Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is one of my favorite games to play on a projector, but Harry Potter fans and those who are soon-to-be fans rejoice. Let me start by saying that playing Hogwarts Legacy with a projector and an enormous projector screen is nothing short of magical; see what I did there.
Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world action Role-Playing Game (RPG) set in the wizarding world of the Harry Potter franchise. The game takes place in the late 1800s, long before the events of the original Harry Potter books and films. Players create their own character and attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where they can explore the castle, learn magic, and discover secrets about the wizarding world. The game features an original story with multiple endings based on the choices made by the player.
Hogwarts Legacy is developed by Avalanche Software. The game is published by Warner Bros. Games under the Portkey Games label. Hogwarts Legacy was released for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows PC on February 10, 2023. PS4 and Xbox One users will be able to play Hogwarts Legacy on April 4, 2023. Lastly, on July 25, 2023, Hogwarts Legacy will be released for Nintendo Switch players.
For PS5, Hogwarts Legacy – Digital Standard Edition can be purchased for $69.99 and includes the base game. Hogwarts Legacy – Digital Deluxe Edition can be had for $79.99 and consists of the base game, Dark Arts Garrison Hat, and the Dark Arts Pack. I paid $79.99 for a pre-release digital copy of Hogwarts Legacy so I could provide my gameplay with a projector feedback without having to wait for the February 10, 2023 release date.
PROJECTOR UTILIZED – BENQ X3000i
BenQ loaned Projector Reviews demo samples of their X3000i and TK700 gaming projectors to write our monthly “Best Games To Play On A Projector In 2023” articles. Keep in mind that I have over 495 hours of use with the BenQ X3000i, most of it gaming with my PS5. I feel as if I’m in a really good position to articulate what it’s like to game with a gaming projector and a big projector screen.
I decided to pair Hogwarts Legacy with the BenQ X3000i gaming projector for this article due to the X3000i’s RPG game mode, which matches up perfectly with an RPG like Hogwarts Legacy and its magical open world. The BenQ X3000i retails for $1,999 and is a 4K HDR 4LED gaming projector with 3000 ANSI lumens and dual integrated 5-watt chamber speakers.
BenQ states the X3000i was designed for use with PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Nintendo Switch. BenQ also says the X3000i 4K 4LED gaming projector is designed for cinematic immersion in gameplay with 4LED HDR-PRO™, for grand scenery in authentic colors with dynamic virtual 3D sound from various directions.
For this article, I connected my PS5 to the BenQ X3000i via a 48Gbps HDMI 2.1 cable. I then projected it onto a 100-inch (16:9) Elite Screens Aeon fixed frame projection screen with Elite’s Edge Free® technology and Elite’s CineWhite® UHD-B screen material. The CineWhite® UHD-B (Tensioned Matte White) is a 1.3 gain flexible front projection screen material that is ISF certified for achieving accurate color reproduction and image fidelity. BenQ proudly boasts the X3000i’s ability to reproduce authentic colors in games utilizing BenQ’s CinematicColor™ technology, so the BenQ X3000i paired with an ISF-certified screen made sense for this gaming article.
The X3000i features a brightness of 3,000 ANSI lumens, making it suitable for use even when you have some uncontrolled ambient light sneaking into the environment. The X3000i provides clear and detailed images. The XPR Technology in the X3000i allows it to display a 4K image. BenQ states that “XPR Technology achieves true 4K by producing 8.3 million distinct pixels regardless of the DMD chip’s number of native pixels. XPR quadruples the 0.47-inch DMD chip’s native 1920×1080 pixels to generate true 4K, 8.3 million pixels with lightning-fast pixel shifting speed.” Projector Reviews has a Glossary for additional details on 4K DLP with XPR Technology, be sure to check it out. Additionally, the projector is equipped with various connectivity options such as HDMI, USB, and VGA, allowing you to connect it to your devices and sources easily.
