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STAR WARS Jedi: Survivor Review | Projectors & Gaming

Posted on July 9, 2023 by Zachary Zanger
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor with a PS5 and BenQ Gaming Projector
Though this article is based on a projector paired with a PS5, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor can be played on all major gaming platforms.

So, who among us gamers doesn't get a kick out of a solid Star Wars Jedi game? I'd say nearly all of us who breathe gaming also dig Star Wars games. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is set to become another feather in the cap of awesome Star Wars games - and trust me, it's a whole new experience on a projector.

Buckle up and get ready to dive back into the interstellar life of Cal Kestis in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. This game is no walk in the park - it's a high-stakes, adrenaline-fueled journey that's going to put your gaming skills to the test and push Cal to his limits as you battle fiercely to fend off the encroaching darkness threatening the galaxy.

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Produced by Respawn Entertainment and brought to the gaming world by Electronic Arts Inc., Star Wars Jedi: Survivor blasted (see what I did there) onto the scene on March 27, 2023. This captivating game can be enjoyed on a multitude of platforms, such as PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows-powered PCs. Get ready for an immersive experience as you navigate through this first-person shooter/action RPG. Sadly, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is a single-player game – there's no co-op mode, though we agree, that would be pretty epic.

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For PS5, the standard edition of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor costs $69.99 and includes the base game. The deluxe edition will cost you $89.99 and offers the base game, “Scoundrel” Cosmetic, “Rugged” BD-1 Cosmetic”, “DL-44” Blaster Set, “Rebel Hero” Cosmetic, “BD-Astro” BD-1 Cosmetic and “Rebel Hero” Lightsaber Set.


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For this piece, I was gaming on the BenQ TK700, and let me tell you, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and this projector are like a match made in gaming heaven.

BenQ generously supplied Projector Reviews with demo units of the X3000i and TK700 gaming projectors, aiding our Best Games To Play On A Projector articles. It's significant to mention that my personal use of the BenQ TK700 clocked in at over 563 hours, the majority of which was dedicated to gaming on my PS5. This hands-on experience has enriched my understanding of the gaming dynamics on a projector and a large projector screen. My hope is that you feel assured of my capability to convey the essence of this unique gaming experience.

In the pursuit of this projector gaming article, I employed the BenQ TK700 4K HDR Gaming Projector, pairing it with my PS5 through a high-speed 48Gbps HDMI 2.1 cable. The projected visuals were brought to life on a 100-inch (16:9) Elite Screens Aeon Series fixed frame projection screen. This screen boasts Elite's cutting-edge Edge Free technology and is decked out with CineWhite UHD-B screen material. The CineWhite UHD-B (Tensioned Matte White) is a front projection screen fabric offering a 1.3 gain. Its design is ISF certified for its impeccable color representation and image authenticity.

BenQ has truly leveled up the gaming experience with the purposefully crafted TK700 lamp-based gaming projector. Boasting a brightness of 3,200 ANSI lumens and encapsulating 96% of the Rec.709 color gamut, this gaming projector is all set to provide razor-sharp, vibrant images, ideal for both high-stakes competitive matches and chilled-out casual gaming. BenQ fine-tuned the TK700 to deliver a silky smooth, responsive gaming session with visuals that pop, giving us gamers that much-needed edge during intense play-offs.

Furthermore, the TK700 is equipped with BenQ's exclusive Black Detail Enhancement feature, tucked away within the Game Settings. This nifty feature brings out the finer points in the darker parts of the game while keeping the color integrity in brighter scenes intact. Thanks to BenQ's HDR Game mode and the Black Detail Enhancement, we gamers can spot and react to threats faster, whether they are lurking in the shadows or hiding in plain sight.

Equipped with a picture mode preset called HDR Game mode, the TK700 is optimized for action and fast-paced games such as Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. This preset includes audio, visual, and optimized latency settings designed to enhance the gaming experience. In addition, the projector's HDR rendering capabilities provided improved color definition, resulting in greater image fidelity.

By switching the TK700's picture mode from HDR10 to HDR Game, you can access the Game Settings menu and toggle the Fast Mode feature on or off. With Fast Mode enabled, the TK700 minimizes the response time between the input source and the displayed image, resulting in a faster, more responsive gaming experience.

