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Choosing an HDTV with gaming in Mind

What should you consider while purchasing a new high definition television?

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outlawlife3483d ago

actually a very good guide if you are an HD n00b

deeznuts3482d ago

Nothing in it about input lag, which is huge for a lot of gamers.

oldsnayke3483d ago

Well I have a 32-inch TV that is pretty good... I don't think I would. People should be grateful for what they have, instead of being so gullible in terms of believing that the media is sincere when they say "you need the best".

Sangria3483d ago (Edited 3483d ago )

I have a 40" Bravia and i'm pretty glad with it. The problem is that now i'm very sensible to aliasing in games and grain in BluRay. OMG how awful was Matrix (i don't say it's a bad movie, i loved it, but the BluRay is horrible). I'm now a graphic whore, in search for the best BluRay and games for my TV.

Fishy Fingers3483d ago

I hate the "grain" effect that seems to be added to some Blu-Ray movies, I think it's used to "dirty" the image or help cover up imperfections in the effects/graphics (older movies mainly) but it is annoying, especially when the majority dont use it and look so good.

enviable273483d ago

ur not the only one brotha... Im just glad im not the only one in the world... :D

Sangria3483d ago

Yes, some movies like 300 or Silent Hill use grain for artistic purpose and it looks very nice with it, but some other movies like Spider-man 3 or Matrix Trilogy have tons of it. I guess it's, like you say, to hide the imperfections of visual effects, but sometimes it's really too much.

One that is awesome is Cloverfield, because sometimes the movie is really clean and well detailed, and other times it looks like crap with huge load of grain. I don't know if it was made on purpose, to simulate MPEG compression of a camera, but with the time, it's irritating.

To correct that, my TV has a grain correction setting, but if i set it up, i have ghost pictures, it's hard to explain but the movements are decomposed for a short lap of time and i've been very sensitive to this.

enviable273483d ago

Yeah I know what you mean, I have also noticed not on Blu Rays but on programming like Discovery HD... I will notice stuff like dust and smears on the camera lens which sometimes makes me feel like, WTF?, but at the same time it just kind of shows how good HDTVs have gotten nowadays

Goon 1873483d ago

Go get the dark night, that movie looks amazing on BluRay. One of the best movies out there.

"I hate the "grain" effect that seems to be added to some Blu-Ray movies"

I know what you are talking about, my first bluray was 300 and it had a grain effect but there's alot of them that doesn't have it. when watching 300 on bluray the first time I thought something was wrong with my TV or my setings.

enviable273483d ago

Dude that movie had the intention of implementing the grain in (300) there is nothing wrong with your tv...trust me at first i kinda freaked out too.

Product3482d ago (Edited 3482d ago )

Its just the noise reduction

With noise in the visuals its hard to completely get rid of it from the source.A noise reducer actually does fix the noise to a certain extent but also at the same time makes things blurry.If you know graphic design in photo shop its like using the blur on a photo that has alot of grain youll know what i mean.So in the end right now there is no way to completely get rid of noise without making it blurry.

Some films actually have grains and certain particle fx in the movie to make it stand out.300 is one of these newer yet odd for doing it movies but with older movies be prepared to either have grain or be blurry.
Your'e really buying blurays for the new movies and ones coming out in the future.Older ones will never be full HD quality due to the noise reduction needed to correct grain.

@First Kn1ght
You will not be able to get rid of the grain completely from older movies especially from the 80's without making it blurry because the grain is literally on the film strip it was printed on.

Toolster3482d ago

Try the new Hulk film on Bluray,
Its prob the best Bluray ive seen so far (in terms of pic and sound NOT the overall movie:)

Sangria3482d ago

Yes, some people said me to watch Hulk and Wall-E, The Dark Knight isn't released yet in France but for sure i want it.

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bym051d3483d ago (Edited 3483d ago )

Horrible guide. Why mislead people?

"Typically refers to the number of distinct pixels in each dimension that can be displayed. For example, 480,720 and 1080 are the standard resolutions for TV displays. Appended on the end of this number is either a p or an i (720i, 720p) this describes how the pixels are written to the screen. Progressive (p) writes from left to right top to bottom every pixel every frame. Interlaced (i) writes from left to right top to bottom every other pixel every other frame. "

720i is not an HDTV resolution. None of these TVs paint left to right, top to bottom. Progressive just shows every line x times a second (24, 30, or 60). Interlaced just shows every other line x times a second. There is no top left to bottom right movement.

"Do you any of the following gaming systems: XBOX360, Wii, PS3, XBOX?

* If you have any of these systems (with the exception of PS3, see above question), you will want to go with 1080i resolution. This will allow you to use the full capabilities of the system while not overpaying for unused technology."

Really? 1080i? Are they even sold anymore?

A Wii only hits 480p. Why would you overpay for unused technology?

"LCD is limited to around 46 inches and smaller."

No.

"2. 5-Pronged Composite ( Red, Blue, Green, Red, White)"

It's called component, not 5 prong composite.

" * I have had a 40" LCD 1080i 60Hz Samsung TV with Game Mode for 3 years. I use it with all my consoles and never have noticed a delay. I bought it based on the above criteria."

LCDs don't come interlaced. They only come progressive. Plasmas used to come interlaced.

If you're going to write an article and sound like an expert, please do your homework.

laaakokaracha3483d ago

I absolutely agree with you!

its a bad guide. Full HD tv 1080p is what ppl should go for no matter what system they are playing.

I prefer my ambilight Phillips 42".

Seraphim3483d ago

agreed. while it's an awful post/blog he does hit some of the important notes people need to look at. It's just that he's no better than the nOOb asking, or the retailer/salesman/whatever you call them nowdays who shrugs his/her shoulders when you ask them about features and what not... this is one of the worst, if not the worst explanations I've ever seen. Someone should have done a little more research before trying to post a helpful and informative blog...

Capt CHAOS3483d ago

We're not talking about FULL HD, High end HD or super HD, just HD.

bym051d3482d ago

Chaos, 720i is not an approved HD resolution, 720p is.

M-Easy3482d ago

There is no such thing as 720i. Anyway thanks bym051d you're a fellow HD enthusiast and know your stuff. My stomach started turning reading all that misinformation. You cleared everything up so i didn't have to. Bubbles and tracked to you.

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Bigrhyno3483d ago

I got a TV delivered Monday that I took a gamble on. A 690 dollar 40 inch 1080p Toshiba. It is very good quality for the price I paid.

Fishy Fingers3483d ago (Edited 3483d ago )

Toshiba make great TVs, high quality panels and good accompanying software. I think many turn their nose up as it's not considered a mainstream brand (next to Sony/Samsung/LG) but I think you got a pretty good deal there.

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