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Are Projectors Good for Gaming?

Gaming Projector Vs. Gaming TV and Which Is Better for You


Yes, projectors are good for gaming given you choose the right ones. New gen gaming projectors deliver dedicated, rich gaming experiences on displays twice bigger than anything TVs manage without sacrificing response and while offering 120Hz, 4K, and more.

Here’s a topic we’ve touched upon in different ways before, but now it’s time to really get into it. Projector versus TV for gaming. Sure, you know TVs are the mainstream for gaming on consoles, but you want something different. Notably, you want a big screen. A very big screen. Doing that with a TV would be almost ridiculously expensive, not to mention finding a TV that manages a 120” view is essentially impossible. But new gaming projectors easily showcase your gaming on displays in that form factor. And thanks to recent developments, they’re on equal footing with TVs in terms of resolution, input lag, latency, refresh rate, HDR, and color depth, all while having an edge in important image quality specs like contrast. Modern gaming projectors have left issues such as ghosting and lag in the past, and match TVs with regards to gaming performance. Let’s get into this.

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Are Projectors Good for Gaming?

Budget TVs are notorious for bad input lag in the area of 30ms or more, which may affect gaming for a lot of people. Certainly good TVs with dedicated gaming modes have low input lag, but so do new gaming projectors. They’re at parity for the most part, and the old myth of projectors being sluggish is now just that, an old myth. Furthermore, good gaming TVs cost proportionally a lot more than projectors with the same performance once we figure screen size in.


To illustrate, the BenQ Gaming projectors offer 1080p 120Hz with input lag of around 8ms and true 4K 60Hz at 16ms. Those are very impressive numbers that create smooth and responsive gaming on massive screens, unlike the limited and rigid form factors of TVs, which also weigh a lot more than projectors and therefore aren’t meant for repositioning. Your average gaming TV weighs around 45 lbs. The BenQ TK700STi weighs a mere six pounds. That’s an added extra we’d like to highlight before we forget. New generation projectors are far more compact and lighter than big screen TVs, whose screens aren’t all that big when compared to projectors yet the end result with them is a large, heavy device you’ll never want to move until you get a new one. By comparison, a fully fledged gaming projector is practically portable.


In any case, if you’re on a good gaming projector you get to enjoy large format viewing of your favorite titles regardless of genre, be it first person shooter or story-rich action RPG or anything else. And with the advantage of better mobility, you’re not locked in to a specific location for the entire lifespan of the product.

Can I Play PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X on a Gaming Projector?

Yes, you can connect your console to any projector with an HDMI port just like with a TV.  Again, good specifications are vital. Here we explain in more detail what makes an excellent gaming projector for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. 

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