Projectors and the World of PC Gaming

Gaming Event Uses Epson Projectors

The North American Star League (NASL) recently hosted several gaming events using the power of Epson projectors, and we thought this might be a story our readers would be interested in.
NASL creates highly visible, organized and invigorating professional video game tournaments in North America. They have leveraged Epson projectors for their recent competitions, including:
  • BarCraft: World champion gamers from Europe, China, and Korea played at local bars and pubs around North America and the events were live broadcast into bars using the PowerLite 1925W projectors
  • Global Tournaments: At the Grand Finals Tournament in Toronto they used the Epson PowerLite Pro Z8455WU to show the tournament in an arena on a 16’x9’ main screen and the Epson PowerLite Pro G6900WU for multiple side screens and viewing rooms


Optoma HD131Xe Gaming Projector – Input Lag Times

The Optoma HD131Xe home entertainment projector starts out as one of the least expensive 1080p resolution (Full HD) projectors on the market.  It is a DLP projector, and well suited for serious gaming.  Click for the full HD131Xe review.

This Optoma projector is very nicely sharp, and puts a very bright image up on the screen, that should make it easy to spot enemies in dark areas of the display, thanks to having a pretty good gamma.

But the first test of any projector intended for use by serious gamers, whether your choice of games runs to the likes of Call Of Duty, or   the latest Need For Speed, it’s input lag times that is the spec to look at.

Optoma HD131Xe input lag time:  17 ms  That's Fast!

Optoma HD131Xe input lag time: 17 ms That’s Fast!

50 ms lag times are about as high as the large majority of serious gamers  will find acceptable.  Under about 35, life is generally great, and best I can tell, anything under 20 might as well be considered almost perfect, from a player standpoint.


Optoma HD23 Review


This is an entry level 1080p projector from Optoma, but this thing was amazingly great for gaming. Virtually no lag, at least in comparison to the Epson 3020 I reviewed last. Keep in mind that during offline game play you will probably not notice the lag, unless you are playing a game like Guitar Hero. If you like to do a lot of online gaming then you will be at a disadvantage if your projector lags. I really loved the Epson for movies, but the Optoma does a great job with movies, and games. The color on the HD23 seemed to pop a bit more than the Epson 3020 with Street Fighter IV. I don’t know if it will translate into the pictures, but there was a noticeable difference. My nice Canon DSLR was on loan, so I only was able to get some shots of Street Fighter IV with it. I tried taking some shots with my Samsung S3, but no matter what phone you have, it’s not the same as using a DSLR…so I skipped on those pictures.


Optoma HD23 Lag Test Results

Just a quick lag test for the Optoma HD23. The Optoma is an entry level 1080p projector, sono special features such as CFI, etc.. This makes the lag testing fairly simple. I put it up against my Planar PX 2710MW 27″ monitor and it was almost on par with it. It ranged from 0ms to 20ms difference, so I would put that at about an average of 10ms difference from my LCD computer monitor. Which means this is a great option for gaming. Here are some pictures of the lag testing, please bear with the cell phone pictures.


Epson Home Cinema 3020e Gamer Blog

Epson Home Cinema 3020


I have to start out with, this is not a good projector for hardcore gamers…period. The lag was almost unbearable at times during online play. It was OK on offline play, but still not acceptable in my book if you are a competitive gamer. I loved this projector in all other aspects, but online gaming is its weakest link when playing FPS and fighting games. The lag test results are posted here. If you are looking for a projector with great color, brightness, shadow detail, that has 3D, wireless HDMI, but only plan to casually game on it…then this projector perfectly acceptable. If gaming is your first priority, then you may want to consider a DLP projector instead.

I am a fairly good Street Fighter IV player, and the lag definitely did me in. Here are a few pictures from the games I played, sorry if they are a bit crooked. I will work on my photography skills in the future…ha ha. The games looked beautiful needless to say, especially SFIV. I was lost in it’s beauty…that is until I actually started playing.