Originally Posted by c.kingsley
As it stands now, even with a GTX 1080 with an i7 CPU it is difficult to game at maxed out 1440p. The best compromise currently is 1080p at max settings and this PJ will handle that just fine. I know the new Xbox is claiming it will do 4k but that is a pipe dream. We are at least 1-2 years from that being viable even on a high end PC. Fully utilized 1080p is the high end of the curve for this generation. By the time cards are ready to support gaming at 4k, there will be true 4k PJs to do it on.
I would just consider this projector as a 1080p projector with HDR for gaming. Which is actually quite good if you are OK with 60hz only.
You can also run the game on PC at some higher internal resolution to improve the final pixel details. But at UHD / 60 since it can only manage 420 in 8-bit, so that means no HDR at UHD for gaming (forget about 30hz for gaming).
Even if the projector could
accept 4k / 60 / 444 in 8-bit, it wouldn't make that much difference on screen due to the fact that it's Faux-K.
The important thing is that this projector looks good playing back movies at UHD in HDR, without frame interpolation (if you are ok with that), and you can do HDR at 1080p for gaming (on PC or consoles) which is still a huge upgrade over SDR, no question.
And for those of us who want / need frame interpolation, the only way to do it is downgrade the resolution from UHD to 1080p using something like the HDRFury.
My biggest annoyance with this projector which makes it hard for me to bite, isn't the fact that it only has got 10 gbps inputs
, it's the fact that it does, and it's not taken full advantage of
The projector could easily accept 120hz for 2D, even with HDR10
, in RGB over 10gbps, and the LCD panels and supporting electronics already manage 120hz
(due to 3D Blurays + shutter glasses needing 120hz for two eyes instead of 60hz to function), so really it is a major goof that they didn't allow 120hz 1080p which the inputs can manage easily.
For gaming, that would have made it a "must buy" projector instead of a "shrug" for PC gaming at least (console HDR gaming is perfect, they can't typically only manage 60hz at best, although next year the new Xbox One could probably easily do 120hz 1080p).
If Epson is reading this
: you will have many sales (at least one : myself) on your hands if you update the firmware to add 120hz input at 1080p in 8-bit SDR, or 96hz with HDR10. HDR is the reason to buy this projector, plus lowish lag, but for gamers we need higher refresh rates than 60hz and there is no technical reason not to provide it.
If that ever happens, then I'll buy it. It should totally be possible too, because HDMI 2.0 / 10gbp has 1080p / 120hz support officially in the spec and in the bandwidth limits, so whatever input chips this 5040 Epson model uses, it should be just a matter of exposing it in the EDID and activating that. This is less work than providing shutter-glasses-based Bluray 3D support
, which it handles at 120hz and 1080p natively.