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View Poll Results: What Size Display do You Use for Gaming
Laptop or tablet screen 13 4.51%
Monitor 39" or smaller 66 22.92%
Monitor 40" or larger 8 2.78%
Ultra-wide monitor (any size) 15 5.21%
Multiple monitors (any size) 10 3.47%
TV 55" or smaller 61 21.18%
65" TV 77 26.74%
75" TV 29 10.07%
85" TV or larger 6 2.08%
Projection 85 29.51%
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Old 09-28-2018, 09:27 AM - Thread Starter
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What Size Display Do You Use for Gaming?

I've posted a lot of polls about displays and preferred sizes for home theater, but not yet for gaming. This poll exists to change that.

Gamers have distinctly different requirement for their displays versus movie lovers. Features like low input lag and variable frame rate become far more important, while qualities such as wide viewing angles and Smart TV functionality count for less. Plus, gamers tend to sit closer to their displays, especially PC gamers who keep their systems on a desk.

Of course, here on AVS Forum we have a Home Theater Gaming section because this is the home of AV enthusiasts who appreciate the value of a big picture. And with 4K (including HDR) gaming now a reality on PC and consoles, and with lots of affordable TVs and projectors that can handle 4K/60p input available, gamers who might not have considered the value of visual immersion when it comes to their gaming experience have many viable options with which to make the leap.

Let's get down to the options:

1. Laptop or tablet screen
2. Monitor 40" or smaller
3. Monitor 40" or larger
4. Ultra-wide monitor (any size)
5. Multiple monitors (any size)
5. TV 55" or smaller
6. 65" TV
7. 75" TV
8. 85" TV or larger
10. Projection

I made this poll multiple-choice, so if you game on more than one type/size display, please choose all the answers that apply. Vote in the poll located directly above this post.
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Playing on PC with a 65". Todays tv's are low enough lag and response time that it's a lotter better deal than getting a big monitor that would end up costing a lot more for less than half of the size of a tv.
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Depending on the type of gaming:


PC FPSes, MMOs- 32" 1440p LCD monitor
Slower RPGs- 65" OLED
Fast-paced action or racing games- 50" plasma



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Playing on PC with a 65". Todays tv's are low enough lag and response time that it's a lotter better deal than getting a big monitor that would end up costing a lot more for less than half of the size of a tv.

Yeah. The monitor market is pretty sorry in general right now. A high-end gaming monitor like the new Asus or Acer UHD FALD displays costs a ton, and the processing input lag is slower than Samsung's current premium LCDs (comparing both with VRR inputs). Picture-quality-wise it's not even close, OLED TVs and premium LCD TVs look much better.


I did buy a fairly nice GSYNC VA-based monitor this year because I play MMOs with static menus. I'm consistently disappointed in the quality of its image despite the high price. There's just not many options in the monitor market and pricing is a mess. edit: I will say that 120-165Hz+ is a game-changer if you have a PC that can consistently stay over 100Hz.
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Depending on the type of gaming:


PC FPSes, MMOs- 32" 1440p LCD monitor
Slower RPGs- 65" OLED
Fast-paced action or racing games- 50" plasma






Yeah. The monitor market is pretty sorry in general right now. A high-end gaming monitor like the new Asus or Acer UHD FALD displays costs a ton, and the processing input lag is slower than Samsung's current premium LCDs (comparing both with VRR inputs). Picture-quality-wise it's not even close, OLED TVs and premium LCD TVs look much better.


I did buy a fairly nice GSYNC VA-based monitor this year because I play MMOs with static menus. I'm consistently disappointed in the quality of its image despite the high price. There's just not many options in the monitor market and pricing is a mess. edit: I will say that 120-165Hz+ is a game-changer if you have a PC that can consistently stay over 100Hz.
My tv does true 120hz on my pc and it's amazing especially on a 65".
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Depending on the type of gaming:


PC FPSes, MMOs- 32" 1440p LCD monitor
Slower RPGs- 65" OLED
Fast-paced action or racing games- 50" plasma
I agree with how you broke this down. It's a lot easier to keep up with everything when you are playing a fast FPS on a smaller screen, you don't want things too far outside your central vision.






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Yeah. The monitor market is pretty sorry in general right now. A high-end gaming monitor like the new Asus or Acer UHD FALD displays costs a ton, and the processing input lag is slower than Samsung's current premium LCDs (comparing both with VRR inputs). Picture-quality-wise it's not even close, OLED TVs and premium LCD TVs look much better.


I did buy a fairly nice GSYNC VA-based monitor this year because I play MMOs with static menus. I'm consistently disappointed in the quality of its image despite the high price. There's just not many options in the monitor market and pricing is a mess. edit: I will say that 120-165Hz+ is a game-changer if you have a PC that can consistently stay over 100Hz.
I've talked with many desktop monitor manufacturers and frankly their product teams are mostly clueless or just outvoted by the marketing side of business. The problem with GSYNC is still that the vendors who bundle it into a desktop monitor don't have the necessary expertise to build that type of display correctly. They just source the components from XYZ and package them into their product. I am holding out hope for a certain TV manufacturer I can't name at this time putting their resources into a high end desktop monitor. Maybe before end of next year.
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I have a dedicated PC gaming monitor...27" Viewsonic XG2703-GS...1440p G-Sync...I have a separate theater for my home theater (LG C7 OLED)...G-Sync is amazing for gaming and home theater TV's do not support it
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75" in the theater for mainly console gaming. 49" in the office for PC gaming. Both work well, but overall I prefer the 75".

