When it comes to gaming the big screen experience, our focus tends to be a lot more on the projector itself rather than the screen on which we will be playing on. Now projectors are the tech part of the deal and their prices vary from around $200 to $2000 and there are a lot of options to choose from. But, choosing a projector screen is a lot more simpler and straightforward, yet an equally important process that we tend to neglect sometimes. We are also hesitant to splash the cash here despite spending a lot of money on the projector.
Why can’t you just use a plain white wall for this purpose, why not get a simple Panaflex sheet and blast the projection video on top of it? Well, you would be missing out on a lot of premium quality capability of your projectors if you did so and second of all, the screens don’t cost much yet they deliver a lot more. Nevertheless, despite the straightforward appearance of things on the screen front, there are a few things you should definitely keep in mind while going out and buying a new screen to perfectly couple with your gaming projector.
So, when you go about selecting that perfect screen there are a few things you need to consider:
- Screen material
So screen material has a lot more to do with projection science, than look spotless when not in use. Now we normally don’t associate that with the screen because to us, the projector screen is just an extremely clean white surface. But, what you don’t know is that they also come in different shades like grey/silver and even black. The color choice can make the experience a lot different since there is a less potential clash between the graphics and the edge of the screen itself.
Another thing you need to consider about the material is its gain. So what exactly is gain? Gain is a measure of the light that is reflected from the cinematic surface as compared to an ideal reflecting surface called Lambertian surface. Naturally, we want as much light as possible and little distortion but not as this ideal surface. It is because that surface spreads it all in equal directions and not towards the viewer so the image quality will definitely take a hit. We can’t add too much gain as well or else it will make the center line brighter than the sides thus creating a flawed projection. So, if you prefer playing in a dark room, a screen with a lower gain might do well enough for you. Just look for a reasonable gain according to your projector’s powers.
There are different screen dimensions that come off the shelf according to one’s requirements and room constraints (since we can’t pack a cinematic screen into our basement even if we wanted to). For home projection as gaming is generally supposed to be, there are two sizes, the 16×9 and the 2.40 :1. There is also a 2.35:1 but the difference between 2.35 and 2.40 is negligible and the industry is pivoting to the 2.40 version now. For video gaming experience, it is always better to buy a 16:9 screen as the latter two are meant for blue ray movie watching experience. If you want your portable projector for the dual purposes of watching movies and playing video games, this might be a good idea.
We all want massive, gigantic screens on our walls for our gaming experiences but unfortunately the very walls present a realistic design constraint. You also need to consider the type of projector and the distance between the projector and the screen.
Usually the wall height is the issue in limiting our screen sizes but sometimes wall width call also present constraints with the frustrating presence of a window, cupboard or anything that may come to your mind. Also, larger screens present another dilemma. It is difficult for a large number of viewers to actually see it while in a sitting capacity. The bottom of the screen must be at or near eye level while you are sitting. That only makes sense.
- 3D capability
Now regular 3D projection involves the use of just one projector not more and if you are using that, then a conventional screen will work just fine. But, the challenge arises when you get a dual projection system to enjoy 3D and with that, the screen requirements also change. You will now need a special screen made from a material that retains its polarization capability to achieve that awesome 3D effect. Mocomtech, Stewart Silver 5D, etc are some of the screens that work really well in these circumstances. They have a really high gain as well. Some companies are experimenting with screens that they claim offers best of both worlds.
But, all in all, you won’t probably need these. It is just an added capability of your projector.
- Projector itself
The last and the most important factor is the projector itself. Since it is a main product, the acquisition of the screen depends on the projector and not vice versa but if you are stuck with a screen and have a limited budget, you can use the screen to find the right projector for you. There are factors like lumens or simply the amount of light coming from a projector. There is also a range of a certain projector for a certain resolution where it will provide the best projection. These are the features that your individual gaming projector will have, and this is what you need to consider while buying your screen.
So, if you are looking for the perfect match for your projector you need to consider these basic requirements. And remember to control your instinct because bigger is not always better when it comes to buying screens.
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