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Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Menus - Projector Reviews - Image
For Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, the BenQ TK700 detected and supported 2160p (4K) gaming at a refresh rate of 60Hz.

Lightning-fast reflexes and timing are pretty much the bread and butter of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, pushing your reaction times to the absolute limit. To emerge victorious, a system with minimal input lag is a must - no two ways about it.

Mastering the timing in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is crucial, particularly when executing wall runs and utilizing the ascension cable. It becomes apparent as you progress through the game that proper timing is essential to success. Failing to time your actions correctly can lead to disastrous consequences, such as Cal falling to his demise, especially in the more challenging sections of the game. Precision and careful execution are paramount to navigating these difficult areas and ensuring Cal's survival.

Gaming at 4K@60Hz, I really enjoyed the BenQ’s nifty 16.67ms input lag. The time from pulling the trigger on my PS5 controller to seeing the in-game action was so ridiculously quick, I never fretted about being caught off guard and outmaneuvered.

As any Star Wars game should, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor totally nails it when it comes to audio quality. I mean, we're talking about Star Wars here – you have to get the lightsaber and blaster sounds spot on! And let's just say Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts Inc. really hit it out of the galaxy with this one. The game's audio delivers some incredibly authentic lightsaber and blaster sounds… seriously, it's like stepping right into a Star Wars flick!

The BenQ TK700 comes with an in-built 5-watt chamber speaker, offering a solid baseline for audio. Don't let its small size fool you, this compact speaker actually impressed me with its solid sound quality while I was slicing and dicing through Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. But let's face it, for a full-on sound assault that truly envelops you in the game, you might want to invest in a beefier sound system or a top-tier gaming headset.

But hold up, some projectors, like the TK700, come loaded with additional features to crank up your audio game. For instance, the TK700’s Audio Return+, equipped with an HDMI 2.0b/HDCP2.2 port with eARC, paves the way for 7.1 channels and Dolby Atmos audio pass-through. This TK700 sends the original, high-res audio signal to your sound system using just a single HDMI cable. It's a killer feature for gamers looking to leverage the stunning audio embedded in today's games to the fullest.

I recently upgraded my projector lab audio setup with a Marantz AV8805 AV Pre-Tuner coupled with a Marantz MM8077 7-Channel Power Amplifier. For clarity and precision, I've paired this setup with two Definitive Technology BP9080x High-Performance Tower Speakers, equipped with Integrated Height Modules and monster 12” Powered Subwoofers. You could say the bass in my gaming room has a pulse of its own now.
That's not all. I've got a Definitive Technology Demand Series High-Performance Center Channel Speaker until I step up to their Dymension series.

With this new gear, I can now test ARC/eARC HDMI ports on projectors with much greater accuracy. More than that, every gaming session is a sonic masterpiece. Rich, detailed sounds envelop me from every angle, the bass reverberating in my chest. It's not just playing a game anymore, it's like being in the game. This is immersion on a whole new level!


Embark on a thrilling journey through the vast Star Wars galaxy, where you'll have the opportunity to explore uncharted planets and revisit familiar territories. Each planet offers a distinct biome, presenting its own set of challenges and enemies for you to conquer. As you progress, you'll have the chance to master new skills, acquire advanced equipment, and unlock powerful abilities that will aid you on your quest. Traverse magnificent landscapes and venture off the beaten path to uncover hidden treasures and secrets. The game rewards those brave enough to venture beyond the horizon, offering rich and satisfying rewards for their efforts. Prepare yourself for an epic quest filled with exploration, discovery, and exciting encounters in the remarkable Star Wars galaxy.

Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts Inc. demonstrated great thoughtfulness in the creation of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. They included an "Arachnophobia Safe Mode" toggle switch, which alters the appearance of a particular creature to reduce its resemblance to an arachnid. But their consideration doesn't stop there. They implemented a "Human Dismemberment" toggle switch that gives players the ability to enable or disable the dismemberment of human non-playable characters (NPCs) during gameplay. This way, players who may have arachnophobia or prefer not to witness the dismemberment of human characters with a lightsaber can fully enjoy Star Wars Jedi: Survivor without encountering anything that might make them uncomfortable.

