was fun to play while I was breaking in the TV. I wish all games gave you the option of removing, or hiding the huds. Gears of war let you hide the hud as well. I am very agitated with EA sports right now. I love the new NCAA football game, but they have a huge white EA symbol, that never goes away. I think they need to atleast make that see through like discovery HD and NBC and CBS do. It is rediculous. It always takes a while for me to still get rid of the IR with EA. If it makes you feel better, the IR is not visible on normal veiwing, just on an all white screen. Once again I am just taking precautions.When you first start playing games just try to watch 3-4 hours of normal tv veiwing for every hour you play a game.
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Originally Posted by adazzleman View Post

You don't have to wait 200 hours before playing, just be cautious. Play different games. I have no problems when I vary the games. It makes it fun to mix things up, and you wont have the same stationary images. I will play one game at max 2 hours a night. I will play games with rotating static images for hours. Even though it is on the 360, Forza is a grreat anti IR game. You can take off all of the huds in that game. It was fun to play while I was breaking in the TV. I wish all games gave you the option of removing, or hiding the huds. Gears of war let you hide the hud as well. I am very agitated with EA sports right now. I love the new NCAA football game, but they have a huge white EA symbol, that never goes away. I think they need to atleast make that see through like discovery HD and NBC and CBS do. It is rediculous. It always takes a while for me to still get rid of the IR with EA. If it makes you feel better, the IR is not visible on normal veiwing, just on an all white screen. Once again I am just taking precautions.When you first start playing games just try to watch 3-4 hours of normal tv veiwing for every hour you play a game.

Thanks for those tips. Now I have a better idea of how to take care of my TV.
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there are also break-in discs you can use that put up solid fields of color and rotate.

there should be a few threads about that in the plasma forum.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=583089

I read though the entire thread and downloaded this. Burned it to a cd and it ran perfectly. It automatically looped in my dvd player, so I just started it up before I went to bed every night and I was though the first 200 hours in no time. I'm never had any problems with burn in or IR. Even if you dont use something like this break-in cd, turn down all the setting on your plasma. Find the forum for your model over in the plasma forums and read it. Most people have posted what settings they are using or recommend. Brightness and contrast below 50 is a must for the firs few hundred hours.
post #8 of 10
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Wow!! Thanks JayRock for pointing me to that link of the break-in DVD. I just download it and will be using it pretty soon.

I haven't had a chance to check the rest of this forum but I'll definitely check it out and will check the specific thread for my panasonic TH-50PX75U.

I recently discovered these forums and I'm glad I did. Lots of great info and so far I'm liking how friendly the members are.

Thanks everybody.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Demayor View Post

Wow!! Thanks JayRock for pointing me to that link of the break-in DVD. I just download it and will be using it pretty soon.

I haven't had a chance to check the rest of this forum but I'll definitely check it out and will check the specific thread for my panasonic TH-50PX75U.

I recently discovered these forums and I'm glad I did. Lots of great info and so far I'm liking how friendly the members are.

Thanks everybody.

It is a great forum with great information. Little warning...it will scare u. Just so you know, every kind of tv hasit's problems. Plasma is IR, lcd is clouding, dlp is rainbows, and so on. Just remember that you have a great TV and try to enjoy. Don't let fear take away from your great tv.
post #10 of 10
I have a Pioneer PRO-1130HD and I have stopped gaming on it altogether due to image retention issues. There's been too many times that I've had to run DVDs for 72 hours straight in order to get rid of image retention, all the while wondering if it was actually going to be permanent this time.

The new ones may be better, but I'm seriously thinking of selling the plasma and picking up a LCD.
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