Your screen options for playing video games
Displays can enormously enhance your gaming experience, and options go far beyond standard television sets. With the development of 3D television technology, you can even enjoy your favorite games with unsurpassed depth and realism, or even enlarge your game to life-size and beyond to completely immerse yourself in the game environment.
The majority of game console players use a television display. This is one of the easiest and most affordable options, especially if you already have a television set in your home you can dedicate to the gaming console. Consoles can be connected and disconnected to the television set very easily, so you can continue to enjoy full cable TV functionality when the game is not in use.
Options for Television Displays
You'll find a broad range of display options to choose from if you're planning on getting a new television set to accompany your gaming console. Here's an overview of your major options:
- Plasma TVs. Televisions that use plasma technology use fluorescent lamps containing ionized gases to generate a realistic, high-definition picture. Plasma TVs are known for their deep blacks, excellent contrast ratios, and reduced motion blur.
- LCD TVs. Liquid crystal display televisions are the world's most widely produced type of display technology, and as such, you can get an excellent price on a quality television if you're careful to shop around from vendor to vendor. They are available in a very broad range of sizes, and offer sharp picture quality for an affordable price.
- LED TVs. Light-emitting diode or LED TVs have one major advantage: they save a great deal of energy. Because LED bulbs draw far less energy, they have much longer lifespans and you're likely to get more mileage out of an LED TV than you are from a plasma or LCD alternative.
- Smart TVs. An ideal companion to console gaming, smart TVs offer a complete range of unique features, thanks to compatibility with Web 2.0 technologies. Smart TVs have a much broader range of built-in attributes, seamlessly supporting console features, and making for a smooth, streamlined home gaming experience.
- Ultra HD TVs. There are two types of ultra HD TVs: 4k (2160p) and 8k (4320p). These televisions display images with double or even quadruple the definition of a standard television, and the end result is remarkable. However, they are relatively expensive, but they are worth the investment if you're building a state-of-the-art media room and your gaming console is just one of many ways you're going to enjoy your new TV.
- 3D TVs. If you want to add increased depth to your gaming image, a 3D TV is a new option that represents one of the most creative innovations in modern television technology.
If you want to move beyond the television altogether, gaming headsets like the Oculus Rift are set to offer a whole new type of gaming experience. Soon to be released, the Oculus Rift is a virtual reality gaming headset that allows you to literally become part of the action. Players mount the headset, placing a screen over their eyes. The end result is a cinematic video game experience that adds an element of realism that previously existed only in science fiction stories.
If you have a large empty wall in your media room, a projector makes an excellent alternative to a conventional television. When linked to your game console, you can customize the image size and play your favorite titles with as much size and realism as you like. Projectors are more expensive than conventional televisions, but they also last longer, offer more versatility, and create a gaming entertainment experience that's bigger and bolder than any TV on the market can offer.