At the start of the game, the character customization options for Cal may seem limited and leave you yearning for more variety. However, as you continue your journey, you'll be delighted to discover that Cal's character customization becomes increasingly comprehensive. You'll have the freedom to modify various aspects of Cal's appearance, including his hair, beard, jacket, shirt, and pants. With an array of mix-and-match options at your disposal, along with the ability to apply custom colors, you'll have endless possibilities to create a unique and personalized look for Cal. So, hang in there and enjoy the expanding range of customization options that await you in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

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Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Customization - Projector Reviews - Image
You'll have the freedom to modify various aspects of Cal's appearance.

Let me start this section by admitting I'm a huge admirer of Star Wars blasters! I understand that it's not traditionally aligned with the Jedi principles to wield blasters, but the combination of a blaster pistol and lightsaber in video game action sequences and cinematic experiences is truly enchanting on a big projector screen.

The immersive gameplay experience of handling these blasters, engaging in intense firefights, and unleashing laser bolts adds an incredible level of excitement to any Star Wars game. It's truly thrilling to embrace the iconic weaponry of the Star Wars universe and immerse oneself in action-packed battles on a large projector screen!

In addition to being a fan of Star Wars blasters, I'm excited to share that Star Wars games offer an incredible feature for customizing your weapons. If you're not satisfied with the appearance of your weapon, there's no need to worry. Simply head to a workbench and you'll have the ability to modify various parts and colors to transform the way your weapon looks. For example, when it comes to lightsabers, you can swap out the emitter, switch, grip, and pommel to create a unique design that suits your style. Not only that, but you can also customize the colors and parts of your trusty droid companion, BD-1, giving your faithful companion a distinctive look. This level of customization allows you to personalize your gaming experience and truly make your weapons and droids your own. So, unleash your creativity and enjoy the satisfaction of wielding weapons and traveling with a droid companion that reflects your own personal touch.

In Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, the need for utilizing the environment for cover and concealment may not be as pronounced as some other third-person action-adventure games. Personally, I also found myself engaging in battles head-on, utilizing my blaster pistol and swinging my lightsaber with gusto. However, it's worth considering that being able to clearly see your enemies and surroundings is crucial for taking effective action.

In this regard, gaming on a projector with a massive projector screen can provide a distinct visual advantage. The larger and clearer display offered by a gaming projector setup allows for enhanced visibility, making it easier to spot and react to enemies. Immersing yourself in the game on such a grand scale can truly amplify your gaming experience, particularly in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, where precise actions matter.

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If immersing yourself in Star Wars gaming with enhanced visuals excites you, a gaming projector and large screen are ideal for playing Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

Imagine gathering your loved ones around as you play, with everyone engrossed in the action unfolding on the expansive screen. They can cheer you on, call out enemies, suggest tactics, and be a part of the gaming adventure. It's an interactive and social experience that brings people together and enhances the overall enjoyment of gaming.

The gaming projector and large projector screen combination offer one of the best upgrades to any gaming setup. The visuals are larger than life, capturing every detail and making you feel like you're right in the heart of the game. The shared experience of watching your gameplay on a grand scale adds an extra layer of excitement and entertainment.

If the idea of immersing yourself in the Star Wars universe with improved visual clarity and an immersive atmosphere appeals to you, then opting for a gaming projector and a large projector screen is undoubtedly an excellent choice for playing Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable gaming experience, where you can fully appreciate the game's visuals and engage with enemies in a more expansive and satisfying manner. May the Force be with you on your epic gaming adventures!

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor with a PS5 and BenQ Gaming Projector

As a fellow gamer, I’ve had the pleasure of delving into some incredible titles like Resident Evil 4, Destiny 2 – Lightfall, Hogwarts Legacy, Forspoken, and the ever-popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II. Your unwavering support and interest have fueled our excitement to continue exploring games on a gaming projector.

In the upcoming months, we can't wait to dive into and review highly anticipated titles such as Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, Marvel's Spider-Man 2, and Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Expansion. These games promise thrilling adventures and stunning visuals that will surely be amplified on a gaming projector setup.

We at Projector Reviews are grateful for your ongoing support, and we want to assure you that we'll keep sharing our experiences and insights through our gaming on a projector articles. So, make sure to check back regularly for the latest updates. We're thrilled to embark on these gaming journeys and share them with you. Let's continue to explore the immersive world of gaming on a projector together!

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