Best Affordable Projector For Gaming

You’ve spent your time and money to get and set up the best home theater with projector for your home but you still have not decided on a projector yet. Mainly because you want to not only use it for movies but for gaming as well. Lets explore the best affordable projector for gaming.

Home theater projectors are continually evolving to offer the consumer more and more options. Better clarity, sharper colors, easy installation, faster refresh rates are some options and now the ability to play games on them. Will a home theater projector be able to play games and if so is it affordable and is it worth it?

Advantages Of Projectors For Gaming

You have the flexibility to use the projector for gaming and Movies.

The cost of a 120 inch projector screen is way more affordable than any TV that size.
Size matters. The experience of playing games on a 120″ screen compared to a 60″ TV is no comparison. You feel fully immersed in your game with a screen so large.

Disadvantages Of Projectors For Gaming

Lagging is usually the biggest concern when it comes to gaming on a projector. The lower the input lag the more precise gaming control is resulting in a better gaming experience.

Whats The Best And Most Affordable Projector For A Gaming Setup

The first rule you should consider is getting a 1080p projector and not a 4k projector. After all we are looking for an affordable projector right? The 4k variants will be at the higher end of the price range so lets steer clear of those. The second most important variable is input lag. We need a projector with the lowest input lag as possible. In other words we need our controls to be as responsive as possible. The following are a few examples that the manufacturers market as gaming friendly.

BrandModelLumensResolutionAspectContrastDisplayLamp LifeConnectorsPrice
BenQTH68535001920×108016:910,000:130″ to 300″15K hrsD-Sub, HDMI$775
EPSONef11V11HA2302010001920×108016:9200000:130″ to 150″20K hrsHDMI (HDCP 1.4)$700
ViewSonicPX703HD35001920×108016:9N/A30″ to 300″15K hrsD-Sub, HDMI$650
AAXAP7600LED1920×108016:92000:116″ to 120″30K hrsMini-VGA, HDMI, Composite A/V (3.5mm Jack)$420
AAXAEnergon35001920×108016:9N/A25″ to 300″N/AD-Sub, HDMI, Composite, Component, S-Video$240
CAIWEIA746001280×80016:105000:150″to 200″50K hrsHDMI x 2$437
30K hrasHDMI, MHL, D-sub$665

What Should I look For In A Gaming Projector

Lumens are a measurement of brightness. First consider how much indirect or direct light is infiltrating your gaming arena. In other words what room of the house is your home theater/gaming theater set up in. The Lumens of your projector will determine how well you can see the game. The higher the Lumens the brighter and more pop your game will have. If your gaming in the basement most likely your room is nice and dark. You have the advantage of not requiring a high Lumen machine such as 800 to 1000 Lumens. As a rule of thumb the brighter the room the higher the lumens you will need. Then there is your personal preference. If you require a bright picture you have two options. Make the room darker and get a projector with higher Lumens.

Resolution is a measurement of clarity. The higher the resolution the more details you will see. For example on a high resolution projector you will see the finer details pop out at you when compared to the lower resolutions. 1080P is available in most projectors and should be what your aim is for.

Refresh Rate is the time it takes for an image to be drawn on your screen. One Hertz is equal to 1 cycle per second. 120Hz is a good standard for a gaming projector. 120 cycles per second. Hz is also measured horizontally and vertically. Youwill notice most ofthem are not equal. For example the refresh rate of the BenQ TH685 is 15K – 102 KHz horizontal and 23 – 120Hz vertical. Like I mentioned before make sure your game is set at 60FPS. Some games do not offer this as an option.

Screen Size is where a projector out shines a tv. The difference between gaming on a 70″ TV does not compare to gaming on a 120″ screen. Some games tend to have really small elements to them that are hard to recognize. On a large screen everything is easy to see which increases your reaction time. You also get the feeling of being physically a part of the game.

Mounting your projector. Depending on the model you will be mounting on the ceiling, table or on the floor. If you mount on the ceiling you will be able to position yourself directly in front of the screen giving you the best view. Mounting on the floor or table will force you to be offset with the screen. Make sure you figure out what you like best before investing in a gaming projector. Then you have the other type called a short throw projector which sits against the wall directly under the screen. I have not reviewed these types of projectors in this article though.

