DLP vs LCD Projector – Which is better for Gaming?? (Display, Quality, Price)

dlp vs lcd for gaming

When I talk about resolution to people who want to buy a Projector, they already know tons about it. We’ve all bought a TV right? We always look for resolution as a means of assessing how a TV is. But, when I talk about DLP vs LCD, people just look puzzled. It’s almost like I invented a new language, reeled off the basics and expected them to have a conversation with me in it. So I decided to write this article explaining both DLP and LCD in English, and I’ll be telling you how each one affects your Gaming experience. Well alrighty then, lets go.


What are DLP and LCD Projectors?

DLP stands for Digital Light Projection and they use DLP chips to reflect light through huge numbers of tiny mirrors onto your large screen. There is literally one mirror for every pixel your projector has in it’s native resolution. So that’s a whole lots of mirrors when you get up into the higher resolutions. Next time someone asks you how many mirrors you have in your house. it’ll be a more complex question if you own one of these now won’t it? They also have Color Wheels spinning out vast amounts of colors onto the screen and come in either 1-Chip or 3-Chip variants.

LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display and there’s no mirrors involved this time. Instead you have hundreds of tiny Liquid Crystal Panels that create the detailed images you see on screen, starting out with just one primary color. This is the direct application of color to the screen through Liquid Crystals.


DLP vs LCD Projector for Gaming:




Convergence is when colors come together to form the images you see on screen. DLP Projectors use either one or three chips to reflect the colors through mirrors. LCD Projectors use the Crystal Panels to converge colors. You’ll know when there’s a convergence problem because the images you see will be blurry and full of inaccuracy’s like you where looking through a dirty window. For Gaming this can be catastrophic because you won’t be able to make out where your character is and what is around him. Single-chip DLP’s win the day here because since they only use one-chip, there’s nothing to converge. So no chance of a convergence problem. LCD and 3-Chip DLP’s in some cases may after some time playing have convergence issues because if one chip or one panel is a little out of sink, then the whole picture could be affected. You’d need to get this fixed.


Lag Time


Nobody likes waiting to kill the enemy. You want to kill him as soon as you’ve pressed the button. Lag time is when something you’ve instructed, is delayed. Time of delay can vary. DLP Projectors tend to produce more Lag than LCD models. What you need to look out for is the speed. 120hz is what you’re after. If you had a 120hz LCD model and a 120hz DLP model I’d go with the LCD. More reliable speed, less lag time, because the colors are produced directly from the crystals instead of from a chip going through mirrors. But if you where looking at a 120hz DLP and a 60hz LCD then you should go with the DLP because that’s significantly more speed and it’ll cover for the indirect color processing.


Contrast Ratio


This determines how you’ll see blacks and whites on screen. The higher the Contrast Ratio the more detailed they’ll be. Games these days are having increasing numbers of dark scenes to them. In shooters this is especially the case, but all games right now require a good production level of clear darks and lights,.While Contrast Ratios on DLP Projectors have hit a glass ceiling over the past few years, this is not the case with LCD. So you’re more likely to find a high Contrast Ratio on an LCD than you are on a DLP. Plus there’s just something about the way Liquid Crystals produce blacks and whites that is more detailed than chips and mirrors.


Motion Blur


Ever played a fast-paced racing game or a first-person shooter and it just goes a little out of sync during the action? This is motion blur. It’s caused by your Projector not being able to process colors quickly enough to keep up with your game. It’s more common on LCD’s, and DLP’s will generally produce a sharper more crisp image in fast-paced gaming scene. Not all LCD’s have this problem and it only happens from time to time but with DLP’s it’s no problem.


Resolution and Brightness


This bout is ruled a draw. You can get 1080p resolution projectors using both the LCD and the DLP method. 1080p is the only resolution i’d recommend for gaming because it’s the best. You can also get both LCD vs DLP Projector with Lumen counts totalling over 3000. So, 1080p and 3000 Lumens is what you need and there’s no significant differences in quality level between DLP vs LCD projector.


How big is your space?


DLP Projectors are generally more suited to small or moderately-sized rooms because they’re not compatible with zoom lenses and have worse Lens shift than LCD’s. LCD’s are better suited to large rooms because they do have great Lens Shift and Zoom.




No technology is perfect and each of these technology’s has its good and bad points. Read over this article again, and ask yourself what you can live with and what you just don’t want to see on your Projector. Chances are that if you got a 1080p, 120hz, 3000 Lumen Projector, you’d enjoy gaming on it whether it’s DLP or LCD. But your LCD would be more apt to larger spaces, may have more motion blur and more Convergence. Your DLP Projector on the other hand may have less detailed blacks and whites, and a greater Lag Time. So which type takes your fancy. Thank you for reading DLP vs LCD projector, I hope your choice has been made easier.

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