How do I choose a gaming projector?

If you want to play your favorite games, like Halo 5 or Call of Duty, on a large screen at home, then it’s probably time to get a projector. But how do you choose the right one? Here are some questions that will help you narrow down your options:

Have realistic expectations on price

The first thing to consider is how much you’re willing to spend on your projector. There are some great projectors that cost under $1000, but they’ll probably have a lower brightness and contrast ratio than the ones in this price range. If you want to get an entry-level gaming projector for less than $1300 and still enjoy decent performance, I’d recommend going with the Epson BenQ TK850i  (Amazon). This model has an 8×3″ screen size with a native resolution of 1125×768 pixels at 60Hz refresh rate—which means it has about half as many pixels per inch as most 1080p projectors do—and it produces between 400 lumens of brightness when playing games without HDR enabled.

Alternatively, if you want something more powerful but don’t mind paying for it (or if you’re planning on using your new projector for other purposes), check out our top pick: The BenQ V7050i 4K Projector ($2999). It comes equipped with four different lenses so that users can choose their preferred focal length depending on what kind of content they’re watching: short throw distance up 16 inches; medium range distance 35 inches; wide angle up 67 inches; close up up 49 inches.”

Choose the right resolution for your games

Resolution is the number of pixels in a display, and it’s measured in pixels per inch (PPI). The higher your resolution, the more detail you can see when playing games.

If you want to play games on a large screen, or if you have a lot of money to invest in a good projector, then it’s important that you choose one with high resolution.

How big of a screen do you need?

The size of a screen also depends on how big your room is and how far away you want to be from it. The bigger the screen, the more immersive experience (and therefore, better quality). As for smaller screens like 5k projectors or 4k projectors—they’re great for gaming because they allow you to see more detail in games that have been optimized for 1080p resolutions. However, if you have a large living room or play frequently with friends then there may be too much light coming into your eyes when playing video games at night (especially if there are windows behind where you sit).

What kinds of inputs do you want in your projector?

The first thing you need to decide is what kind of inputs are going into your projector. HDMI, USB, VGA and audio jack (3.5 mm) are all common choices for many gamers because they allow you to connect a keyboard or mouse and game controller directly into the projector without having to use an additional device like a console or PC.

HDMI has become the de facto standard for gaming projectors because it allows high-definition video signals with data rates up to 4K at 60Hz resolution at up to 4096×2160 (4K), 3072×1728(UHD), 2048×1536(FHD), 1280×1024 (WUXGA).

USB also works well with some projectors as well; however, if you’re looking for something more universal then this option might not be ideal since most computers don’t have ports specifically designed for use with gaming machines such as those made by Logitech G brand products sold under license from Microsoft Corporation

What kind of throw distance do you need?

The throw distance is the distance from your screen to the projector. It affects both size and brightness of an image, but it also depends on which kind of projector you’re using.

The further away from your screen you are, the larger an image will appear on that screen. If you have a small room or want something that’s easy to move around in, this isn’t as much of an issue since there’s no need for installation flexibility—just go buy a big-ass TV! But if you don’t mind dealing with some extra cable messiness (and possibly renting furniture), it might be worth considering how far back into your house you’d like things placed before deciding whether or not getting an adjustable mounting system would be worth its weight in gold (or whatever currency they use).

Do you need special features like HDR / 3D / 4K support?

HDR (High Dynamic Range) is a feature that improves the contrast ratio of the image. This gives you brighter whites and darker blacks, which makes for a more realistic image. It’s also better for gaming because it allows you to see details in dark areas of your screen.

3D is another special feature that lets you get an extra dimension out of your movie or game play. If you have an active shutter 3D projector, this will create another pair of images—one for each eye—that are streamed through glasses equipped with lenses that let them focus on different parts of their respective screens at different times during playback. Most people find this effect discomforting; however, if you’re into sci-fi movies like Star Wars or Avatar: The Last Airbender then maybe this could be right up your alley!

Finally there’s 4K Ultra HD resolution: This is basically four times as high resolution as 1080p HDTVs but lacks some key features such as HDR support (it doesn’t offer any kind of improved contrast ratio).

What types of lamps are available and how long do they last?

If you’re looking to buy a gaming projector, the first thing you should do is consider the lamp life. Lamp life is important because it will determine how long your projector can continue running before needing replacement. It’s not as simple as just counting hours or days; some lamps last longer than others (and some pretty short), so it’s best to look into how many hours each lamp lasts before making your decision.

If your needs are more basic than full HD resolution (1920×1080) with 100-200 lumens output at 2 cents per lumen, then there are plenty of options out there under $1k budget!

How important is brightness to you?

The brightness of a projector can be important for you if you have a large or bright room.

Brightness is affected by the screen size and resolution of your projector, as well as how far away it is from your screen. If you’re using a projector in an apartment or shared home, it’s especially important that you choose one with high enough brightness levels so that everyone can see what’s happening onscreen without squinting or turning on lights.

Another factor affecting how bright your gaming experience will be: lamp type! You might think that this would not matter much since all projectors use lamps; however, there are differences between them depending on their purpose (computer vs traditional video game usage).

Does it come with a good warranty and strong customer service?

The warranty period is one of the most important aspects of a gaming projector. It’s best if your projector comes with a good warranty and strong customer service. You don’t want to buy something that won’t last long enough, but if you do it right, you can get yourself a durable piece of equipment without breaking the bank.

The length of time it takes to get parts replaced depends on where you live and what brand/model you buy from; some companies allow for same day shipping for urgent situations like broken glass lenses or overheating issues (although these aren’t always easy fixes), while others may require weeks before replacements are shipped out—but either way: make sure they’re available!

If there’s an issue with your new projection system once installed in its final location (such as dead pixels), then don’t worry because when this happens nobody wants their house guests seeing pixels instead so I wouldn’t worry too much about this happening again unless specifically requested by me first before moving forward onto another decision point such as buying another model based off my needs instead which could take months before being delivered again depending upon availability within certain regions.”

Not having to worry about the projector breaking or needing an expensive repair

You want to make sure that you get a projector that has a warranty. This is an important part of the decision process because if your product breaks and needs to be fixed, it can be very frustrating if there isn’t an option for repair or replacement.

You should also look into their customer service and product support before making any purchases, especially when it comes down to choosing between different brands of projectors. Some companies might have better people behind them than others; this could give them an advantage over competitors who may not have as much experience with dealing with customers’ issues in person or via email correspondence (which is often how most people contact companies).


Hopefully, this article has given you a good idea of what to look for in your next projector. From price and features, to the type of throw distance that works best for you, we’ve covered just about everything here! If there are any other questions on what matters most when buying one of these things – let us know in the comments section below.