Which Games Can Play At 60FPS

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – Performance mode at 1440p/60 FPS

Assassin’s Creed Unity (before patch) – 900p/60 FPS

Astro’s Playroom – 4K/60 FPS

Attack on Titan 2 – 1080p/60 FPS

Ace Combat 7 – 1080p/60 FPS

APEX Legends – 1440p/60 FPS

Bio Shock Collection – 1620p/60 FPS

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 1080p/60 FPS

Borderlands 3 – 4K/60 FPS or 1080p/120 FPS in performance mode

Battlefield Hardline – 1080p/60 FPS

Battlefield 1 – 1658/60 FPS

Battlefield 4 – 1080p/60 FPS

Battlefield 5 – 1658/60 FPS

Black Desert – 1080p/60 FPS

Bee Simulator – 1080p/60 FPS

Bugsnax – 4K/60 FPS

Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Checkerboard 4K/60 FPS

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – 1080p/60 FPS

Call of Duty: Warzone – 1528p/60 FPS

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War – 4K/60 FPS and Dynamic 4K/120 FPS

Crysis Remastered (before patch) – 1080p/60 FPS

CODE VEIN – 1080p/60 FPS

Crash Bandicoot 4 – 1080p/60 FPS

Cyberpunk 2077 – 1080p/60 FPS

Days Gone – 4K/60 FPS

Dead by Day Light – 4K/60 FPS

Dark Souls Remastered – 1080p/60 FPS

Dark Souls 2 – 1080p/60 FPS

Dark Souls III – 1080p/60 FPS

Demon’s Souls – Dynamic 4K/60 FPS

Destiny 2 – 4K/60 FPS and 1080p/120 FPS during PVP

Doom 2016 – 1440p/60 FPS

Doom Eternal – 1440p/60 FPS

Devil May Cry V: Special Edition – 4K/60 FPS and 1080p/120 FPS

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT – 4K/60 FPS

Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories – 1080p/60 FPS

Dirt 5 – 4K/60 FPS and 1080p/120 FPS

Dreams – Now at 1440p/60 FPS

Dead Or Alive 6 – 1080p/60 FPS

Earth Defence Force 5 – 1080p/60 FPS

Elite Dangerous – Boost to 1080p/60 FPS

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – 1080p/60 FPS

Far Cry 6 – 1620p/60 FPS

Fall Guys – 4K/60 FPS

For Honor – 4K/60 FPS

Final Fantasy XIV – 1080p/60 FPS

Final Fantasy XV – 1080p/60 FPS in Performance Mode ‘lite’

Fortnite – 4K/60 FPS and 1440p/120 FPS

Fifa 21 – 4K/60 FPS

Genshin Impact – 1080p/60 FPS

Ghost of a Tale – 1080p/60 FPS with VSync on

Ghost of Tsushima – Resolution Mode & Frame Rate Mode both run in 60 FPS!

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint – Performance Mode at 1080p and 60 FPS

Godfall – 4K/60 FPS

God of War (only disc version without the latest patch) – Dynamic 4K/60 FPS

Gran Turismo 7 – 4K/60 FPS

Hellblade – 1080p/60 FPS (before patch)

Hitman and Hitman 2 – Now at 1080p/60 FPS

InFamous: Second Son – 4K/60 FPS

InFamous: First Light – Boost to 60 FPS

Immortals: Fenyx Rising – Dynamic 4K/60 FPS

JETT – The Far Shore – 1080p/60 FPS

Just Shapes & Beats – 4K/60 FPS.

Kholat – Boost to 60 FPS

Killzone: Shadow Fall – Boost to 60 FPS with 1080p resolution

Kingdom Hearts 3 + basically all kingdom Hearts titles – 1080p/60 FPS

Knack 1 & 2 – Now at a stable 60 FPS even in high-resolution mode.

Maneater – 4K/60 FPS

MLB The Show 20 – 4K HDR 60 FPS

Madden NFL 21 – 4K/60 FPS

Marvel’s Avengers – 1080p/60 FPS Mode

Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered – Performance mode with raytracing at 60 FPS

Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales – Performance mode with Raytracing at 60 FPS

Monster Boy And The Cursed Kingdom – 4K/120 FPS

Monster Hunter World – resolution mode now at 60 FPS and 4K!

