Originally Posted by RoadLizard
Sure thing! I’m a software QA guy and we do most of our testing on the "edges" and those rare use cases get tried out a lot to uncover nasty behavior. So, I’m with ya. RTINGS would likely find nothing if they just varied content for 5 hours a day like most of us do. I just don’t like when their test results facilitate the alarmist reactions that some here seem to exhibit. A torture test, while valuable shouldn’t have one conclude that BI is a widespread or almost guaranteed OLED problem. It isn’t.
Stay away from the edges and you won’t find many or any bugs. Right?
For sure. I don't want to come across as steering people away from OLED as I will probably still buy OLEDs myself. I do want to let people know things to look out for though, and not make it out to be a non worrisome issue either, because I would have appreciated the info myself. Not saying that you are saying that there's nothing to worry about, I'm just speaking generally.
As a former plasma owner who gamed just as much on it as I do now on my OLED, I never had any issues with BI. Reading a lot of the posts from people that said that "if you never had a problem on plasma, then you definitely won't on OLED", led me to believe that to be the case. And maybe it's true for some people, most people? I don't know. I don't think anyone does. My opinion is that they are probably different and shouldn't be compared, but again, that's just my opinion based on my experience and the information that I've gotten from things like Rtings and other's experiences.
It would have been nice to know about the Rtings tests and other's experiences when I first got my OLED though. Not that I wouldn't have bought one, but I would have felt less emboldened to do all the things that I did on my plasma, as I did on my OLED, if I wasn't using it under the idea that it never happened on plasma so there's even less (is less than never a thing lol?) chance it happens on my OLED. Knowing that certain colors are particularly more high risk than others may have led to different use cases that could have avoided some of my issues. I say some, because the main HUD in Destiny which burned in in the lower left corner of the screen, is always up when you're playing so there may have been nothing to do to prevent that save for playing without a HUD. The subclass tree that is also yellow that's visible anytime you're in your character inventory screen, that burned in in the top left corner may have been avoidable though. If you play Destiny, you know that you spend a lot of time changing character attributes, weapons, and managing inventory. Knowing Rtings tests and some experiences of others I may have used the app on my phone to offload a lot of inventory management which may have made a difference for that area.
That's the reason why I think that the tests are still valuable. Not necessarily to tell you what is 100% going to happen, but to let us know what's risk for causing issue. That's why I always tell people that BI potentially IS a real issue, IF you do certain things. It doesn't matter what happened with your plasma, or what happened with someone else's OLED. Do certain things and you are at risk. By all means buy an OLED. Just try to avoid the the things that seem most likely to cause BI as best you can. Also, know that varying content may not mean a whole lot. I might have a few hundred hours of Destiny 2 on my OLED, but before I got it replaced, I had ~12k hours total. So ~11,700 hours was spent watching varied content...
I know people get tired of hearing about BI, and I totally get that. I don't want to come across as being anti OLED or telling people not to buy one. Buy OLEDs. They are the best display tech that we currently have. I just can't not tell people about something that I wish I knew 3 years ago that may not have changed anything, but maybe it might have, as well.