My projector is being retired and I don't plan on upgrading, at least for now. In a couple years as reasonable FPJ's catch up to modern displays in regards to 4K/HDR performance I may revisit this decision.
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i like the simplicity of consoles(my pc's never seem to run smoothly for very long, like the latest windows update put my laptop into the stone age...) so i've always just used whatever tv is in the most appropriate room. Never made sense to me to buy a display specifically for gaming. I actually don't even have a pc monitor anymore. It's all laptops or htpc's.

don't get me wrong, nothing wrong with a dedicated gaming rig and the perfect display to match. it just doesn't seem like a reasonable expense when I game for less than an hour, maybe once a month.

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My PC monitor is a 40 in 4K my TV is a 70 and my screen is a 110 with a 4K projector I got it covered
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Playing on PC with a 65". Todays tv's are low enough lag and response time that it's a lotter better deal than getting a big monitor that would end up costing a lot more for less than half of the size of a tv.
Yup agreed, most TV's have gaming modes with low enough input lag to not matter. I play with both my PS4 and my MBP on my regular home theater setup.

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As a three year plus 'Rocket League' gamer (that's a long time to regularly play the same game!), once I saw the game on a friends computer at over 100hz I knew I needed an upgrade.

I spent $1200 on a Vega 64 and a Samsung 32" CHG70 (1440p, Freesync 2, HDR10). Knowing I could also use my PS4 PRO and XBOX One X with the monitor too. (And I didn't want to pay that gsync tax &#x1f601.

While the picture on my OLED is certainly better, the response time and frame rate advantages of the monitor have clear benefits in certain PC games.

I'm sure next year somebody is going to make a 15ms, Freesync 2, 120hz TV that the Xbox One X can jive with just fine. The next generation of consoles in 2020+ will surely push the limit beyond 4k60p.

Truth is until baseline processors get an upgrade (console AND PC) we'll continue to get games that 'look' better, but don't really play that much better than 10 years ago. I Hope 'Red Dead Redemption II' proves me wrong, but even if it does, it's an outlier (and deserved GOTY lock). It's success will be due to many years of development with 6 studios working on it, not a standarized technical achievement that will apply to trickle to other games. To make AI and games feel more realistic we need to give consoles better ability to make calculations that make them feel alive. Not just chase 4k textures and HDR and whatever visual achievement comes next.
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I strictly game on PC and I'm just about to put a build together and will incorporate a 27" 144hz 1440p monitor. Currently I have a 24" 120hz 1080p monitor.

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Professional gamers, those making money playing, seem to have the opposite interests in monitors. Small screens (24 inches is not unusual), 2K resolution, no HDR, but insane frame rates at up to 240 Hz. Home theater enthusiasts, on the other hand often want 6+ foot screens, 4-8K resolution, HDR, but are happy with 24 or 30 Hz content.

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I use my front projector quite a bit for gaming. (1.78:1 @ 129" diagonal)

Curious if anyone else does this? From time to time I'll go scope just for kicks using my a-lens minus the vertical stretch. (2.37:1 @ 162" diagonal)

I was playing Unravel earlier today this way. Fun little game.



And yes, I still need to give the ceiling and side walls the dark treatment. :-P
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Professional gamers, those making money playing, seem to have the opposite interests in monitors. Small screens (24 inches is not unusual), 2K resolution, no HDR, but insane frame rates at up to 240 Hz. Home theater enthusiasts, on the other hand often want 6+ foot screens, 4-8K resolution, HDR, but are happy with 24 or 30 Hz content.



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I did buy a fairly nice GSYNC VA-based monitor this year because I play MMOs with static menus. I'm consistently disappointed in the quality of its image despite the high price.
Curious. I feel the same way about my IPS G-sync monitor, I'd much rather have 3000:1 and poorer off-axis response (which is moot) than 1000:1 which looks similar from a wider angle. I feel like VA is superior, especially for a PC monitor.

You mind if I ask which monitor you have?
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75" in the theater for mainly console gaming. 49" in the office for PC gaming. Both work well, but overall I prefer the 75".

My projector is being retired and I don't plan on upgrading, at least for now. In a couple years as reasonable FPJ's catch up to modern displays in regards to 4K/HDR performance I may revisit this decision.
So why are you retiring it now if you don't plan on getting a replacement anytime soon and especially if it's still in good condition and works fine?
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Have been playing the same old games for years on my Windows XP computer - 19" Monitor works just fine.
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I use my front projector quite a bit for gaming. (1.78:1 @ 129" diagonal)

Curious if anyone else does this? From time to time I'll go scope just for kicks using my a-lens minus the vertical stretch. (2.37:1 @ 162" diagonal)

I was playing Unravel earlier today this way. Fun little game.


And yes, I still need to give the ceiling and side walls the dark treatment. :-P
what kind of projector is that you got? Looks really nice visually!
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