Metal Gear Solid V definitive edition – 1440p/60 FPS

MGS Ground Zero – 1080p/60 FPS

Medievil – 4K/60 FPS

Mortal Kombat 11 – 4K/60 FPS

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst – 1080p/60 FPS

NBA 2K21 – 4K/60 FPS

Nier: Automata – 1080p/60 FPS

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – 1440p/60 FPS

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom – 1620p/60 FPS

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Strikers – 1080p/60 FPS

Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit Remastered – 1080p/60 FPS

Nioh Collection – 120 fps and 60 fps

No Man’s Sky – Boost to 60 FPS

Overcooked! All You Can Eat – 1080p/60 FPS

Overwatch – 1080p/60 FPS

Observer: System Redux – 1620p/60 FPS

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 & 4 – 1080p/60 FPS

Planetside 2 – 4K/60 FPS

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 1 & 2 – 1080p/60 FPS

PUBG – 60 FPS in performance mode

Quantum Error – 1080p/60 FPS

Rainbow Six Siege – Dynamic 4K/120 fps and Native 4K/60 fps

Rise of the Tomb Raider – 1080p/60 FPS in Frame Rate Mode

Rage 2 – 1080p/60 FPS

Rocket League – 4K/60 FPS

Resident Evil 2 Remake – 1620p/60 FPS

Resident Evil 3 Remake – 1620p/60 FPS

Resident Evil 7 – 1800p/60 FPS

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – 60 FPS using performance mode

Riders Republic – 1080p/60 FPS

Scarlet Nexus – 1080p/60 FPS

Sonic Forces – 1080p/60 FPS

Sniper Elite 4 – 1080p/60 FPS

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated – 1080p/60 FPS

Saints Row The Third: Remastered – 1080p/60 FPS

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order – 1080p/60 FPS

Star Wars: Squadrons – 4K/60 FPS

Star Wars Battlefront I – 1080p/60 FPS

Star Wars Battlefront II – 1440p/60 FPS

Sackboy: A Big Adventure – 4K/60 FPS

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – Boost to 60 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider – Now at 60 FPS in 1080p Resolution

Shadow of The Colossus – 60 FPS using performance mode

Strange Brigade – 1080p/60 FPS

Star Ocean: The Last Hope – Now at 60 FPS in 4K Resolution

Terminator: Resistance Enhanced – 1080p/60 fps

TitanFall 2 – 1080p/60 FPS

The Evil Within 2 – Now at 60 FPS!

Train Sim World 2 – 1620p/60 FPS

Tales of Vesperia: definitive edition – 1080p/60 FPS

Tales of Berseria – 1080p/60 FPS

The Talos principle – 1080p/60 FPS

Tearaway unfolded – 1080p/60 FPS

The Last Guardian: 60 FPS in 1900p if we use the disc version (not digital)

The Pathless – 4K/60 FPS

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope – 1080p/60 FPS

The Witcher 3 – 60 FPS if you use the disc version with no updates (not digital)

The Last of Us Remastered – 1800p/60 FPS

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition – 1080p/60 FPS

Team Sonic Racing – 1080p/60 FPS

Tom Clancy’s The Divison 2 – 1080p/60 FPS (in a future patch)

Temtem – 4K/60 FPS

The Witness – 1080p/60 FPS

The Surge 2 – 60 FPS in both resolution and performance modes

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 – 60 FPS

Until Dawn – 1080p/60 FPS

UFC 3 – 1080p/60 FPS

Warframe – 4K/60 FPS

War Thunder – 1080p/60 FPS

Wipeout Omega Collection – 4K/60 FPS

WRC 9 – 120 FPS using Performance Mode

Zombie Army 4 – 1080p/60 FPS

Zombie army trilogy – 1080p/60 FPS

How Do I Get My Game To Play 60FPS

Look for the in game settings. Its usually classified by a button that looks like a gear. Click the gear button and look for graphics settings or some thing similar. There should be an option to play the game at 60FPS.

How To Keep Projector Lag To A Minimum

When purchasing your projector you may have checked the manufacturers specs on Lag. If you have purchased a projector designed for gaming most likely there is a gaming mode setting for the projector. Make sure the gaming mode is enabled before you start gaming. Also check your projector for any additional image processing capabilities. If there are make sure they are turned off. These are sometimes referred to as overscanning, aspect ratio manipulations and keystoning. This will free up resources your projector needs to run at optimal speed. The less functions running in the background the less clutter there is to jam up the performance of your gaming projector.

When looking for an affordable gaming projector the prices can vary widely. Keeping with well known brands is your best bet but if price is your main factor you could try some of the models I presented here for you.

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