Originally Posted by miromiv
Thanks for review and sorry for my english. I just one concern. How feel input lag in fps game, compare with w1070? I have 1070 and the lag is OK for me, but worry if 3550 feel bigger lag? I use projector only for gaming.
This is probably the hardest question I get asked.
Lag effects everyone differently. Had you asked me this same question a couple of years ago I would have said you absolutely shouldn’t game on a display with more than 33ms of lag. But I’ve softened that stance more recently as I’ve come to understand that plenty of gamers play on displays with much higher input lag and never even notice it. My hard line against input lag was starting to make me sound a little too preachy.
One thing to consider is modern games have become much more forgiving. I don’t want to get into the whole ‘dumbing down of the modern AAA video game’ discussion but I’ll say that: playing the recently released Horizon Zero Dawn or Spider-Man is a lot more tolerant of input lag than, say, playing Super Mario Bros. 3 on your NES classic. This has to do with a variety of factors from built in controller lag to generous amounts of post processing effects and blur being added to the image.
Then there’s the DLP tech itself. I’ll probably start a flame war here but 63ms of lag on a DLP is better than 63ms of lag on a 3LCD or LCOS. DLP has inherently high motion clarity and is impervious to blur, smear and other artifacts that effect sample-and-hold displays. Now that plasma is dead and buried, DLP is carrying the torch as the last pulse type display you can still buy. I often chose to play games on my plasma rather than my ultra fast LCD gaming monitor. That may have something to do with the fact that I didn’t outright reject the HT3550 for games.
I played a couple of hours of God of War on the Ht3550. It didn’t feel at all different from the HT2550. Honestly, I had a lot of fun owing to the HT3550’s improved motion clarity and picture. I don’t know... maybe I’m just getting soft in my old age.
Still, I was playing on normal difficulty and even then I found myself playing more defensively than I would on a low latency display. I ended up equipping that talisman that increases your parry window— that helped a lot. I would not probably have attempted the muspelheim trials and there was no way I was going to beat Sigrun on this thing.
Would I recommend the HT3550 to competitive gamers? Absolutely not. If you’re a competitive player you want every last shred of performance and shoring up display latency is an easy win— get yourself a BenQ HT2050A or an Optoma HD27HDR. If you’re a casual gamer the HT3550 will get the job done but there are other, better options out there. If you do end up with the HT3550 just don’t expect to play at the highest difficulty levels.