The X3000i also has additional specifications that make it a great gaming projector for a magical open-world RPG like Hogwarts Legacy. For instance, the X3000i has dedicated game modes for FPS, RPG, and SPG modes with audio, visual, and optimized latency settings for action-adventure games like Hogwarts Legacy. Changing the X3000i’s Picture Mode from HDR10 to HDR Game gives you access to the projector’s Game Settings, where you can toggle Fast ModeOn or Off. With Fast Mode turned to the On position, the X3000i minimizes the response time between the input source and the displayed image. I, of course, played Hogwarts Legacy with Fast Mode set to On for rapid magical spell bursts. BenQ states the X3000i has 4K graphics with 16.67ms input lag at 60Hz. Switching from 4K to Full HD (1080p) drops the input lag to a blazing fast 4.16ms (1080p@240Hz) and 8.3ms (1080p@120Hz).
HOGWARTS LEGACY ON A PROJECTOR GAMEPLAY
As I briefly mentioned, Hogwarts Legacy takes place in the late 1800s, before the events of the books and films. The player creates a character (Witch or Wizard) who attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As the story progresses, they discover dark secrets and powerful magic threatening to tear the wizarding world apart. The plot revolves around the player’s journey to become a powerful wizard while navigating the dangers and mysteries of Hogwarts and its surrounding areas.
I had quite the time fending off my children as I played Hogwarts Legacy. More times than not, they would already be gaming in my projector lab before I could jump onto Hogwarts Legacy for this article. In fact, most of the photos I took for this article are a combination of my gameplay and my children’s gameplay; that’s why you see pictures of three different Hogwarts Legacy characters from other Hogwarts houses. In Hogwarts Legacy, students are sorted into their Hogwarts houses based on their personality traits and values. The house they belong to can be an essential part of their identity and sense of belonging at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The four Hogwarts houses are as follows. Gryffindor: known for its bravery, courage, chivalry, and nerve. Gryffindors are often depicted as heroes and defenders of what is right and just. Hufflepuff: known for its loyalty, patience, fairness, and hard work. Hufflepuffs are often portrayed as kind, friendly, and humble individuals. Ravenclaw: known for its intelligence, wisdom, creativity, and wit. Ravenclaws are often depicted as intellectual and independent thinkers with a love for learning and knowledge. Slytherin: known for its ambition, cunning, resourcefulness, and determination. Slytherins are often portrayed as shrewd and calculating individuals with a desire for success and power.
In Hogwarts Legacy, players can use various magical spells and abilities, including those related to combat, exploration, and puzzle-solving. Some of the spells and abilities include offensive spells like “Incendio” and “Expelliarmus,” defensive spells like “Protego,” exploration spells like “Lumos” and “Repairo,” and abilities related to potion-making, broomstick flying, and magical creature taming. In addition, Hogwarts Legacy allows players to customize their character’s abilities by choosing a magical discipline to specialize in, such as charms, potions, or transfiguration, which will influence the types of spells and abilities available to them. Hogwarts Legacy’s magic-centric combat is exhilarating. The customizable arsenal of spells will keep you returning for more game time.
Hogwarts Legacy supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) on compatible devices. HDR is a technology that allows for a wider range of colors and brightness levels in games and other forms of media, resulting in a more vibrant and lifelike image. However, it’s worth noting that the availability of HDR support may depend on the specific platform and display device used to play the game. Having a projector with an HDR game mode like the X3000i is extremely helpful because it allows you to take advantage of these new games with enhanced graphics.
The inclusion of HDR support in games means you see everything in the bright and dark areas alike. As you have heard me repeat time after time, you won’t get very far in any video game if you can’t accurately see what’s happening around your character during dark and bright scenes. Since I was using a BenQ X3000i paired with a 100-inch screen, I had no problems navigating Hogwarts Legacy’s beautifully designed landscape and spotting danger.
I played Hogwarts Legacy in Full HD (1080p) @ 120Hz. This resolution is roughly twice the resolution of standard definition (SD) projectors and offers a more detailed and sharper image with better color and contrast than lower-resolution projectors. The increased pixel density results in a sharper and more detailed image, with finer details and textures that are more visible, all of which were great for a game like Hogwarts Legacy. I appreciated the BenQ X3000i’s low 8.3ms input lag while gaming in 1080p@120Hz. The X3000i’s low input lag rivals many flat-panel TVs, ensuring that gameplay will be responsive enough for most gamers and far exceeds the needs of a casual gamer.
I’d also suggest opting for Fidelity over Performance in Hogwarts Legacy – if your gaming setup supports it, I suggest Fidelity with Raytracing, which is exactly how I played the game. Fidelity with Raytracing is the third option on top of the traditional main two modes. This allows you to get the best visual experience from the game. Performance mode lowers the graphical quality to hit higher frame rates.
To truly feel fully immersed in a video game like Hogwarts Legacy, you’ll need the game’s audio to match the visuals. With that being said, some projectors have enhanced audio capabilities for those who want more sound than built-in projector speakers can provide in their chassis’. The X3000i, for example, has eARC support. Although the HDMI-2 port on the rear of the X3000i merely says “Audio Return,” the X3000i most definitely has eARC support. With eARC’s added capacity, the X3000i HDMI supports multiple audio outputs, including 2.0, 5.1, 7.1, and Dolby Atmos, to an external audio system. In addition, the following audio output formats are provided to achieve your desired audio performance: LPCM (Linear Pulse Code Modulation) supports 2-channel audio output, RAW supports 5.1-channel audio output, and RAW+ supports Dolby Atmos audio output. Overall, eARC provides a more flexible and capable way to connect and control audio devices in a home theater setup.
Hogwarts Legacy’s music, sound effects, and dialogue go a long way in improving the game’s overall experience. From the background music to the zips and zaps of your wand’s spells and the sounds of your environment, the audio quality of Hogwarts Legacy pulls you deeper into the game.
The BenQ X3000i has treVolo tuned full-range speakers built-in, virtual 3D surround sound via Bongiovi DPS technology, and dedicated audio modes fine-tuned to bring out the sound details and directions of various game types and scenes. I switched Hogwarts Legacy’s Audio Dynamic Range from Medium to Full, which provides. The Audio Dynamic Range determines the amplitude between the loudest and quietest in-game sounds. The Full setting ensures a large range.
My projector lab allows me to toggle between a Definitive Technology Studio 3D Mini sound bar and a Polk Magnifi Max sound bar. Both sound bars came with wireless subwoofers. The sound bars permit me to test ARC/eARC HDMI ports on projectors. Hogwarts Legacy sounded great when played through the X3000i integrated treVolo audio system. As expected, Hogwarts Legacy sounded even better when utilizing the X3000i’s HDMI eARC port connected to either of my sound bars. It goes without saying that the sound bars paired with their respective subwoofer provided a much more powerful Hogwarts Legacy audio experience.
Hogwarts Legacy has made Projector Reviews’ “Best Games To Play On A Projector In 2023” list because Hogwarts Legacy’s magic-centric gameplay and beautifully designed landscapes really come to life and feel more immersive on an enormous projector screen with a capable gaming projector.
My wizard and NPCs measured up to 41.5-inches, depending on the scene and how close my wizard was to the NPCs. I sit approximately 11 feet from my 100-inch projector screen, so, for me, everything was the perfect size for very immersive Hogwarts Legacy gaming sessions. But, of course, if you have a bigger space, you’ll be able to run a larger screen with more giant Hogwarts Legacy characters.
I leave you with this; be prepared for Hogwarts Legacy to take up hours of your time. Hamlets, dungeons, bandit camps, and many other locations will take your witch or wizard all over Hogwarts Legacy’s beautiful open world. I’ve spent more hours than I care to count playing Hogwarts Legacy, especially since my time was divided between two witches and a wizard due to playing with my kids and their characters. Hogwarts Legacy on a gaming projector with a massive screen is nothing short of amazing! Give it a try and tell me if you agree. I’m willing to bet that the magic-centric combat and astonishing landscape will keep you entertained for hours.
In 2023 we covered Forspoken and now Hogwarts Legacy. For Projector Reviews’ “Best Games To Play On A Projector In 2023,” we currently have games like Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Dead Island 2, Horizon Call of the Mountain, Destiny 2: Lightfall, and Resident Evil 4 Remake on our radar to test out on a gaming projector. Stay tuned for more; you won’t want to miss a thing.